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I know these are not plastic cards, but I have some bicycle paper cards and I had shuffled them a few times and played a little with them for maybe 2 hours. Later, I was looking at the back of the cards and something caught my eye, there was a very light mark on the back of one of the cards and I could see the mark from about 3 feet away. I think the mark was from me dealing the cards, and not from when they made the cards, but it could be something to look for when playing cards if you have good vision. I was also wondering how they print the back designs on plastic and paper cards. Does the ace of spades for example go through the same press, or printer as the eight of hearths when they print the back designs? could there be a very small difference in the back designs that could be used to read the back of the cards?
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On 2007-04-25 10:51, tommy wrote:
I have noted a strange thing with KEM cards lately:

When I leave a deck out, for a few hours, the top card curls up.

It’s not hard to get it to lay flat again but it isn’t that easy neither.


Hi. The top card of my KEM deck curls after being left in its plastic case overnight. It's probably got something to do with physics.

BUT...I noticed, about 2 weeks after after receiving my KEM cards (which I rarely handled), the faces of the cards started to show little wrinkles, which look pretty sick to me. Is it a sign of aging or what?

Originally, the texture of the faces were smooth, similar to Aviators.

Does anybody else face this problem?
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I want to re-emphasise that I hate plastic cards...But, if I had to use a plastic deck it would be Copag Export (no borders) or Master (white borders). Gemaco Classic style (no white border) is not bad either.

Personally I'll stick to Bees and Bicycles or Tally-Hos...I prefer the feel of paper MUCH better.
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On 2007-06-27 02:37, chteo wrote:
Hi. The top card of my KEM deck curls after being left in its plastic case overnight. It's probably got something to do with physics.


Most physical things do... Smile

I keep all my KEMs in their box with a cut card on top of each deck and either a dealer button or a spare chip over the cut card... keeps 'em perfectly flat. Dunno about the "little wrinkles"... my KEMs have what looks like a faint texture to the surface which may be what you're talking about, and I honestly can't recall if they were always like that or not. Haven't really bothered me though.

I did have another KEM card split on me the other night... along the long edge... will have to send it off to USPCC for a new deck... at least they honor their guarantee but I'm disappointed that I've had two cards fail with what I consider to be reasonable wear. Maybe the cards I got off of the internet were "factory seconds."
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Hey Mysterio.

From your description about the faint texture, I don't think (I might be wrong though!) that's the state of my card because:

1) My cards' "wrinkles" are so obvious and sick-looking that it would likely bother any reasonable owner, considering the price he/she paid for the deck.

2) Before the wrinkles appeared, my cards appear to have a faint surface texture (no idea if its the same kind you're referring to) as well, so I believe your cards have not wrinkled.

Looks like the only accurate way to compare is for us to exchange decks to inspect...lol.

I've heard several others complaining about their KEMS splitting and cracking too, so maybe its just the flaw in these cards.

*Heres a little story:
Just ONE day after I received my KEM deck (~$28 here), I found this ROYAL 100% plastic/washable deck at a bookstore and bought it at $4, and they handled much better IMO, than KEM. Plus, the court card pictures are similar to that of Bicycles.

Well, that's it for plastic cards. I'll still stick to my Riderbacks!
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'Freckles' is a better word to describe my cards than 'wrinkles'.
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I took a closer look through my deck and noticed that the jokers and advert cards, which have gotten no use, have the same faint surface texture as all the other cards, so it's not the wrinking you were talking about.

I still like the feel of them, so as long as they keep sending replacements when they split I'll keep using them...
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