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Ron Crumley
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I'm looking for bicycle card cases made of plastic. (they're identical to the cardboard cases)

I figure they'll wear forever, but I'm not sure how "legitimate" they appear. Anyone have a retail source and/or an opinion of these cases?

Smile

Thanks - Ron
Poindexter
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MagicSmith's got 'em... see "Plastic Bicycle Cases" on his index page.
I haven't held them in my hands yet.... on my list of things to order Smile
RiffClown
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If the design is not critical for you you can get the plastic cases that some 8mm Video or Data Cassettes come in. As long as they don't have the raised circle for the spindles they work great.
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Justin McWilliams
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Nice idea, Rob, I'm going to have to give that a shot
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Great Domino
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There's always the Card protector thingy. t's made of metal and it won't allow your cards to bend or warp.
Bill Hallahan
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I usually carry a red and a blue deck with me, and eventually the cases would get frayed and worn.

So I bought "Card Guard Superior", the stainless steel card protectors. They do work great, but they are quite expensive. PenguinMagic.com sells them for $6.95 apiece.

Card Guard Superior is essentially, a three sided shell, i.e. a piece of stainless steel, with two bends in it. It also has a small half moon shaped opening so you can grasp the cards and pull them out of the metal shell. They should easily a lifetime.

You can buy several bicycle decks for $6.95, so if you don't carry cards with you a lot, then it is probably not worth the price.

I am not familiar with the plastic cases. I will have to check them out. I am not sure how they would hold up to being in a pocket with car keys, but I might want to use them as a cheaper solution for regular decks of cards, and use the metal guards for some of my gaffed decks.
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The plastic cases I have work really well. I've kept one in my pocket with a deck of bikes for a couple of months now. It doesn't flex or mar the cards. The plastic is quite thick and durable and damage would almost have to be intentional.
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PaulGreen
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Hi,

The reference to MagicSmith http://www.magicsmith.com will provide the cases.

I have used them and they seem to work fine. They will split on the folds after a time.

Personally, I just replace the box!

Regards,

Paul Green
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There is a school of thought that thinks special cases look proppy. Who carries a special cardcase and why? Cards are $1.50 per pack at Costco. Use them for Mercury card fold practice and crack out a new deck.
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I like my plastic cases even more after today's circumstances. Someone set their soda down on my magic table while I was doing walkaround and it got spilled onto several decks of cards. All that weren't in the plastic cases were ruined. Those in the cases are just fine.
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WizzBang
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Out of the box with a rubber band around it is how I carry my cards, it gives an 'impromptu' feel. I give them away faster than they wear out anyway.

Storage is in the card box in a press seal bag in a suitcase.
markkwan
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I was going to place an order for the protector from Penguin, but now I'm leaning towards the Magic Smith plastic Bike cases. Maybe I'll go all out and just get one of each.
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Diavo
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I've found that keeping the plastic on that Bike decks come in prolongs the life of the box. By that I don't mean don't open them, but when you tear the warp-around piece by the top around the deck, just tear off the top part, leaving the lower 80% on the box.

You can then use that as a sleeve for extra cards (dupes, gaffs, etc).
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You could use the clear (not invisible) scotch tape/packing tape (2" wide) to wrap the card case up after it has been opened, including the flap.
This keeps my card cases (and cards) clean. I just use this so my practice decks in my pockets don't look so gundgie.
In essence you're making a second skin over the entire box. You'll have to snip new expansion flaps at the back.
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Are plastic cases good for doing Card on the Ceiling?
TengLun
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I was also interested in buying a metal card case. However, I also like
more expensive card decks (read, $5.00 instead of $2.00). I think ten dollars to
protect really nice cards is a good investment, especially if I use it for years.
I figure 2 years of use will justify the cost.

Labarre,

Great idea with the tape! Currently taping the boxes on my two practice decks.

Seth Turnlund
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