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The perfect memorabilia or promotional item, our custom trading cards are not only affordable, but high quality. Printed in a wide range of printing options including size, printed sides, coatings and card stocks to make them entirely unique! We offer Spot UV and silk laminated custom trading cards, glossy finish and even same day printing.
Our print trading cards are made on 14PT uncoated stock and allow you all options for custom designs, perfect for you or your kids, or as business memorabilia, marketing and promotion, order your print trading cards today!
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What are trading cards?
A trading card (or collector’s card) is a small card, usually made of card or thick paper, which usually contains an image of a certain person, place or thing (fictitious or real) and a brief description of the design, along with other text (attacks, statistics or trivia). There is a wide variety of card types. Modern cards even include memorabilia, autographs and even DNA hair samples of your subjects.
Trading cards are traditionally associated with sport, especially baseball cards are known. Cards that deal with other items, such as Pokémon, are often considered a separate category from sports cards, known as non-sports trading cards. They often show cartoons, comic characters, TV series and film footage. In the 1990s, cards designed specifically for playing games became popular enough to become a separate category, collector’s card games. They are mostly fantasy-based games. Fantasy Art Cards – a subgenre of trading cards, which focuses on artistic design. The game with the most unique cards and one of the most successful – Magic: the Gathering.
Trading cards give creative freedom to develop unique trading cards that can be distributed to all your customers and clients. Ideal for exhibitions and conferences, these practical cards allow your customers to grab them quickly and have a better and longer opportunity to see them later.
Baseball Card Size
Although there isn’t a single standardized baseball card size, typically card sizes of 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4cm x 8.9cm) are popular. The standard size of a business card is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm by 8.9 cm), and this is what most people are familiar with. An example is a major league baseball card or a trading card game like Pokemon. In comparison, a baseball trading card is slightly bigger than a credit card, which is 3.37 inches by 2.125 inches.
Trading cards are usually used in portrait format, but some manufacturers also design their cards for the landscape. We’ve even seen trading cards with a portrait image on the front, with a landscape on the back. Despite the relatively small size of the trading cards, the design options are endless!
Many of our printing customers create baseball cards for kids or their own card games, but we have also seen cards used for other purposes. We have seen trading cards for policemen, musical artists, politicians and more. Don’t let the small size fool you, shopping cards pack a big punch!
Portrait vs. Landscape
There are more ways to personalize your trading card design than just rotating the template 90 degrees. Standard trading cards are printed on a 14 or 16-part card slot, similar to what you’ll find on a baseball card pack from a comic book store. However, there are other variants of trading card materials.
Silk laminated cards have a clear finish that protects the artwork from wear and tear over time. They are often used for collector’s cards to show high-resolution works of art on the front and back of the product. Super thick cards with a medium core are twice as thick as normal cards and feel great in the hand. This is probably the reason why we saw them used as business cards!
History of Trading Cards
What is a trading card? It is a card, usually made of thick paper, which is intended for collection and marketing. Cards generally include: a photograph of a person/item/places, a real or imaginary photograph, a name or description of the photograph, and some kind of relevant information. Trading cards are actually derived from cards known as “trading cards”. In the late 17th century, merchants used the cards to advertise their specific services. In the early 19th century, trading cards appeared that were used to advertise goods or services. The first baseball cards were considered trading cards. A sporting goods company started printing baseball cards at the beginning of the 1860s. The most expensive and valuable baseball card in history is Honus Wagner T-206 from 1909. In total four such cards were created, and one of them was sold at auction (a famous Wayne Gretsky field hockey player) for $451,500. A company called Allen and Gunther began printing ads on trading cards that were placed on cigarette packs in 1886. The trading cards helped protect the cigarettes because they were rigid and did not allow the packs to fold. Examples of other products and services that were advertised on the cards were clothing, medicines and food.
In 1950, Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. began putting merchandise cards on packs of gum and introduced a variety of things, such as a fictional character called “Hopalong Cassidy,” a cowboy hero who was shown on television and in the movies, and a soccer player card. In 1951, Topps created baseball trading cards that looked like playing cards. The following year, the company created the first set of baseball cards, which resembled the current baseball cards. The cards included concrete player statistics and a playing record on one card. Mickey Mantle, who was a very famous baseball player during this period, is represented on the map in some of these sets. Today, a specific map of Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle is said to be worth $35,000.
Combining parts of traditional card games with real trading cards, also called collectible cards, you will discover the modern world of trading card games such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-OH!…! These games revolve around trading cards. Topps have also produced popular cards that have been considered unsportsmanlike, such as Star Wars and Crazy Packages. These types of non-sporting cards have led to the emergence of modern trading cards and games such as Webkinz and Magic: The Gathering. You can even find online trading cards that only exist online or that correspond to a physical card. Each card contains information related to a particular game; for example, in a Pokémon trading card game, each card contains the following information, which includes: the name and image of a particular Pokémon, its special “attacks”, and indications of what is happening with certain attacks. This is very similar to the first baseball cards, which contain the name and image of a particular baseball player on one side and the statistics of players on the other.
There are many different types of cards, and it’s fun to try and find one or two that you really want or should make your collection “complete” and either buy it or trade it for. As you can also see for the price of a Honus Wagner card, if you decide to collect old cards like baseball cards, you can get one that costs a lot of money. Trading cards can be profitable if you find one that suits you. The rarer the card, the more interesting it is to get one and maybe even use it. For example, some rare Pokémon cards, like Zekrom with Ultrage attacks and Bolt Strike, would be really exciting in the game. Imagine the face of your opponent when he sees you using a card like this!
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