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TMCARDS DOT COM have been manufacturing playing card games for the last 3 decades for game manufacturers and game inventors alike. And take pride in being the foremost where the printing of playing cards and the manufacturing of playing cards are concerned. There is a lot that goes into manufacture of games and game kits , and it takes a specialist like TMCARDS DOT COM to match up to the stringent quality, control and expertise required to give you a deck that is Flawless, as just one spot could result in a marked card that could be detrimental to the game being played. Playing card games are a real favorite with close knit family and friends who still prefer togetherness. Many people find playing cards interesting, in addition to, and sometimes to the exclusion of, the games that can be played with them. Some enjoy the long and fascinating history of the development of playing cards, while others enjoy playing cards as collectables or objects of art.

In A survey carried out, it was found that 83% of the American families play cards, and Cards can be found in 87% of American homes, Families of every income bracket play cards, The most well known card game is Rummy.

The origin of playing cards is obscure, but it is almost certain that they began in China after the invention of paper. The time and manner of the introduction of cards into Europe is a matters of dispute. The 38th canon of the council of Worcester (1240) is often quoted as evidence of cards having been known in England in the middle of the 13th century; but the games de rege et regina there mentioned are now thought to more likely have been chess.

It is likely that the ancestors of modern cards arrived in Europe from the Mamelukes of Egypt in the late 1300s, by which time they had already assumed a form very close to those in use today. In particular, the Mameluke deck contained 52 cards comprising four "suits": polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups. Each suit contained ten "spot" cards (cards identified by the number of suit symbols or "pips" they show) and three "court" cards named malik (King), na'ib malik (Viceroy or Deputy King), and thani na'ib (Second or Under-Deputy). The Mameluke court cards showed abstract designs not depicting persons (at least not in any surviving specimens) though they did bear the names of military officers. A complete pack of Mameluke playing cards was discovered by L.A. Mayer in the Topkapi Sarayi Museum , Istanbul , in 1939; this particular complete pack was not made before 1400, but the complete deck allowed matching to a private fragment dated to the twelfth or thirteenth century. There is some evidence to suggest that this deck may have evolved from an earlier 48-card deck that had only two court cards per suit, and some further evidence to suggest that earlier Chinese cards brought to Europe may have traveled to Persia, which then influenced the Mameluke and other Egyptian cards of the time before their reappearance in Europe.

The Europeans experimented with the structure of playing cards, particularly in the 1400s. Europeans changed the court cards to represent European royalty and attendants, originally "king", "chevalier", and "knave" (or "servant"). Queens were introduced in a number of different ways.

The four suits ( hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) now used in most of the world originated in France , approximately in 1480. These suits have generally prevailed because decks using them could be made more cheaply; the former suits were all drawings which had to be reproduced by woodcuts, but the French suits could be made by stencil. The trèfle, so named for its resemblance to the trefoil leaf, was probably copied from the acorn; the pique similarly from the leaf of the German suits, while its name derived from the sword of the Italian suits. It is not derived from its resemblance to a pike head, as commonly supposed. In England the French suits were used, and are named hearts, clubs (corresponding to trèfle, the French symbol being joined to the Italian name, bastoni), spades (corresponding to the French pique, but having the Italian name, spade=sword) and diamonds.

The two jokers are often differentiated as "Big" and "Little" or more commonly, "Red" and "Black". In many card games the jokers are not used. Unlike face cards, the design of jokers varies widely. Many manufacturers use them to carry trademark designs.

The primary deck of fifty-two playing cards in use today, called Anglo-American playing cards, includes thirteen ranks of each of the four English suits, spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. Two (sometimes one or four) Jokers, often distinguishable with one being more colorful than the other, are included in commercial decks but many games require one or both to be removed before play. Modern playing cards carry index labels on opposite corners (rarely, all four corners) to facilitate identifying the cards when they overlap.

The most common sizes for Playing cards are poker size (2½in × 3½in, approx. 63mm × 88mm) and bridge size (2¼in × 3½in, approx. 56mm × 87mm), the latter being more suitable for games such as bridge in which a large number of cards must be held concealed in a player's hand. Other sizes are also available, such as a smaller size (usually 1?in × 2?in, approx. 44mm × 66mm) for solitaire and larger ones for card tricks.

Some decks include additional design elements. Casino blackjack decks may include markings intended for a machine to check the ranks of cards. Many casino decks and solitaire decks have four indices instead of the usual two. Many decks have large indices, largely for use in stud poker games, where being able to read cards from a distance is a benefit and hand sizes are small. Some decks use four colors for the suits in order to make it easier to tell them apart. The colors used in such decks are black (spades ?), red (hearts ? ), blue (diamonds ? ) and green (clubs ? ).

THE DESIGN OF PLAYING CARDS involves a balance between utilitarian constraints and artistic possibilities.  The basic purpose of playing cards hasn't changed much in the last 625 years, but the fundamental precepts and principles of design and print have been continuously developing and improving to the present day. We here at strive to keep up with all the latest changes in Ideas and concepts,

Playing card printing is an art that has remained exclusively with the Playing card manufacturers over a period of time where in it is not possible for commercial printers to manufacture Playing cards due to the limitation of machinery inputs and the know how of stringent quality playing card manufacturing.

There are many processes that go into the manufacture of the common playing card as they are called.

Playing cards are printed on state of the art Heidelberg printing machines and are subject to a very high vigilance by the printing and supervision staff There is a unique coating given to each deck of cards that determines its strength, scuff proofing, usability and the look and feel of the Playing card decks.

The Playing cards are then slit and punched accurately on specialized machines making sure that the dies result in a non burr effect for each deck.

Each card in every deck is individually punched allowing and error free deck and then rechecked and packed.

Be it a regular deck of Playing Cards, or a new Playing Card game set that you want developed, TMCARDS will work with you to give you the best Deal  in printing  your deck of Playing cards OR Game cards.