(Topic ID: 2955)

Should I replace original instruction cards with nice custom ones?

By Son_of_Zombie

9 years ago

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  • 22 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 7 years ago by BestShot31
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    Topic poll

    “Keep original reasonable cond cards or nice custom new ones?”

    • Stick with the original cards. 10 votes
    • Get custom cards and keep originals in case I want to change back. 40 votes
    • Get custom cards and frame original cards to mount on wall next to machine. 2 votes

    (52 votes)

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    #1 9 years ago


    I was looking round on a local internet auction site and found a guy who custom makes his own cards and prints them at high quality. I like them, they look nice but I like my machine original too..

    The cards are $25 NZD with free shipping (at time of posting equals $18.28 USD) a bit 'pricey' but the machine is worth around $3K NZD when sold on the same site so what is another $25?

    Like I say they look nice but I have the originals in my machine (slightly yellowed with time and one has what looks like a small stain caused by liquid) but still in reasonable condition and now I'm not sure which to choose.

    If I get the new ones of course I would keep the old ones if I ever want to change back...

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    #2 9 years ago

    I am totally for originals cards. I think most custom cards are just too busy and look ugly the way the are often printed in low res and on an inktjet. I must say, the ones you show above are quite alright, but for me it's simply the originals and in b/w. I do like adding a small text at the bottom, pointing to Pinside.com

    #3 9 years ago

    I do like adding a small text at the bottom, pointing to Pinside.com

    Funny! I wish I had known this before I started the poll, I would have made it an option!

    #4 9 years ago

    If I do replace a card it is a reproduction of the original. Many of my machines came with extra pricing cards still never used and in the original envelope from the factory.

    You can download and print them easily from places like ipdb etc. I prefer a high quality black and white laser for printing. If you can't find one you can take a hi-resolution(megapixel) photo of the old one and use photoshop to get it perfect and white.

    #5 9 years ago

    Print your own, there are a few places you can download them from. Or make your own...There are nicer ones for fishtales than the ones you posted..

    #6 9 years ago

    3000 for a fishtales! Ouch, I thought prices in Canada were bad!! Mines super nice and it was only about half that..

    #7 9 years ago

    3000 for a fishtales! Ouch, I thought prices in Canada were bad!! Mines super nice and it was only about half that..

    Shocking eh? There is only one decent internet auction site here that lists them and only one major importer of machines (that I'm aware of). With so little competition people can pretty much charge what they like... Mines in good condition except the artwork on the sides and front is sun faded.

    P.s Always wanted to go to Canada, I used to play ice hockey until my knees became so bad I had to stop. I also once got a chance to play against the Canadian Moose, who were described to us as the hockey version of the Harlem Globetrotters. Mostly ex pros and guys in reserve teams for the NHL. I probably don't need to mention they beat the snot out of us!

    #8 9 years ago

    I had to change the stern cards. That bright yellow is just too much. I bought Spiderman cards. I made my Avatar cards.

    #9 9 years ago

    LOL, the Canadian MOOSE! I remember going to see them in the mid 80's. Funny stuff ,and yes exactly like the Globetrotters but Hockey.

    As far as the custom cards go, you could get the ones free off the internet and just get them printed and laminated in very high quality at a Staples or other shop for about $5.

    "Ken's custom cards" is a good site, the images are high rez.

    #10 9 years ago

    Here is another link for custom cards...


    #11 9 years ago

    I like to put in custom instruction/free play cards in my in my pins, I think it makes them look better than the plain white background.

    I normally get mine from Kens too...


    #12 9 years ago

    I like to put in custom instruction/free play cards in my in my pins, I think it makes them look better than the plain white background.

    I must admit, all of mine are custom - there much more interesting and colorful. Of course I kept the stock cards.

    #13 9 years ago

    Yes, the same as Bill2626. I have printed out cards for all my pins and put the originals inside the coin box. I would never throw them away or permanentlyreplace them. Printing the custom cards is fun and offers a change of variety.

    #14 9 years ago

    Thanks for the links. There are some great cards there, unfortunately I didn't like any of the ones for my machine. One of the card sets I particularly liked was Pinzach's The Simpsons cards (Bart is writing it all on a blackboard, like in the opening of the show).

    After having a look at the cards available for my machine I now completely understand Robin's earlier quote.

    I think most custom cards are just too busy

    I'll keep looking (not so keen on $25 now...) or maybe even attempt make my own.

    Thanks again!

    2 years later
    #15 7 years ago

    Anyone have any more links for these?

    #17 7 years ago

    Custom always for me. Stock cards are bland, boring and I don't want to see pricing info.

    #18 7 years ago

    I print mine from pinballrebel

    #19 7 years ago

    I absolutely love the custom cards on my SS and DMD machines although I still prefer the stock cards on my EMs.

    With a little searching you can find custom designs that reflect the machines original artwork and really dress up the apron. I feel they compliment the machine without being a detraction.

    I print the cards on 4" x 6" photo paper and trim to size. They look beautiful and it's easily reversible.

    #20 7 years ago
    Quoted from PoMC:

    Custom always for me. Stock cards are bland, boring and I don't want to see pricing info.

    Custom for me too. I love the creativity I've seen people use on custom cards.

    #21 7 years ago

    I switch with custom cards. I just put the original cards in a ziplock bag and put in the coin holder.

    #22 7 years ago

    I make my own. The plain white ones are just too boring compared to the rest of the pin art....

    #23 7 years ago

    Original cards all the way. The visual design of most custom cards doesn't match the visual design of the machine's art, creating disharmony.

    #24 7 years ago

    I print them with my HP photo printer off of Ken and Zach's site.

    #25 7 years ago

    Try to make new ones but always set aside the original ones.

    #26 7 years ago

    Based on the title of this thread. Can people not think for themselves ?

    #27 7 years ago

    I'm not positive, but my read on the original post two years ago was along the line of whether the original cards were in line with keeping the essence of the original gaming environment. Thus, keeping everything original, and more pure. Maybe he also thought that the original cards contributed some value towards the value of the machine.

    First of all, there's little to no value that an old yellow original pricing or instruction card add any value whatsoever, unless it's autographed by the game makers themselves, or Mickey Mantle.

    I say go with what looks best, it's individualized. I love custom cards and create and print out my own in full color laser on photo paper, laminated. When it comes time to sell the machine, give them the originals and custom cards, let the next owners decide, there's really no monetary value to the originals...; is there?

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