Originally Posted by glworden
You can find pictures at any vendor site such as caragails.com. There are some review threads here on CardsChat, and detailed reviews and pictures at
The first time I saw KEM cards online, I thought people were crazy to be paying $15 or $20 for a set when I could get Bicycles at the drugstore for $2. But if you play much, you'll definitely find the plastics worthwhile. If you chose just one set, I'd say try Modianos.
I'd venture to say that over 90% of experienced players in this forum use plastic. Should do a poll.
I agree, plastic is the way to go if you play on a regular basis, even though I have yet to play with plastic cards that are as nice feeling as Bicycles.
We play at my house about 4 - 5 times a week and we go through about 2 - 3 decks of regular Bicycles a week. We had a plastic deck but eventually it wore out (with bends, cracks, etc.) after about 3 months.
But yes, plastic will save you a TON of $$ over the long run.