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There are many card games out there that do not use the standard number-face-ace cards. I am speaking of card games like Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon, and other things.
Many people who play those games are fanatics about having the cards all facing the right way, and if they get messed up, they will
go through the entire deck fixing them.
If instead the cards were slightly tapered, the edges of upside-down cards would stick out slightly, allowing them to be easily grasped, and rotated to correct orientation.
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These came up in a search for novelty playing cards. Pretty easy to tell which way up they are, though I don't know if you could use them when playing your sister. [DrCurry, May 16 2006]
||Slightly-trapezoidal playing cards are available at magic and novelty shops. It doesn't take much of a skew to allow detection of inverted cards. On the other hand, having a more pronounced trapezoidal shape might also enhance handling of games that require "fanning" cards.
||They would stick out, but would they really be easy to grasp? E.g. if you have to "grasp" and remove 25 of them interleaved randomly among a deck of 50?
||//They would stick out, but would they really be easy to grasp? E.g. if you have to "grasp" and remove 25 of them interleaved randomly among a deck of 50?//
||If the cards are stiff but slick, holding the deck vertically by the top of the long edge will allow the cards whose top edge is shorter to fall out of the deck. Very little difference in width is required.