First things first, this is something I do for fun. In no way are these cards associated with Universal Studios, Disney, SeaWorld or any of their partners and or affiliates. They are completely OFFICIALLY UNOFFICIAL.
Before I tell you a little about me and the story behind the cards, let me tell you about the cards.
I grew up as a baseball card collector. I loved opening the packs. The look, the feel, the excitement of pulling your favorite player! I wanted to recreate that with these cards. They are printed on 16/18 point card stock. The prototype cards were 14 point and I didn't feel that was sturdy enough. They didn't have that baseball card feel to them. Flimsy would be accurate. I make the decision to bump up the card stock level. The majority of the cards have a UV gloss coat on them, much like today's baseball cards. Some of them have a matte finish which is much like the vintage cards of the past. I like both! Some prefer the glossy finish as it feel it adds some "professionalism" to the card. While others like the vintage look and feel of the matte finish. Like I said, I like both! I have leaned very heavily on the glossy finish style.
There are usually 12-16 cards in a series or set. I did this originally for printing purposes and also the original plastic cases I used for sets held 16 cards. I do not print these at home. I design them then send them off to my print shops to have them printed. I work with several print shops for Autographs For a Cure, my nonprofit that I started, and I use the same shops for the theme park cards. The only thing is I have to print in bulk. I can't just print 1 custom card for someone, I have to print 100 of the same card. It works for the theme park cards because I am able to hide a bunch! =)
I put together mystery park packs. I grab anywhere from 5-10 random cards, they can contain the park cards, the music card, or a mixture of both. I put those in my cellophane baggie with my tag card. The tag card is a business card that basically says "Congratulations, you've found me. You are free to keep or rehide for someone else to find. Please post in one of the groups to let me know its been found" I load up my hip pack, (a fanny pack I wear on the side) and them I head to the parks to find some amazing spots to hide the cards.