Sapphire Preferred now thinner?

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Sapphire Preferred now thinner?

Postby nowipaco » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:24 pm

I just received my CSP after holding off as long as I could from apping. I love the look of the card and the feel. Just took the place of my PRG as my favorite card. But the one thing I have noticed is that the card is significantly thinner than I remember. The front is flat and no longer beveled, and the "Sapphire Preferred" on the front is a lot smaller. I like the look better. But the thickness of the card is exactly the same as my Quicksilver.

When I apped for the card at Chase the banker even told me that Chase made the card thinner after people had trouble swiping it in some places which I dismissed as some sort of banker bull.

Anybody gone from the older one to the new thinner card?
(Sorry if anyone has already posted this. Couldn't find it anywhere.)

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Capital One QS: $3250 (02/13)
Marriott: $5000 (01/16)
Ritz Carlton: $13,500 (09/15)
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Postby nismoZtuner » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:51 pm

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compared it with my MRP card that i have had for 2 years and a half now.. they both seem the same
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Postby nowipaco » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:50 am

Yeah Nismo, you have the supposed newer thinner CSP design like I do. I have seen and held the older thicker version in person. I just wonder when they changed it over. I really liked the size of the previous version a lot. But I really do love the card since I've gotten it.

AmEx ED: $4500 (02/15)
AmEx PRG: NPSL (02/15)
AmEx SPG: $2000 (06/15)
Capital One QS: $3250 (02/13)
Marriott: $5000 (01/16)
Ritz Carlton: $13,500 (09/15)
TCL: $34,750 (Some not shown above)

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Postby nismoZtuner » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:48 am

nowipaco wrote:Yeah Nismo, you have the supposed newer thinner CSP design like I do. I have seen and held the older thicker version in person. I just wonder when they changed it over. I really liked the size of the previous version a lot. But I really do love the card since I've gotten it.


Have you ever heald a Ritz Carlton card? now those are heavy
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Postby popamode72 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:08 pm

I really don't think the CSP is that heavy at all. It's only slightly heavier than your average plastic card, though still very nice nonetheless. Now the Ritz card is definitely much heavier.
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Postby flan » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:46 am

nismoZtuner wrote:compared it with my MRP card that i have had for 2 years and a half now.. they both seem the same


There's an ISO standard for card dimensions. It requires a thickness of 30 mils -- 0.030 inch, +/- 0.003. Bank cards tend to be spot on, or just sightly over. If they get much thicker than a thou over sized, they run into the risk of the cards not working in many machines.

I while back, I measured all the cards in my wallet (not just my credit cards, but also my driver's license, etc). Everything was pretty spot on, except the freedom, which is at the thin end of the spectrum. The rest of the credit cards were within 0.0005 of 30 mils, as i recall.

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Postby emergent » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:42 pm

nowipaco wrote:The front is flat and no longer beveled, and the "Sapphire Preferred" on the front is a lot smaller. I like the look better.


I had the CSP since it was introduced, and I don't remember it ever actually being physically beveled. There is the border design that sort of makes it look beveled. Does anyone remember it actually being physically beveled?

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Postby Nick21 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:50 am

It's almost been a flat card, it does seem a little thinner but two big changes I noticed. It now says "Contains Metal DO NOT SHRED" and the Visa Signature logo features the newer look and style. I think the card would look so much nicer if the name on front were removed, the data were laser etched in silver and the dove hologram were replaced with the hologram mag stripe :oooo

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Postby tvirk888 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:32 am

nismoZtuner wrote:Image
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compared it with my MRP card that i have had for 2 years and a half now.. they both seem the same


I thought the Marriott Rewards was the same card as the Ritz Carlton? Is it two pieces of plastic between a thin sheet of metal now? :(
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Bank Of America Cash Rewards - $5K (11/2014)
Chase Freedom - $11,700 (10/2013)
Chase Sapphire Preferred - $18K (11/2014)
Citi Thank You Preferred - $10K (11/2014)
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Postby emergent » Thu Apr 02, 2015 3:08 pm

tvirk888 wrote:I thought the Marriott Rewards was the same card as the Ritz Carlton? Is it two pieces of plastic between a thin sheet of metal now? :(


It was always plastic with a metal core like the CSP. The Ritz is all metal like the Palladium card.



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