In truth, the only real difference between the UV500 finish and Airflow (which is the finish that all E/T11 custom decks are still being printed on) is that UV500 glows brighter under UV light while Airflow doesn't; so unless you plan to perform under UV light frequently, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
You might ask, if they're still printing Airflow Finished cards, why do the sides now say Air-cushion instead? Because USPC's lawyers are forcing all custom decks to use the trademarked "Air-cushion Finish" for all the decks that USPC prints.
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That is correct....sort of. Here is the thing. The UV500 also had a thicker and stiffer stock than the Bee casino grade stock. Indeed the it was the thickest and one of the stiffest stocks used by USPCC. So fans of burly decks won't have the same kind of deck that they used to. So basically the both things that made the original E decks unique are now gone. Read what he says about how the future decks will be made, then go over to T11 and read what they say about their decks. Both will be using the same stock, same press, and same quality standards. I'm not saying it won't still be a good deck but it won't handle much differently than a T11 deck. For those of you who like the E designs but never liked the thicker stock this should actually be an improvement for you. It all depends on what you like.
I also read that bit about the "Air Cushion" That kind of chaps me as well. I mean giving decks different names for their finish was often just a marketing ploy anyways but sometimes it did indeed serve a purpose. IE. Aladdin 1001s come in a smooth finish and an air cushion finish. The smooth finish are widely regarded as one of the best cards USPCC makes while the air cushion finished Aladdins are conversely considered one of the worst cards USPCC makes. From their you can see where this will lead to some irritation. Imagine if De-Beers sold their diamonds like that. You wouldn't know until you opened the box if you had a jewellery grade or an industrial grade diamond....not good business.
@Akirafist-Never had a chance to try those out. My understanding was that it was printed on a thinner stock so the feel of those may not change much.
I think the biggest impact will be for the people who like a little variety. I'm not sure how many different stocks they have available to them but I am guessing that it is down to two or three? They have two different grades of press and four different grades of quality control.