To convince consumers to grab one card out of their wallets over all the others, credit card companies have gone out of their way to spice up those utilitarian pieces of 2-inch-by-3-inch plastic.
Though creative designs in the credit card industry have led to innovations such as microchips and create-your-own-card designs, there have also been many flubs along the way. In this slideshow, we'll look at eight of those designs that failed to find their place so far in wallets across America -- and some that never even made it out of the lab.
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