What are pre-production proofs?

A pre-production proof (also known as a spec sample) is a physical sample of the item you are ordering printed with your imprint. Pre-production proofs are available for most items Deluxe carries.

  • Pre-production proofs are recommended when time allows, as they will give you the best idea of how your items will appear when printed in mass.
  • Pre-production proofs typically incur setup costs in addition to the cost of the item, and can add an additional 5-10 business days to the ordering process to allow for factory setup, production and shipping.
  • Upon approval of the pre-production proof, your items will be manufactured with standard production time. Expedited production service may also be available; be sure to ask your account manager about all production time options available.
  • Please call the phone number located on our website if you would like to request a pre-production proof.


If you want simply to look at the product you’re thinking about ordering, we do offer free samples. Be sure to review our Free Sample Policy for more information.