Are North Koreans and South Koreans "same people" or "the same people"? Which is correct: the same or just same, and why?
You would use the definite article there:
Same without the article is often used in a telegraphic style (one that omits extra words for the sake of brevity), such as product orders:
In this case it functions as a demonstrative pronoun, whose antecedent is the cards mentioned. Another way to say that is
It fine to use either, but same in that context is a conventional usage.
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