I got these shams to sit behind my fancier ones. They serve the purpose perfectly and you cannot beat the price. But, if you are are looking for fancy show shams, you will not like these. They are clearly meant to be a "behind the show shams" shams. They are lightweight but adequate. So don't buy them as a "first" sham and then complain that they are lightweight and flimsy. They work great for what they should be used for.
I disagree with previous reviews that the shams are too thin for top shams. I am using them for top shams and they are crisp and clean and look great on the bed. I am more than pleased with this product and the low price and free shipping is a huge plus! If you are looking for white, crisp, tailored shams then I highly recomend these.
I was a little put off when I got these shams out of the package: the fabric felt synthetic even though the shams are 100 percent cotton, and the white color looked bluish, like watered-down milk. But after a go-around in the washing machine, I'm very pleased with them. The fabric is somewhat thin -- you'll definitely need pillowcase protectors if you don't want the pattern on your pillowcases to show through -- but it is unmistakably cotton, and I'm looking forward to feeling it become softer with time. The color is less blueish as well, and I really like the crisp, classic styling. All in all, I'd say they're an excellent value for the price.
These shams, as the other reviewers have mentioned are *thin*, so you'll need plain white pillows for underneath, and even then, if you look, you can still see any white-on-white patterning. I think they're great if you have two rows of pillows on your bed and just want a sham edge to peek out on the back ones, or if you have colored/patterned ones up front and want these as a 'backdrop'. You can not beat the price for that purpose, but if you're looking for shams for the front pillows on a bed that everyone will see, I'd probably choose others.