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Fifth in a Series of Articles for Parents of Young
Caring for Your
the biggest problems I've seen with some younger
children owning cards is how they care for them. I
can't tell you how many times I've had kids approach us
at our shop and ask to sell us some cards, which they
proceed to pull out of their pants pocket, completely
unsleeved and unprotected. The edges are frayed and
corners are bent. I just cannot buy cards in such
condition. There is no way I can resell them, so they
are virtually worthless to me, unfortunately. Almost any
card in good condition has some value to me, but on the
other hand, almost every card in bad condition has no
value to me.
do realize the value of their cards and the wisdom in
keeping them in good condition, but many do not. A few
simple and relatively inexpensive steps will help you
and your children to keep their cards in top shape,
helping them to hold their resale value if they should
ever decide to trade or sell them.
Penny Sleeves are the least expensive way to protect
your cards. As their name indicates, you can purchase
them for practically pennies (100 pack for $1), and they
are worth every penny (pun intended). They are thin,
clear plastic sleeves or covers that you can slip your
cards into. I recommend that every rare be sleeved, and
you can also sleeve commons and uncommons if you'd like.
Sleeving is especially important if your kids like to
show their cards to their friends and the cards are
passed around a lot.
Deck sleeves are similar to the Penny Sleeves, but
thicker and of higher quality. They are a bit more
expensive than the Penny Sleeves, but the extra
thickness is necessary in many cases. They will give
more protection to the higher valued cards you have. I
would also highly recommend them for any decks
that would be played, as the shuffling and handling
necessary for playing can damage unprotected or lightly
protected cards. If you'd like to see an example of Deck
Sleeves, you can check them out at our Website:
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Pocket Card Pages:
A great way to show off a collection, clear pages, such
as those offered by Ultra Pro, make a great display of
your cards while protecting them at the same time.
Pricing varies from different retailers, but I can
usually pick them up for about .10 cents a page or less.
Use the pages in binders to display the cards.
sure to use only "D" ring binders for your paged cards!
Regular round "O" ring binders can bend, crimp and
highly damage the cards if the pages are not laying
perfectly straight. The "D" rings will help you avoid
this as they keep the pages flat and in line.
Deck Boxes are a must if you will be transporting cards
in any way other than a page binder. Decks should always
go in deck boxes. They are semi-rigid containers made to
a perfect size for holding decks and a sideboard. If you
are unsure what I'm talking about here, you can see an
example of Deck Boxes, as well as the colors they come
in, at our Website:
http://www.shuffleandcutgames.com/magic/ . While
sleeves protect cards from being scuffed and scratched,
deck boxes will keep your cards from being bent or
damaged otherwise. They also help to keep your cards
together and from getting lost.
Special Note on Foils (Holos):
All foils should go immediately into protective sleeves,
even if it's only a penny sleeve. The foil surface of
premium cards is highly prone to scuffing, even from the
slightest rubbing, such as from being in a box or in a
stack of cards. The only way to protect foils is to
sleeve them right when the come out of the pack. Scuffed
foil cards are practically worthless, as most people
that want to buy foils want nice looking mint cards for
the coolness factor. If a foil is scratched up, then the
coolness factor is missing and the card has lost its
any and all of the above methods to protect your cards
will help them to keep their highest value for you as a
player and a collector. Investing just a few dollars
will actually save you many dollars in the long run.