How to protect your sports cards for future enjoyment?

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Some tips on how to protect your expensive and not so expensive cards so you can enjoy them for years to come:

  • We place almost any card into a “soft sleeve” AKA Penny Sleeve.
  • Binder pages are okay, only for less expensive cards-as cards can be damaged easily.
  • Screw downs can damage cards, only buy screw downs that don’t press down directly on the card.
  • Card Saver 1 or 2’s are great for almost any card-they are not a rigid as “Top Loaders” but cards will not slip out of card savers. Also the grading companies prefer you to send cards in the card saver protectors.
  • Getting your card graded (slabed) is the ultimate in storage and protection.
  • BE CAREFUL when you get the card straight from the pack and place it into a penny sleeve-Use the bigger “jersey/thick card sleeves” even for thin cards, that way you can easily slip the card in without clipping the bottom edge/corner of the card.


  • A Bank vault is the safest place for the most valuable cards. (Too bad I don’t have any!)
  • A small safe or metal box is a good place to keep good cards in case something falls on the box it will not be crushed.
  • Under your bed is a bad place for cards-beds have been known to break.
  • Cold/Hot closets and garages/storage units are not good for cards-Chrome and vintage cards will be damaged in these climates.
  • If you don’t have renters/homeowners insurance-you will not get anything if your cards are stolen, damaged by fire, flood, tree falling…ect–Store your best cards in a place that is insured (Bank vault).
  • If you do have really expensive cards-make sure you have clear photos front and back of the cards stored in multiple places (forward them to an e-mail address and you will always have them) That way if they are stolen or damaged you can collect on your insurance or claim them if they are stolen.
  • Again, grading your best cards-ASAP is the best way to insure that they are encased in the best possible condition.  If you are nervous about sending your cards via the mail (as I would be) BGS/PSA travel to major cards shows and you can have cards graded their. Just drive safely!

    Just a few tips-hope they help

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