Individual Custom Trading Cards — Keep Them Protected!

By: Christopher, Founder & Owner
March 7, 2017


You’ve made custom trading cards for yourself and your team. Now it’s time to store and protect your individual custom trading cards to keep them safe and looking great! Speaking from experience as a decades-long collector, protecting cards is a no-brainer. Unprotected cards can damage easily, while protected cards can last a lifetime. Not only that, protecting your cards is both easy and affordable!

You should consider a few things when you think about protecting your individual custom trading cards. How many cards do you want to protect? What level of protection do you want for your custom trading cards? How much are you willing to spend? Once you answer these questions, it will be easier to determine your protection needs.

You should also consider what can happen to your unprotected trading cards. No unprotected trading card is safe from damage. Just by simply holding your card, you subject it to oils and residue. You also risk damaging the edges and corners. It’s also very difficult to prevent accidental scratches and creases from mishandled cards. Your cards can even fade if exposed to sunlight. Don’t worry, though. We have a solution for that, too!


individual custom trading cards, trading card protection, penny sleeves, toploaders, magnetic holders, BCWPENNY SLEEVES: This simple protection device gets its nickname from how affordable it is. Otherwise known as a “soft” or “standard” sleeve, the penny sleeve is typically made of synthetic materials such as polypropylene. These sleeves are also often acid free which helps to keep the printed ink intact. Available in packs of 100, they can sometimes be found for less than 50¢ per pack. They are typically the first line of defense against damage and are often paired with other devices.

TOPLOADERS: While penny sleeves are soft, these individual custom trading card protectors are much more rigid. They also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The standard 3×4 version is perfect for our cards. Standard cards with penny sleeves fit perfectly and look great in toploaders. You can expect to pay a couple of bucks for a pack of 25.

MAGNETIC CARD HOLDERS: While the rigid material of toploaders will keep your cards plenty safe, these holders go a few steps further in protecting your individual custom trading cards. Firstly, these card holders completely encapsulate your card. The magnetic snaps help ensure that your holder keeps your card inside. Secondly, they include recessed corners to keep your cards safe from dings and rounding. Additionally, many of these holders are UV-resistant, while penny sleeves and toploaders are not. This means you can display your card in direct light without worry of fading. Much like toploaders, these holders come in many sizes. Our cards fit perfectly in the standard “35-Pt” holders. You can expect to pay about a buck for standard-sized holders.


If you take the time to design custom trading cards with us, there are many options for you to keep your cards safe and looking great. As you can see by this list, it’s easy and affordable to protect your cards. Whether you trade your cards with your friends or put them on display, we hope you’ll consider any of these three ways to protect your individual custom trading cards.