How To Protect Your Pokémon Cards
Every one of us has a direct or indirect love for cards. Playing cards is all about sharing, whether with kids, cousins or friends. People will always want their cards to remain as fresh as the day they were purchased. Therefore, the protection of Pokémon cards is also critical in order to maintain their value and longevity for the long run. There are several ways for Pokémon card protection. In this section, we will go over the six best methods for Pokémon card protection.

How to Protect Your Pokémon Cards

Ways to store your Pokémon cards:

What causes your cards to get damaged? What are the best ways to store your Pokémon cards? How can you protect them from sweating, friction, or moisture? Pokémon cards are frequently harmed by wear and tear, but they can also be spoiled by water or food. Storing cards in a hot area or sunlight exposure, being subjected to an area near a kitchen, or smoking harms them.

Now Let's discuss some best practices to store your Pokémon cards:

6 Best Ways to Store your Pokémon Cards:

Pokémon cards can be protected and stored in a variety of ways. Here are some of the common and recommended methods for Pokémon card protection:

1- Sleeves: Sleeves are probably the cheapest method for Pokémon card protection, especially if you love to have a massive collection of cards; the sleeves protect the cards from moisture and sweat. The majority of sleeves are non-glare matte to provide a smoother feel when playing or shuffling your cards.

2- Pokemon card binder: Another option for storing your cards is to use a Pokémon card binder. Storing your cards in a Pokémon card binder not only shields them against direct sunlight but also guards them against smoke and water damage. This method is recommended for the storage of your expensive cards. However, before binding keeping your cards in sleeves gives an extra glossy look and another layer of protection.

3- Top loaders: Using top loaders can act as an extra protection shield protecting the card from wear and tear, and saves its corners and edges from damage. It's also a good idea to use top loaders after protection through penny sleeves. They aren't as cheap as sleeves but can be still bought at an affordable price.

Figure 2: Top loader (photo: Pokegus on Instagram)

4- Grading: Grading means getting a rating from 1-10 for your card after the evaluation of its condition. So, the right way is to send your card to have it graded immediately after top-loading it, which increases the worth of your card and reaches you in a more hard and safe case. 

Currently, there are several reputable and established grading companies such as Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA), Beckett Grading Services (BGS) and Sportscard Guaranty (SGC). 

5- Card Pocket Sleeves : A great way to protect your collection. Each 9-Pocket Sleeve can hold up to 18 cards (though not recommended, best practice is to use 1 sleeve for 9 playing cards). The durable and heavyweight pages feature strong seam welds, ensuring long-term durability and easy transportation. These sleeves fit into any standard three-ring binder or folder.

6- Acrylic BoxesFor the die hard collectors who don’t want to open their cherished booster boxes, Acrylic boxes are a great way to preserve them in mint condition to maintain long term value and protect them from dust, sunlight, moisture, and deterioration.

Whether you’re preserving your cards as an investment or just saving them to pass onto the next generation, use the above tips and tricks to keep your cards safe and in mint condition. Protect your cards so you can enjoy them for a longer period of time. 

 

How to protect your pokémon cards