How to collect trading cards

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Ever wondered what the right way was to go about collecting trading cards? Whether your collecting Pokemon cards, Yu Gi Oh or Match Attax cards this guide will hopefully give you a better idea of how to successfully collect your trading card collection from start to finish.

How to keep your trading cards in mint condition

The more money you will make the better condition you keep your trading cards in. In order to keep your cards in mint condition plastic card sleeve holders then they should go into a binder for greater protection. This will ensure that the cards will not bend. If you only have a few cards that you have collected that are very rare i.e. Match Attax Van Persie Limited Edition then you can put these cards in top loaders.

What to do after collecting trading cards

Store your cards in a dry, cool place and keep them away from moisture. This will ensure that it doesn't get damaged and remains in mint condition. Also, keeping all your cards in order makes life more easier when your looking for a card or cards.  You can keep your cards in order by either the set they were printed in or the year they were issued i.e. Match Attax 2010 - 2011 will be before Match Attax Extra 2010 - 2011.

Definitions of trading card condition

When sellers describe they should look like the following trading cards definitions:

  • Mint Condition: Trading card show no sign of damage or been used. Looks like it has come straight out of the packet.

  • Near Mint or Excellent Condition: They are signs that this card has been used but it is still in first class condition.

  • Good condition: There are signs of serious creases or bent corners but show signs of repeated use.

  • Poor condition: The trading card either has at least one serious fault i.e. bent corner or heavy creases.


Playing cards are collector's items so allow your collection to grow and keep your cards in the best condition you can because someday it should be able to make you alot of money.

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