Tips for Maintaining and Caring for Your Trading Card Collection

    Mathew Philips

    If you’re looking for a fun, interesting hobby to get into, consider trading card collecting. There’s something incredible about the thrill of finding and owning unique cards, discovering new sets, and building an extensive collection. But if you’ve never collected trading cards before, it can be hard to know where to start. In this post, we’ll provide an introduction to collecting trading cards and offer some helpful tips on how to get started.


    What are Trading Cards?

    Trading cards have been around for over 100 years, but they became popular in the 1980s when companies such as Topps released sports-themed card collections featuring baseball players like Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson. Today, there are many different types of trading cards available including sports cards, superhero cards, gaming cards, movie cards – even non-sports related collectibles such as dinosaurs or pets!

    While all these different types of trading cards all have their own value and appeal, they share a few commonalities: they are typically sold in packs or boxes (with each pack containing several random cards), they feature high-quality artwork or photography on the front (and sometimes back) of each card that is often unique from other sets/collections. Additionally – depending on the type of card – each one may also include statistics or text that provide information about the subject depicted on the card.


    Getting Started with Trading Card Collecting

    If you’re interested in getting started with collecting trading cards, here are some helpful tips for beginners:

    • Start small – Don’t invest too much money at first as it takes time to learn what you like and don’t like about certain sets/types of collectibles. Start by buying smaller packets of individual packs or boxes until you get a feel for which type of collectible appeals to you most.

    • Do your research – Before investing in any set or type of collectible trading card set, make sure to do your research so that you understand what kind of value each one holds. Check out websites such as Beckett's Online Price Guide (OPG) for up-to-date pricing information on various sets/cards that can help you determine whether a particular set is worth your money or not.

    • Join a collector's club– Joining a local collector's club can be a great way to meet other collectors who share your interests and can provide valuable advice when it comes to making smart purchases or selling parts (or all) of your collection down the line!

    • Be patient – Building a great collection doesn't happen overnight; it takes time and patience! It may take months or even years to build up your collection depending on how serious you want to be about it but just remember - collecting should be enjoyable so take your time and enjoy it!



    Collecting trading cards is an incredibly rewarding hobby that can provide hours upon hours of entertainment for years to come. With these tips in mind, anyone can start their journey into becoming a knowledgeable collector who knows exactly what type of sets/cards are worth their money and which ones aren't quite worth the price tag attached them. So go ahead - start researching sets that interest you today - who knows where this journey into collecting might lead!