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Trading Card Game Storage Supplies

Updated on October 16, 2014

Organize and protect playing card games

One of the most important things about trading card games is keeping the cards in excellent condition. During a game, each player has to quickly shuffle through their deck to find the best cards to use against the opponent. After the tournament is over, players sort through their cards to organize their next assault. The wear and tear is unavoidable, but scratched, bent and dog-eared cards are disqualified from game play.

Ultra Pro is one of a handful of companies that make the best clear plastic collecting supplies to store and protect collectible card games, baseball cards, artist trading cards and any kind of paper ephemera. BCW, Clear File and other companies make similar products that may be less expensive. Ultra Pro products simply look better (clarity), the heat sealed pockets will not tear and the pages are more scratch resistant.

7 trading card game storage supplies

Choose from seven kinds of products specifically made to protect normal size cards for Magic the Gathering MTG, Dragon Ball, Duel Masters and smaller games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh.

These same products are used to organize Collectable Card Games like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings LOTR and Star Wars CCG. Display sports card collections, or protect cards during shipment to other Artist Trading Card ATC collectors.

Zippered carry cases

Choose from 8 different kinds of zippered albums and carrying cases. Nylon pockets hold deck boxes, game accessories and a D-ring binder holds cards in clear plastic 9-pocket pages. Carry all your game pieces, deck protectors, and even deck vaults or storage boxes in one case.

Ultra Pro Zippered Gaming Case with Corrugated Insert
Ultra Pro Zippered Gaming Case with Corrugated Insert
  • 4-Pocket Zippered Album includes 10 Ultra PRO 4-Pocket Pages and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap.
  • Deck Box Zippered Album - Holds 9 pocket pages, deck boxes and deck vaults.
  • Portable Gaming Case (Elmore) - Foam insert with compartments to hold deck boxes & gaming accessories (not included) with an adjustable nylon shoulder strap. Available with a matching "Dragon" CD Case from the same artist.
  • Gaming BackPack - Holds ULTRA-PRO 3" Albums, 4-Pocket Portfolios, Deck Boxes, 9-Pocket Portfolios. Comes with compartments to hold CD Player, pencils, pads, and gaming accessories.
  • Miniature Carrying Case - Foam inserts to hold large and small Gaming Miniatures. Zippered pouch opens for Gaming Mat and some terrain. Adjustable nylon shoulder strap. Also sold with the Mage Knight (tm) logo.
  • Metal Deck Vault Carrying Case - Specially made Carrying Case for Deck Vaults with a shoulder strap and a lock with 2 keys! Includes Inserts to customize the compartments.
  • Mini Portable Gaming Case - Portable Gaming Case holds 6 Deck Vaults or Deck Boxes in a foam lined case. Includes a shoulder strap with sliding pad!
  • Portable Gaming Case - Foam insert with compartments to hold Deck Protector Sleeves, Deck Boxes and accessories.

Ultra Pro: Black Deck Box
Ultra Pro: Black Deck Box

Deck Boxes / Deck Vaults

Deck boxes are used to organize and protect cards while they are stored in deck protectors or sleeves. Made of durable plastic to protect your collection in backpacks and desk drawers, and to prevent the corners from getting bent. Deck vaults are even stronger, made of metal and featuring raised graphics from artists commissioned especially by Ultra Pro.

The UltraPro Gallery Series is a whole range of products developed by Ultra Pro with top-name artists, including a series of deck protectors and deck boxes with illustrated wizards, warlocks, dragons and the "Deadly Temptation Women".

Ultra Pro Magic the Gathering: MTG: Nest Deck Vault - Chain Lightning Metal Deck Box
Ultra Pro Magic the Gathering: MTG: Nest Deck Vault - Chain Lightning Metal Deck Box

Nested design to keep gaming dice and cards together in one box.


Ultra Pro Deck Vault

Ultra Pro works directly with manufacturers to create storage products especially for different collectible cards. Graphics and characters from Pokémon and Bella Sara games are featured on collectors' albums and portfolios, deck protectors and boxes.

Ultra Pro has a complete line of gaming products for Magic: The Gathering with the Mana and Black Lotus symbols on deck protectors and deck boxes. Play mats with matching illustrations are available to play collectible card games in a tournament setting.

Review several different Ultra Pro Deck Boxes

Albums and Portfolios

Ultra Pro Collectors Albums are D-ring binders used for any size pocket pages. These albums are three inches wide with padded covers for a more resilient feel, and come with an index pocket on the spine for labels. The Collectors Album series comes in 3 solid colors, and Ultra Pro also makes albums with baseball, basketball and other sports themes printed on the cover.

Pro Binders from Ultra-Pro have 20 pocket pages permanently bound into a booklet that holds up to 360 standard sized cards in UltraPRO Deck Protector sleeves. Each pocket has a black backing, and an elastic band wraps around the binder to keep the cover securely closed.

9-pocket Platinum and Silver storage pages

The Platinum series is the heaviest gauge plastic from Ultra Pro with the best clarity, and always acid-free quality. You can recognize the platinum pages from the hologram logo on the left margin. Silver Series pocket pages are thinner, less expensive and still acid-free, as an alternative to the Platinum Series. Pages are also available internationally with 11-holes to work with any kind of album or binder.

Ultra Pro 9-Pocket Pages - Platinum Series (100 Pages)

9-pocket pages are designed to fit standard sized cards. Collectors use them for everything from phone cards, stickers, artist trading cards and even school portrait pictures and concert tickets.

12 different sizes of clear plastic pocket pages are made for three-ring binders to fit everything from cardboard coin holders (20-pocket) and baseball cards (9-pocket) to 8x10 photographs and letter size documents (1-pocket sheet protectors).


Ultra Pro products - Low-cost collecting supplies on eBay

You can always find deals on eBay for collecting supplies where small retailers are competing to offer the lowest prices to make the sale.

Deck Protector Sleeves

Deck protectors are special sleeves created by Ultra-Pro specifically for collectors. Designed to fit game cards with a clear window on the front to see the face of the card, and a solid color panel on the back, each deck protector is produced to a uniform size to eliminate any way of marking the cards. This is important during tournaments, like Magic: the Gathering games and Pokémon duels, where the game pieces must be kept in mint condition while shuffling through the deck, because once a card becomes damaged it cannot be used for tournament play.

Soft Card Sleeves

Card sleeves are simple plastic bags with the top edge open to insert cards. Often called "penny sleeves" or "soft sleeves", these storage products will protect any kind of paper from getting damaged. These inexpensive sleeves are ideal for product packaging and to protect ATCs traded in the mail.

Deck Protector color choices
Deck Protector color choices

Ultra Pro makes deck protectors in eleven different colors and a variety of special finishes for standard sized cards and smaller Japanese game cards. Deck protectors are smaller than clear plastic penny sleeves, and actually fit inside them for even more protection from scuffing.

Gaming Accessories

Two kinds of clear acrylic boxes are designed to hold 50 or 100 cards stored in deck protectors, and the 4-compartment box holds up to 240 cards.

Ultra Pro introduced 4-color corrugated boxes in 2007 for storing large card collections. Holds up to 700 cards in the deck protectors, with a divider to make two rows of collectible cards in one box.

The Pro Tower Deck Box is a new product to hold sleeved cards, dice and game pieces.

Multiple colors and custom game sleeves

Specializing in collecting supplies

Clear plastic, acid-free storage supplies
Clear plastic, acid-free storage supplies

Ultra-Pro made their first collecting supplies in 1990, and right from the start they created acid-free, archival quality products without using plasticizers or PVC. These additives are commonly used by other manufacturers to make it easier to work with the plastic and form it into sheets. But PVC and other additives will chemically react with air and moisture and eventually release acid that can damage valuable cards and paper collectibles.

Over the years Ultra Pro has created dozens of new storage products for gaming and sports card collecting. The deck protector is an innovative product created by Ultra-Pro to protect cards during tournaments and duels among amateur and professional game players. Originally created in 1994, deck protectors now come in several different colors and styles. UltraPro has also collaborated with the major manufacturers to release limited edition, licensed products.

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    • dotpattern profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Moire 

      4 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @Arachnea: It's amazing what you can find to store in these pocket pages, the "penny sleeves" and the storage cases. Glad you found something that works for you. Enjoy collecting!

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I was curious when I saw the title to your lens and thought I'd stop in. I could actually use some of these things for other items, such as organizing similar beads into a plastic bag. It will make it easier to find things and it's spill proof.

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      Pat Moire 

      5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @xmusashix86: I agree 100%. Ultra Pro are thicker and they more scratch resistant that the other brands. Thanks so much for your feedback.

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      5 years ago

      They're a lot better quality then a lot of other brands. I only use ultra pro products

    • dotpattern profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Moire 

      5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @whats4dinner: We're expanding! Check back for 7 articles about trading card supplies, coming soon.

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      5 years ago

      sometimes.. i buy those sleeves for my nephews!! great to see this kind of lens here :D

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't game at all, so this is like a foreign language lens to me.

    • dotpattern profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Moire 

      6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @anonymous: I can only say Bravo! You came to the same conclusion about using UltraPro. This is a perfect case of being dollar wise -- the extra quality is worth it. The prices of these products has not gone up in many years, so it's a great deal. Thanks so much for your comment and enjoy collecting!

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      6 years ago

      I used to play MTG and now my kids love Pokémon - the Ultra Pro products are awesome for keeping things in order and in good shape. It will sound like an ad, but I've tried some other brands and it isn't worth the loss in quality of product to save a couple bucks. Ultra Pro stuff will be my go-to line as long as they're in business and the quality stays at the same level.

    • dotpattern profile imageAUTHOR

      Pat Moire 

      6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @JaskeMann: THanks for the comment. UltraPro makes the best collecting supplies IMHO.

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      6 years ago

      I use Ultra Pro myself for my MTG and Yugioh cards. Keeps them in great shape. Cool Lense.

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      6 years ago

      yes i collect.i love using those page protectors for bella sara cards ;).<3<3<3<3<3:):):):):):):):)

    • luniarose profile image


      6 years ago

      I have some of the Binders for my cards, it works well. Great lense

    • curious0927 profile image


      6 years ago

      I have the binder's and clear plastic protectors for my kids. I didn't know about any of the other products listed here on your great lens! Really neat stuff! Thanks for your work and Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      It sounds like Ultra Pro is the way to go to organize protect your investment in trading cards. This will save many cards from unnecessary wear and tear. Very well done and congratulations on # 22!

    • TapIn2U profile image


      7 years ago

      My nephew is a card game addict and uses Ultra Pro to protect his valuable collection. I often wondered why he couldn't just put them all in one box and store them. Now I know why. Very informative lens! Sundae ;-)


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