Beckett Shield, Protection For All Trading Card Collectors, Gamers or Keepers – For Any Reason
Whether you have been collecting for decades or have just been introduced to the hobby, you know the importance of protecting your memorabilia to maintain its value and condition. With protective supplies for cards becoming harder to find, a new North American-made product has entered the scene.
Beckett Collectibles has launched its own line of card protection called Beckett Shield. They are available online and in local card shops and fit all standard-sized cards. The new line of products includes protective sleeves, pages, semi-rigid holders and a variety of other items with one simple goal – maintain the condition fresh from the pack. While some collectors strive to flip cards quickly, others keep them for years and eventually pass them down from generation to generation. If you are new to collecting, there is no better way to maintain your collection’s value than to protect it immediately.
For decades, how and why someone collected cards had a lot to do with how they were introduced to the hobby. In the beginning, there really was no protection. You collected because you loved baseball, a team or a player. Sometimes cards were just a fun way to pass time with friends or amuse you with the clicking noise they made through the spokes of your bike. We’ve all seen loose cards in old cigar or shoe boxes while others were held together with rubber bands. So many vintage cards didn’t make it through the day, let alone to today when trading cards are selling for record prices.
Some collectors still handle their cards the same way as it is all about the enjoyment of playing, trading, and learning about your favorite game, sport, or player. Recently, I watched 20 eight-year-old boys handling Pokémon cards with dirty, grubby hands, shoving them in their pockets, and pulling them out to trade for cards they didn’t have in their collection. Some cards were bent in half, others were missing corners, and others were scratched to the point they were unrecognizable. And you know what, that is perfectly fine. They were having the time of their lives while learning about trading and collecting.
There were a few of them, however, that had binders with protective pages and some with penny sleeves that, even at eight years old, were already thinking about protecting their prized possessions. Most of the cards being protected were only worth the paper they were printed on, but they were already honing the basics of what protecting their collection was all about. It might not have been about actual value, but it was valuable to them because they worked hard to earn or trade for it and complete a collection.
I was 10 years old when I began placing my cards in penny sleeves and then into a toploader for extra protection. My dad would take me to card shops and flea markets to buy wax packs and hobby boxes. It never failed that I would leave with not only cards to open when I returned home, but sleeves as well. My hands barely touched the raw cards before they went into a sleeve. If you want to preserve your trading cards and protect them from dust, scratches, water, and even oils on your hands and fingers that may not be visible to the naked eye, Beckett Shield offers another option to protect regardless of the reason you are collecting.
Collectors have long-trusted Beckett for their price guides, organization, selling, trading, grading and authentication needs and now you have a one-stop-shop for all your collecting needs with the launch of Beckett Shield.
If you are heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago from July 28th – August 1st, be sure to stop by Beckett’s booth. Representatives will be on-site with Beckett Shield products for show and for sale. Whether you collect for fun, as an investment, or for any other reason, take your kid to The National, or your local cards show or shop and teach them about protection to establish the building blocks they can use for a lifetime.