Avoid Corner Dings When Sleeving Cards
I have always found sleeving cards to be a stressful experience and I am sure many collectors feel the same. No matter how careful I am, I will occasionally catch a corner. Even if there is no visible damage, the very idea that a corner met resistance from the sleeve concerns me. Clipping the edge of the sleeve by hand is not a good solution – even if it is barely visible, my OCD knows that it is not uniform.
Lately, I have been using this jig made from an index card. Open the flaps, lay the card inside, and fold the flaps down (making sure that the bottom corners of the card are not exposed). Insert the bottom of the jig fully into the sleeve and gently push the card down. It is an added step, but it has absolutely been worth the extra time and effort to me – no more dinged corners and no more stress!
Use heavy paper or a thin index card (not heavy cardstock) to allow adequate room in the sleeve for both the card and jig. I have used this successfully with standard Ultra Pro sleeves and regular Topps cards. I have not tried it with different brands of sleeves (which may be narrower) or different card types (which may have delicate surfaces), so be sure to test it on a common first. I don’t collect relic cards, but I am sure this could be adapted to thick items by adding a second fold on each side.