Saturday, October 29, 2016


I have heard some really bad hobby horror stories on screwdown plastics over the years and when going through some cards in my sorting revamp, I noticed I had a stack of 5 or 6 cards that were in screwdown protectors. Most cards were really decent ones I didn't want to possibly see ruined so I decided to take the time and free them.

For some reason, I sent myself the wrong picture here but picture a Cal Ripken Jr card inside of this

After unscrewing it, I feared for the worst as I was experiencing what other collectors feared and complained about with these screwdowns, the cards sticking to them.

Luckily I was able to carefully un-stick the Ripken without any damage.

And luckily I took my other cards out of these before it was too late. Cal was the only one that was stuck since it had been in there the longest since 2003.

So this is all that remains now Plastics I have no use for or maybe I will find a different use for since I like to recycle things.
So a little warning to all who use these, be careful your cards don't stick before it's too late. I would hate for you to lose a card. I recommend penny sleeves and top loaders the most. 
One-Touch magnet protectors work as long as you have the right size card. Don't push your luck as I did cause I had the same sticking situation with a Julio Jones auto patch rookie card in a magnetic. Luckily I was able to get the card out without damage. That put a little fright in my on using those too but I checked the rest of my cards in those and they seemed fine.

Have you ever lost a card using these? Do you use these? How do you store your jersey or autographed cards? Let me know in comments!


  1. I don't store ANY of my cards in pages...or plan to. I still have some of the oversize cards in pages, but I will take them out eventually. I used to use pages until they damaged some cards in circa 2000. (1999-00 Upper Deck NBA set). Took them all out then and will never put them in again.

    I don't use these, but if I were mailing a single card I might use one. I have purchased cards that arrived in them and had them come damaged, including an Elton Brand Finest card I got earlier in 2016.

  2. I also don't use toploaders. I will use Penny Sleeves but they also damage cards. I only use them with cards that have turned greasy- 1998-99 Fleer Brilliants, 2000 Topps USA, some early Finest cards. I know it will damage them, but I have to look at the grand scheme of things, and I would rather risk damage to an already damaged card than have them damage whatever card they may come up next to in my boxes.

  3. I never knew about this. Luckily i didnt have any of these issues. Thank you for the info about this.