How To Double-Sleeve Your Magic: The Gathering Cards (AND WHY!) MTG
Double-sleeving your Magic: The Gathering and other trading cards might be thought of as excessive by some. But if you’re playing with a deck filled with playsets of $20 or even $40 cards, double-sleeving can really be worth the extra $0.04 on sleeves. Double-sleeving is actually quite simple. You’ll need a pack of KMC Pefect Fits, and a pack of KMC Card Sleeves. Dragon Shield Sleeves can also be used, but they’re a little trickier to double-sleeve than KMC sleeves, and are more likely to have air bubbles. I’ll talk a little bit more about double-sleeving with Dragon Shield sleeves in a moment, but first , here’s the basics of double-sleeving. Take a Perfect-Fit sleeve and sleeve your card so that the opening is on the bottom. Then slide the Perfect Fit-sleeved card into the regular KMC sleeve so that the opening is on the top. A small amount of air might be trapped in between the two layers of plastic. So for the first couple of weeks, try keeping your double-sleeved decks stored in a tight-fitting deck box to help get rid of these minor air pockets. Now, it’s perfectly fine to use Dragon Shield sleeves for double-sleeving; however, it can be just a little tricky. Let me show you what I mean: Do you see the problem here? Take a closer look. Dragon Shield sleeves are such a tight fit that the Perfect-Fit sleeve might slide off your card as you sleeve it. You’ll need to carefully re-sleeve your card if this happens, and that extra time struggling to get the card double-sleeved can be really frustrating, and I strongly recommend going the easy route with KMC for both the inner and outer sleeve. Double-sleeved cards are protected from all water and spills. That means that your cards are safe when some jackanapes spills his Thunder Muscle energy drink all over your deck, whereas they’d be ruined with just single sleeving. But double-sleeving also protects your cards from regular wear and tear that still occurs with single-sleeved cards. If you’re an obsessive-compulsive lunatic such as myself, you’ve probably noticed that the tops of your sleeved Magic cards still get somewhat dusty, or even faded. This is because a single-sleeved card is not a perfect seal, and as you shuffle and play with your cards, The sleeve will continuously open and close, allowing dust and other contaminants to get inside. Once even a few specks of dust have gotten between your cardboard and that protective plastic, your card is in trouble. Pressure from the outside will press against these coarse particles or smear them around, tainting the minty-mint quality of your card. That exposure to air is bad news for foils. They will continue to curl from the moisture that’s being let it. While a double-sleeved foil has inevitably been exposed to some moisture right out of the pack, once you double-sleeve a foil, it is more or less cut off from any additional exposure to air and moisture. If you resleeve your cards frequently, changing the color of your sleeves or pulling singles out of decks and back into your trade folder, double-sleeving offers 24/7 protection. You don’t need to unsleeve the Perfect Fit, so as you swap sleeves or put singles back in your folder, the card is still protected. Remember that just unsleeving and resleeving a single card is creating friction, that is slowly but surely wearing away at the quality of your cardboard. The Perfect FIt is a protective layer that will help keep your cards packed fresh, moreso than any other method. Perfect Fits cost approximately $0.04 each, depending on where you buy them. That can certainly add up. Obviously, there’s no need to sleeve in limited formats, but if you have Modern or Legacy decks, I feel it is a must. The growing cost of Standard also seems to beg for double-sleeving. At least if you’re hitting decks that are worth more than $80 to $100. I hope this video has been helpful. Remember: help support your Magic community. Buy your cards and sleeves at your local game store whenever possible.