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.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Be sure to watch An Introduction to Sealed Deck Construction:
    Is it Worth It To Attend Prerelease:
    What's it like at an MTG prerelease:
    Prepare For Prerelease:

  2. Looks like someone doesn't know how to sleeve dragonshields. First, you take your card, slide it into a dragonshield sleeve. Then, take a pennysleeve and slide it over the top of the dragonshield, problem solved.

  3. I am a newbie at magic and I do not think any of my cards are worth more than $10 or so. Save for my Vraska Golgari queen foil from Guilds of Ravnica. that's my soul $20 card

  4. If you're playing with really expensive cards, then by all means, double sleeve your deck. The most I'll do is regular sleeves or go without

  5. It's a shame yugioh events like regional tournament or ycs events you are not allowed to do this and it'll result in game losses

  6. I use ultra Pro perfect fit sleeves and elite trainer box sleeves for my Pokémon card and I use ultra Pro perfect fit and dragon shield for my MTG card I have loads of MTG cards but I don't show them on my channel because other people say MTG is for nerds but I might show my collection soon

  7. I respect it, but being this paranoid about a piece of cardboard stresses me out just thinking about it. I'll just not buy crazy expensive cards lol

  8. Finally bought some KMC for this, and was totally worth it. Since the publication of this video, I believe Dragon Shield has changed their sleeves a bit. I had only 3 cards slip from the KMC when double sleeving my commander deck.

  9. Ah when kmc was the top of the market and dragon shields were sub-optimal. Of course kmc has improved its formula a bit, but it’s nothing like it was before.

  10. I've always double sleeved and have found that double-sleeving curled foils and then putting them into filled binders helps gently de-curl them over time.

  11. I've been getting deeper and deeper into the Magic the Gathering Youtube community lately. It could not have been more than 5 minutes after this video when I submitted an order for perfect fit sleeves. I want to play my cards but I do not want them to get damaged. Thank you for making this video!

  12. What’s wrong with double sleeving with ultra pro sleeves? I haven’t had any issues besides them filling with air in the beginning.

  13. Double sleeving is only for those who can actually afford the sleeves I can't therefore I single sleeve City

  14. Hey I accidentally sleeved my cards in the reverse direction, is that okay? As in the inner went from bottom to top and the outer top to bottom.

  15. I have a question : can I double sleeve my mtg cards using inner kmc sleeves inside another brand of sleeves ? (e.g. Katana or ultra pro )

  16. Well damn, you just convinced me. And thanks for speaking at a normal speed such that I didn't miss anything by playing the video at 2x!

  17. What about triple sleeving? I have a commander deck that I have tripled sleeving. I also found that side loading sleeves help with the dragon shield sleeves

  18. Don't know if i missed it or if it isn't explained in this video, but did he explain why not to double sleeve with ultra pro?

  19. I live in Arizona, so I don't know what moisture is, but I do know that using double protection is always a must.

  20. I don't know about double sleeving.

    Sleeving seems… very… what's the word?

    Too… luxurious.

    I mean, in high school we didn't sleeve. We just played on the floor, on the dirty lunch table.


    We used to bridge shuffle!

  21. 6 years later, is this still what you recommend? Also, do you tend to sleeve/double-sleeve all your cards?
    And why do you say not to double sleeve with UltraPro sleeves?

  22. Just use Perfect Fit Dragon sleeves it seems around the entire card utterly and then you can slide it easily into the Dragon shield sleeve is spelt the same company and quality.

  23. Standard decks used to be considered expensive if they reached $80-100!!! Good lord, that would be super-budget nowadays, $400 for esper control anyone?

  24. my pokemon deck is worth £200 and is rising. £300 soon & £500 will not be long after that.
    and i still dont double sleeve.
    why? cards in the deck are replaced often enough.

  25. If you feel you need to double-sleeve your cards in order t ok use them, just do yerself a favor:
    Proxy Them
    It's WAY less effort.

  26. Professor, I'm confused: as someone who enjoys playing MtG and also enjoys collecting the cards, should I be double-sleeving ALL my cards in case they are worth something in the future, or should I only double-sleeve only rates and mythical and foils?

  27. Double-sleeving is over the top, and is probably best when you're running decks that cost over $500 or many cards in the $40+ range. In other words, Vintage or Legacy. – Just sleeving decks, period, is a continual pain, and if all I had to do was shove them in penny sleeves, once ever, for our kitchen table (and all) matches, I'd be good, but one doesn't have that choice in most competitions. – If you simply sleeve a deck in Opaques, your cards have 100x the protection they did out of sleeves. Sleeve your competition deck and just keep drinks way to the side and you are fine. – After all, the reason we sleeve, mostly, is to retain value for future trading or rainy day sales.

  28. You can put your deck into even piles and then put a textbook (or other large heavy book) on top of the piles for awhile to get rid of the air pockets

  29. Put a card on top of the inner sleeve when sliding into a dragon shield. Hopeless but usefull if u alrdy spent the $

  30. I feel cards lose a bit of their colour by adding another sleeve in between. I had one deck double sleeved, but found it a pain to keep it up to date, and the 'blurry'' effect of yet another sleeve kind of made me enjoy playing with the deck less.

  31. I'm using perfect fit sleeves and for the outer sleeve just using penny sleeve ultra pros. Any problem with that besides the fact that the backs of cards are visible?

  32. I just take the card in the perfect fit and hold it on a surface with the opening facing up (so the card is upside down) then take my outter sleeve and dress the card by sliding it down to the surface.

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