Protecting miniatures is one thing, protecting cards another. No matter if you just started your journey into Warhammer Underworlds with the new starter set or are a grizzled explorer of the Shattered City and Beastgrave, you want to keep your growing card collection in pristine condition. In this post I will tell you how.
Unlike Pokémon or Magic The Gathering cards, I consider Underworlds cards to be mere gaming pieces that probably won’t hold any value in the long run. Yet it’s a good idea to protect them for gaming, as wear and tear will leave marks on your cards. Using marked cards will count as cheating in tournaments, therefore, most tournaments will require sleeved cards.
My favourite card sleeves
Games Workshop used to sell protective sleeves for each warband, but no longer. Luckily, Underworlds cards are standard-sized cards like Magic the Gathering, Pokémon, and many other collectable card games, so there are a lot of brands catering for this market to choose from. For basic sleeves, I can recommend Ultra Pro Matte Deck Protector Sleeves in Standard size. Don’t get the small ones though, they’re for Yu-Gi-Oh. Ultra Pro Matte Sleeves are very affordable, come in various colours, and their matte transparent foil will reduce glare. One thing I don’t like is the small logo on the front, and the durability is only average. In general, it’s always a good idea to bring a few extra sleeves if there is some damage during play. But, they’re cheap and, as being the market leader, available virtually everywhere you can buy collectable card games.
If you are looking for something longer-lasting, I recommend Dragon Shield sleeves. I prefer the Matte versions over the Classic ones, as they have a slightly textured back that makes for smoother shuffling. Dragon Shields are amongst the most durable sleeves on the market, and there are loads of different colours and prints available. I really like the Jet colourway, it’s a deep black sleeve with metallic pigments. You might want to choose a different colour for your objective deck so you can easily tell your decks apart, I chose gold. Dragon Shield also has durable Clear sleeves, which are perfect for the two-sided fighter cards.
Next, you might want a carrying box for your deck. There are many options out there, but I like the Boulder 80+ cases from Ultimate Guard. They’re affordable, durable, can hold two sleeved Underworld decks, the matte clear plastic has a nice finish, and there are a lot of colours available. I got the Onyx version, which is transparent black.
Also available from Ultimate Guard is the Stack’n’Safe 480 box, which is my preferred way for mass card storage. These clear acrylic boxes come with three compartments with a removable divider each. A single box is perfect to hold a complete season’s worth of unsleeved cards including Warband-specific cards and expansion cards, or two seasons of universal cards.
The clear acrylic material is a nice upgrade over the old cardboard box you might be using, just be aware that it is prone to scratching. In case you need additional dividers, Ultimate Guard offers coloured Card Dividers in packs of ten, or you could sleeve one of the artwork cards that come with every warband and use it as a divider.
If you collect promo cards, you might want to put them in a binder to protect their holofoils. There is a huge variety of albums and portfolios to choose from, which are folders with a fixed amount of pages. Alternatively, you could get an empty binder and buy pages separately according to your needs. I really like the premium feel of the “Xenoskin” binder range from Ultimate Guard, available as folders and empty binders, though there are more budget-friendly options from brands like Ultra Pro or Dragon Shield as well.
For single pages, 9 pocket pages from Ultra Pro do the job fine. Silver pages are made from a cheaper material, so I’d go for Platinum pages as the price difference is neglectable.
If you are looking for something nicer, Dragon Shield 18 pocket pages have a black backdrop, plus you’ll be able to insert cards on both sides so a single page will hold 18 cards instead of nine. I use them for my vintage Pokémon card collection.
Note that both Ultra Pro and Dragon Shield pages will hold sleeved cards, so you could keep your favourite and most-used cards sleeved in your binder for faster deck assembling.
Last but not least, looking for a way to protect your counters? John from Can Your Roll a Crit knows how.
Hope you liked these ideas to keep your cards safe. What are your favourite products and storage solutions? Tell us in the comments. And may the crits be always in your favour.
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