Guide to Ultra Pro Toploaders

Guide to Ultra Pro Toploaders

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Overview
Ultra Pro Toploaders are some of the most readily available and budget-friendly card protection options for collectors. Featuring no frills, these basic cases are composed of clear PVC. Due to their hard plastic composition, toploaders are intended to be used with Ultra Pro Card Sleeves. While not recommended for long-term storage or display of high-value cards, toploaders are a great way to protect your low and mid-value cards.

Ultra Pro Toploaders have also emerged as the preferred method for card shipments with collectors and card companies alike. The only thing that is generally added is a single piece of tape at the opening of the toploader, to prevent the card from coming out of the case while in transit.

Because they do not feature any UV protection and also contain open tops, they work best when used to store cards in a darkened space, like a box or safe. They also a great short-term protection option for high-value cards. This way, your valuable cards are still subject to basic projection until you able to obtain a One-Touch case or other premium storage option.

It is very important to get the correct toploader to fit the card in question, as a case that is too tight can seriously damage a card. Also, a case that is too big will allow the card to shift and risk damage.

The majority of these cases are the standard 3"x 4", which fit all 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" cards. There are specialty cases available as well.

Top eBay Listings

Pack of 10 Ultra Pro Extra Thick Rigid Clear Top Loaders Pack 130pt New!
$5.90

100 ULTRA PRO "TALL" SOFT SLEEVES - ACID FREE, NO PVC!! 10 PACKAGES
$21.59

ULTRA PRO FULL SIZE NFL FOOTBALL DISPLAY CASE HOLDER
$15.95

25 Ultra Pro TICKET SIZE 3.5" x 7.25" TOPLOADERS NEW 3-1 2 x 7-1 4 stub currency
$14.89

75 Packs - Ultra Pro Easy Grade Card Sleeve Protection Stock Model 81738
$59.99

400 ULTRA PRO PLATINUM 15-POCKET 1 1 2 x 2 1 2 Pages Protectors New in Box
$59.99

20 ULTRA PRO Trading CARD Sleeves DIVIDERS NEW storage box gaming 81229 2 Packs
$7.99

5 Ultra Pro ONE TOUCH MAGNETIC 180pt UV Card Holder Display Case 82333-UV 180
$13.39

20x Barry Sanders lot, 1989 Pro Set RC + Topps Finest, Donruss, Ultra + more
$16.99

500 Ultra Pro Blue Border 3x4 Toploaders + 500 Soft Sleeves Brand New
$49.99

4 Packs 400 Ultra Pro Resealable Graded Slab Card Sleeves Holders
$14.88

25 Ultra Pro 8"x10" TOPLOADERS NEW for Sleeves Memorabilia Photos Collectibles
$21.89
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Standard Toploaders

Premium/Regular Toploader

  • Fits standard cards.
  • This includes cards from 20 - 35pt.
  • 25 per pack.

Regular Toploader w/ Colored Border

  • Fits standard cards.
  • This includes cards from 20 - 35pt.
  • 25 per pack.
  • Border colors include black, red, blue or white.

Regular "Rookie" Toploader

  • Fits standard cards.
  • This includes cards from 20 - 35pt.
  • 25 per pack.
  • Includes "ROOKIE CARD" foil hot stamp in white or gold.

Regular Toploader w/ Sleeves

  • Fits standard cards.
  • This includes cards from 20 - 35pt.
  • 25 per pack.
  • Includes 25 additional card sleeves for use with toploaders.

55pt Action Packed Thick Toploader

  • Fits thick cards, such as relics.
  • This includes cards from 36 - 55pt.
  • 25 per pack.

75pt Super Thick Toploader

  • Fits thick cards, such as relics.
  • This includes cards from 56 - 75pt.
  • 25 per pack.

75pt Super Thick "Rookie" Toploader

  • Fits thick cards, such as relics
  • This includes cards from 56 - 75pt.
  • 25 per pack.
  • Includes "ROOKIE CARD" foil hot stamp in gold.

100pt Super Thick Toploader

  • Fits thick cards, such as relics.
  • This includes cards from 76 - 100pt.
  • 25 per pack.

120pt Super Thick Toploader

  • Fits standard cards.
  • This includes cards from 101 - 120pt.
  • 10 per pack.

130pt Super Thick Toploader

  • Fits thick cards, such as relics.
  • This includes cards from 121 - 130pt.
  • 10 per pack.

180pt Super Thick Toploader

  • Fits thick cards, such as relics.
  • This includes cards from 131 - 180pt.
  • 10 per pack.
Top eBay Listings

25 Ultra Pro TICKET SIZE 3.5" x 7.25" TOPLOADERS NEW 3-1 2 x 7-1 4 stub currency
$14.89

500 Ultra Pro Blue Border 3x4 Toploaders + 500 Soft Sleeves Brand New
$49.99

25 Ultra Pro 8"x10" TOPLOADERS NEW for Sleeves Memorabilia Photos Collectibles
$21.89

25 Ultra Pro 3x4 ROOKIE WHITE FOIL TOPLOADERS NEW Standard Size Card Sleeves
$5.89

(100) Ultra-Pro Premium Topload Trading Card Holders Heavy Gauge Toploaders
$8.95

Ultra Pro Thick Toploader 55 Pt (Pack of 25)-20 packs
$72.00

Ultra Pro Thick Toploader 55 Pt (Pack of 25) 40ct. case
$133.00

Ultra Pro 100 Toploaders & 100 Card Sleeves Free Ship Top Loaders Brand New
$11.99

Ultra Pro 250 Toploaders & 250 Card Sleeves Free Ship Top Loaders Brand New
$29.95

100 Ultra Pro Toploaders and 100 FREE Card Sleeves - BRAND NEW
$11.95

200 Ultra Pro Toploaders and 200 FREE Card Sleeves - BRAND NEW
$17.95

400 Ultra Pro Toploaders and 400 FREE Card Sleeves - BRAND NEW
$29.95
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Booklet Toploaders

Although book cards are some of the most popular high-end card options, there has not been a great variety of ways to protect these oversized cards. In addition to the magnetic booklet cases, there are also toploaders. These large plastic cases are simple and inexpensive and offer a great temporary storage solution for booklet cards. They do not require soft sleeves like the other toploaders, so be extra careful with the corners when you insert them into the toploader.

Vertical Booklet Toploader


Ultra Pro Vertical Booklet Toploader

  • Fits vertical book cards, approximately 4" x 5-3/8"
  • 10 per pack

Horizontal Booklet Toploader


Ultra Pro Horizontal Booklet Toploader

  • Fits horizontal book cards, approximately 3" x 7-9/16"
  • 10 per pack
Top eBay Listings

10 ULTRA PRO HORIZONTAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS 7-5 8" x 3-13 64" NEW Card Holder
$10.98

10 ULTRA PRO HORIZONTAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS
$8.99

10 ULTRA PRO VERTICAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS
$8.99

Ultra Pro Card Storage Vertical Booklet Toploader (10) MINT
$8.95

10 ULTRA PRO VERTICAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS 5 1 2" x 4 3 16" NEW Card Holder 187mm
$10.98

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. Trey,
    What top loaders would you recommend for thickets card to be graded.I heard different stories.
    Thanks

  2. Supersitz » It really just depends on how thick the card is. The major grading services prefer semi-rigid cases + soft sleeves for submissions, so ideally you would always go this route if you can. However, use common sense. If it is clearly not going into the semi-rigid case easily, you are risking damage. Pay particular attention to the corners. In the event that a semi-rigid does not work, basic thick toploaders are your best bet, and you will want to use a soft sleeve and then put the toploader in a team bag.

    Regardless of what you use, just make sure the card fits properly in the case. As difficult as it is to get the card into the case, it will be just as difficult to remove it and you are exposing the card to 2x the chance for damage.

  3. What toploader would you recommend for Topps 1976 Baseketball cards?

  4. josh » Since they are extremely large cards, your best bet looks to be the 4×6 toploaders that Ultra Pro makes.

  5. Hi, You mention that toploaders “While not recommended for long-term storage or display of high-value cards, toploaders are a great way to protect your low and mid-value cards.”.
    I was wondering why you think toploaders are not recommended for long-term storage? You suggest one-touches for long term storage or for protection of high-value cards, but while this is good for protecting the surface of a card, just about every card will slide around in a one-touch leaving cards susceptible to corner and perimeter damage.
    Please elaborate your thoughts on best practices for long term storage of cards and protection of high value cards. And please explain why you don’t like toploaders as a long term option. I have many nice vintage cards and constantly think of the best way to store them. Thanks!

  6. Jason » It is certainly a topic that has a divided response with collectors. I personally have had no real problem with the cards moving around in a one-touch but I can see how that would be an issue if you are regularly moving them. The UV protection can be a big attribute for long-term storage when using one-touch magnetics. Outside of that, a few issues with toploaders for high-dollar cards:

    – corner damage when placing cards into soft sleeves
    – small imperfections in soft sleeves can leave a mark on the card
    – permanent opening in toploader that can allow in dust/debris/moisture (this can be largely addressed with team bag)
    – card warping from the many toploaders that are not actually straight

    There is really no perfect solution. For the record, I use both. Most of my cards are low and mid-value cards and are stored in toploaders.

  7. What top loaders are best for 2012 patch cards. Very thick cards. Thank you

  8. Jay » Without knowing the specific card or product from 2012, I am not able to make a suggestion. The second tab above – Standard Toploaders – lists most of the options, with the thickest cases at the bottom of the list. There are also magnetic cases and they offer an even larger size option – http://www.cardboardconnection.com/ultra-pro-magnetic-cases

  9. Trey, In reading the comments above, I am curious to know what you would consider low-mid value in terms of dollars, and what you might consider to be high value? $100+? $500+? Just personal value?

    Thanks!

  10. David » Nothing is set in stone, but I usually consider anything under $75 to be low/mid-value.

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