Comprehensive Guide to Ultra Pro Toploaders

Comprehensive 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.

In response to feedback from card dealers and breakers, Ultra Pro also offers bulk orders for several of the most common toploader sizes. Available from Ultra Pro distributors, the following toploaders can be ordered in quantities ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 toploaders per case.

  • 35PT (2,000 per case)
  • 100PT (1,500 per case)
  • 130PT (1,000 per case)
Top eBay Listings

ULTRA PRO **10x 2-Piece Box** Holds 50 Cards Each PLASTIC STORAGE BOX Sports
$16.39

ULTRA PRO SUPER MARIO YOSHI FULL VIEW STANDARD SIZE DECK BOX
$5.00

2,500 2500 Ultra Pro Sports Card Soft Penny Sleeves FREE SHIPPING WHOLESALE
$17.79

Ultra Pro 100 Rookie Gold Toploaders & 100 Card Sleeves Brand New Free shipping
$16.95

3,000 Ultra Pro Regular Series 3"x4" Toploaders Case 3000 120 Sealed 25ct Packs
$170.95

25 Ultra Pro ONE TOUCH MAGNETIC THICK HOLDERS MIX AND MATCH 35 55 75 100 130 PT
$34.95

Lot of (100) Ultra Pro ReSealable Graded Card Bags Sleeves 1 Pack
$6.55

120 ULTRA PRO DECK PROTECTOR SMALL YGO PRO-MATTE BLUE SLEEVES
$7.99

Ultra Pro Coupon Saver Starter Pack
$10.20

40 ULTRA PRO TOP LOADERS 3X4 SUPER THICK 130 PT
$16.99

10 ULTRA PRO RECESSED MINI SNAP STANDARD SIZE Trading Card Holder Sports Case
$10.59

50 ULTRA PRO PLATINUM 4 POCKET MINI pages NEW sheets team set 214D sports card
$18.29
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Standard Toploaders

Ultra Pro Toploaders Guide

As the most common way to protect individual cards, there are plenty of choices when it comes to Ultra Pro toploaders. Although most of the differences are based on the size of the card in question, various color combos and labeling is also available.

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

Ultra Pro 100 Rookie Gold Toploaders & 100 Card Sleeves Brand New Free shipping
$16.95

3,000 Ultra Pro Regular Series 3"x4" Toploaders Case 3000 120 Sealed 25ct Packs
$170.95

Combo Lot (100) Each Ultra-Pro Topload Card Holders Soft Sleeves Toploaders
$8.95

1 Pack of 20 Ultra Pro 11 x 14 Photo Toploaders Holder Display Protect
$21.95

100 Ultra Pro 55pt 3x4 Toploaders Brand New top loaders #81181
$19.45

125 Ultra Pro 55pt 3x4 Toploaders Brand New top loaders #81181
$22.83

100 Ultra Pro 55pt 3x4 Toploaders Brand New top loaders
$17.85

Ultra Pro Toploader 5"x7" Clear Photo Card Holder 25 Pack - Case Top Loader CDG
$8.95

Brand New (25) Ultra Pro 55pt 3x4 Top Loaders TopLoaders
$6.98

2000 Ultra Pro Regular 3x4 Toploaders Brand New top loaders 2 cases
$110.00

50 Ultra Pro 3x4 REGULAR TOPLOADERS NEW Rigid Clear Standard Size Card Sleeves
$9.19

100 Ultra Pro 4 x 6 Toploaders Free Shipping Top Loaders
$33.95
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Booklet Toploaders

Ultra Pro Booklet Toploaders Guide

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 & (10) FREE Card Sleeves BRAND NEW
$6.99

(10) Ultra Pro Booklet Card Toploaders Horizontal Book Card Topload Holders
$7.95

(30) Ultra Pro Booklet Card Toploaders Horizontal Book Card Topload Holders
$20.95

10 ULTRA PRO HORIZONTAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS
$9.99

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

10 ULTRA PRO VERTICAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS
$9.99

10 ULTRA PRO VERTICAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS 5 1 2" x 4 3 16" NEW Card Holder rigid
$11.78

(10) Ultra Pro Booklet Card Toploaders Vertical Book Card Topload Holders
$6.99

(30) Ultra Pro Booklet Card Toploaders Vertical Book Card Topload Holders
$20.95

10 ULTRA PRO HORIZONTAL BOOKLET TOPLOADERS 7-5 8" x 3-13 64" NEW Card Holder
$11.78

(10) Ultra Pro Vertical Booklet Toploaders & (10) FREE Card Sleeves BRAND NEW
$6.99

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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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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.

  11. Hi, I’ve recently got into the hobby and have acquired a couple of decent value cards $200+. I have the cards stored in magnetic one touch cases. I obviously want to keep them safe in a one touch.The problem I have now is how to store the one touches! How do you store yours and can you recommend any type of case or box that will house them?

    Thanks in advance!

  12. Andrew » I just use the basic cardboard storage boxes with rows that are wide enough to hold magnetic cases and are about the same size as a shoe box. You should be able to find them on most card websites that sell supplies or on eBay.

  13. I wanted to ask you on your opinion on Panini Stickers. I am collecting the World Cup stickers.
    I just want to know what do you think about using Top-Loaders with Sleeves?
    I am currently using Sleeves and Top-Loaders with team bags where I place then inside a shoe box.
    A hobby shop near by my home mentioned to me that its too much and you need to let the sticker breath (that’s referring to the team bags that it’s too much protection)
    I got other people’s opinions and they said something too much protection will cause more damage and stickers are indeed more fragile then cards.
    Please let me know on what product is good for my collection I’m trying to keep them in mint condition. Thank you for your time!

  14. Ilias » I also collect them and it makes sense that the team bag might be a bit much. The toploader and sleeve should be sufficient. It is more about how you handle them. Cards are best preserved when they are out of the light (the shoebox is a solid way to handle that) and not jostled around much.

  15. Thank you for your reply Trey! I am doing research to see what’s best for my stickers. I even thought about grading them just for long term preservation and probably best for protecting them. What’s your thoughts on grading stickers? Since they are fragile and some are inexpensive aside from price on grading would this be the best result?

    Also another question you mentioned something about sleeves that some have small imperfections in soft sleeves can leave a mark on the card? Can you explain what you meant by that.

    Thank you Trey

  16. How about a guide on determining thickness of cards.
    Average collector doesn’t know the difference between a 55 pt card to a 135 pt.
    when I started I would buy the wrong too loaders.

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