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19 Gifts For Card Collectors That Will Fit Any Budget

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When it comes to buying gifts for the trading card collector in your life, you may not know exactly where to start. You are aware that they love the hobby, but you might not know the first thing about which cards to buy. 

With that in mind, we put together this gift guide that would be great for all collectors, no matter the budget. Instead of buying actual cards, these accessories would be fantastic additions whether they collect baseball, football, basketball or even Pokemon cards. 

1. Zion Cases— $129.99

zion case
The Collection Case

This case will protect and hold up to 164 PSA, 112 BGS or 112 SGC slabs. Any collector with graded cards will love this case for safe traveling and storage. 

Buy Now, $129.99

2. PSA Card Stand — $13.95

psa stand
PSAcard.com

This single card holder allows for a full view of the front and back of the card. Collectors will line these up on their shelves, in their office or man-cave, and show off their best cards for all to see. 

Buy Now, $13.95/each

3. PSA Card Display Case — $549

psa display
PSAcard.com

This high-end display case will showcase up to 24 PSA graded cards and features a mahogany door with black suede matting. It comes with brackets for easy wall mounting. The UV-filtered conservation glass helps prevent fading. 

Buy Now, $549

4. Collectible Card Bin— $65.99

card bin
BCWsupplies.com

This stackable collectible card bin holds up to 3200 loose trading cards. The rows are wide enough to hold top loaders and one-touch magnetic cases.

Buy Now, $65.99

5. Light Box — $39.99

lightbox
Amazon

Any card collector will appreciate this light box, as it will greatly improve the photography of their cards. This will make their social media posts and eBay listings pop and accentuate the artwork on the cards. 

Buy Now, $39.99

6. Show Your Slabs Display — $189.99

show your slabs
Show Your Slabs

This display fits either 9 or 25 PSA graded cards and flush mounts on the wall. The top can be personalized with the collector's name and social media handle. 

Buy Now, $189.99

7. Baseball Card: Flipping, Trading & Bubblegum Book — $6.25

book1
Etsy

Per Amazon: "A look at baseball in the 1950s presents more than two hundred cards, with amusing bios on some of the game's most colorful characters and observations on the baseball card phenomenon."

Buy Now, $6.25

8. Mint Condition Book — $15.95

book2
Amazon

Per Amazon: "When award-winning journalist Dave Jamieson rediscovered his childhood baseball card collection he figured that now was the time to cash in on his “investments.” But when he tried the card shops, they were nearly all gone, closed forever. eBay was no help, either. Baseball cards were selling for next to nothing. What had happened?"

Buy Now, $15.95

9. eBay Gift Card 

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eBay

You can NOT miss with this gift. eBay is the home for all things sports cards, so an eBay gift card is like saying "go get yourself anything you want on me!" and the collector in your life will love you for it!

Buy Now, Price Varies

10. Topps Custom Baseball Cards — $9.99

topps custom
Topps

My own Topps card?! Sign me up!! These would be a really fun stocking stuffer for the entire family. There's just something cool about seeing your family and friends with the Topps logo and your favorite team's logo... and I will likely be buying some of these for my next family event!

Buy Now, $9.99 for 20 cards

11. One Month Subscription to Cardladder — $15

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CardLadder

Trading card collectors like to look at data that helps them make decisions when buying or purchasing items to help build their collection. For a long time, this data existed in different places — sold/completed eBay listings, hobby group threads, Goldin Co. sold data, etc. 

Cardladder costs $15 per month and allows collectors to add cards to their collection, track sales data, sales volume, sale prices, and estimated card values. 

For just $15, you can give a collector access to Cardladder for an entire month so they can try it out and see if it’s a fit for their hobby needs. 

Buy Now, $15

12. Brothers in Cards Pack Plus Program — $85

brothers cards
Brothersincards.com

Opening boxes and packs of sports cards have gotten expensive, but Brothers in Cards offers a more affordable option for collectors.

Starting at just $85, you can pick a sport and a box level you’d like a gift. Brothers in Cards will include between 3 and 9 packs of cards (based on the selected product level) from different sports card products at an affordable price. Card packs are randomly sorted and distributed into the boxes. It’s one of the best ways for collectors to scratch the itch of opening fresh wax without breaking the bank and makes for a perfect holiday gift.

Buy Now, $85

13. Legends Card Grading Centering Tool with Cleaning Cloth Kit Material — $12.99

legends
Amazon

If you ever see a trading card collector staring at their cards and holding them at different angles, it’s likely because they are trying to figure out how well centered the card is. Centering is a major factor in how grading companies assign the numeric condition of the card and this centering tool is a life-saver.

You can purchase the Legends Card Grading Centering Tool on Amazon to help your collector better estimate the centering on raw cards before they spend money to submit them for grading.

Buy Now, $12.99

14. Slab Savers — $29.99

slab saver
Protectyourslab.com

Slab Savers are humidity-controlled storage for a single graded card that can preserve the card in its current condition. UV rays, humidity, and cracked slabs can ruin a collector’s day, and for just $29.99, a collector’s most prized possessions can be stored safely and confidently.

Buy Now, $29.99

15. Graded Card Display Stand with Custom Nameplate — $14.95

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etsy

Trading cards aren’t just meant for display on social media profiles, collectors often like to display them in their homes, and there’s no better way to do that than with a Knack3D custom graded card display. This is similar to the PSA one mentioned previously, however, you can brand it with your name and/or logo.

Buy Now, $14.95

16. Portable and Flexible Adjustable Cell Phone Tripod Holder with Remote and Universal Clip — $14.99

tripod
Amazon

Opening fresh packs of sports cards can be a lot of fun. It’s more fun when you live stream it to your followers on Instagram. It’s not as fun if you don’t have a tripod to hold your phone (as you need two hands to open a pack of cards). For just $14.99, you can buy a tripod on Amazon so that your favorite collector can film opening card packs, or can share their PC (personal collection) via video without trying to hold their phone and shuffle through cards. 

Buy Now, $14.99

17. HP — LaserJet Pro M15w Laser Printer — $119.99

HP
BestBuy.com

Trading card collectors who buy and sell cards to build their collections are constantly printing shipping labels and a printer becomes a necessary part of their operation. Best Buy has a few options, but this HP Laserjet is just $119.99. While it’s a bit pricier than the other gifts on this list, a printer is a must-have for any collector.

Buy Now, $119.99

18. Bubble Mailers — $7.97

bubble mailers
Amazon

There is nothing worse for a trading card collector than running out of bubble mailers to help ship cards they sell to build their collection. This may seem like a plain holiday gift, but its utility is what keeps the hobby moving. It’s the standard way to pack cards and prepare them for shipping to make sure they arrive protected and undamaged.

Buy Now, $7.97

19. Collector Caps — $8.50

collector caps
collectorcaps.shop

Anybody who buys cards online knows that there is nothing more annoying than receiving the card in a top loader with a piece of scotch tape on it. It ruins the top loader, and looks awful.

If you are selling cards, sticking one of these Collector Caps on your top loader instead of tape will go a long way towards making sure that your customer is happy and leaves positive feedback, while also doing an amazing job of protecting the card in shipping.

Buy Now, $8.50
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