Guide to choosing the right thickness (pt) top loader

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Top loaders are a light weight, economical and convenient way of protecting  your cards. Available in different lengths and widths which can carry larger items such as comic books or photos. This guide has been written with the standard card size of being 65 mm wide and 90 mm tall (2.5" x 3.5") kept in mind.
Top loaders have the physical dimensions of being 77.5 mm wide and 102.5 tall (3" x 4") but often are known and described as being 75 mm x 100 mm. The extra room helps the card slide in and out. As there is extra room it is very highly recommended you use a card sleeve over the card before inserting in the top loader to protect the corners of the card. These are sold in store in packs of 100 and can be found by using the following link http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ULTRA-PRO-premium-Card-Sleeves-1-pack-of-100pcs-PENNY-SLEEVES-/171998805440 . 

Thicker cards (75 pt or larger) require thick card sleeves and they can be found in store also in packs of 100 using the following link

It is also recommended you seal the top loader with a team bag  to stop cards falling out the top and preventing dust and/or dirt from getting on the card. They too can be found in store in packs of 100 by using the following link http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ULTRA-PRO-Resealable-Team-Bag-1-x-pack-of-100-/171998824076.

Thickness

When cards first where released there was one main size thickness which made choosing your top loader easy, With all the new memorabilia cards being released it becomes a little harder deciding which one to use but we'll try and make it simple.

When the the thickness of a card is defined you will see a measurement of pt often used. pt is the abbreviation of the word point and is often used when measuring very small sizes. A standard size card is 20 pt thick or 0.508 mm when converted to a metric measurement. The simplest way of measuring a card without rulers or verniers is by placing your thick card on a flat smooth surface, then along side that card stack standard sized cards on top of each other till you have them both at equal heights. Once matched, count the total number of standard cards you stacked together and multiply that by 20. This will give you the correct thickness of the memorabilia card you have.
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Now that you know how thick the card is you can pick a top loader. As it is highly recommended that you use a sleeve over the card when in a top loader add approx, 10 pt to your cards total. try to always use a top loader that is slightly larger than the card/sleeve is as a top loader that is too thin can crush and damage the card. 
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