General | 01.22.15

Collectors Tip – Taping Toploaders for Shipping

This week we are going to discuss how to tape the top of toploaders and what type of tape to use. There are 3 different types of tape we see used most often and 2 of them are actually a bit of a nuisance. So let’s take a look at what we can do to ensure our customer or trading partner is happy with our shipment.


The three types of tape used most are: Packaging Tape, Scotch Tape and Masking Tape.

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Why do we tape top loaders? Many people don’t place toploaded cards into team bags for shipping. So this opens up the possibility of the card sliding out of the toploader. The card then runs the risk of being damaged. Taping the top of the toploader ensures that the card will not slide out during shipping.

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Packaging Tape is definitely the more obnoxious tape to use on a toploader. This tape is impossible to peel off, so you have to slice the tape with a knife in order to take the card out. You are then left with a really ugly looking toploader that can’t be re-used.

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Scotch tape is definitely the most common tape we see used for this. This tape can be peeled off, however, if it is not tabbed it could take you 5 minutes to do so because it tears apart as you try to peel it off.

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This is what tabbing the piece of tape looks like. Tabbing the edge of the tape makes it much easier to pull off. However, the other problem with scotch tape is once it is peeled off you are left with a sticky, obnoxious residue. If you are someone that keeps your collection in boxes or stacks of toploaders this will cause them to stick together – which is a real pain.

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The toploader saver – Masking Tape or Painter’s Tape. This tape works perfect – easy to peel off even when not tabbed and leaves no residue. You can use the green FrogTape®, blue painter’s tape or plain old masking tape.

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Add a tab to the masking tape and I promise your customer or trading buddy will be very happy with their shipment. The toploader can be re-used for whatever they need it for and they do not have to waste time trying to pull tape off.