Best Magic The Gathering Sleeves

If there’s one thing that Magic: The Gathering players care about it’s protecting their cards. Whether you’re heading to a tournament or are just casually playing at home, grabbing a pack of sleeves is the best way to keep those cards safe and pristine as you shuffle them up, slip them into deck boxes, and accidentally drop them when you’re carrying too many things between rounds.


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Picking the right sleeve for the job is vital for keeping you at the top of your game and keeping your cards safe. Whether you want to protect your top-tier meta deck or favorite casual commander deck, you’ll want to check out the best sleeves you can find.


Protect Your Magic: The Gathering Cards With These Sleeves

Ultra Pro Sleeves - Standard Green Sleeves

Ultra Pro Sleeves – Standard Green Sleeves

Perfect for drafting, prerelease events, or even for storing cards for a while, Ultra Pro Standard Sleeves are great on a budget for keeping your cards safe while you play.

Brand
Ultra Pro

Colour
Green

Weight
‎3.53 ounces

Size
‎6 x 4 x 0.5 inches

Material
Polypropylene

Outer Sleeve/Inner Sleeve
Outer

Texture
Smooth

The classic card sleeve, UItra-Pro has been a major player in the card game protector business for ages, and you can’t deny the experience they’re bringing to the table. Cheaper than their competitors, these sleeves are perfect for the casual player, or when you’re in need for sleeves for Limited events like a draft or a prerelease.

These sleeves might not have the durability of others on this list, frequent shuffling or having double-sleeved cards might cause them to split a little easier than others, but they’re still a great pick if you’re on a budget or if you’re storing your more valuable cards and want an extra level of protection.

BCW Deck Guard - Double Matte Sleeves Purple

BCW Deck Guard – Double Matte Sleeves Purple

Great for sitting down with some friends for a few casual games, BCW has been in the trading card game for a while so you can trust them with your cards. Packs of these sleeves run a little smaller at only 50 sleeves per bundle.

Brand
BCW Deck Guard

Colour
Purple

Weight
2.12 Ounces

Size
3.94 x 1.97 x 0.39 inches

Outer Sleeve/Inner Sleeve
Outer

Quantity
50

Perfect for casual Magic games with your friends, the BCW Deck Guard Double Matte Sleeves come in a wide array of colors and are another great budget pick, especially if you’re sleeving a bunch of decks in all the same color for consistency.

These sleeves are also great for long-term card storage, like in a binder, which might seem silly, putting a card in a sleeve only put them into a binder, but even then they can slide around and cause small scuffing on the surface of the card, especially on foil Magic cards.

KMC Hyper - Matte Sleeves Black

KMC Hyper – Matte Sleeves Black

Some of the smoothest matte sleeves around, these KMC Hyper Matte Sleeves provide excellent protection while giving you an unparalleled smooth shuffling experience.

Brand
KMC

Colour
Black

Weight
0.16 ounces per sleeve

Size
5.5 x 4 x 0.25 inches

Outer Sleeve/Inner Sleeve
Outer

Texture
Matte

Quantity
80

Personal preference plays a huge role in what sleeves you end up using, between how the sleeve feels, what colors they have available, durability, and even how lucky you seem to be when you use those sleeves.

For one of the smoothest experiences, while still getting the matte feel, the KMC Hyper Matte sleeves are specially treated to give you the tactile feel of a matte sleeve while keeping the cards smooth to the touch. The one downside of these sleeves is that a pack only has 80 sleeves while most packs have either 50 or 100, making it a little awkward to sleeve a Commander deck.

Dragon Shield Standard Size Card Sleeves Classic Gold

Dragon Shield Standard Size Card Sleeves Classic Gold

Looking for that classic sleeve feel combined with some of the strongest sleeves on the market? Check out the Dragon Shield Classic sleeves, with a smooth back and that opaque gold sheen, these sleeves will keep your cards safe for tournaments to come.

Brand
Dragon Shield

Colour
Gold

Weight
4.9 ounces

Size
3.8 x 1.8 x 2.8 inches

Material
polypropylene

Outer Sleeve/Inner Sleeve
Outer

Texture
Smooth

Quantity
100

One of the most trusted brands in the trading card game sleeve business, the tried and true Dragon Shield sleeves are a safe bet no matter what you’re using them for. A box of Dragon Shields always comes with 100 sleeves, giving you plenty of extra when you go to sleeve up a constructed deck plus its sideboard, or a complete Commander deck.

Dragon Shields has been putting out a wide range of colors to help you color code your decks. In recent years the company has even moved into producing sleeves with beautiful illustrations and designs you can further customize your decks, like sleeving your entire Commander deck in a solid color Classic sleeve, and then using a separate sleeve with an illustration on it for the commander to help it stand out and prevent you from shuffling it in your deck.

Ultimate Guard Katana Sleeves Black

Ultimate Guard Katana Sleeves Black

The new kids on the block, Ultimate Guard have come out strong with some of the best sleeves to keep your cards safe while at tournaments or playing casually.

Brand
Ultimate Guard

Colour
Black

Weight
‎0.007 ounces per sleeve

Size
‎3 x 1.25 x 5 inches

Material
Polypropylene

Outer Sleeve/Inner Sleeve
Outer

Texture
Matte

Quantity
100

A newer player on the market, Ultimate Guard has come out strong and remained a reliable contender in the game. These sleeves feel nice, and are incredibly durable, and definitely set themselves apart from other sleeves on the market.

You might want to take a little caution when doubling sleeving cards in Ultimate Guard Katana Sleeves. They seem to run a little tighter than other brands, making inserting a card in a perfect fit slightly more troublesome than other brands. This will keep your cards safe, but has its own set of risks when sleeving your deck.

Dragon Shield Matte Black 100 Protective Sleeves

Dragon Shield Matte Protective Sleeves Black

The cream of the crop when it comes to Magic: The Gathering sleeves, Dragon Shield Matte Black sleeves keep your cards safe, last a long time, and feel great, giving you both the smooth slide of the front with the rough texture of the matte back.

Brand
Dragon Shield

Colour
Black

Weight
3.99 ounces

Size
66mm x 91mm

Material
polypropylene

Outer Sleeve/Inner Sleeve
Outer

Texture
Matte

Quantity
100

Sitting at the top of the best sleeves you can pick up to protect your cards, Dragon Shield Matte sleeves are one of the best types you can pick to sleeve your cards up in. You get all the durability of the Dragon Shield Classic sleeves, and get the added bonus of the texture of a matte sleeve.

They’re of course not going to be for everyone if you’re particularly sensitive to touch when playing these sleeves can be a little strange to play with but if you like the feel these sleeves are the best you can pick up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Size Sleeve Do I Need For Magic: The Gathering?

Traditionally, a Magic: The Gathering card is 2.5 inches wide (6.3 cm) and 3.5 inches tall (8.8 cm) so you’ll want to pick up a sleeve with the dimensions 66mm x 91mm, the generally accepted standard size for Magic: The Gathering sleeves.

Why Do People Double-Sleeve Magic: The Gathering Cards?

Sometimes just one sleeve isn’t enough. Even in a regular Magic sleeve the card can move around, causing scuffing and tiny scratches on the surface of the card, especially on foils. Using a double-sleeve or perfect fit can keep your cards safer for longer.

Should I Double-Sleeve Cards Upside Down?

Yes! Putting a card in a double-sleeve or perfect fit upside down, and then in a regular sleeve correctly gives you maximum protection from any spilled liquids or from dirt that might get in your sleeve.

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