MTG Card Sleeves 12 – Channel Fireball, Star City Games, Max Protection for Magic: The Gathering!

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Evaluation Samples: For this review, I received evaluation samples from Max Protection. All other products were purchased using my own funds. Evaluation samples do not influence grades or evaluation whatsoever, nor does the lack of an evaluation sample.

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When it comes to card sleeves for your Magic The Gathering, Pokemon and other trading card games, the SUPERABUNDANCE of products to choose from is indubitable.

Many Magic players turn an eye towards many art and illustrated sleeves, but are these products just a pretty picture or something more substantive?

This video will compare and contrast the Max protection whatever sleeves, Cryptozoic illustrated brand sleeves, and both the sleeves of Channel Fireball and Star City Games…both of which are manufactured by Legion but not necessarily with the same quality. Oh my!

Let’s take a look.

Max Protection’s Shuffle Tech lines offers an impressively wide variety of art. From flags of the world to Dragon Invasion to the wildly popular Princess Bride art, chances are Max Protection has art or imagery that appeals to you.

Unfortunately, the actual quality of the sleeves leaves much to be desired. I actually was sent such a plentiful amount of evaluation samples that I was able to supply an entire draft pod with samples of these sleeves.

By the end of the first round, numerous players came up to me to show me sleeves that had split or begun peeling. I even had several outright split on me as well, and all this before round two began.

Cryptozoic, a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, has a line of standard sized art sleeves featuring art from DC comics, such as these Bat Man sleeves.

The sizing on these a bit off. Too much space is left at the top as well as the sides. I also noticed several of these sleeves would become warped when first taken out of the pack. Yuck. Terrible shuffle feel as well, they are very rough.

Split test is typical low quality, but I did not have any issues with them splitting on me with regular gameplay, certainly not as bad as the Max Protection.

I’m stretched thin for PROs on these. They work for double sleeving, but that’s in part to the fact they are slightly oversized for standard trading cards,

The shuffle feel is atrocious, and the thin, weak sleeve seems prone to warping along the edges.

The fact that in all my heavy testing, I didn’t have one split during regular gameplay is the only thing saving these from a flat out fail. Nonetheless, I strongly do not recommend them, and they are a D-. Sorry, but the Bat Man would not use these.

Channel Fireball, one of the largest retailers of Magic the gathering singles and accessories, offers a line of card sleeves emblozoned with their logo.

There’s something else emblazoned here that caught my eye, not on the sleeve itself but on the packaging: Manufactured by Legion Supplies. Oh, lovely. I am such a fan of their illustrated matte sleeves and I…oh.

The Channel Fireball Logo sleeves are unfortunately glossy. A design that, while good for double sleeving, means a less than superior shuffle feel. It’s acceptable, if barely, for shuffling, but it just doesn’t compare to the feel of the matte versions that legion offers.

But these are Legion made sleeves, so let’s see that stretch test. Wow, look, the stretch test is far from everything, but when you see results like this, its hard to at least acknowledge these are going to be highly, highly, highly unlikely to split on your during gameplay.