Prepping

What if my cards have gloss?

Before you get to sending your cards away to get signed, you want to ensure that you have prepared them properly.  For cards without a glossy finish, you can be fairly certain that the ink on the card will be a nice, solid color when using a sharpie.  For the cards which have a glossy finish, you have one of two options that I’ve tried.

Option 1:

Use an eraser – Take any white standard eraser and practice on a card that you don’t mind if it gets ruined.  Once you know that the eraser doesn’t damage the practice card, on a regular card, rub the entire surface of the card in case the player decides to sign on some corner of the card.

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Standard White Eraser

Option 2:

Use baby powder – I prefer using baby power but it does leave my tables full of white powder (yikes!) after I prep my cards.  I usually splash a dash of baby powder on my card and rub with a tissue.  Of course, you’ll also want to test on a card you don’t mind ruining so you know how much powder to put on and how hard to rub.

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Johnson’s Baby Powder

Obviously, either option 1 or 2 is a personal decision.  Experiment with both before you use either option on any cards that you want to get signed.  To know if you’ve done a good job in removing the gloss, you can rub your finger across the card and if it feels like it has a bit of resistance to the movement of your finger, then you should be okay to send it through.  After a bit of practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

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