How to Make a Trading Card [10+ Templates]

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People love collecting things and it may be different for every person. But if there’s one thing that’s commonly collected by people, it’s trading cards. While the most common ones are sports trading cards, there are also other types. If you’re planning on making, we’ve got downloadable card templates that you can use.

6 Steps to Make a Trading Card

Step 1: Think of a theme for your trading cards

With regards to the theme, try to decide whether to go modern or retro with your trading cards. You can also choose whether to lean more towards text or to be more graphical, although you can always balance them if you want. Whatever theme you have decided, stick with it or take note of it.

Step 2: Decide on what to write on the card

Regardless of what theme you have chosen to go with, you may still need to decide on what information you wish to write on the trading card. For most blank trading cards, they would include information such as the person’s biographical data, physical attributes, and a short description or background.

Step 3: Get a photo of the person to be featured on the card

Most, if not all, trading cards feature a photo of a person on the front side and it may either be a portrait or a photo of the person while in action. When choosing a photo, make sure that it is high-quality, it would be best to use one that is between 150 to 300 DPI.

Step 4: Download a trading card template

To keep yourself from having to start from scratch, we’ve got over ten downloadable trading card design templates below that you can choose from. We can guarantee that each one of these templates is not only high-quality but also fully customizable which we will explain further in the next step.

Step 5: Edit the template using a compatible editing tool

As mentioned in Step 4, our trading card templates below can be fully customized but you may only be able to do that if the template’s format is compatible with the editing tool. This means that templates in PSD should be edited using Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, or any graphics editor that’s able to edit PSD files.

Step 6: Print your cards on durable card stock

When printing your trading cards, don’t settle with regular paper stock or low-quality card stock, always go with durable ones. After all, the point of trading cards is for them to be collected and collectors want them to last as long as they desire. Additionally, print your cards in the best quality possible.

10+ Trading Card Templates

1. Sports Player Trading Card Format

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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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Most trading cards are sports themed and they’re usually collected as a hobby. According to surveys, the Honus Wagner 1909-11 T206 is the most expensive trading card to date. Whatever sports trading card you’re planning to create, we’ve got an editable card template in Illustrator and five other file formats ready for download.

2. Baseball Trading Card Layout

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  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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Earlier, we mentioned about the most valuable trading card in history and Honus Wagner was a famous American baseball player during the late 18th to early 19th century. The template above will allow you to create baseball trading cards but if you want to create something else, we’ve also got a baseball card template for you.

3. Basketball Team Trading Card Design

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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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The second most valuable sports trading card is the one with Michael Jordan and we all know that he’s one of the best players in the NBA. If you’re planning on creating your own basketball trading cards, you can use the template above, you may even be able to use this template for making basketball-themed invitation cards.

4. Simple Football Trading Card Template

simple football trading card template
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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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When creating sports trading cards, you may also want to gather stats of the player and include them on the list of details. Aside from that, you may also want to mention the achievements or awards that have been credited to the player. To give you an idea on what we’re talking about, check out the card template above.

5. Business Style Trading Card Sample

business style trading card sample
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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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While the past few templates have been about sports, there are also other trading cards that aren’t associated with any of them. Check out the card template above and see that you can actually make trading cards for businesses. You may also refer to this type of trading card in its more recognized term, business cards.

6. Soccer Sports Trading Card Example

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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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Soccer, or association football, is probably one of the most-watched sports in the entire world which may probably be the reason why a lot of people collect soccer or football trading cards. If you’re creating your own either for business or personal reasons, you may actually be able to pull it off by using the template above.

7. Portrait Tennis Trading Card Layout

portrait tennis trading card layout
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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

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Whether you’re a fan of tennis or not, you can’t deny the fact that the sport is quite intense and exciting to watch. With famous tennis players such as Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, and Andre Agassi, you know you would want to collect tennis trading cards when you see one.

8. Volleyball Player Trading Card Format

volleyball player trading card format
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File Format
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • MS Word
  • Publisher
  • Pages

Size: 2×3.5 inches

Download

For a sport that has elements and characteristics from other sports, volleyball has already been around for over a century. If you wish to create your own volleyball trading card easily, you may want to download this card template in PSD, though you may be able to download this is any other format as well.

9. Retro Trading Card Example

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Make your trading cards look genuine by adding a retro look to it. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your trading cards, this would give an impression that your trading cards are priceless. If you’re into collecting baseball trading cards, making your own using this template is an excellent alternative.

10. Shiny Sports Trading Card Sample

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Regardless of what material you’re planning to use to print your trading cards, you may want to add a little gloss by using the shiny trading card template above. Of course, your trading cards would definitely look ten times better if you’re going to be using high-quality cardstock paper with a glossy finish.

11. Layered Baseball Trading Card Template

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Here is an example of a simple yet fully editable baseball trading card design template that keeps its details short and relevant. Again, you don’t need to add too much information on trading cards, just the ones that collectors would like to know about the player along with the player’s photo to complement the design.

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