If you’ve been collecting a long time or if you’ve bought cards from a collector who did, chances are you might have seen the effects of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) on plastic sheets. Anyone who bought sheets in the late 1970s into the early 80s may have gotten them from the early manufacturer-distributors. It turns out that those sheets act much differently than the newer sheets.
A sticky film, more pronounced it seems with each passing year, can often be found on the top of those old album pages, which stick together. So what’s the impact on the cards stored inside those sheets? It’s sometimes hard to tell. Some cards don’t seem affected while others tend to feel a little more slick to the touch.
There was much discussion about the PVC issue in the early 1980s, when manufacturers responded to collector concerns by making sheets without it. Take a look at any sheet made in the last 20 years and chances are you’ll find the pages slide with ease and don’t stick. As you can see in the video below, however, the early sheets look and feel much different.
Sheets such as these are currently the product of choice for collectors.
What’s been your experience with plastic sheets?