What Are Steam Trading Cards? – Get Extra Steam Spending Credit

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So you feel like kicking back and relaxing by spending some time playing some PC games off of Steam when you get a notification that you achieved some weird looking Steam trading card thing.

Or perhaps some time ago you accidentally stumbled open your great collection of Steam trading cards just by clicking on your “inventory” and thought to yourself… What is the purpose of these? What does it mean!

Well today we are going to be exploring the very strange and interesting world of Steam trading cards.

From what are Steam trading cards, all the way to even telling you how you can utilize them to your advantage in surprising ways like earning extra in store Steam credit, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this small journey. So stick around!

What Are Steam Trading Cards?

To make this as simple as possible, Steam trading cards are basically virtual cards that you can collect whenever you play a game that supports these card drops.

To see which games support dropping Steam trading cards you can view this link here.

Skins That You Have Earned

So you can hover over the name of your profile in Steam and click “inventory” to see the kinds of Steam trading cards you have, that is if you have any at the moment.

You will notice different tab sections for each game that has a card that you earned. You can then click on these cards and you will usually notice a couple of different options, and sometimes nothing or even fewer options.

This is because some of the items in your inventory are actually skins or in game items that can be used in game.

There are a lot of skins that can be traded with other users or even sold in the Steam marketplace for credit, but then there are some skins that can’t be traded or even sold at all, like the Portal 2 Bionic Beanie.

Selling and Trading Steam Cards

In your inventory you will most likely find some steam trading cards lying around too. Each trading card usually has a description of it relating to the game it came from in some form along with a nice picture attached to it.

Games that support Steam trading cards have a certain amount of cards for each game that you play. For example in the VR game FORM there are 5 collectible cards in total for this particular game.

But it is typical for games to have a limit to how many cards they can drop.

You can usually earn half of the cards just by how long you play a game, but if you want to earn all the cards, you will need to trade with friends and/or even buy cards from the community market.

For free games like Dota 2, you won’t get any cards if you don’t buy anything, but if you purchase something in-game you’re likely to get a card drop at some point.

As of now, you’ll usually get one card drop from free games for every $9 spent in game.

If you want to see your card collection progress, simply click on one of the cards and then click “View badge progress” and it will show you all the cards you have for a particular game and all the cards you are missing.

To sell cards that can be exchanged for Steam store credit, just click on the card you want to sell, then you will see a green button that says “Sell”.

Above the “Sell” button you should see the current price users are selling the card at and how many have been sold within the last 24 hours.

To trade cards, you can click on “FRIENDS & CHAT” located at the bottom right corner of the screen and click on a user that you want to trade with and there should be 2 different options under trade.

(1) An option to view what they have in their inventory and…

(2) An option for you to send them a trade offer.

I personally like to sell most of my Steam cards in the marketplace for extra steam spending credit. You will notice though that not all cards are created equal and have a variety of values.

I’ve noticed that most cards aren’t worth very much and sell for pennies, but some cards can be worth a couple dollars each.

Foil cards are cards with a special gray colored border around them and are usually worth more than regular cards for their rarity.

These are the types of cards that usually sell for a couple dollars each, but if you don’t want to sell them you can just hold onto them or perhaps craft them into what is known as a “Foil badge” to display on your profile.

What Happens When I Convert Steam Cards into Gems?

Some cards in your inventory can even be turned into gems if you don’t want to sell them. Gems can be used to create “booster packs”.

To receive a booster pack you need to be eligible for it.

You can see if you’re eligible by hovering over your profile then clicking “BADGES” and once you’re on the page you will see a link around the top of the page that says “View my booster pack eligibility”.

Crafting badges and logging into Steam each week will make you more eligible for booster packs. You can craft badges through trading cards you have collected on the badge page.

Crafting badges can sometimes give you game related emoticons that you can use in chat, profile backgrounds, coupons for games or even DLC, and more XP for increasing your Steam level.

You’re Steam level is important because you’re more likely to receive a booster pack drop depending on it. It is also a way to show off how much experience you have, the ability to add more friends, and customize your profile more.


I think that’s everything I need to cover for you. I hope that you found use in all the information I provided for you. You can read more about Steam trading cards on Steams official page for it here.

If you want my complete guide on what games you should get for your computer, I go over the methods I use for saving money, knowing what games I actually want, tools I use for predicting the next Steam sale and how well the game will run on my computer.

It’s definitely an article on my site that you don’t want to miss out on reading, and another thing you might be interested in is my Steam CPUCores review for optimizing your FPS in gaming.

Other than that, feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think. I like comments because they motivate me to write and I enjoy responding to them.

Anyways, happy gaming and until next time!


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