How Steam trading card idling works

Believe it or not, some people collect Steam’s virtual trading cards. No, it’s true. The “why” part is as immaterial as the cards themselves. Maybe they build virtual houses with them, or attend Steam card conventions to show off Achievement badges, or Card cosplay as their favorite foil drops. No matter the reason, it’s all cool. Whatever brings the room together, right?

The most obvious reason to collect Steam trading cards, though, is to sell them. People will pay for these cards on the Marketplace, even though they drop for free during games and don’t materially exist, strictly speaking. With most selling for a few cents each, don’t expect retirement money, but since they rain down regularly during gameplay, a large Steam inventory can produce a sizable number of cards for an active player. This can net enough Wallet funds to snag the occasional indie game or sale item.

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