Steam Trading Cards

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Not to be confused with the Trading Cards, physical cards sold on the Valve Store.
Steam Community Trading Cards example.png
I got it, I got it!
The Scout on finishing his set of cards

Steam Trading Cards are virtual cards earned by playing games on Steam. Sets of cards can be turned into game badges and tradable Steam community items. Play any of the participating Steam Trading Cards games to get trading cards. Up to half of a card set is dropped through game play, while the other half must be obtained through trading or through the Steam Community Market. Once a user collects an entire set of cards, the cards may be crafted into a game badge. Badges are tied to user accounts and are shown on profile pages. Crafting game badges earns tradable items like emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons. A user can level up badges by collecting the set again and crafting it again.

Get rewards for crafting badges

Game badges

All badges have XP which contributes to Steam Level, a summary of user badge collection. A user's Steam Level may be viewed by hovering over their avatar or by visiting their profile page. Leveling up earns users non-tradable items like profile showcases and extra friends list slots. After crafting a badge, users receive random rewards from a set of game-related items: profile backgrounds, emoticons, and coupons for another game or for a DLC. These are tradable and may only be used while the user possesses them.

A user may choose which badge they wish to feature on their profile. Featured badges are displayed on the top-right of profile pages, directly under the Steam Level. Featured badges are also displayed on the tooltip that is shown when hovering over the user's avatar on other Community pages.

Users can customize their profile with showcases. Each 10 Steam Levels will grant a user 1 showcase slot. Available showcases include Rarest Achievement, Game Collector, Item Showcase, Items Up For Trade, Badge Collector, Favorite Game, Screenshot Showcase, Custom Info Box, Favorite Group, Recommendation Showcase, Workshop Showcase, Favorite Guide, Achievement Showcase, and Greenlight Submission.

Team Fortress 2 Badges

Team Fortress 2 has 5 different badges, available via crafting a set of 9 game cards:

Steam Badge 1.png Sawmill Strongmann
Level 1, 100 EXP
Steam Badge 2.png Control Point Commando
Level 2, 200 EXP
Steam Badge 3.png Teufort Triggermann
Level 3, 300 EXP
Steam Badge 4.png Bad Mann of the Badlands
Level 4, 400 EXP
Steam Badge 5.png Mannifest Destiny
Level 5, 500 EXP

Team Fortress 2 Foil Badge

The following badge can be obtained via crafting the set of 9 rare foil game cards:

Steam Badge Foil 1.png The Gentle Mann of Leisure
Level 1, 100 EXP

Team Fortress 2 Assets

Trading Cards

Foil Trading Cards

Trading Card Wallpapers

Profile Backgrounds



  • In the Engineer trading card wallpaper, the kill counter found in Meet The Engineer displays "31337". This is Leetspeak for "Eleet" or "Elite".

See also