Technology has a solution for everything – even coronavirus-related football card woes. 

SWAP is a brilliant app that takes the whole business of collecting and trading football cards online, and has the backing of clubs including Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund.

At a time like this, when it’s not really safe to pass little rectangles of cardboard back and forth, it’s literally a lifesaver. 

But SWAP isn’t just a global pandemic workaround. It takes the beloved pastime of football card-trading and brings it squarely into the 21st century. 

Gone are the days of tatty cards getting crumpled and gathering lint all day in your pocket. No longer will you run the risk of accidentally losing a card in the recycling or getting it wet in the rain. Every card in SWAP is eternal.

And, thanks to the miracle of the blockchain, each card is absolutely unique too, preserving the special identity of the most desirable slices of memorabilia. There are three different tiers to collect: Base, Pro, and the ultra-rare Hero.

Don’t worry, by the way – while the unique identity of the cards is bound to the blockchain, payments are with reassuring old real money.

There are even autographed cards to collect – and you can see the players signing them. This is a real boon right now, when players are even less likely to give you an autograph than usual.

Naturally, being a smartphone app, SWAP is capable of all sorts of things that the physical hobby of card-collecting could never provide, such as goal footage, live leaderboards, and so on.

The recently launched Real Madrid collection includes actual goal footage too. This means you can own and watch huge moments in the club’s history – and via crisp clear quality footage, not via dodgy low-res YouTube videos.

Completing your collection and topping the leaderboard will net you prizes, too, such as VIP box match tickets, summer tour tickets, signed player shirts, scarves, signed balls, and much more. 

Free packs are regularly given away if you keep using the app too, and you’ll even get free packs once you’ve signed up – as well as when you invite a friend to join in.

And things will step up a notch next season, with a coin-based reward system set to be added for an extra layer of glory-chasing fun.

As previously mentioned Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund are all involved, along with the Arsenal FC Women’s team – which you can’t get anywhere else. 

SWAP is available to download for free right now on Google Play and the App Store by clicking right here, and packs start from as low as 99p for 5 high quality collectibles.