For anyone with a large collection of baseball or other sports cards, it is important to keep them in good shape and keep them organized. There are many different storage options but the most popular are sports card storage boxes. Although you are not able to see the front and back of every card when you use them, it does keep the cards safe from sunlight. On top of this, they do not cost as much as other options. However, before you go out and purchase a bunch of sports card storage boxes, you need to make sure they're the right ones for whatever cards you're looking to store.
Sports card storage boxes range in size from holding 100 individual cards, to 3200 cards. The boxes look similar to shipping boxes you use to send packages, but the boxes are of perfect size to hold standard sized baseball cards. Typically white in color, the thick cardboard is able to protect the cards from general movement. However, because the cardboard is a paper material, make sure they stay dry because moisture may soak through and damage the sports cards.
You can also buy boxes that are a little wider to hold graded sports cards that have been encapsulated in holders.
The overall price of the boxes is going to vary, as the larger sports card storage boxes are going to cost more. You can obtain single row baseball card storage boxes in sizes of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 660, 800 and even 900 count. Or, for multiple rows, you can buy a 1600 or 3200 count 'monster box'. The 3200 box has four rows and costs around $5-7, although the overall price does depend on where you purchase the boxes (see below for links to eBay). Of course, you'll get a better price if you buy the sport card storage boxes in bulk. If you have thousands of sports cards, this is a solid option.
Another popular method of baseball card storage is 3-ring binders with plastic pages. The pages are inserts you place into a binder, with each sleeve generally holding nine cards (three rows of three). These sleeves are excellent for showing off your cards, especially if you are presenting the cards at a show or think you'll take them out to show to others. However, you do need to be careful while using the pages. You need to slide the cards in and it is possible for the card to get nicked on a corner if you are not careful. This significantly reduces the overall value of the card. To protect this, hold the care sleeve open before sliding the card into position, to prevent any damage to the card.
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