At BCW, we love it when hobbyists find uses for our products in ways we never envisioned. One great example comes from model train collectors. BCW has developed numerous corrugated boxes designed to protect trading cards. In the hands of a model train collector, these boxes are perfect for storing and shipping miniature trains. Model trains come in several scales that fit nicely in the various sizes of BCW boxes, leaving just the right amount of space to add bubble wrap or tissue.
John from The Virginia Foundry and Model Works stated, “I make and sell HO scale kits and ship them in your boxes. I have made literally hundreds of shipments in your boxes with not a single claim of any damage due to the box. … They’re just great for this purpose and stand up admirably to any post office abuse. And many of my kits have been shipped overseas with the same excellent results.”
Please measure your model trains to get the box that’s the correct dimensions for storing or shipping your models trains.
While today’s comic books are normally 6 5/8″ wide by 10 3/16″ high (Current size), these dimensions were not always standardized. Throughout the history of comic books, publishers have made comics is different sizes (learn more). For the purpose of bag and board sizes, BCW has simplified the sizes into three groups, or ages.
Golden Age – circa 1938 to 1955
Regular/Silver Age – circa 1956 to 1969
Current/Modern Age – circa 1970 to present
To keep comic books preserved, they’re normally stored in bags with boards and you’ll want to get bags and boards sized appropriately for your collection. If you’re not sure what size of bags and boards you need, please measure your comics.
Modern Backing Boards
Same width as Current comics
Most BCW cardboard boxes are only large enough to hold standard 2½” x 3½” cards or cards in sleeves. However several boxes have wider rows to accommodate cards in protective holders such as semi-rigids, toploaders, 1-screws, magnetics or other holders or cases. Some BCW boxes are designed to hold graded cards or other tall cards. A few boxes have both wide rows and increased height.
If you are trying to decide which BCW boxes are right for your collection, the list below shows the basic sizes. If you store cards in protective holders, you’ll need a box with WIDE rows. If you have graded cards, other tall cards, or you have 4-screw card holders, get a box labelled GRADED.
Note the length of the card boxes are often named by the number of cards they can hold, such as a 930-ct. Box, however these sizes are based on the thickness of a traditional card. Modern cards are often thicker than traditional Topps baseball cards. Learn more
Booklet cards are hot for sports cards collectors! They are often extra thick with jersey patches and/or autographs. These cards can be stored in a closed format in a hinged or slider box, but most collectors like to store their booklets in the open position to get the full presentation. BCW offers sleeves, toploaders, and bags to enclose the toploaders (the bags can also enclose a magnetic booklet card holder). The supplies listed below are available for booklets in horizontal and vertical formats.
Get Your Hobby Shop Ready for the Holidays with BCW Supplies!
BCW wholesale accounts receive 10% OFF all orders of $500 or more
when they order at www.bcwsupplies.com and enter promo code Holidays at checkout.*
*Promotion code is valid through Monday, October 24th, 2016 for wholesale orders at www.bcwsupplies.com. 10% savings is valid for in-stock items only (backorders will be at the regular price). Discount does not apply to shipping charges.
Hobby shops are welcome to apply for a BCW wholesale account to get the selection, pricing, and shipping services needed for a profitable business, and then get their orders directly from BCW Supplies. Shops can apply for a wholesale account here. Shops can also contact their distributors to request BCW products (although the distributors are not obligated to honor our holiday discount). See BCW’s list of distributors.
Semi-rigid holders are the preferred storage solution for many collectors of cards, currency, postcards, and tickets. These holders are thin, affordable, and provide rigid protection. Unlike soft vinyl (such as a shower curtain), the rigid vinyl used to make these holders does not contain plasticizers, making them inert and safe for long term storage of collectibles.
BCW previously called semi-rigids holders “Deluxe Card Holders” and “Deluxe Currency Holders”. During a recent package redesign, the names were changed to “Semi-Rigid” to better describe the product and follow a popular naming convention adopted by many collectors.
BCW offers three different sizes of Semi-Rigids for protecting cards. Since these are inexpensive, and thin, Semi-Rigids are popular with shop owners and card vendors at shows. Semi-Rigids are also the recommended card holder when submitting cards to various grading companies.
We also offer Regular and Large Semi-Rigids to protect currency.
Thank you to everyone that entered our Fetch Lands Sweepstakes at Gen Con! Congratulations to Rui, the prize winner.
One 2016 Gen Con attendee will win the 2016 BCW Fetch Lands Sweepstakes! To enter, fill-out the entry form in the Gen Con Coupon Book and drop your form in the entry box at the BCW booth (1559) during the August 4th-7th Gen Con in Indianapolis. Enter by noon on Sunday, August 7th.
The prize includes:
Four Magic: The Gathering Flooded Strand cards (Khans of Tarkir edition)
Four Magic: The Gathering Polluted Delta cards (Khans of Tarkir edition)
Four Magic: The Gathering Bloodstrained Mire cards( Khans of Tarkir edition)
Four Magic: The Gathering Wooded Foothills cards (Khans of Tarkir edition)
Four Magic: The Gathering Windswept Heath cards (Khans of Tarkir edition)
Save on your hobby supplies during the BCW Warehouse Sale!
Thursday, July 14, 9:00am – 4:00pm, and Friday, July 15, 9:00am – 4:00pm
GET 10% OFF your BCW purchase when you order on www.bcwsupplies.com by Tuesday, July 12th and then follow this pick up procedure. During the checkout process, use promo code PICKUP and select “I prefer to pick up my items at BCW” in the Shipping Calculation box*. Then pick up your order at the BCW Supplies headquarters on Thursday, July 14th or Friday, July 15th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. BCW is located at 514 E. 31st St., Anderson, Indiana (map). Please go to the front door, under the black awning.
*In order to select the “pick up” shipping option, online customers must be signed-in to their BCW account. If you’re a retail customer and do not have a BCW account yet, you can register as a new customer during the checkout process, and then select “I prefer to pick up my items at BCW.” Sale price valid for in-stock inventory only (all backorders will be at the regular published prices).
Can’t attend those days? BCW offers free shipping on retail orders of $80 or more and for wholesale orders of $1,000 or more (restrictions apply). Sorry, the 10% discount is only available on pick-up orders during our Warehouse Sale.
BCW offers several options for displaying your favorite comics on the wall. Which of the four methods below is best for your needs?
BCW Comic Book Toploaders
Current Size: 1-TLCH-COMIC | Silver Size: 1-TLCH-SIL | Golden Size: 1-TLCH-GOL
BCW Toploaders are designed for storing comics on a shelf or in a box, hence they do not have a hanging mechanism. However, with some simple MacGyvering, Comic Book Toploaders make an economical method for displaying comics on the wall. The simplest method is adhering a BCW Hang Tab on the back of the toploader and hanging over a flat tack or nail. Adhesive backed flat magnets or Velcro work great in many instances. You can also look in the hardware aisle at your local home center or craft store to find hanging systems from 3M and others.
BCW Snap-It 1-BCW-SI-CB-BLK
The BCW Snap-It is a modular system designed to create an attractive display for your comic books.
BCW Comic Book Showcase
Current Size: 1-CBS-CUR | 1-CBS-CUR-UV | Silver Size: 1-CBS-SIL | 1-CBS-SIL-UV
The BCW Comic Book Showcase has a crystal clear cover that snaps over a black, wall mountable back. They’re available in standard and UV Protection varieties.
BCW Comic Book Frame
Current Size: 1-CBF-CUR | Silver Size: 1-CBF-SIL | Golden Size: 1-CBF-GOL
The BCW Comic Book Frame is an attractive black frame with a glass front. Your comic is neatly displayed in a mat border you can easily access from the rear.
2016 BCW Card Playset Sweepstakes Official Rules: No purchase is necessary to enter. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, age 18 or older at the time of entry. One prize, listed above, will be awarded. The approximate retail value of the prize is $313.65. The entry deadline is Sunday, June 19th, 2016. One entry will be accepted per valid email address. The winner will be randomly selected on or around Monday, June 20th, 2016. The potential winner will be notified by the email provided on the entry form. The potential winner will have 7 days from when the email is sent to respond and claim the prize. If the potential winner does not respond within 7 days, BCW will notify another potential winner, and so forth, until the prize is awarded. This sweepstakes is managed by BCW Supplies. BCW has the right to update the Official Rules if any unforeseen situations arise.