BCW Card Boxes are Ideal for Model Trains

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.”

BCW Boxes are perfect for model trainsPlease measure your model trains to get the box that’s the correct dimensions for storing or shipping your models trains.

Box Name Rows Interior Box Dimensions in Inches
100 ct. Box 1 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
200 ct. Box 1 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
300 ct. Box 1 5 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
330 ct. Box 1 4 7/8 x 3 x 3 7/8
400 ct. Box 1 7 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
500 ct. Box 1 9 x 3 x 3 7/8
550 ct. Box 1 9 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
660 ct. Box 1 11 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
1000 ct. Box 1 12 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
800 ct. Box 1 14 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
800 ct. Box (2 Piece) 1 14 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
930 ct. Box 1 16 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4
Graded Trading Card Box 1 8 x 5 1/2 x 3 3/8
Vault Box 1 15 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 4 1/2
Super Vault Box 1 16 x 6 x 3 3/4
Shoe  Box 2 13 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 4 (3 1/8 row width)
Graded Shoe Box 2 7 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 14 1/8 (3 3/4 row width)
Super Shoe Box 3 9 7/8 x 4 1/4 x 17 7/8 (3 1/8 row width)
Monster Box 4 14 x 12 3/4 x 3 7/8 (2 7/8 row width)
3200 ct. Box (Full Lid) 4 14 1/8 x 12 x 3 3/4 (2 3/4 row width)
Super Monster Box 5 17 x 15 7/8 x 3 7/8 (2 7/8 row width)
5000 ct. Box (Full Lid) 5 17 5/8 x 15 1/8 x 3 3/4 (2 3/4 row width)

BCW also offers Card Houses and Shoe Box Houses, used to organize their respective boxes. These can be used to store a large amount of model trains.

What Size of Bags and Boards Do I Need to Protect my Comic Books?

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.

BACKING BOARDS
Modern Backing Boards
Same width as Current comics
6 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBMOD
Current Backing Boards
Slightly wider than Current comics
6 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBCUR
Regular Backing Boards
Same width as Silver comics
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBREG
Silver Backing Boards
Slightly wider than Silver comics
7″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBSIL
Golden Age Backing Boards
Slightly wider than
Golden Age comics
7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-BBGOL
BAGS – Polypropylene
Modern/Current Bags
Fit with Modern or Current boards
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR
Modern/Current Bags
With Resealable Strip
Fit with Modern or Current boards
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR-R
Modern/Current Bags
For Thick Comics
Fit with Modern or Current boards
7″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR-THICK
Modern/Current Bags
With Resealable Strip
For Thick Comics
Fit with Modern or Current boards
7″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-CUR-R-THICK
Regular/Silver Bags
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL
Regular/Silver Bags
With Resealable Strip
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL-R
Regular/Silver Bags
For Thick Comics
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL-THICK
Regular/Silver Bags
With Resealable Strips
For Thick Comics
Fit with Regular or Silver boards
7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-SIL-R-THICK
Golden Age Bags 7 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-GOL
Golden Age Bags
With Resealable Strip
7 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-GOL-R
Golden Age Bags
For Thick Comics
8″ x 10 1/2″ 100pk 1-GOL-THICK
Golden Age Bags
With Resealable Strips
For Thick Comics
8″ x 10 1/2″ 100/pk 1-GOL-R-THICK
ARCHIVALS – Mylar Bags
2 Mil Mylar Current Bags 7″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-CUR-M2
4 Mil Mylar Current Archivals 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 25/pk 1-CUR-M4
2 Mil Mylar Silver Archivals 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-SIL-M2
4 Mil Mylar Silver Archivals 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ 25/pk 1-SIL-M4
2 Mil Mylar
Golden Age Archivals
8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-GOL-M2
4 Mil Mylar
Golden Age Archivals
8 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ 25/pk 1-GOL-M4
PREMADES – Boards already loaded in bags
Current Premades 6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-CUR-BAGBRD
Current Premades
With Resealable Strip
6 7/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-CUR-R-BAGBRD
Silver Premades 7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-SIL-BAGBRD
Silver Premades
With Resealable Strip
7 1/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-SIL-R-BAGBRD
Golden Age Premades 7 5/8″ x 10 1/2″ 50/pk 1-GOL-BAGBRD

 

Which BCW Cardboard Boxes are Large Enough for Card Holders or Graded Cards?

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

Link to the boxes below for specific dimensions.

BCW Card Box SKU Row Width Height
100 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-100 Standard Standard
200 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-200 Standard Standard
300 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-300 Standard Standard
330 ct. Storage Box (for Pre-1957 cards) 1-BX-330 Standard Standard
400 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-400 Standard Standard
500 ct. Storage Box (for Pre-1957 cards) 1-BX-500 Standard Standard
550 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-550 Standard Standard
660 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-660 Standard Standard
800 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-800 Standard Standard
800 ct. Storage Box (2 Piece) 1-BX-802 Standard Standard
930 ct. Storage Box 1-BX-930 Standard Standard
1000 ct. Storage Box – Gaming 1-BX-G1000 Standard Standard
Graded Trading Card Box(30 Graded Cards) 1-BX-GTCB WIDE GRADED
Vault Storage Box (1,000-ct.) 1-BX-VAULT WIDE Standard
Super Vault Storage Box 1-BX-SVAULT WIDE GRADED
Shoe Storage Box (1,600-ct.) 1-BX-SHOE WIDE (2 Rows) Standard
Graded Shoe Box (100 Graded Cards) 1-BX-GSB WIDE (2 Rows) GRADED
Super Shoe Storage Box (3,000-ct.) 1-BX-SSHOE WIDE (3 Rows) Standard
Monster Storage Box (3,200-ct.) 1-BX-MON Standard (4 Rows) Standard
3,200 ct. Storage Box (Full Lid) 1-BX-3200 Standard (4 Rows) Standard
Super Monster Storage Box (5,000-ct.) 1-BX-SMON Standard (5 Rows) Standard
5,000 ct. Storage Box (Full Lid) 1-BX-5000 Standard (5 Rows) Standard

Two Row Shoe Boxes

Protecting Your Booklet Cards

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.

Horizontal Booklet Card Supplies

Horizontal Booklet Card Supplies

Horizontal Booklet Card Sleeves

Horizontal Booklet Card Toploaders

Horizontal Booklet Card Holder Bags

Vertical Booklet Card Supplies

Vertical Booklet Card Supplies

Vertical Booklet Card Sleeves

Vertical Booklet Card Toploaders

Vertical Booklet Card Holder Bags

Holiday Discount for Hobby Shops

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.

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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 Card and Currency Holders

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.

Semi-Rigid 1 BCW Semi-Rigid Card Holder #1
1-SR1
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 3 5/16” x 4 15/16”
Pricing and details
Semi-Rigid 2 BCW Semi-Rigid Card Holder #2
1-SR2
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 3” x 4 1/2”
Pricing and details
Semi-Rigid 3 BCW Semi-Rigid Card Holder #3
1-SR3
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 3 1/3” x 5 7/8”
Pricing and details
Semi-Rigid 4 BCW Semi-Rigid Card Holder #4
1-SR4
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 4 1/2” x 7 1/8”
Pricing and details
Semi-Rigid 5 BCW Semi-Rigid Card Holder #5
1-SR5
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 3 1/2” x 7 3/4”
Pricing and details
 Semi-Rigid Regular Bill BCW Semi-Rigid Currency Holder –
Regular Bill
1-SR-RB
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 6 7/16” x 3 1/16”
Pricing and details
 Semi-Rigid Large Bill BCW Semi-Rigid Currency Holder –
Large Bill
1-SR-LB
50 per pack
Exterior dimensions: 8” x 3 9/16”
Pricing and details

2016 BCW Fetch Lands Sweepstakes

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)
  • One BCW 12-Pocket Z-Folio (winner selects color)
  • Ten 50 ct. packs of BCW Deck Guards (winner selects color)
  • Five 100 ct. packs of BCW Inner Sleeves
  • One BCW Commander Deck Locker LT Brown
  • One BCW Playmat (winner selects color)

See the 2016 BCW Fetch Lands Sweepstakes Official Rules for details.

2016 BCW Warehouse Sale

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).

BCW Supplies, Anderson, IN

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.

Four Methods for Displaying Comics on a Wall

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.

Comic-Toploaders


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

This sweepstakes has concluded. Thank you to everyone that participated. Congratulations to the winner, Adam C.

Enter below by Sunday, June 19th, 2016 for a chance to win the pictured Snapcaster Mage playset and BCW card supplies!

Snapcaster Playset

The prize includes:

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.

Are you attending the 2016 Gen Con in Indy?
Enter BCW’s Fetch Lands Sweepstakes at Gen Con.