New Tobacco Card Insert Sleeves

1888 Goodwin Champions (Goodwin & Company) tobacco card featuring Jack Glasscock, Indianapolis Hoosiers shortstop

1888 Goodwin Champions tobacco card featuring Jack Glasscock, Indianapolis Hoosiers shortstop, source: Library of Congress

Tobacco company Allen & Ginter started placing cards in their packs of cigarettes in 1875 and these cards often depicted baseball players of the era. In 1890, Allen & Ginter merged with some other tobacco companies, including Goodwin & Company, to form the American Tobacco Company. The American Tobacco Company produced the iconic baseball card set known as T206 which includes the famous Honus Wagner card that sold in a public auction in 2013 for $2.1 million.

Used as advertising materials in cigarette packs, the T206 tobacco cards were 1 7/16″ by 2 5/8″, but the size of modern tobacco cards varies slightly. As tobacco cards are smaller than today’s normal 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sports cards, it can be a challenge when deciding how to protect, store and display these prized collectibles.

 

BCW Supplies offers several solutions for protecting tobacco cards.

BCW Tobacco Card Sleeves
BCW Tobacco Card Topload Holders
Tobacco Card Toploaders & Sleeves Combo Packs
20-Pocket Page for Tobacco Cards (100-ct. Box and 20-ct. Pack)
Pro-Mold 1-Screw Tobacco Card Holders

BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeve

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen with St. Louis Cardinals’ Jon Jay, card in a BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeve

A new product for card collectors is the BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeve (1-IS-TBC). Like normal BCW card sleeves, the card is protected from scratches by archival-safe polypropylene. The Insert Sleeve differs from a standard Tobacco Card Sleeve because the outer dimension of an insert is the size of a tradition 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ card. To keep the smaller tobacco card centered in the sleeve, an inset “U” is welded into the poly. Unlike the 2 mil thickness of standard Tobacco Card Sleeves, the BCW Tobacco Card Insert Sleeves are 4 mil thick to make the bordering poly more rigid. The benefit of this design is that most collectors store their sports cards in boxes, 9-pocket pages or card holders designed for 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards. By placing tobacco cards in Insert Sleeves, the smaller cards now fit in the more uniform, standard size boxes, pages and holders.

BCW offers many more Pro-Mold and BCW brand card holders for various sizes of mini cards. Please check the dimensions of your cards and compare the specs with our website to ensure you get the correct card sleeves and holders for your cards.

What’s Your Favorite Gatefold Album?

Record covers for 33 RPMs provide a tangible, artistic element to the album that digital music cannot emulate. Gatefold albums, which unfold into two panels, provide an even larger canvas for the band to present its style. Gatefolds were popular starting in the late 1950s and common until the CD revolution in the 1980s.

Gatefold covers were used for double LPs as each cover can hold a record. Therefore concert albums regularly used a gatefold design to allow for the needed double LPs of long recordings. Yet gatefolds were often single albums and the extra cover panel was simply used to print lyrics, band photos and artwork.

Elton John A Single Man, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon

Elton John A Single Man, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon

Some notable gatefold albums include The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s, Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde, Led Zeppelin IV, Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon, Miles Davis Bitches Brew, U2 The Joshua Tree, and Rush 2112.

Soundtracks Gatefold Double LPs: Superman The Movie, Star Wars, Fame, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Soundtrack Gatefold Double LPs: Superman The Movie, Star Wars, Fame, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Gatefold albums for plays and movie soundtracks were common to accommodate the needed double LPs. These provided lots of space for movie stills and helped create the mood of the movie while listening.

Fantasia-Santana

Santana Lotus recorded live in Osaka in 1973 and Walt Disney’s Fantasia from 1957 (1940 movie)

Other albums went beyond simply opening up into two panels. The above Fantasia album had a book format with a page spread for each song of the classic soundtrack. The above Santana Lotus concert recording expanded from a gatefold to reveal multiple artistic panels.

BCW Supplies offers numerous solutions to protect, store and display records. As some collectors prefer to present gatefold albums in an open position, we have added Album Sleeves for Open Gatefolds and Toploading Holders for Open Gatefolds. If collectors prefer to store gatefolds in the traditional closed format, BCW has 7mm Wide Toploading Record Holders that accommodate this size. See all of BCW’s music supplies for 33s, 45s and CDs.

What gatefold albums are iconic to you? Share your favorites in the comments below.