BCW Supplies is Hiring!

BCW Supplies is seeking motivated individuals for the positions listed below! BCW is a manufacturer of hobby supplies, offering over 900 products, with a focus on comic books, gaming cards, sports cards, sports memorabilia, coin & currency, and record sleeves. BCW’s headquarters is located at 514 E. 31st St., Anderson, Indiana, USA. Learn more


Facility Maintenance Manager (posted 4/12/17)

This associate will be responsible to identify, troubleshoot, repair and maintain equipment and the facility. The individual must have previous experience or training in the following:

  • Machine maintenance
  • Building maintenance
  • Fork lift maintenance
  • Basic electrical & plumbing knowledge
  • Light carpentry

The applicant needs excellent problem solving skills. Compensation will be subject to previous experience. Qualified applicants can send their résumé to job@bcwsupplies.com.


Manufacturing / Warehousing / Shipping

BCW is always accepting applications for manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping positions. Manufacturing and warehousing jobs normally have a 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift. The Shipping Department staff normally works from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals can apply at BCW Supplies, 514 E. 31st St., Anderson, IN, or send their résumé to job@bcwsupplies.com.

BCW Supplies, Anderson, IN

Toploaders – Affordable Photo and Poster Protection

Toploading holders are an affordable method to protect and display photos, documents, posters, and other large art prints. These toploaders are made from a clear PVC which does not contain chemicals that will damage the enclosed prints.

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BCW offers a range of sizes of toploaders. Below are the poster sizes in inches. You can view smaller sizes for cards, photos, and specialty items here.

8 x 10 8 x 12 8.5 x 11 8.5 x 14
9 x 12 10 x 15 11 x 14 11 x 15
11 x 17 12 x 18 13 x 19 14 x 17
16 x 20 18 x 24 20 x 24 22 x 28
24 x 30 24 x 36 29 x 43 30 x 40
32 x 43 12 x 36

Inserting documents into toploaders can be tricky if the document is glossy, as static electricity between the glossy document and the plastic prevent sliding the piece into the toploader. To help, blow into the toploader as you insert the document, creating a thin cushion of air between the glossy document and the plastic. Just make sure you don’t spit on the document.

BCW Toploaders are designed to store prints on a shelf or in a box, hence they do not have a hanging mechanism. If your goal is to display the print on a wall, a little MacGyvering is needed. For small to medium toploaders, you can adhere these hang tabs on the back of the toploaders. 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. For the larger posters shown above, we drilled small holes in the upper corners of the toploaders and hung them with small finishing nails.

Importing BCW Products on Your CrystalCommerce Site

CrystalCommerce is a system for hobby shops to manage their inventory and market their products to customers in their brick and mortar store, e-commerce site, and affiliate marketplaces. This system was originally developed to sell Magic: The Gathering cards, but other products such as comics and board games are listed in the CrystalCommerce system. Most of BCW’s gaming supplies are already loaded in the CrystalCommerce network. This means the roughly 875 hobby shops that use CrystalCommerce can quickly import BCW products from their CrystalCommerce admin page and start selling!

CrystalCommerce LogoHobby Shops can learn more about CrystalCommerce here.

CrystalCommerce partners can learn how to import products on their site here.

See BCW’s line of card game supplies here.

Hobby shops can apply for a BCW Wholesale Account here.

Hellboy in Hell Comic Box

Hellboy in Hell is the newest addition to BCW’s line of printed comic boxes. This short comic box features the artwork of Mike Mignola from the Hellboy in Hell comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics. BCW Short Comic Boxes are strong, stackable boxes that can hold 150 to 175 comics in bags and boards.

BCW continues to offer the original Hellboy comic box, Ghost comic box, and other artistic comic boxes.

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
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
The BCW Shoe Box with Toploaders

The BCW Shoe Box with Toploaders

Protecting POP! Figs in their Original Box

Let’s say you’re at a local convention and you see the Barbie or GI Joe you used to have. It’s in its original box and it has a crazy-high price tag. You think to yourself, “If I kept just a few of my old toys in their original boxes, they could be worth hundreds now”. Well, here’s your chance to protect your POP! figs so they’ll be in mint condition 30 years from now. BCW offers clear boxes to protect POP! figs in their original box. Yes! A box in a protective box makes sense after you see the value of those familiar old toys.

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BCW POP! Figure Boxes are made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), an archival-quality, crystal-clear plastic that is semi-rigid and impact resistant. BCW offers protective boxes for the standard 4-inch figs and the larger 6-inch figs. Do not confuse these large figs with the even larger “vehicles”.

Boxes for Regular POP! figs
4 1/8″ x 3 9/16″ x 6 3/8″

Boxes for Large POP! figs
6 5/8″ x 5 9/16″ x 8 1/16″

Metagame Gurus Form to Compete at SCG Events

Team Metagame Gurus is a skilled Magic: The Gathering group focusing on the Starcitygames.com circuit. The team was formed to share their knowledge of Magic with other players and to help grow the game. Metagame Gurus is comprised of some of the most successful players on the SCG Tour, the most watched tournament circuit in the game. Meet the Metagame Gurus:

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Jim Davis

Jim is the Metagame Gurus team captain and the reigning (2015) SCG Players’ Champion. You can often find him sharing MTG tips at metagamegurus.com, Starcitygames.com, or streaming at Twitch.tv/JimDavisMTG.

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Pete Ingram

Pete is perhaps the most versatile member of Team MGG, and this has led him to success at almost every level of the game across a wide variety of formats.

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Andrew Jessup

Andrew is widely known as one of the best Legacy Elves players, with a finals appearance at the SCG Tour Open Worcester in 2015, and is also a very skilled pilot of Modern Infect and Modern Affinity.

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Kevin Jones

Decks that Kevin likes to play are notoriously difficult to play against and his innovation has shaped formats more than once – most notably the Jeskai deck he used to win the SCG Tour Open in New Jersey in 2014.

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Dan Jessup

While Dan is very comfortable going with whatever has the highest power level in Standard, in Legacy he has always stuck to his guns as a Temur Delver player with a number of excellent finishes under his belt with the deck.

With their bold Metagame Gurus shirts, finding the team at SCG tournaments is easy. They’ll be at these upcoming events. When they’re not competing, say hello and share you deck ideas or get some advice. The team will be protecting their cards with BCW Deck Guards and Deck Cases, and they’ll be providing BCW with their expert advice about what gaming supplies are needed in the game. If you have any questions about BCW gaming supplies, ask the Gurus or comment below.

Protecting Your National Geographic Collection

National Geographic has been publishing some of the best photography, social stories and science news for over a century. For collectors that want to preserve their yellow-bordered magazine collection, BCW bags, backing boards, and boxes are an ideal solution. While BCW offers supplies to protect traditionally-sized magazines, BCW’s products sized for Silver Age comics books are perfect for National Geographic. The Silver Age is an era in comic book publishing from 1956 to 1969 when comics were similar in dimensions to National Geographics.

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To get the correct comic bag for a National Geographic, use the Silver Thick Comic Book Bag along with a Silver Age Comic Book Backing Board.

The BCW Short Comic Box can hold approximately 56 National Geographics in bags and boards, with room for a few BCW Comic Book Dividers. A BCW Long Comic Box can hold about 100 National Geographics.

BCW Now Offers UPS SurePost Shipping

BCW evaluates the best options for shipping your hobby supplies. For small parcels, UPS Ground or FedEx Ground are our normal shipping options, as these services have a good balance of speed, cost and reliability.

To send parcels at a better rate, BCW now offers UPS SurePost. This service is ideal for shipments under 10-lbs. sent to residential addresses in the 48 contiguous United States. SurePost orders leave the BCW warehouse with UPS, but the shipment is given to the US Postal Service for final delivery.

BCW-SurePost-600Using this hybrid delivery system offers a great shipping price, but there are some limitations you should consider before selecting your shipment method on a BCW order. First, when using UPS SurePost, the parcel is not trackable. Second, a UPS SurePost parcel is insured for $100 while the package is with UPS. After the parcel is given to the USPS, the insurance is no longer valid. Third, UPS SurePost normally takes one day longer in transit compared to UPS Ground, however the US Postal Service delivers on Saturdays so you may benefit from UPS SurePost. If the US Postal Service’s lack of tracking or insurance, or the delivery time are not acceptable for the delivery of your order, you should not select UPS SurePost as your delivery method. UPS Ground and other options are available for receiving your BCW Supplies’ order.

If you have any questions about BCW delivery options, please contact the BCW Customer Service Team.

First Day Cover Collecting

A First Day Cover (FDC) is an envelope or postcard with a stamp that has been cancelled by the post office on the first day the stamp was issued. This traditionally involves getting a “First Day of Issue” postmark on the stamp on the respective date, however those rules have relaxed in the U.S., and now FDC collectors can send stamped envelopes to a Special Event Coordinator to get special “First Day of Issue” postmarks. Often first day of issue stamps are placed on special First Day Cover #6 envelopes or postcards, known as cachets, that commemorate the topic of the stamp.

American Circus First Day Cover Source: Larry Kellogg, www.worthpoint.com

American Circus First Day Cover
Source: Larry Kellogg, www.worthpoint.com

Collecting First Day Covers is fun for stamp collectors as it requires some participation…

First, you must be aware of the release schedule for new stamps if you plan to collect new First Day Covers. This USPS site is a good reference for U.S. stamps. Previously released First Day Covers can be found at stamp stores, antique stores and online.

Second, there are numerous topics for stamps and First Day Cover cachets. If you have a favorite theme, such as bird stamps, collecting FDCs of that theme can be fun and rewarding.

Third, getting an envelope franked with a “First Day of Issue” postmark in only done at the post office (or a special postal station) in one location traditionally. Often there’s a First Day Ceremony for a new stamp design. So if a stamp depicts a historical event, the location related to the historical event may host a First Day Ceremony. As an example, The Batman themed First Day Cover below was available at US Post Offices on October 9th, 2014 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. This stamp release was coordinated with the New York Comic Con, where the Post Office established a temporary postal station, Gotham City Station. Parcels cancelled at Gotham City Station received a special pictorial postmark, adding another interesting aspect for stamp collectors. As a service to stamp collectors not attending the New York Comic Con, the USPS allowed customers to mail envelopes or postcards with the adhered Batman stamp to a Special Event Coordinator in New York City and then the stamps receive the special First Day of Issue postmark and get mailed to the respective address.

Batman First Day Cover with pictorial postmark

Batman First Day Cover with pictorial postmark

BCW Supplies offer several items to protect, store and display First Day Cover envelopes and postcards:

First Day Cover Sleeves (hold #6 envelopes)

European First Day Cover Sleeves

Business Envelope Sleeves (hold #10 envelopes)

2-Pocket #10 Envelope Pages, 20-ct. Pkg., 100-ct. Box

Postcard Sleeves

Continental Postcard Sleeves

Postcard Storage Boxes

First Day Cover Topload Holder

See all of BCW’s Postcard and Envelope Supplies.