Join the BCW Supplies’ Group in the 2017 Bracket Manager

Thank you to everyone that participated in our brackets group. We had 299 brackets submitted. Congratulations to our winners, listed below by their prize.

Join the BCW Supplies group in the 2017 CBS Sports Bracket Manager! You need to create a CBSSports.com account in order to participate. This CBS Sports system requires you to get an email invitation from me to join the BCW Supplies group. To enter, send a quick email to ted@bcwsupplies.com and simply write “Brackets” in the email subject line. Then I’ll send you an invitation through the CBS system. When you receive the email from CBS Sports, click on the join league link. This works better if you have already created a CBSSports.com account.

After the brackets are posted, make your game predictions before the tourney starts, and enjoy the games. After the tournament, the prizes below will be awarded to the four highest points leaders.

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1st Place Prize

FIRST PLACE PRIZE – One Oscar Robertson autographed card (2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate, University of Cincinnati, No. 71), one pack BCW Thick Card Sleeves, one pack 108 pt. Topload Card Holders, one Shoe Box, one box Monster Pads, and one pack Tall Card Dividers.

FIRST PLACE WINNER – Sport Card Collector. He tied Jason McNeil on points, but won the tiebreaker (closest to the combined score in the final).

2nd Place Prize

SECOND PLACE PRIZE – One Denzel Valentine autographed card (2016 Panini Black Gold, Michigan State, No. 176, 78/99), one Justise Winslow patch card (2016 Panini Black Gold, Duke University, No. 15, 9/25), one pack BCW Thick Card Sleeves, and one box 138 pt. Topload Card Holders.

SECOND PLACE WINNER – J.M. did not claim the prize, so the 5th place winner, Mike McMannis, received the prize.

3rd Place Price

THIRD PLACE PRIZE – One Jordan Farmar patch card (2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate, UCLA, No. 51, 5/5), one Myles Turner autographed card (2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate, The University of Texas, No. 90, 10/10), and one box (16 holders) BCW 100 pt. Magnetic Card Holders.

THIRD PLACE PRIZE – Shaine Downes

4th Place Prize

FOURTH PLACE PRIZE – One Damian Jones booklet patch card (2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate, Vanderbilt University, No. 30, 2/25), one pack BCW Horizontal Booklet Card Sleeves, one pack Booklet Card Toploaders, and one pack Booklet Card Holder Bags.

FOURTH PLACE WINNER – Brad Fowler

See the 2017 BCW Supplies Basketball Brackets Contest Official Rules for complete details about the group prizes.http://blog.bcwsupplies.com/2016-brackets-rules/

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

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.

Batman Lego Posters

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 such as TCGplayer. 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 800 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.

BCW Passport Challenge at the 2017 GAMA Trade Show

Retailer guests at the March 13-17, 2017 GAMA Trade Show in Vegas are invited to enter the BCW Passport Challenge. The GAMA Trade Show is an annual meeting of gaming hobby retailers, manufacturers, and distributors (GAMA members only).

This year, BCW will be awarding three sets of Magic: the Gathering Dual Lands and BCW Gaming Supplies! Three winners will be selected (one playset per winner).


PRIZE 1:


PRIZE 2:


PRIZE 3:

To enter, GAMA Trade Show retailer guests can visit the BCW Supplies booth (330), in the GAMA exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 15th or Thursday, March 16th and pick-up your “BCW Passport”. Then get your passport stamped at the listed BCW distributors’ booths in the GAMA exhibit hall:

Return your stamped passport to the BCW booth before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16th, get the fourth stamp from BCW, and provide your passport to the BCW staff. Lastly, visit the BCW booth at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday when BCW will conduct a random drawing of all entries and announce three prize winners. The potential winners must be present to claim their prize.

See the 2017 BCW Passport Challenge Official Rules for details.

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

BCW Commander Sweepstakes

This sweepstakes has concluded. Congratulations to the winner, Adam S.

Enter below by Sunday, 1/8/17 for a chance to win:

BCW Commander 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 $81.19. The entry deadline is Sunday, January 8th, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST. One entry will be accepted per valid email address. The winner will be randomly selected on or around Monday, January 9th, 2017. 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. By entering, you are allowing BCW to send you period emails (subscribers can stop receiving these emails at anytime by using the unsubscribe process at the bottom of the emails). This sweepstakes is managed by BCW Supplies. BCW has the right to update the Official Rules if any unforeseen situations arise.

 

MTG Commander Deck Storage Solutions

Magic: The Gathering Commander Decks, also known as Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH), are comprised of 100 cards in a deck. This format promotes fun, casual games with a low barrier to entry. As there are more cards in these decks, as compared to regular MTG decks, Commander deck storage solutions need to be proportionally larger.

BCW Card Sorting Box with 100 ct. Boxes and Large Deck Cases

The 10 cells in the BCW Card Sorting Box perfectly fit 100 ct. Card Boxes and Large Deck Cases. This method is ideal for organizing a collection of several Commander Decks. Finger holes under each cell in the Sorting Box allow you to push the deck case out of the cell.

BCW Commander Deck Locker LT

In addition to the 100 ct. Boxes and Large Deck Cases pictured in the Sorting Box, BCW offers other deck cases that are large enough to hold Commander decks. The Commander Deck Locker LT has removable trays for the cards and dice. BCW’s Deck Keeper is a clear, friction-fit design. The Tandem Deck Case hinges open with two large compartments.

4-Pocket Pages protecting Pokémon double cards and oversized MTG Commander cards

MTG Commander decks traditionally have oversized Commander cards. Whether you use these in battle, or simply as collectibles, you’ll want to keep these protected as well. If you keep these protected individually, a BCW 3.5″ x 5″ Toploader is a smart choice. If you keep your MTG cards in a 3-ring binder, get BCW 4-Pocket Pages to display your oversized cards. Other 3.5″ x 5″ cards are included in Planechase, Vanguard, and Archenemy MTG formats. The 3.5″ x 5″ toploaders are great for keeping “double cards” together, like the Pokémon Legends shown above.

Protecting X-Wing and Attack Wing Cards

With the growing popularity of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars X-Wing, Imperial Assault, Armada, and Destiny, BCW has produced several products to help players protect and organize their cards. Many of these products work equally well for WizKids’ Star Trek Attack Wing and similar games.

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X-Wing cards in BCW 9-Pocket and 16-Pocket pages

X-Wing cards in BCW 9-Pocket and 16-Pocket pages

Card Sleeves:
Mini American Card Sleeves (small X-Wing cards)
Standard 2½” x 3½” Card Sleeves – Clear or Color
All Board Game Sleeves (small card sleeves)

BCW chose to offer a 3-Ring Binder solution for these cards, as compared to a folio where the pages are permanently bound into the album. With pages in a 3-ring binder, you can adjust the number and type of pages for the specific needs of your favorite game.

Armada pages in binder

Armada pages in binder

3-Ring Binder Pages:
Clear 9-Pocket Side-Loading Pages (for standard cards)
Clear 9-Pocket Top-Loading Pages (for standard cards)
Colored 18-Pocket Pages (2-sided 9-Pocket Pages)
16-Pocket Pages (for American Mini cards)
8-Pocket Pages (four American Minis and four Tarrot cards)

3-Ring Binders:
Regular Binders, 2-Inch or 3-Inch
Premium 1-Inch Binder
3/4″ Z-Binder LX

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Tube for 3′ x 3′ Playmats

The BCW Bat/Poster Tube is 36″ long, perfect for storing and transporting a 3′ x 3′ starfield playmat.