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 trains

HO Scale, 1910 American Ballast Company car by The Virginia Foundry and Model Works

Please 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
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.

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 sports card. Modern sports cards are often thicker than traditional Topps baseball cards. The 1,000 ct. Box is based on thinner gaming 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
1,000 ct. Storage Box (Gaming Cards) 1-BX-G1000 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 Box (*holds 600 Semi-Rigids) 1-BX-VAULT WIDE Standard*
Super Vault Box (holds 75-80 graded cards) 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

BCW Box Folding Demos

BCW offers a wide variety of boxes to store your comic books, gaming cards, sports cards, card holders, records, and other media such as video games and dvds. If you have never folded one of these boxes on your own, the first time you fold them can be somewhat confusing. Since there may be some question about the proper way to fold these boxes, we have created videos for each one of our boxes, which includes information about what the boxes store and how to fold them. If you are having trouble folding these boxes or aren’t sure which box you need, check out these videos:

Trading Card Boxes

100 Count Storage Box (1-BX-100)

200 Count Storage Box (1-BX-200)

300 Count Storage Box (1-BX-300)

330 Count Storage Box (1-BX-330)

400 Count Storage Box (1-BX-400)

500 Count Storage Box (1-BX-500)

550 Count Storage Box (1-BX-550)

660 Count Storage Box (1-BX-660)

800 Count Storage Box (1-BX-800)

800 Count Storage Box – 2 Piece (1-BX-802)

930 Count Storage Box (1-BX-930)

Graded Trading Card Box (1-BX-GTCB)

Vault Storage Box (1-BX-VAULT)

Super Vault Storage Box (1-BX-SVAULT)

Shoe Storage Box (1-BX-SHOE)

Graded Shoe Storage Box (1-BX-GSB)

Super Shoe Storage Box (1-BX-SSHOE)

Sorting Tray Storage Box (1-BX-SORT)

3200 Count Storage Box (1-BX-3200)

Monster Storage Box (1-BX-MON)

5000 Count Storage Box (1-BX-5000)

Super Monster Storage Box (1-BX-SMON)

Trading Card Houses

Card House Storage Box (1-BX-HOUSE)

Shoe Box House (1-BX-SHOE-HOUSE)

Comic Book Boxes

Comic Book Shipper (1-BX-FLAT-11X7X1)

Short Comic Storage Box (1-BX-SHORT)

Long Comic Storage Box (1-BX-LONG)

Graded Comic Storage Box (1-BX-GCB)

Comic Book Houses

Short Comic House (1-BX-SHORT-HOUSE)

Long Comic House (1-BX-LONG-HOUSE)

Record Boxes

33 RPM Vinyl Storage Box (1-BX-33RPM-BOX)

45 RPM Vinyl Storage Box (1-BX-45RPM-BOX)

Other Storage Boxes

Media Storage Box (1-BX-MEDIA)

Magazine Storage Box (1-BX-MAGBOX)

Post Card Storage Box (1-BX-PCBOX)

Max Protection Dragon Designs

Max Protection has brought together three acclaimed fantasy artists for this awesome dragon series of gaming card supplies. BCW offers the four designs below for Shuffle-Tech Art Sleeves, playmats and deck boxes.

Max Protection Crimson Rider Playmat

Max Protection Crimson Rider Playmat

Crimson Rider Shuffle-Tech Art Sleeves
Crimson Rider Playmats
Crimson Rider Deck Boxes
Illustrator: Kekai Kotaki

Max Protection Ambush Playmat

Max Protection Ambush Playmat

Ambush Shuffle-Tech Art Sleeves
Ambush Playmats
Ambush Deck Boxes
Illustrator: Kevin Pun

Max Protection Death Grip Playmat

Max Protection Death Grip Playmat

Death Grip Shuffle-Tech Art Sleeves
Death Grip Playmats
Death Grip Deck Boxes
Illustrator: Kevin Pun

Max Protection Another Rough Day Playmat

Max Protection Another Rough Day Playmat

Another Rough Day Shuffle-Tech Art Sleeves
Another Rough Day Playmats
Another Rough Day Deck Boxes
Illustrator: Michael Anthony Gonzales

Why do BCW Card Box Names Not Match the Amount of Cards They Can Hold?

BCW offers numerous sizes of boxes to store collectible trading cards. The boxes are named by numbers, implying they can store that many cards. An example is the BCW 930 Count Box – its title implies it holds 930 cards, however the description claims it holds 825 cards. So why do BCW box names not match what the boxes actually hold? Is there a system to help collectors understand the box naming system vs. the actual box quantity amount?

This is a frequently asked question at BCW Supplies. To understand the answer, a brief history lesson in baseball card collecting is needed. Between 1956 and 1981, Topps was the only manufacturer of baseball cards and they used an 18 point card stock. In 1981, the MLB added 2 more licensees which were Donruss and Fleer. By 1989, The Upper Deck Company, Score, and other brands started emerging. With competition came innovation and card companies started making cards with a little heavier card stock and UV coating which made them a couple of points thicker. One manufacturer of football cards, Action Packed, even started embossing their cards. Then, the card manufacturers started making thicker “premium brands” of trading cards and adding pieces of memorabilia to some of the special cards, usually referred to as inserts.

So, the answer is that, for the period between 1956 and 1989, cards were approximately 18 points thick and the boxes were originally designed for these cards.

See all of the BCW Trading Card Boxes. Please refer to the product description to ensure the box you need with protect all of the cards you are storing.

The bottom of most BCW boxes list their size.

The bottom of most BCW boxes describes their size.

The 1,000 ct. Gaming Card Box is actually smaller than our standard 800 ct. Card Box, as the 1,000 ct. Box is sized for 10 pt. thick TCG cards, while the 800 ct. Box is sized for 18 pt. thick traditional baseball cards.