Bags for Graded Comic Books

To grade comic books, trusted companies such as the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) and the Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS) will evaluate comic books, grade them on a 1 to 10 scale, and encapsulate each comic in a rigid plastic frame, called a slab. A grade of 10 is a flawless comic, but that grade is rarely awarded. Collectors pay to have their comics graded to ensure the accurate appraisal of condition of their collectible.  These comics will be protected for years to come, and a graded comic will have a higher secondary market value. The obvious negative of getting a comic slabbed is you cannot view the interior pages without breaking the slab, and the risk of damaging the comic in the process.

Even after a comic is enclosed in a slab, safe storage is needed. Store the slabs in a dark location to prevent fading from UV light. Keep the slabs in a cool, dry location.

Many collectors of graded comics want to further protect the plastic slab from getting scratched and place them in bags. BCW Supplies offers graded comic bags made from both polypropylene and Mylar.

Prior to 2016, the slabs from CGC were slightly smaller. BCW’s original Graded Comic Bags (1-BAG-GC-R) are designed to fit the earlier slabs. At the 2016 Emerald City Comic Con, CGC transitioned to using a slightly larger slab. You can tell the difference between the two slabs, as the new, larger slabs are welded all around the slab, whereas the original slabs sealed in the four corners but where not welded close. The slabs offered by CBCS are larger than the earlier CGC slabs as well. Hence BCW offers a new, larger polypropylene bags (1-BAG-GC1-R) for the larger CGC and CBCS slabs.

For collectors that demand Mylar bags, BCW offers 2-mil thick Mylar Graded Comic Book Bags (1-GC-M2).

To protect and organize a large collection of graded comics, BCW carries Graded Comic Book Boxes (1-BX-GCB). These boxes will store 35 to 40 graded comics.

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

BCW Album Options

BCW offers many different albums designed for collectors. Rick discusses the options…

2″ Binders:

Plain 2″ Binder

Clearview 2″ Binder

Break Back 2″ Binder

3″ Binders:

Plain 3″ Binder

Baseball 3″ Binder – Black

Baseball 3″ Binder – Blue

Baseball 3″ Binder -Burgundy

Baseball 3″ Binder – Baseball Collector’s Album

Football 3″ Binder

Basketball 3″ Binder

Hockey 3″ Binder

Sports 3″ Binder

Comic Book 3″ Binder

Coin Collecting 3″ Binder

LX Binders:

Z-Binder LX

1″ LX Binder

Pro-Folios:

9-Pocket Pro-Folios

4-Pocket Pro-Folios

9-Pocket Pro-Folio LX

8-Pocket Pro-Folio LX

Z-Folios:

12-Pocket Z-Folio LX

11×17 Z-Folio LX

Stor-Folios:

Comic Book Stor-Folio

Comic Book Stor-Folio – BCW Print

Magazine Stor-Folio

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)

Is Polyester or Polypropylene the Right Choice for my Sleeves and Bags?

We make a simple distinction between bags and sleeves. We define the bags as having a flap that wraps over the top, while the sleeves are open on the top.

In many instances, such as comic bags, you can select bags made from polyester or polypropylene. Which material is best for your needs? There are several factors to consider to make the best choice.

Both polyester or polypropylene are considered archival-safe by the U.S. Library of Congress (learn more). The different chemistry between polyester or polypropylene gives them different attributes as sleeves and bags. BoPET (biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate) is a polyester film made from stretched PET (polyethylene terephthalate). BoPET is commonly called Mylar, the brand name of BoPET developed by the DuPont company. Polyester is inert and has no plasticizers or other chemicals that will damage collectible documents. Polyester is almost completely impermeable to liquids and gases. Polyester is transparent and does not yellow with age. Polyester film is the material of choice for archiving many of the United States’ most valuable historical documents according to the Library of Congress. Polypropylene is also archival safe, however it is gas permeable.

Polyester sleeves and bags are more rigid than polypropylene counterparts. This gives polyester bags a brilliant, shiny surface. Polyester bags are strong and unlikely to tear, while the flexibility of polypropylene bags may be a better solution for some needs.

If price is a consideration, polypropylene sleeves and bags are more cost effective than those made from polyester (Mylar). This makes polypropylene the popular choice for large collections.

For all of the bags and sleeves offered by BCW Supplies, we clearly define what material is used in its production. The description is found on the product’s respective webpage.

Sleeves and Bags

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