Do Sleeved Cards Fit in 9-Pocket Pages?

On Twitter, RipkenFan asked, “Does any 1 put their cards in penny sleeves & then in pocket pages? What combo of brands? I cannot get a good fit.”

Payton cards in BCW card sleeves and 9-Pocket Top-Loading Pages

Walter Payton cards in BCW card sleeves and 9-Pocket Top-Loading Pages

Standard BCW sleeves (1-SSLV), nicknamed penny sleeves, fit in the pockets of BCW’s 9-Pocket Top-Loading Pages (1-PRO9T-20, 1-PRO9T-100), our most common page. However, the sleeved cards fit tight in the center column which may cause the sleeve to fold or bunch-up slightly.

Jerry Rice cards in BCW card sleeves and 9-Pocket Side-Loading pages

Jerry Rice cards in BCW card sleeves and 9-Pocket Side-Loading pages

If you want to sleeve your cards and place them in a page, BCW 9-Pocket Side-Loading Pages are recommended (1-PRO9S-20). The side-loading pages offer a little more room for the sleeved cards compared to the top-loading page.

As both of these protective pages are made from acid-free polypropylene, the pages are archival quality. Placing the cards in sleeves before inserting into the pages is a matter of preference, buy it’s a smart idea to keep fingerprints off the cards while handling and to make sure you don’t scratch the card when inserting or removing cards from pages.

Save Your LEGO Books for Future Builds

It always seems to start the same. We buy a new kit and build it. It gets played with for a few weeks and then eventually it ends up disassembled and incorporated into the mass that is the big box of LEGOs. This isn’t really a problem if you keep the instruction manuals because you can alway go back and rebuild the kit anew. The problem becomes “How do I keep the little books safe, intact, and together?”

A collection of LEGO books stored for future use.

A collection of LEGO books stored for future use.

I find that 3-ring binder pages work really well for this task. The 1-pocket document page works great for the large kits. The 1-pocket photo pages are good for the medium large kits and the 2,3, and 4 pocket pages do a good job of holding the booklets for the smaller kits. Sometimes I had to stack two booklets to fill a pocket because of the odd shape of some of these instructions.

When assembled, the LEGO binder is a fun item for my kids to flip through while we remember the fun we had assembling these kits.

by Martin Dale

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