BCW Solutions to Store a Huge Collection of Cards

Do you need to store a huge collection of cards? The BCW Card House and Shoe Box House are great solutions.

The Card House holds twelve 800 Boxes (1-piece) or 802 Boxes (2-piece). The Shoe Box House holds six Shoe Boxes.

The Card House holds twelve 800 Boxes (1-piece) or 802 Boxes (2-piece). The Shoe Box House holds six Shoe Boxes.

A full Card House or Shoe Box House can hold about 9,600 traditional sports cards or 13,680 thinner gaming cards. Each of the two rows in a Shoe Box are wider than the single row of a 800 or 802 Box, so a Shoe Box can accommodate card toploaders and other card holders. An entire Shoe House (6 Shoe Boxes) can hold about 2,100 toploaders.

What Thickness of Card Holder Do I Need?

With the increased popularity of memorabilia sports cards comes increased confusion on what thickness of card holders you need to protect your prized cards. Card thickness (depth or caliper) is often measured in points. One point is equivalent to .001 inches or .0254 millimeters. Here are a few methods you can use to determine what card holder you need to protect your thick cards.

Download (PDF) and print your own BCW Card Thickness Gauge.

There are lots of choices when deciding how to protect your cards. You can use 9-Pocket Pages to place cards in an Album, or you can use individual card holders. We have listed most of the BCW and Pro-Mold Card Holders below. To simplify the decision, first determine what size you need. Most cards are 2½ inches wide x 3½ inches high, but dimensions can vary. Then check the thickness using the information above. After you have determined the size, select your desired closing method: snap, 1-screw, 4-screw, magnetics or toploaders.

W x H
in Inches
Depth in Points Description Brand Closing
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. BCW
Mini Snap
BCW Mini Snap 1-MS
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Pro-Mold
Mini Snap
Display Box
Pro-Mold Mini Snap PM-PC1D
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Pro-Mold
Mini Snap
Blank Packaging
Pro-Mold Mini Snap PM-PC1B
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. BCW
Regular Snap
BCW Snap 1-RS
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Improved
Mini Snap
Pro-Mold Mini Snap PM-PC1II
2 5/9 x 3½ 70-pts. Action Packed
Mini Snap
Pro-Mold Mini Snap PM-PC3
2⅔ x 3 8/9 30-pts. Pre-57 Holder Pro-Mold Mini Snap PM-PC4
2 5/9 x 3½ 120-pts. Real Thick Card Pro-Mold Mini Snap PM-PC20
2 1/16 x 2½ 30-pts. 1948-1950
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC48
2 3/16 x 3 20-pts. Topps &
Bowman Minis
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC21
2 1/16x 3 1/8 20-pts. 1951-1952
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC51
2 5/8 x 3¾ 30-pts. 1952-1956
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC52
2 ½ x 3¾ 30-pts. 1953-1955
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC53
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Regular
BCW 1-Screw 1-1S
2 9/16x 3 9/16 50-pts. Thick Card
1-Screw Holder
BCW 1-Screw 1-1S-THICK
2 9/16x 3 9/16 120-pts. Super Thick Card1-Screw Holder BCW 1-Screw 1-1S-STHICK
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Regular
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC5II
2 5/9 x 3½ 20-pts. 1-Screw
with Stand
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC13
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. 1/2″
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC14
2½ x 3½ 50-pts. 1/2″ 1-Screw
Thick Card
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC15
2½ x 3½ 110-pts. 1/2″ 1-Screw
Real Thick Card
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC16
2½ x 3½ 180-pts. 1/2″ 1-Screw
Super Thick Card
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC17
2½ x 3½ 100-pts. Extra Thick Card
4-Screw Holder
Pro-Mold 4-Screw PM-PC19
2½ x 3½ 50-pts. Thick Card
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC6II
2 5/9x 3 5/9 120-pts. Extra Thick Card
Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC18II
1.517x 2.717 20-pts. 1-Screw T-206 Topps Ginter Pro-Mold 1-Screw PM-PC206
n/a n/a 4-Screw
BCW 4-Screw 1-4SNR
n/a n/a Pro-Mold 4-Screw
Pro-Mold 4-Screw PM-PC9
2½ x 3½ 4-Screw
BCW 4-Screw 1-4SR
2½ x 3½ 30-pts. Pro-Mold 4-Screw
Pro-Mold 4-Screw PM-PC11
2½ x 3½ 4 Screw
Black Border
BCW 4-Screw 1-1CS-B
2½ x 3½ 35-pts. 35-pts. Magnetic BCW Magnetic 1-MCH-35
2½ x 3½ 55-pts. 55-pts. Magnetic BCW Magnetic 1-MCH-55
2½ x 3½ 75-pts. 75-pts. Magnetic BCW Magnetic 1-MCH-75
2½ x 3½ 100-pts. 100-pts. Magnetic BCW Magnetic 1-MCH-100
2½ x 3½ 180-pts. 180-pts. Magnetic BCW Magnetic 1-MCH-180
2½ x 3½ 360-pts. 360-pts. Magnetic BCW Magnetic 1-MCH-360
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Pro-Mold Regular
Pro-Mold Magnetic PM-MH1
2½ x 3½ 50-pts. 50-pts. Magnetic Pro-Mold Magnetic PM-MH2
2½ x 3½ 120-pts. 120-pts. Magnetic Pro-Mold Magnetic PM-MH3
2 9/16x 3 9/16 180-pts. 180-pts. Magnetic Pro-Mold Magnetic PM-MH4
2½ x 3½ 80-pts. 80-pts. Magnetic Pro-Mold Magnetic PM-MH5
2½ x 3½ 150-pts. 150-pts. Magnetic Pro-Mold Magnetic PM-MH6
2¾ x 3½ Approx.30-pts.. Acrylic Card Stand Vertical BCW Pressure Fit 1-ACS-V
2¾ x 3½ Approx.30-pts.. Acrylic Card Stand Vertical
with Header
BCW Pressure Fit 1-ACS-VH
2¼ x 4¼ 1/4″ Acrylic
BCW 4-Screw 1-A025
2¼ x 4½ ½” Acrylic
BCW 4-Screw 1-A050
2¼ x 4½ 118-pts. ½” Acrylic 4-Screw with
3MM Insert
BCW 4-Screw A050–A050-I-3MM
2¼ x 4½ 1″ Acrylic
BCW 4-Screw 1-A100
2¼ x 4½ 118-pts. 1″ Acrylic
4-Screw with
3MM Insert
BCW 4-Screw A100–A050-I-3MM
2¼ x 4½ 235-pts. 1″ Acrylic
4-Screw with
6MM Insert
BCW 4-Screw A100–A100-I-6MM
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. Semi-Rigid BCW Topload 1-DLX-10 (10-PK)1-DLX-50 (50-PK)
2½ x 3½ 20-pts. 50-Pack Large
BCW Topload 1-DLX-LG-50
2 1/16x 3 1/8 20-pts. Tobacco Ccard Toploader BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TBC-25
2¾x 3 7/8 20-pts. 25-Pack Standard
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-N (25-PK)
2¾x 3 7/16 20-pts. 5-Pack
BCW Topload 1-120 (5-PK)
2¾x 3 7/16 20-pts. 25-Pack Premium
BCW Topload 1-TLCH (25-PK)
2¾x 3 7/16 20-pts. Toploader
with Stand
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-S
2¾x 3 7/8 20-pts. Toploader with “Rookie Card” BCW Topload 1-TLCH-RG (Gold)1-TLCH-RW (White)
2¾x 3 7/8 20-pts. Toploader with
Color Border
2¾x 3 7/8 50-pts. Action Packed
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-1.5MM
2¾x 3 7/8 79-pts. Thick Card
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-2MM
2¾x 3 7/8 108-pts. Thick Card
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-2.75MM
2¾x 3 7/8 138-pts. Thick Card
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-3.5MM
2¾x 3 7/8 197-pts. Thick Card
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-5MM
2¾x 3 7/8 240-pts. Thick Card
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-7MM
2¾x 3 7/8 360-pts. Thick Card
BCW Topload 1-TLCH-TH-9MM
2¾x 4 7/8 20-pts. Tall Card

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.

2014 BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes!

Some of the 2014 BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes Prizes

Some of the 2014 BCW Fan Cave Sweepstakes Prizes

BCW will be awarding sports cards and autographed sports memorabilia to the lucky winners of the 2014 Fan Cave Sweepstakes. All of the cards and memorabilia will be protected by holders or display cases provided by BCW Supplies. See the list of prizes below. If you want to see the prizes for yourself, visit the BCW booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, July 31st – August 3rd. BCW will award the prizes shortly after the NSCC.

The Entry Period has concluded.

Prizes List:

(1 winner) Spalding NBA Basketball signed by Julius Erving protected in a BallQube Display Case, Prize awarded to Michael B.

(1 winner) Boston Celtics NBA Jersey signed by Larry Bird protected in a BCW Jersey Display Case, Prize awarded to Mike P.

(1 winner) Cleveland Browns NFL Riddell Helmet signed by Jim Brown protected in a BCW Helmet Display Case, Prize awarded to Kim M.

(1 winner) Wilson NFL Football signed by Peyton Manning protected in a BCW Football Display Case, Prize awarded to Robert H.

(1 winner) New York Jets NFL jersey signed by Joe Namath protected in a BCW Jersey Display Case, Prize awarded to Beth E.

(1 winner) Chicago Bears Riddell Mini Helmet signed by Dick Butkus protected in a BCW Mini Helmet Display Case, Prize awarded to Christine K.

(1 winner) Rawlings Baseball Bat signed by Andre Dawson protected in a BCW Bat Display Case, Prize awarded to Jonathan S.

(1 winner) Rawlings MLB Baseball signed by Mike Schmidt protected in a Pro-Mold UV25 Baseball Square, Prize awarded to Joe V.

(1 winner) MLB Baseball Cap signed by Cal Ripken Jr. protected in a BCW Cap Display Case, Prize awarded to Ivelisse W.

(1 winner) Chicago Blackhawks NHL Hockey Puck signed by Bobby Hull protected in a BCW Puck Holder, Prize awarded to Sean C.

(1 winner) Full Size Soccer Ball Signed by Pele protected in a BCW Soccer Ball Display Case, Prize awarded to Annmarie W.

(1 winner) Miami Dolphins NFL Dan Marino signed 8” x 10” photo protected in a BCW Topload Photo Holder, Prize awarded to Josh C.

(1 winner) UFC Lightweight Myles “Fury” Jury signed 8” x 10” photo protected in a BCW Topload Photo Holder, Prize awarded to Christine W.

(1 winner) “2014 Black Box” 2013 Panini Absolute Prime 1/1 Stedman Bailey card protected in a BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holder, Prize awarded to Wayne B.

(1 winner of 6 cards) 2013 Panini Select Football Cards (D.J. Fluker, G. Bernard, D. Sims, T. Bray, J. Taylor, F. Harris) in BCW topload card holders, Prize awarded to Deede C.

(1 winner) 2013 Panini Prism Eli Manning signed card protected in a BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holder, Prize awarded to Randy T.

(1 winner) Black Printing Plate (1 of 1) of 2013 Topps Supreme Football Eli Manning Card in a BCW card sleeve and toploader, Prize awarded to Rick R.

(1 winner) 2013-14 Panini Select Hockey Alex Galchenyuk signed card in a BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holder, Prize awarded to Mark L.

(1 winner) 2011-12 Panini Contenders NHL Booklet Card signed by M.Paajarvi, A.Lander, H.Karlsson, M.Backlund protected in a BCW Booklet Card Holder

NOT AVAILABLE – Prize was misplaced at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

(1 winner) 2012 Topps Supreme Football Kendall Wright Signed Patch Booklet Card in a BCW Booklet Card Holder, Prize awarded to Christine C.

(1 winner of 12 cards) 2013 Panini Prism/2014 Industry Summit cards (Coby Fleener, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Joe Carter, Jay Bruce, Jorge Alfaro, John Havlicek, Nate Archibald, Robert Horry, Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Evgeni Malkin) protected in BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holders, Prize awarded to Cassandra B.

(1 winner of the set) 2013 Topps Bloodlines UFC cards (40 base, 1 dual signed booklet, 4 autos, 4 patches, 1 commemorative coin) protected in BCW or Pro-Mold Card Holders, Prize awarded to Stephanie E.

(1 winner of the set) 2014 Topps Heritage Baseball (1965 design) 216 cards, includes Jose Bautista patch card, protected in BCW card sleeves and in a BCW trading card box, Prize awarded to Gloria T.

(1 winner of the set) 2013 Topps Premier Gold (English Premier League) 50 cards, includes C.Ronaldo auto, protected in BCW pages and a binder, Prize awarded to Avi H.

(1 winner of the set) 2014 Topps Major League Soccer cards, 144 cards, includes 5 Mexican National Team cards, protected in BCW pages and an album, Prize awarded to Anthony F.

(1 winner of the set) 2013 Topps Museum Collection football cards (16 base, 3 patch, 1 autograph card of Tavon Austin), protected in BCW or Pro-Mold card holders, Prize awarded to Rachel S.

(1 winner of an unopened box – 144 cards) Panini Prism 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Cards. Plus BCW card sleeves and card holders to protect the cards. Prize awarded to Jenny H.

No purchase necessary to enter. The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia that are age 18 or older at the time of entry. Each potential winner can win only one prize. See the Official Rules for complete details. Read how the prizes will be awarded.

Who Originated the Case Break Concept?

As the demand for high-end sports cards with autographs and jersey patches increased, the price of the cards increased. This opened an opportunity for creative sports card enthusiasts, with the know-how of modern internet tools, to create case breaking.

What’s case breaking? While the process varies among the case breakers, the general process is the same. First, an organizer buys a case of cards and offers collectors to buy a spot in a break. This spot may represent a team. For example, the participant may ask for, or through a lottery, get all of the Colts cards from a box of NFL cards. Then the breaker publicly awards the cards to the collectors in a live streaming video process. Lastly, the organizer ships the cards to the collector. In addition to being a fun forum to hang-out (virtually at least) with fellow collectors, case breaking gives the average collector the opportunity to get a valuable card and to chase after cards of the stars or teams that interest the collector most.

An interesting aspect of case breaking is the creative mix of modern media. The process may involve live video streaming, recorded videos, chat rooms, shared Google Documents, PayPal and various websites. All of this is molded together by the case breaker to create a social experience.

While I was at the 2014 Industry Summit for sports cards, I asked several respected case breakers and bloggers “who was the first case breaker?”. Kris from KAB, Chad from Firehand Breaks and Sergio from Sports Card Album suggested Chris from CardsInfinity is either the first case breaker, or he would know who started before him.

So here you have it… The response of “who was the first case breaker”, according to Chris at CardsInfinity:

From my understanding Dr. Wax Battle, at The Backstop in New Jersey, was the 1st to video tape some customers breaking boxes when they came in his store. He started doing that once in a while in the year 2006. The camera angles were not the best, but they were entertaining to watch. You got to see first hand what was coming out of the boxes. There were also around 2 or 3 other people that would video tape themselves opening their personal boxes and uploading them to YouTube. Once again these were entertaining, but the camera angles were not the best.

The Doctor Wax Battle Show in 2006

I bought a video camera in March of 2007 and I was going to start video taping my customers open boxes in my store. But the way I would be different, is that I would use the “Vicarious” view. That means I would breeze through the base, just focus on inserts and hits. Also, just show the hands when opening the packs and not the whole person. The videos would be very fast and you could live vicariously through the opening of boxes. Well this took off pretty quickly. I would say in less than a month I had around 20+ breaks on YouTube and all of them were getting 1000′s of views. People would email me all the time, and still do to this day, and tell me that my videos got them back into collecting cards and or that they would watch my videos to see which products to break.

So after about 4 or 5 months of video taping my customers open boxes, I came up with the idea of breaking boxes for customers online. I would create a website, CardsInfinity, and people could order boxes from me. They could either have the boxes shipped sealed or choose to have me open their box and upload the video to YouTube. I thought it would be really cool, if someone could order a box from me and have me open it on YouTube and upload it immediately. This way they don’t have to wait for their box to be shipped and they would get the instant gratification of knowing what they got. Other side benefits were… they would be able to trade/sell cards easier with the viewing audience on YouTube. They would get their cards sleeved, toploaded and teambagged. Plus they could follow the case to see what comes out. If I opened 2 of the 3 Exquisite boxes from a sealed case and nothing major came out, then you would be able to see that. That might encourage someone to try that last box. They know that the case was sealed and that nothing big came out. Versus if you order a single box online, you have no idea where the box came from or anything. For all you know the box could have been purchased off ebay and re-sold back to you. My idea was very high in transparency and I think people took to that pretty quickly.

I remember in the summer of 2007, everyone would call me an idiot and say it would never work. They said no one would let me break their box for them. “That is where all the fun is”, is what they would say. Well it is fun to look back now and see that it did work and that people actually do enjoy watching their boxes get opened for them.

So to answer your question, I don’t know the first person to video tape someone opening a box, but I believe I might be the 1st person to open boxes for other people. It has been a great source of entertainment for me and for others and I really appreciate all the people that have allowed me to do it. Without them, none of this would have been possible.

A Cards Infinity break in 2013