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.
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.
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.
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.