6 Board Game Card Storage Suggestions

Are you tired of the cards in your board games getting spontaneously exploding? If so, you may have bigger problems. This video simply has six suggestions for storing board game cards and card-like accessories.

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  • Your videos are so entertaining! And helpful.

    Violet Olszyk
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Holy crap your intro made me insta-scribe.

    Bryen Graver
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Hugos Amazing Tape is great… too bad its impossible to find nowadays…

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • He really is a big ham, but good ideas….OK, actually I was charmed.

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • 🙂

    Fernanda Martins
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • One of my favorite storage solutions for cards is the cardboard boxes that Dragon Shield sleeves come in. These sleeves are pricey, to be sure, but they are high quality and the box they come in is perfect for housing sleeved cards. As a bonus, if you cut the box in half you can perfectly store sleeved FFG small cards.

    Jay Champagne
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • DO NOT USE RUBBER BANDS. In addition to warping cards and damaging card edges, over time rubber bands tend to melt and adhere to the surface of whatever they are holding together.

    Jay Champagne
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • My preferred storage devices are the acrylic boxes by UltraPro and cable ties, depending on the situation. Your comments for the boxes are spot on as far as I'm concerned. They're great, but won't always fit in the box. I like to use them more for stand alone deck games like the Mystery Rummy games for instance. Fold up the rules and add them to the box and you're ready to go.

    For decks as components for board games, I more often use the cable ties. They used to be readily available at office supply stores in lots of 100, but since Office Depot bought out Office Max they're getting harder to find. But they're still available online in reasonably priced quantities. An 8 inch strip will hold a decent size deck, and you can use two to hold larger decks. It can be a little tricky getting the strip tight enough to hold the deck firmly, but in a pinch you can always use a second strip (or pair of strips) in the other direction to keep the deck secure. The strips don't wear on the cards because the loop side is very soft.

    As to rubber bands, I won't use them at all any more. I had games that had rubber bands on the decks which sat unopened for a few years, and when I did open them, I found the bands had disintegrated / melted, sticking to and ruining some of the cards.


    In closing, I always find your videos entertaining and informative. Thank you for your hard work.

    Gerald Collins
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Yeah, I gotta sub just for the humor on these videos XD

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Fun fact. Hugo's Amazing Tape is the same as Bondage tape.

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Great video! I just saw Hugo's tape in person for the first time last night, so I revisited this. I think it's worth noting that Hugo's seems to be the perfect solution for stacks of sleeved cards; fit any size and won't damage anything but perhaps a sleeve. One idea I intend to try is using "hook-and-loop" bands, like these: http://tinyurl.com/zsnz383 . They seem like a good combination of everything you'd want in a system; the gentleness of the hairbands, but the size flexibility of the tape. Wrapping a deck with two pieces (length and width) seems like it should work well.

    While I'm here, I enjoy all of the content you contribute to the Dice Tower. They are thought provoking and funny. I appreciate the self-deprecating humor. Glad we get to see your Top 100 this year. Keep up the good work, Chaz!

    Kenny Goodenow
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • There are these white card boxes sold by BCW that are my favorites. The card boxes are available in multiple sizes, so it's easy to choose one that fits each board game. They also have a nice white exterior, similar to the surface finish from a science fair posterboard. This lets you write on the exterior to label each box, or decorate them with markers, printouts, or whatever looks good. If I have a board game with multiple expansions, I tend to condense them into the BCW boxes and cut the original boxes to glue on the exterior, making them look like an official product. They can also be easily cut up to fit into existing board game boxes as dividers if you want to condense some board games into the original game box.

    Being cardboard, they are very low cost. A box that can store 800 cards can be as cheap as $1. However, I do have the advantage that my local board game store carries these boxes since they are also commonly used to store trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering. I've looked at other general hobby stores like Hobby Lobby, but they don't seem to be available. Ordering them individually online tends to be more expensive than the $1 price I listed.

    The only downfall to these is that they are made of cardboard. While they are very sturdy for general storage, they won't provide any protection against water or sharp impact. They are durable enough to throw into a backpack, but they won't hold up to something sharp hitting/piercing the side (like most cardboard).

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Love these little vids, and your daughter's grimace at the start is hilarious

    Phil Sheep
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • I love these segments. It is very hard to find anything to do with "how to take care of your collection" The thing about the magic tape is troubling though. How about a link to the BGG forum entry? please? 🙂

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • My top storage solutions include the following
    2) Mugs, soup bowls pots and pans sit in cupboards or on stands taking up valuable storage space but essentially unused most of the time. So just fill them with your game pieces. Be sure to empty them before cooking or making a drink. This method also ensures you wash and dry the items quickly so as to return them to there storage status.

    1) Clothes and shoes in your wardrobe. They also take up space but by clever use of pockets etc give good storage and don't add more stuff to your game shelves. Be warned to empty your pockets when going out,as trying to purchase goods with a pocket full of meeples rarely ends well! Also trouser pockets can be problematic if hung with the pocket hanging down. Cargo pants with buttoned or velcro pockets are fine though. Team vest jackets are the best clothing to use. Many pockets and if you wear it to the game table the items are ready to go,

    Alan Forsyth
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • #1 is cool. I didn't know these existed. This was helpful. Thanks.

    Posted July 28, 2020
  • Did you mean "ecstatic" or "estatic" (like you spelled it at the beginning)? 😀

    Owlblocks David
    Posted July 28, 2020
  • I like to use the cheap Ultra-Pro deck boxes that are about 1.50 to 2 bucks. Simple and cheap.

    Will Hursh
    Posted July 28, 2020

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