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OhMee
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I'm wondering what steps some people take in increasing the longevity of their game boxes:

- Do you wrap it in clear plastic?
- Or do you have a special way of cutting the sealed wrapper and then tape it to the box?
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I just try to treat them with respect, and I try to make sure that the surface I'm placing it on isn't too rough.

Also not sure if this is a serious post or a backhanded jab at people who sleeve cards...
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I put a plastic cover on the tub I cram my games into before tossing them in the trunk of my car to be banged and rubbed against one another, splitting corners and wearing away art. Once the corners break I add a protective layer of packing tape to hold them together so the components don't spill out.
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Also, wear latex gloves whenever handling the game. Just to be safe.
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I just leave it in the shrink wrap. That way everything stays mint forever.
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milkolate wrote:
Or do you have a special way of cutting the sealed wrapper and then tape it to the box?
I actually do this sometimes.

Pete (does it more to keep the box shut tight than to preserve it)
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Wut?

I have 1000+ games. I can't afford that nonsense...

Just treat them like you care.
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cormor321 wrote:
I put a plastic cover on the tub I cram my games into before tossing them in the trunk of my car to be banged and rubbed against one another, splitting corners and wearing away art. Once the corners break I add a protective layer of packing tape to hold them together so the components don't spill out.
LMAO laugh You caught me off guard with that one.
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Just in the past couple of months I met some people who carefully slice the bottom off the shrink wrap and leave the rest in place across the box top. It was a new idea to me, so I've tried it with a couple of games I've gotten since then. I don't use tape to hold the plastic in place, and I don't know if it will make any long-term difference. If it becomes a pain trying to keep the plastic in place I will go back to the old method of just throwing the shrink wrap out.
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The difference between a player of games and a collector of games... one thinks it crazy to do this, the other thinks it’s crazy not to.
I think it’s crazy!
That being said, I do treat my games respectfully and methodically.
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Michael Debije
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Please beat me senseless if I ever do this.
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RageGoblin wrote:
I just leave it in the shrink wrap. That way everything stays mint forever.

I just add a bit of mint before closing the box after playing.

Experimentation shows that mince doesn't work anywhere near as well. Unless perhaps you use really beefy sleeves.
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I don't remove the shrink from the top/sides. Works better with some shrinks than with others.
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Life is too short for that. Just treat them with resopect and enjoy playing them.
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Yes, and more than that. First I sleeve my games in a tight vacuum bag, then I cover them with five layers of transparent epoxy, let it dry before putting it inside a time capsule, which I bury in the garden.
Future generations can enjoy my games in mint collection.
Or alien races can familiarize themselves with deckbuilder technology, amongst others.
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I'm neither a collector nor do I intend to keep my games pristine.

I was just asking for suggestions because, (a) not all games are available in our local resellers here, (b) shipping board games bought online (CSI, Miniature Market, etc) is expensive, and (c) the climate here can be humid and makes the card board more susceptible to damages.

I know that board games don't have an infinite life span. I'm just looking for a way to extend the boxes' lifespans.

Thank you for the suggestions given.
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Just a gut feeling, but if humidity is a concern, I would imagine it's better to not trap whatever humidity is inside the box behind a layer of plastic.
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I just borrow the carbon-freeze machine from Jabba to savely store my games cool
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To be fair, the box is usually the first thing to perish. As proven by the Lewis Chessmen.

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No, that seems a trifle over the top to me.
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The cover I put over my games is really sturdy - it's waterproof, earthquake proof (so far) and mostly cat proof.
It's made of wood and concrete in the main, and people call it "Chris's house".
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The box is for protecting what's inside, it doesn't really need protection itself.

That being said, I do treat my boardgame boxes with care. When I transport them, I often wrap them in something soft. I am bothered when they get really banged up, but from ordinary use they don't.

For the humidity: Buy lots of these little drying sacks that you get in clothes, backpacks, all sorts of other products and put one in each gamebox. That will help much more in keeping the game components dry than putting the box in plastic (which will just encase the humidity that's already inside).
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I've seen some people slice the plastic and leave it on top of the box lid. I want to say they're crazy, but I guess if you're going to sell or trade the game away later some extra protection might not be awful.

If you're keeping it, then I think it's bizarre.
 
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