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I just got Scarab Lords and Minotaur Lords recently, and I think I might sleeve the cards (the cards in Minotaur Lords have a really weird feel to them; it feels like grimy hands would leave stains). As it stands, I have the different decks held together with hair elastics, which is what I do with all my card games. If I sleeve the cards, then the elastics would pinch the little bit of sleeve hangover and I think it would leave a permanent pinch mark on the cards.

How do people store sleeves cards so that you don't need to worry about this? I suppose I could have plastic bags for all the different decks, but the elastics are more space-efficient.
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Hugo's Amazing Tape works better than the elastics, but it's harder to compact the cards well enough to wrap the cards tightly, and they tend to slide out if the stack is bigger. I think ziplock bags are probably your best option.

That being said, I've had some success in using the extra foam blocks that come with Thunderstone and Nightfall to create inserts to keep certain cards blocked off in some boxes. I'm not sure if they'll fit in those game boxes, though.
 
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If you can get to a sports-card shop, you could see if they have any really small card boxes, though it would probably be tricky to get any that would fit inside the game boxes. I second Hugo's Amazing Tape, though; keep in mind you could always wrap two strips perpendicular to each other.
 
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Anyone know an online store selling this in Europe?

Verkisto wrote:
Hugo's Amazing Tape works better than the elastics, but it's harder to compact the cards well enough to wrap the cards tightly, and they tend to slide out if the stack is bigger. I think ziplock bags are probably your best option.

That being said, I've had some success in using the extra foam blocks that come with Thunderstone and Nightfall to create inserts to keep certain cards blocked off in some boxes. I'm not sure if they'll fit in those game boxes, though.
 
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tssfulk wrote:
Anyone know an online store selling this in Europe?

You can get Hugo's Amazing Tape from BoardGameExtras, based in the UK:
http://www.boardgameextras.co.uk/index.php?cat=274&category=...
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tssfulk wrote:
Anyone know an online store selling this in Europe?

Verkisto wrote:
Hugo's Amazing Tape works better than the elastics, but it's harder to compact the cards well enough to wrap the cards tightly, and they tend to slide out if the stack is bigger. I think ziplock bags are probably your best option.

That being said, I've had some success in using the extra foam blocks that come with Thunderstone and Nightfall to create inserts to keep certain cards blocked off in some boxes. I'm not sure if they'll fit in those game boxes, though.

Ahem. Go to an "Adult" shop, and buy a roll of PVC tape used for bondage. It is the same stuff, only coloured instead of transparent. Depending on the people you play games with, you might get some odd reactions when you tell them what it is.

No kidding, it works perfectly.
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Ahem. Go to an "Adult" shop, and buy a roll of PVC tape used for bondage. It is the same stuff, only coloured instead of transparent. Depending on the people you play games with, you might get some odd reactions when you tell them what it is.

No kidding, it works perfectly.

And care to tell us how you know this fact?
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Ozludo wrote:
Ahem. Go to an "Adult" shop, and buy a roll of PVC tape used for bondage. It is the same stuff, only coloured instead of transparent. Depending on the people you play games with, you might get some odd reactions when you tell them what it is.

No kidding, it works perfectly.

And care to tell us how you know this fact?

I read it here on the 'Geek. I can't find the thread, but I think it was under the Miscellaneous Game Accessory listing.
Last Christmas I gave rolls of the stuff to people in my game group
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sport card boxes work well.

I have also used plastic hard cases since they come in all sizes and depths makinging it easier to fit into the game box.
 
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I usually use deck boxes if they will fit in the game box. Otherwise, I put the sleeved cards in heavy duty (thicker) zip-bags. 4x6 bags work pretty well.

I never use rubber bands (gumbands, elastics, whatever you call them) because of the potential for damage from squeezing and also because the composition of them nowadays breaks down and eats into whatever they are touching. I found that out the hard way because I used to use them around most of my game boxes.
 
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I use sleeves with rubber bands and it hasn't been a problem. At the worst, I'm either scraping off the rubber band from the sleeve, or replacing the sleeve. But unless you play a game umpteen times (such as a game convention or game story library), it's not going to need sleeves.

Now, Linen Hinging Tape, *that's* what you'll find handy... laugh
 
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I usually put the sleeved cards into a zip-lock bag.
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the ultrapro mtg deck boxes work quite well for storing cards
 
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Here's my solution. I don't know if it's the best method, but it works for me at least.
I craft tuck boxes for them from coloured cardboard. I measure the deck I want to store, so the box will fit perfectly. Then I scan the back of the cards, print and stick it on the tuck box. I also try to match the card back's colour with the cardboard's colour. This way it's obvious for the first glance what's inside.
It's really easy to craft a simple box, just a matter of a good ruler and a bit of imagination. I literally made hundreds of cardboard tuck boxes in different shapes and sizes for my games.
With a bit of experience I even crafted hex shaped tuck boxes for games like Twilight Imperium. Also triple hex shaped for games like Java or Taluva.

I think this is a nice cheap method to store sorted decks and easier to handle the tuck boxes than cards stored in zip lock bags.
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