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What's the solution for the puffy deck that results from sleeving cards? Also, what are some ideas to store a deck once sleeved since it often no longer fits in the box or original slot designed for the deck.

Thanks in advance everyone.
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I use inexpensive business card holders. You can find them on clearance at your office supply stores or in dollar stores.
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/464266723/Clear_6_Pockets_...
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Salimo wrote:
What's the solution for the puffy deck that results from sleeving cards? Also, what are some ideas to store a deck once sleeved since it often no longer fits in the box or original slot designed for the deck.

Thanks in advance everyone.



I'd unsleeve them myself to solve the problem that never should have been there....
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When storing lots of cards I use the card clubhouse model pictured here. I make simple little tab dividers with index cards.

https://www.coolstuffinc.com/main_supplies.php?fpid=Acc-BCWC...

When I pull the cards out to play, especially when there is a good sized draw deck, I usually place them in one of the compartments of an Ultra Pro acrylic deck box. I keep two or three empty boxes ready for any game.

https://www.coolstuffinc.com/main_supplies.php?fpid=Acc-UPDB...

For some games with many fiddly decks (Arkham), I go ahead and leave them in these boxes. I store the cards how I use them during gameplay.

This may seem like a lot of fuss, but really, this solution has made storage work well and has reduced the footprint of sleeved cards on my table.
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See this thread, especially page 2. The tape works really well- I'm still using the same stuff as three years ago.

And yes, I use the much cheaper option.
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Awesome, that was helpful!
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Rastak wrote:
Salimo wrote:
What's the solution for the puffy deck that results from sleeving cards? Also, what are some ideas to store a deck once sleeved since it often no longer fits in the box or original slot designed for the deck.

Thanks in advance everyone.



I'd unsleeve them myself to solve the problem that never should have been there....


...but sleeves are awesome. wow
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Redward wrote:
...but sleeves are awesome. wow

Yup; I agree! I fought the practice but I've become a convert. The little identifying tears and nicks are gone. More importantly to me and my barely house trained friends, they, more than anything else I say or do, communicate the "handle with care, please" message regarding my board games. Before I actually sleeved, I had a guy stick one card in his jeans pocket and then sit down (granted, this says more about him than it does sleeves, but still...).

The puffy decks are something I just have learned to manage.
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Brother Jim wrote:
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...but sleeves are awesome. wow

Yup; I agree! I fought the practice but I've become a convert.


I fought the practice until I started playing other people games with them and they just feel so good in the hands. I love them sooooooo very much! I have a crush on card sleeves and I am not ashamed to admit it.
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Thanks Arch, the discard holder is perfect, on order!
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Salimo wrote:
Thanks Arch, the discard holder is perfect, on order!


The problem usually goes away after a couple of plays anyway.

Storage is different though. Very few companies leave sleeve-slack in their inserts. At this point I either put the cards in generic storage boxes or cut out the game inserts to make more room.
Usually the former.
 
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Salimo wrote:
What's the solution for the puffy deck that results from sleeving cards?


Just went through this with my last unsleeved decks for Summoner Wars. I threw the freshly-sleeved puffy decks under a stack of four hardcover books and then forgot about them for a few days. They emerged nice and flat when I finally noticed the stack again this morning. Hardcover editions of Neal Stephenson books seem to work very well. I've had good results with Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative volumes as well.
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Thanks, I started weighing them down as well, sleeving Summoner Wars decks is a nightmare in it's own right, no good size...
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Salimo wrote:
...sleeving Summoner Wars decks is a nightmare in it's own right


Amen, brother.
 
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As a summary here is what I have learned and decided to do, thanks to all of you!

1) Sleeve and squeeze the air out of the newly sleeved deck

2) Weigh the newly sleeved decks down with books or whatever for a night or two.

3) Storage options are interesting and game specific, I am either using an Ultra Pro Deck Box, or wrapping the squeezed deck in Hugo's amazing tape (the wide size is great, what a cool product!) I am trying to keep the decks in the original game boxes as much as possible.

4) In play I am using a casino discard holder actually 2, 1 to hold the draw stack, the other to hold the actual discard pile (I bought a clear and red discard holder to differentiate easily)

5) Try not to be too embarrassed for all the silly effort this has taken.
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