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Card Storage

Every Magic player eventually encounters this enviable problem . . . card storage - Where to organise and store your cards when not in use beating someone with them.

A quick look around my home shows a variety of card storage solutions that my wife and my kids have employed . . .
My two older kids (MTG and Pokemon) typically keep their cards in containers or binders. My daughter (the youngest who is collecting Bella Sara), stores her cards with her play jewelry.

Not having a lot of extra money for a professional card storage container, I have even caught myself sizing up an old fishing tackle box I found in the garage . . . pathetic actually (not to mention the smell of dessicated fishing bait).

In the image above, you can see my oldest kid's binder and his two ion deck boxes. My wife also has an ion case with the remaining two colours being claimed as my own. These deck cases are typically the only thing I feel comfortable taking to FNM without putting myself at risk of being teased by someone a quarter of my age.

My wife also has an interesting plastic container which formerly held retractable reel clips for card-lock keys / name badges. I had something similar which once held 3" wood screws but overuse and abuse forced me to retire it.

I purchased a cardboard card storage box capable to holding 500 un-sleeved cards but had decided to pimp it by gluing chaff cards identifying cards from which sets (Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor - and eventually Eventide) the box contains . . . very nice.

We also try to obtain boxes or containers which may had at one time contained Magic cards such as booster display boxes or tournament decks. I even have a fairly handy container which formerly held 3 1/2 " diskettes (that's floppy high tech boils & ghouls ! !). I find the diskette box ideal for holding my deck AND sideboard as well as my dice. When opened on the table it also provides a very kewl tray for all my dice.

Speaking of dice, you may be able to see my wife's micro-dice purchased back in the heady days when all those crazy +1/+1 counters were pumping up your Lorwyn-block critters.

You may also note the odd black & white bingo-chip thingys in the fore-ground as well. To be able to distinguish between a +1/+1 (Lorwyn-block) counter and a -1/-1 (Shadowmoor-block) wither counter, I raided an old Othello game I found in the basement . . . I throw a chip white-side up for a positive counter and black-side down for a negative counter . . . just brilliant ! The spouse informs me that however brilliant that idea may have been, she is less than pleased that it was at the expense of the Othello game.

Who knew how resourceful one could be in the the issues of card storage.

~ Happy & Safe gaming everyone !

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