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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Dreaded Supplies Purchase (Feedback Welcomed)

One of the great aspects about our awesome community is that we often send out cards to each other unprovoked.  Unfortunately like everything else in our great hobby it comes at a cost. I thought I would show a few places I order supplies from that have helped me save a little money.

When I first started trading on a regular basis I needed to find a good place to purchase envelopes in bulk. Stores like Staples and Walmart were just to expensive when you broke down the cost per envelope. As with most things in our hobby I found that eBay was a good source.



Here is a link to a seller that deals in just about every type of packing material you can think of. This is my go to for bubble mailers.  The link is to the 4x8 size, but they have just about everything. For most items the seller offers free shipping so their are no hidden fees.

I'm a big fan of team bags when I send cards. It is a nice way to prevent cards from slipping out of top loaders and it beats using a bunch of tape to try and keep the content secure. Many of my higher end cards are in Ultra Pro One-Touch Magnetic cards so I usually buy the bags that are made to hold those cases.  These also work great when shipping cards as you can fit quite a few cards in each bag.



Here is a link to one of the sellers I use.
Here is another
Both of these sellers ship extremely fast.

I haven't price out regular top loaders in a long time because between buying cards online and trading I've accumulated quite a few. Maybe someone can leave a comment below on some good places.

Above I mentioned that I like using One Touch Magnetic cases for higher end cards. Over the years I've been good at finding auctions for bulk purchases at fractions of the cost of the cases new, but those are few and far between.  These are items that are best purchased in bulk.  I only order them every couple of years or so and often use my eBay Bucks to help defer the cost.

Here is a link to one of my favorite sellers.


In case you don't know Ultra Pro makes cases for just about every type of card including booklet cards.

I think of all the supply purchases I hate the most it would be monster boxes.  Over the last couple of years I've been slowly putting my Pirate cards in albums, but still accumulate cards that need proper storage until they can be filed away properly. For me the monster box has become a necessary evil.  I have two industrial looking shelves in my basement where these can placed for easy access.

Before when I purchased these I would just get one as I needed them. This past year I decided to make one bulk purchase because I knew I would not stop buying cards and would eventually need them.

Here is a link to a seller I used to buy 8 monster boxes.

The last item that is a painful purchase is 9 pocket pages. For those who frequent flea markets and yard sales this might be an easier purchase.  For me this is always a hard one to find locally. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a decent auction, but for me it was easier to buy and bulk. 

I have a few friends that collect that live close to me so went together and bought a case. Since I've only done the order once I don't really have a good recommendations. The best sellers price a case at around $125.  

So with all that being said where do all of you go for your supply needs? Anybody else have any hidden gems that are good for these type of purchases? Maybe this will be a nice resource to share some ideas. 

Thanks for reading! 








19 comments:

  1. I was about to mention Columbia when I saw the monster box. I bought 25 of the 800 count boxes and they ship really fast. I had some ebay bucks so I got them much cheaper then I planned to.

    As for the rest, I don't have any suggestions, but will consider these sellers when I need these items.

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    1. Columbia is pretty good. Like most places online the deal is if you buy in bulk.

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  2. I always like going to a LCS for supplies because I hate getting them shipped. I have one about 15 minutes away which i haven't tried yet. I hope to do it soon because I need some monster boxes.

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    1. I'm a fan of my local card show. We have one the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of every month in my neck of NJ, and there's a "supply guy" there every time with decent prices. Not sure if that's a common thing at the more frequently held card shows tho.

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    2. Back when I was in college we had a LCS that was good for supplies. Usually if I spent some money there on a regular basis he would give me some supplies for free.

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    3. Back when card shows were a thing in my area supplies were still overpriced.

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  3. I have a card shop less than 5 minutes from where I live. Please don't hate me.

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  4. I got bulk lots of bubble mailers from Amazon. Got a 250 count box of Ultra Pro sheets on there too for a good price. The prices fluctuate a lot.
    I'm always looking for a vendor who sells white boxes in a variety lot, or singly really cheap. I don't need 25-100 of the same size box, but I would buy 25 boxes of five different sizes at once if I could find it. Otherwise, I wait until I find a shop or antique mall with a card dealer in it.

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    1. I need to compare Amazon prices. A friend of mine lead me to the eBay seller I referenced.

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  5. I think that's what has hindered my wanting to collect much these days.Supplies,or lack there of. Seeing a stack of empty top loaders or a couple of vacant shoe boxes has a way of provoking me to buy cards to fill them.

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    1. Back when I was a poor college student I used to frequent flea markets. One of the ways I would accumulate 9 pocket pages was buying junk wax era cards that were in albums. They would only cost a few dollars which was worth it for the album and pages alone.

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  6. I actually have never had to buy a single mailer in my life. I've done so much trading in the past that I've simply recycled all the ones I've received in the past. (Same goes for penny sleeves, toploaders, etc.)

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    1. I need to do a better job of recycling the ones I get. I'm good about reusing toploaders and penny sleeves.

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  7. Gotta admit nearly all of my supplies are reused stuff I've gotten from trades and card purchases. Even pieces of painter's tape don't die with me, but rather get stuck on the hutch of my desk, waiting to be used again. If I get low on used mailers, I just cut up an old cereal box.. works great. The only thing I really buy are penny sleeves, since I like them to be pristine. As long as I'm paying less than a buck per 100 count (which isn't too hard to find if you buy in bulk), it's a good deal to me.

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    1. If you are creative you can save a ton on supplies. My only supply splurge is usually on one touch magnetics. I just like them for higher end cards.

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  8. The past few years I've been using my buddy's account at a local wholesaler... which saves me a ton compared to my local card shop. But the prices you listed are definitely in the same ballpark as what I pay.

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    1. That is good to know. Ebay is really my only go to store.

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