Choosing the Correct Pocket Pages for Your Cards

April 6, 2013 |
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Binder Pocket Pages are commonly used to safely store your valuable collectibles such as trading cards, currency notes, coins, post cards and stamps.

The following section provides a brief explanation of the different pocket pages available in the collecting hobby and what each one is best suited for. Please note that this guide is a rough estimate as sizes may vary between different manufacturers and time of production. If unsure of size, the best policy is to always measure twice the item you wish to protect to ensure the most suitable page pocket size is selected.

There are several manufacturers of binder pocket pages. The two most popular sold are BCW and Ultra Pro.

Ultra Pro for most products has two varieties:

  • Silver Series – cheaper option that uses thinner plastic
  • Platinum Series – more expensive, however uses more durable plastic and is clearer

NOTE: As plastic is made from petroleum it is recommended to stick to the known brands that label their products acid-free. This ensures the plastic does not have any chemicals which may damage your valuable collectibles.

9-Pocket Pages:

Nine pocket pages are explained first as it is the most common page used by collectors.

This is the standard size page that is used to store and protect trading cards (sports and non-sports). It will hold up to nine standard size trading cards 21/2 x 31/2 inches (64 x 89 mm).

Ultra Pro 9 Pocket Page SilverUltra Pro 9 Pocket Page Platinum

Images courtesy of Ultra Pro

1-Pocket Pages:

One pocket pages are the standard for displaying 8 x 10 inches (204 x 254 mm) photos. There are also variations that will fit magazines.

Ultra Pro 1 Pocket Page

Image courtesy of Ultra Pro

2-Pocket Pages:

Two pocket pages are the standard for displaying two items up to the size of 5 x 7 inches (127 x 178 mm). These are handy for those who collect wax packet wrappers or photographs.

Ultra Pro 2 Pocket Page Box Ultra Pro 2 Pocket Page

Images courtesy of Ultra Pro

3-Pocket Pages:

There are two types of three pocket pages:

Type 1 three pocket pages are best suited for collectors of currency notes.

Ultra Pro 3 Pocket Page

Image courtesy of Ultra Pro

Type 2 three pocket pages are best suited for collectors of postcards and photographs up to the size of 4 x 6 inches (101 x 152 mm).

Ultra Pro 3 Pocket Page Variation

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4-Pocket Pages:

Four pocket pages are best suited for trading cards, photographs or small postcards.

The standard ones available may vary in size depending on when they were produced:

  • Ultra Pro = 3 x 5 inches (76 x 127 mm) or 31/2 x 5 inches (88 x 127 mm) or 31/2 x 51/4 inches (88 x 133 mm)
  • BCW = 31/2 x 51/4 inches (88 x 133 mm)

 

Ultra Pro 4 Pocket Page BoxBCW 4 Pocket Pages

Images courtesy of Ultra Pro & BCW

BCW also has a version that can hold four currency notes with a label insert next to each currency note pocket.

BCW 4 Pocket Pages Currency Box

Image courtesy of BCW

Finally there is also a mini size variety. Four pocket mini pages are best suited for standard size trading cards 21/2 x 31/2 inches (64 x 89 mm).

Ultra Pro 4 Pocket Page Mini Box

Image courtesy of Ultra Pro

6-Pocket Pages:

Six pocket pages are commonly used for old school tallboy cards. These types of cards have made a comeback in some archive products recently.

These pages will also suit event tickets and matchbooks or any collectible up to the size of 21/2 x 51/4 inches (63 x 133 mm).

Ultra Pro 6 Pocket Page BoxUltra Pro 6 Pocket Page

Images courtesy of Ultra Pro

8-Pocket Pages:

Eight pocket pages are commonly used for vintage products. Until 1956 Topps made cards slightly bigger than they do today and these cards will fit into these sleeves.

These pages will also suit phone cards, business cards and some event tickets or any collectible up to the size of 23/4 x 31/2 inches (69 x 88 mm).

Ultra Pro 8 Pocket Page

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12-Pocket Pages:

12 pocket pages are best suited for stickers and poster stamps.

These pages will also suit thick coin flips and snap lock coin holders or other collectibles up to the size of 21/4 x 21/2 inches (57 x 63 mm).

Ultra Pro 12 Pocket Page

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15-Pocket Pages:

15 pocket pages are best suited for tobacco cards and in recent years the Allen & Ginter and Goodwin cards up to the size of 11/2 x 21/2 inches (38 x 63 mm).

Ultra Pro 15 Pocket Page Box Ultra Pro 15 Pocket Page

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20-Pocket Pages:

20 pocket pages are designed for collectors of coins, casino chips, bottle caps and pogs.

Ultra Pro 20 Pocket Page

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