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This is a review for the Deck Box, a trading card storage solution by Ultra-Pro.
I have been playing Magic The Gathering for a while now and have been playing for a club for some of that time. After joining the club I quickly realised I needed something to transport my decks and keep them seperate from other cards. I have gone through various alternatives but I have always preferred the Deck Box by Ultra-Pro.
The Deck Box is a ridged plastic, toploading box which handily holds 75 cards in card protectors. In the terms of Magic The Gathering it means I can carry a full 60 card deck with my maximum 15 sideboard or "substitute" cards.
The Deck Box is tough against knocks and bumps with its resistant and ridged plastic walls and a well re-enforced seals. The seals have been heat riveted to ensure ultimate security.
The Deck Boxes are also very durable against time, I have had my newest boxes for around 4 Years and my oldest for a few more years than that. The onlt box to have faulted so far is the only box I do not use for cards, instead I use it for counters (glass beads I use to mark special cards).
If you are looking for a storage and transportation solutions for any trading card game, I fully recommend the Ultra-Pro Deck Box.
You can purchase one of the many types of Deck Boxes online at Amazon.com for around £1.00. You can also by boxes with special designs again at Amazon.com for anything up to £4.99. Alternativly you can find these deck boxes on the high street, although you will have to find your local trading card stockist, for example Eclectic Games, where prices will be roughly the same.
My partner is a bit of a gamer geek and has a massive collection of Magic The Gathering Playing Cards, and of course needs somewhere to keep them so that they stay in perfect condition, so in my house is a large collection of Ultra Pro Deck Boxes.
These boxes are made of some kind of tough plastic and have a sort of flip top much like a cigarette packet. The boxes are billed as being able to hold about 75 cards, but there is actually about 82 in each box that my partner has. The boxes seem to be pretty sturdy, they have been taken to many a game club, been through a couple of house moves and are still in perfect condition, as are the cards in side, so they truly do the job they are intended for.
I believe my partner got the boxes from a local gamer store, something like a Games Workshop, but I am unsure as to how much they cost. If going on the prices of everything else in the geek world my partner buys, they won't be cheap lol. You can more than likely buy them or something similiar on Amazon, they seem to sell everything these days! They are perfect for doing their intended job, so I would recommend them for keeping a set of any type of playing or trading cards in, as it will keep them safe and in pristine condition.
There really isn't much else to say about these boxes, they do what they are needed to do, and nothing extra or nothing less. 100% recommended.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Ultra Pro Deck Boxes:
Ultra Pro Deck Boxes are a very useful item for storing cards from Collectable Card Games, (CCGs), like Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, World of Warcraft etc. Some of the cards can be insanely expensive so if you are a collector you need a good place to store your cards out of harms reach and the Deck Boxes do just that.
Made by Ultra Pro who, in my opinion, make the finest card storage solutions, the Deck Boxes are made from very sturdy plastic. They are almost riveted together using heat to make very strong bonds that really seem to be able to take all the knocks, bangs and repeated use. The boxes have a flip up lid that completely seals using incredibly strong Velcro pads. I have had one of my Deck Boxes around five years now and the Velcro has not come unstuck from the box and all the joins are as good as they were the day I bought it. The Deck Boxes keep out the damp and the light both of which can damage cards, they really are brilliantly designed.
The lid of the Deck Boxes features a space to write the contents or your own name but this is something I use as I identify the boxes by design, (I'm such a nerd when it comes to MTG that I know exactly what cards are in what box). Speaking of designs, you can get the Deck Boxes in a great range of designs or in plain colours as well as those that are essentially a plain colour but have a 'finsh' like mock-croc or metallic. Now MTG cards have a colour, there are five normal colours, (blue, red, black, green and white), plus silver/grey for 'artefact' cards and gold for cards that have more than one colour so being able to keep green cards, for instance, in a green box makes organising your cards somewhat easier. The ones that have illustrations on them often feature art work by prominent fantasy artists like Brom, Caldwell and Easley. It's nice to have practical items that also attractive especially when they spend so much time in my living room. The illustrations on the Deck Boxes do suffer wear eventually, a couple of my oldest Deck Boxes have tiny patches on the corners where the white plastic is showing through but given the fact that they get carted around in my bag it's not bad at all.
Dropping the boxes causes them no damage and they can take the odd spillage or even being trod on and they still hold their shape and more importantly they protect the cards inside. For travel they are probably the best option as the little bit of flexibility the plastic has means they don't dent or get squashed. The Boxes will comfortably hold a 60 card MTG deck in protective sleeves or around 100 cards not in sleeves.
Ultra Pro's website is www.ultrapro.com but they only sell to trade so your best bet to get your hands on the Deck Boxes is eBay or games shops. The Deck Boxes retail for around £1.50 - £2.50 depending on the colour, finish or design and you generally have to pay postage if you buy online. I really think they are an absolute bargain and they pay for themselves so quickly by protecting your valuable cards. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a storage solution for CCGs.
(If you want to know more about MTG then check out www.wizards.com or the Magic the Gathering Wiki page).