JAN 05, 2023 • BY ROGER •
This could be a plastic bag, shelf, cabinet, or specialized storage unit. If you plan to archive or resell your vinyl records, it is vital to store them properly to ensure they are in the best state possible.
These sleeves are typically paper or plastic and protect the vinyl from dust, dirt, and scratches. If you intend to archive or resell your vinyl records, it is a good idea to use record sleeves to protect them from damage.
Many people consider vinyl a good investment because the value of some records can increase over time. If you are planning to resell your vinyl records, it is essential to invest in high-quality storage and protection to ensure they are in the best condition possible.
Outer sleeves for 7-inch records (or 45 RPM) can range from 7-3/8" x 7-5/8" to 8" x 8". The rare and more highly collectible 10-inch records are usually stored in outer sleeves that measure 10-3/4 x 10-1/2 or can be stored in 11" x 12" plastic outer sleeves. 12-inch records are the most popular size album and are usually stored in outer sleeves that measure either 12-3/4" x 12-3/4" or 13" x 13". It is important to use the right size sleeves to ensure that your vinyl record investment will fit properly and be protected from damage. Selecting a little more oversized outer sleeve can ensure that gatefolds and double albums are safeguarded as well.
If you are looking for a cost-effective solution, three mil polyethylene sleeves may be the way to go. Three mil flat poly bags are the most popular choice to use as outer sleeves. They are tough enough to endure countless times of being handled. If you want more protection and are willing to spend more, polypropylene or archival-grade sleeves may be the better choice. Ultimately, the best choice will depend on your specific needs and preferences.