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Vinyl record outer sleeves are a sound investment.

JAN 05, 2023 • BY ROGER •

Vinyl storage refers to any method or system used to store vinyl records.

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.

Record sleeves, vinyl sleeves, and vinyl record sleeves all refer to the protective covers used to hold and protect vinyl records.

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.

Invest in Vinyl is a brand and phrase that means to buy and collect vinyl records.

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.

When it comes to protecting different sizes of vinyl records, you will need to use sleeves that are specifically designed for the size of the record.

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.

The best choice for outer sleeves for vinyl records will depend on your needs and budget.

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.

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