Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I’ve previously reviewed some BCW products, and found them to really hold up well for a good value. They just recently sent me a box of new stuff they’re offering, so I was excited to put the items to the test. I won’t go into much detail about the new card protectors. They’ve got new colors for their Deck Guard line: pink, yellow, orange and teal sleeves. Purple will be coming soon. They’ve also added a line of clear sleeves in different sizes for board games. All excellent quality, especially for the cost.

Inner Sleeves: These clear sleeves are meant to go over your cards, then into a regular Deck Guard. The combination of the two sleeves makes cards practically waterproof. I spilled some water over one to see, and it kept the water out nicely. The combo even kept water out for quite a bit of time with a fully submerged card, but eventually water got in and the card was pretty much destroyed. Really, though, you’re probably more worried about spills than taking a dip in the pool with your cards.

Playmats: Playmats are always something I figured I really didn’t need. They seemed like more of a vanity item than anything else. I’m happy to say I was wrong. I received two mats from BCW, a black one and a red one. Both are 24″ x 13″ and have stitched edging to protect them from fraying.  It’s really nice to play on a clean, soft surface instead of just a table top. The best part? They’re machine washable so if you do get anything on them you can clean ’em up. I can’t see myself playing a card game without using the mats now. It’s really nice to have a clean surface just for your cards.

Pro-Folio 8 Pocket LX: This item is pretty much identical to the other Folio products I’ve looked at previously, but it holds the cards in a portrait layout, and can hold 8 cards per page. Sturdy and snug.

18 Pocket Colored Pages: For those of you who prefer to use your own binder, these pages offer the same great protection as the all-in-one card folios, but allow you to store them yourself. There’s a bunch of different colors that hold 9 cards per side. Each pack comes with 10 pages. I’ve now got more card storage than I’ll ever know what to do with!

Deck Locker:  Last, but certainly not least, is my favorite new product from BCW. The Deck Locker is a step up from the Deck Case – LX. It contains two compartments, each with a magnetic latch. The bottom compartment is to hold your deck. It’ll hold sleeved cards, or even a Deck Case. The top compartment has a little removable tray where you can store dice, counters, or whatever else you can cram in there. It’s a bit bulkier than a Deck Case or a Deck Case – LX, but it’s a great unit to store everything you need for your deck and what goes along with it.

You can find all of these products, along with everything else in BCW’s Gaming line here. Once again BCW has put out some really competitive products for a much better price tag than Ultra Pro stuff.

Items were sent free for review by BCW.