How to store Topps Chrome cards in a binder

Vault X 12-Pocket Exo-Tec Zip Binder Front View

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Ever since I started collecting Formula 1 Topps Chrome cards I wondered how I can safely store them in a binder, given that they are thicker than regular trading cards, while keeping them in penny sleeves.

My solution is to use a Vault X 12-Pocket Exo-Tec Zip Binder, which is available on the official page or on eBay. I also wrote a small review about it, which you can read in my Vault X 12-Pocket Exo-Tec Zip Binder Review post.

This type of binder works really well for me! The only caveat I found is that I don’t dare to use all the binder pages, generally I use only about half or just over half, because I fear that otherwise it will damage the cards as the binder was most likely designed for regular cards. And also at some point the binder simply cannot be closed anymore via its zipper. Normally it has storage for 480 cards, so that leaves room for just over 240 cards, which generally is enough for Topps Chrome sets.

Of course your results may vary, but for me they have kept my cards safe for over a year already. I don’t know the results of long-term storage, so please proceed with caution if you want to for example still grade the cards some day. I however could live with them being slightly harmed long-term, because these cards are for my personal enjoyment only.


I also added some pictures to this post to show how it looks in practice, these pictures are from my Formula 1 Topps Chrome 2020 Sapphire cards, this binder contains a total of 200 cards, all in regular penny sleeves.

Vault X 12-Pocket Exo-Tec Zip Binder First Page
First Page
Vault X 12-Pocket Exo-Tec Zip Binder Topps Chrome Cards
Topps Chrome cards
Vault X 12-Pocket Exo-Tec Zip Binder Thickness Side View
Thickness: Side View

As you can see, the binder can get pretty thick! So make sure you have plenty of storage space available, especially if you intend to collect multiple sets. It is most definitely worth it however if you enjoy flipping through the pages and viewing your collection like this.

Final words

I hope this post has been useful to you! I also feel like this binder can be used for Panini Prizm or similar thicker than average cards, however I haven’t tested that yet.

Of course if anyone has other suggestions then they are more than welcome to share them! For example in the comments, or by reaching out to me on my Twitter page or on my Instagram page!

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