One of my online buddies, Xavier, known on Instagram as RetroEscape, has a strong arcade focus in his home gaming collection, but console games are still quite important to him. But all that requires a lot of storage and he has a non-typical approach to storage. Even if you like more of a “display” element to game storage, you might still pick up some ideas for how to store your “extras”
When asking him about how many boards he has in his collection and how he goes about storing them all, he responded,
How do you think your collection or hardware setup differs from the typical retro collection?
This is a great question! I believe my collection differs because I own games and consoles/systems I am interested in playing and don’t collect for the sake of collecting or having a “complete set” for a console/system, I have specific targeting. Also, the vast majority of the collection (90%+) is not previously owned. I’m very fortunate to have a father that’s a record collector (LPs) and by watching him as a child I’ve applied similar techniques to preserve the hardware and software for decades. I know what works and what doesn’t. Perfect example – Did you know that those PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Video Game Box Protectors scratch CD Jewel Cases? Especially the larger, long jewel cases for the Sega CD, Sega Saturn and original PlayStation games. Solution – I place the games in a sealed Mylar Bag then place them in the PET Box Protector.