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I'm reconsidering my method of storing my HASL map collection and wanted to see how the hive-mind handles things. I currently have a simple large box/tray that's big enough for most all my maps to lie flat and can also easily slide under the bed in our guest bedroom. However, I find that shuffling through the large stack of map sheets is sub optimal and risks damaging maps each time I have to dig through them to find the map that is inevitably near the bottom of the pile. So how do others handle this pressing problem? TIA
 

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I have a large briefcase/folder/wrapper for artwork which can hold the usual HASL map (-parts) unfolded.

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I would like to know more about alternatives. I've used the "pile under the bed" method for a long time, but I have the same concerns as the OP. There must be a better way!
 

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I use large envelopes, then store in a plastic container.

This protects the maps, they don't rub against each other and I can quickly grab the map I need as the envelopes are of course labeled.

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Wow, where did you find envelopes and a plastic container that large?!?
 

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A quick search on the Google for artwork holder found several possibilities from a $6.99 portfolio on up to more elaborate storage systems at $150.00 or more.
 

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I store them in the same bin I store all my other paper ASL products ;) -- jim
 

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Instead of storing them just tack them onto your bedroom walls. I'm sure a devoted significant other wouldn't object to this. ??
 

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Instead of storing them just tack them onto your bedroom walls. I'm sure a devoted significant other wouldn't object to this. ??
Btw that's what I do. Full disclosure: I only have the Red Barricades map sheet and the wife and I have separate bedrooms. Lol, apparently one of us snores!!????????
 

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I store them in the same bin I store all my other paper ASL products ;) -- jim
This sounds dangerously close to the fantasies that some of our long-haired generals entertain:

"I dispose of them in the same bin I dispose of all his other paper ASL products..." ?

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I'm not finding references to envelopes that large: say, at least 2x3 feet for unfolded maps. Is there a particular brand for such over-sized types?
 

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I'm reconsidering my method of storing my HASL map collection and wanted to see how the hive-mind handles things. I currently have a simple large box/tray that's big enough for most all my maps to lie flat and can also easily slide under the bed in our guest bedroom. However, I find that shuffling through the large stack of map sheets is sub optimal and risks damaging maps each time I have to dig through them to find the map that is inevitably near the bottom of the pile. So how do others handle this pressing problem? TIA
VASL. Ok, ok, I repent............NOT!!!! ;-)
 

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Wow, where did you find envelopes and a plastic container that large?!?

Office supply store for large envelopes 13x15 and on-line for plastic "bin", I keep the maps folded of course..

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Ah, I was assuming you were storing the maps unfolded, which is what I do, to reduce wear and tear.
 

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Blueprint storage cabinet, large flat drawers.
Rarely if ever used anymore. Most are steel and HEAVY, some are wood. Come in a bank or 5 or 10 drawers. Each drawer will hold multiple maps. Usually very cheap because no one wants them (I assume). Mine was free, just needed to pick it up and haul away. Need to scrounge locally as shipping would be a pain.
 

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Strangely enough, my HASL maps fit perfectly in the boxes I bought them in. Like they were sized for them or something.
 

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I laminate my HASL maps (and other wargame maps such as Day of Days etc) and stack them flat at one of the wargaming table (it's big). Those yet to be laminated are on another smaller table (and probably won't be used for a while in any case).
 
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