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Baseball Card Case for Detolfs, a cheaper, better-fitting raiser

KeripoKeripo5 years agoTutorial
Baseball Card Case for Detolfs, a cheaper, better-fitting raiser
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Detolfs are arguably the cheapest glass display cases you'll find around but with one major issue: there are only 4 shelves. For most collectors, 4 shelves is far from enough to display all your awesome figures. Each shelf is also pretty deep, so filling them normally would only result in the back figures being blocked from the front. And because each shelf is so tall, there's a lot of empty space. The easy solution: make more shelves! By creating a second, elevated "shelf" in the back, you will now be able to display an entire second row of figures without being blocked by the first row.

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A row of pretty blondies up top and a row of cute maids in front

Most people use acrylic raisers, but I've personally discovered this not to provide an ideal fit for the Detolf's dimensions. A Detolf is just under 15.5" internally, but The Container Store's acrylic raisers come in 4", 6", 8" and 10" series. The 4" is way too small. The 6" has decent height but you can only fit 2 (3 x 6" = 18" < Detolf's 15.5") and it leaves a lot of empty space between the raisers (meaning 2 figures only, 3 max if you can balance one figure's base on the edge of both). The 8" is a bit tall and only one can fit (2 x 8" = 16" < Detolf's 15.5"), and the 10" is out of question. An alternative would be transparent CD cases. While these work fine for the odd job if you have a bunch lying around, a lot is required if you want to raise all four Detolf shelves, and buying new ones can be quite pricey.
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The Container Store's acrylic raisers are nice, but no good for Detolfs

After searching around The Container Store with the help of a really diligent and nice employee and trying out all sorts of combinations for a week, I finally found the perfect solution: baseball card cases!
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Perfect fit!

At a nice 14.5" wide and 5.25" deep, the baseball card case is just long enough to span the entire Detolf width with (some safety wiggle room) and wide enough for almost all bases to rest securely on. Not to mention that the narrower bottom of the case allow for some digging space for wide-based figures on the lower shelf. Price-wise, they also end up being cheaper than rows made of acrylic raisers. Here's a series of pictures showing how it looks.

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In an empty Detolf shelf

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From the sides

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All the Sabers love it!

But what about all those baseball card dividers? Each case comes with 6, so that's quite a lot of acrylic to be throwing away. But no worries, you can use them for displaying your other stuff too! With a bit of tape and/or hot glue, you can create nice acrylic stands for your magazines/manga/artbooks/doujinshis! While you can always buy dedicated acrylic stands, might as well make a few yourself!

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Perfect for thin, lightweight A4 doujinshis like these

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From different angles, backs reinforced with cut-out shipping box cardboard

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Making stands using tape and hot glue (its possible to just use all tape but doesn't look as nice)

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CCC's T-MOON Complex X doujinshis on display

Ta-da, now you can display all your figures nicely in your Detolfs without dishing out too much for the extra shelf levels, plus free display stands (with a bit of tape work). Here's an old snapshot of one side of my room - there's 5 baseball card case shelves inside those two Detolfs and 15 display stands made using those card dividers (actually ran out and ended up buying more separately). The 3 acrylic wall shelves spanning between the two Detolfs were also picked up from my local The Container Store (walking distance) and have been holding up quite nicely.

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The TYPE-MOON side of my room ^_^

Hope this post was informative. If you're convinced and looking to extend your Detolf, pick up a few cases here. Even if you don't have a Detolf but are using some other display case setup, I'd recommend dropping by your local Container Store or equivalent. If you've got other interesting display case shelving solutions, please share them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and enjoy that second shelf of goodness!

~Keripo
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What do you use for display case raisers

  • 19%Nothing
  • 22%Acrylic raisers
  • 3%CD cases
  • 1%Baseball card cases
  • 34%I don't own a display case ; (
  • 3%acrylic boxes
  • 6%custom made raisers
  • 1%Industrial translucent lightspot in acrylic
  • 2%acrylic "gift boxes" from the container store
  • 1%Dish Stands
  • 3%The skulls of my enemies.
  • 2%Glass container
  • 2%Cups
  • 1%styrofoam board
  • 1%I don't own a display case ;( YET.
  • 126 votesVotes are public

Comments24 comments

0pt
brilliant idea!! innovation at its finest! okay...now time to grab one of those!
3 years ago
0pt
These are some great ideas and I love your set up. Since riser you used are containers I can see storing extra parts or directions in them. To not look so cluttered I'm sure you could line them with paper to match the figures on display. Just an idea.
4 years ago
0pt
Keripo 「ケリポ」
MetalGearSora (4 years ago) #1733704Do those baseball card cases ship to Canada? They seem like a really nice, inexpensive way to raise some figures in my Detolf. :D
Possibly: www.containerst...
Product page: www.containerst...

~Keripo
4 years ago
0pt
Do those baseball card cases ship to Canada? They seem like a really nice, inexpensive way to raise some figures in my Detolf. :D
4 years ago
0pt
This is so cool! It makes me feel more inclined to invest in a detolf.
Also your Type-Moon collections is one of my favorites.
5 years ago
5pt
JCLC spaghetti-sama
I'm currently using Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes as risers. It's not what you think!! infocityonline.... when you tip the bottom part upside down it's a perfect see through container! They were on sale for $4 a box at my local supermarket so I bought ... a lot.. of them.. and my friends ate all the chocolate. This is the result on my most recent shelf: i.imgur.com/rHp...

It's really fun being innovative with figures! Good work with your set up, it's very impressive. :)
5 years ago
0pt
Keripo (5 years ago) #1255491
Any chance you'd be able to hunt down the exact item's name/ID/etc.? I'm sure those who go to IKEA to buy Detolfs would love to solve their shelving issues in the same trip ; )
~Keripo


Looking at their website, I couldn't find the exact item, but they were a smaller version of their KRUS containers (at 9"x 6" x 4" and clear acrylic, they'd also probably work). They were in IKEA's kitchen/housewares section.
5 years ago
0pt
Risayla ◔‸◔
Nice! I love how you displayed your books too, really great idea.
5 years ago
0pt
You're awesome. Hitting up the container store for some of these soon!
5 years ago
0pt
Great post!

I use clear deck boxes and some figure boxes themselves as risers, as well as some other random items.
5 years ago
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Buy from Japan. Easier than ever.

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