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I have upwards of 600 decks, the vast majority of which are working decks.

Only a small fraction is in the “collectible” category. I am looking for a shelf unit that stores my decks without exposing them to ambient light or direct sunlight – but something that does not look like a clothes dresser.

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I just lucked out and bought two teak art/drafting storage chests of drawers which I found on Craig's list, for a ridiculous sum. In fact, there was literally a waiting list of people to buy then, but I was lucky enough to get there first! They were just the right depth to hold hundreds of decks of cards as well as other paraphernalia.

This is not quite what I have, but it will give you a good idea of the design:
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I am using a set of cassette tape drawers at the moment. You may be able to get some at a thrift store or craigslist.
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If the vast majority of your decks are for tricks and cannot be used as a regular deck, put them in a box of chest so you can get to them easily. If they are ordinary decks, just put them away. That is a lot of decks of cards.

For the collectable decks, put them on display. Build or have built a large box with a glass door, the box sectioned to hold each deck. You can build several smaller boxes or a very large wall covering one.

Just have the glass so it will cut out ultra violet light.

Some collectors consider the joker and Ace of Spades the unique cards in a deck, you could also just display these 2 cards from each deck and store away the others. If done correctly, it would be a very nice looking wall decoration and conversation piece. This you could sandwich between to pieces of plexiglas, with a wood frame.
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I was just looking at a gun storage case. The tall wooden ones with the glass doors. They go on sale on craigslist all the time.
The one I looked at was 11 inches deep, and I would need to make shelves for it. Unless I find something else, this is what I might be going with.
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600 decks!
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I picked up a few plastic store units from the tool department of a Kmart.
Each unit has 18 drawer that will hold 4-6 decks. The drawers are clear, so you can se what's in them.
They're great for organizing all your gaffed decks, etc.

I'm sure Sears, Walmart and organization stores will have these.
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This is an old thread, but I thought I'd add that a visit to a sports memorabilia / collectibles shop can turn up a lot of options. I go with cardboard boxes that hold decks perfectly, can be closed against the light, and are just 50 cents each.
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