Dennis,

I never house my records inside the picture cover.  This will insure that the record never creates a split in the cover's spine or corners.  The top three pictures below show the special materials that I use to protect all my records.  I have the same materials for my singles and EPA's. 

PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO READ MY DESCRIPTIONS IN FULL CONTENT. 

Thank you

LARGE THICK PLASTIC COVER
This is a special 12" record thick plastic cover. It is oversized allows for no bumping of the corners.
THICK RECORD CARDBOARD PADDING
This thick special cardboard is placed between the cover and record. The record is never housed inside the picture cover.
THICK RECORD SLEEVE
This thick paper sleeve is used for the record.
LP INSIDE THICK ENVELOPE
Front of LP showing how the thick plastic cover is protecting everything including the corners.
BACKSIDE
This is the back view
PADDING BETWEEN COVER AND RECORD
Here you can see the thick cardboard in between the cover and record.
SPECIAL RECORDS GO IN THIS CASE
I house all my special records inside this hard plastic case that you can buy at any craft store.
SIDE VIEW
Some of my special LP's, nicely protected.
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