Great article Andy.
This really made me think about the fact that I haven't put together a real Portfolio of my best work.
Yes, I have many yellow envelopes of prints, printed on cheap luster RC paper that have just a small white border and they have all been handled extensively, all you have to do is look at them, kinks, fingerprints, creases, all from people picking them with just a thumb and finger, not good.
I like the idea of a box with white cotton gloves, I also like the idea of 8x12 printed on 13x19 paper, but at 13x19 which paper is heavy enough to hold up to handling?
Mat paper with mat black ink doesn't work for me, and whatever I chose has to lay flat, so cut sheets are a must.
I could go with 8.5x11 and print 9x6 and use Neil's folios, but again, which paper?
I print with a Epson 3800.