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zepyt3



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I am fairly new to Nostomania. Seems like a great tool. I have a question, and figured this is as good as place as any to ask it.

I bought comics as a kid, loved em, but didn't keep any of them unfortunately. Over the years I have collected them on and off, but never seriously. I have recently made the decision to seriously collect the comics I like. My collection is growing, mostly new comics. I have read several different sites on the web about collecting and preservation, but I haven't really found answers to my questions.

My question is, what is the best way to store the comics. I know in a cool, dry place, no light, etc. I have been buying the 2mil mylar bags and fullback acid free, 3% carbonate boards and acid free boxes. If I have a comic that has some value, other than CGC and such, what's the best way to store it? In the box with the rest, or sepately? And how full should your boxes be? Should they be tight or loose? Once your box is full, and you don't plan on adding anymore to it, how tight should the comics be in the box?

For example, I am working on completing Ultimate Spiderman. The issues 1-10 are kind of pricey, well for me anyway. I want to preserve them as best as I possibly can without sealing them via CGC and the like. Is it best to leave them in the box with the rest of the issues or keep them separate where they can be stored more delicately. I would appreciate any input for this novice collector. Thanks

Bill
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Here's what I do. For a book I consider worthy of archival protection, at least within my budget, I first put the book in a 1 mil mylite. I then place behind this an oversized board, sometimes two boards for extra sturdiness. Note the board is outside the mylite. I then put this whole thing inside a full-sized, flapped mylar. With this system, there is no need for the expensive acid-neutralizing boards, since the board never touches the book. You can (and I often do) put an anti-aging preservation sheet in the centerfold before putting the book in the mylite, if you want to keep acidification at bay. But cool and dry will be your best help here.

Why flapped mylars? I've seen golden age collections that have sate in "open tops" for 20 years, and the top 1 inch or so of the books are often tanning. Which answers your other question - whether to pack tight. Again, many will say pack loose - "let the books breathe". I say no - pressure is good. Take the best-preserved Golden Age collection as an example - the Edgar Church Mile High books were stored under heaps of pressure. 6 foot piles in the basement. That's pretty tight, and those on the bottom were bone-white.

I hope this helps - feel free to ask further questions and maybe we can get some of the preservation experts like Jef Hinds (who I buy my flapped mylars from - not easy to find) to chime in.
ultimatejezebel



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I've always worried that this type of 'pressure' on comic books could cause the staple to pop through either the centerfold or cover, especially for silver age books. Am I paranoid?

I also keep certain books in very small piles, especially the Giant-Size marvels or Annuals since these comics were stapled inside the cover and sometimes the staples are indented or poke through the cover

My Amazing Spider-Man #29 came in a polybag with a cd...I tend to keep books like that separate because too much pressure would cause the cd to imprint on the back cover. I've seen that book sell on eBay for over $60.00! What's so special about it? I took it out from a discount bin for about $1.50, still sealed and still looking in top-notch shape.

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ultimatejezebel wrote:I've always worried that this type of 'pressure' on comic books could cause the staple to pop through either the centerfold or cover, especially for silver age books. Am I paranoid?

I also keep certain books in very small piles, especially the Giant-Size marvels or Annuals since these comics were stapled inside the cover and sometimes the staples are indented or poke through the cover


Good points on the squarebound books and related, there are times when stacking could cause problems.
Probably a little paranoid on the staple-pulls. The majority of those happen at the time of printing/binding,
or from careless handling.
 
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