How To Store Comic Books

You may have spent a lot of time and money building your collection.There is no reason for it to be damaged.If your comics are properly stored and sealed, they will survive time’s wounds.You can support your collection with acid-free cardboard backing by packing it in plastic bags.They will be put on display or into long-term storage after that.

Step 1: Plastic book bags are used to protect comic books.

It is more than enough to wrap your collection in comic book bags.Buy bags at your local comic or hobby shop or purchase them online, and keep in mind the three main comic book sizes: Current (1980 to present), Silver Age (1950 to 1980) and Golden.

Step 2: The books have cardboard backing.

Most comic and hobby shops sell cardboard backing.You need to make sure the backing you buy is acid-free.If you have cardboard that has acid, expect damage.

Step 3: There are hard shell cases that contain rare comics.

If not more, hard shell cases will cost you a couple dollars apiece.It is only worth storing rare or valuable comics in containers like these.These cases can be purchased from comic and hobby shops.It will be easier to display hard shell cases.You can attach a hook to the case to make it easier to display the comic on a wall.

Step 4: The value of comics can be safeguarded with certification and slabbing.

To have this done, you need to send your comic to a recognized authority in rare and vintage comics, like Certified Guarantee Company.Your comic will be encased in plastic and returned to you in a condition that is certified by an expert.The comic should have a barcode and hologram.The certification is invalid if these are damaged or tampered with.

Step 5: Regular editions can be stored in cardboard boxes.

As long as it’s kept dry, cardboard is a good choice for your less important books.Books should be put into boxes so they are upright.Acid-treated cardboard and packing too many books in a box can cause damage.If you want to separate comics with your fingers, you need enough space in a box, but not so much that the comics are not upright.For boxes with too few comics, use a bookend or a paperweight.If you allow books to flop around in the boxes, damage may occur.

Step 6: Plastic containers are better for comics than cardboard.

Plastic containers offer more protection than cardboard.These are more resistant to water damage, and some may even offer an airtight seal to protect your comics from the elements.Comic books should be kept in plastic containers that are upright and not tightly packed.

Step 7: Keep books away from the sun.

The sun causes pages to yellow.The paper warps or becomes brittle when there is too much dry heat.Comic books can be kept in the best condition for the longest time with a cool, dry, dark storage location.

Step 8: Storage containers on the floor is not a good idea.

There is damage to comics when high stacks of containers collapse.If it can be helped, avoid stacking.Milk crates and pallets can be used to keep comics off the floor.The cement that is dry throughout the year will cause cold and draw water to your books.

Step 9: Always hold comics with clean hands.

This is the golden rule if you are a collector.The value of your collectible could be reduced by a speck of dirt or a smudge of chocolate.Similarly, have any friends or prospective buyers wash their hands.You might feel self-conscious making this request.You spent a lot of time building your collection.Say, “This one is pretty rare, would you mind washing your hands first?”

Step 10: The storage environment can be controlled.

The quality of the paper could change unnaturally if the temperature is too hot or cold.You already know that humidity is an enemy of your comic book.It’s ideal for book health to have a dehumidifier in your comic book storage room.If you are concerned about the condition of your collection, an indoor storage location might be best.You will be able to control the climate.

Step 11: Books can be kept in a filing cabinet.

A filing cabinet protects your collection from damage.Comic books are less likely to be stolen if you have a filing cabinet with a lock.

Step 12: Ultra-valuable titles can be locked away in safety deposit boxes.

At the minimum, these books should be boarded.If a comic is rare enough to be kept in a safety deposit box, you should consider having it certified and slabbed.