Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around collectibles. Toys, comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible items and can be in high demand for certain people. What do you do with all of these items when you don’t have the room for them in your home anymore and you are not planning on selling them? The best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Most Magellan Storage locations offers climate and humidity controlled storage units to help protect your comic book or sports card collections from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. It is important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. Below are some storage tips to keep your collectibles in pristine condition.
Comic Book Storage Tips
Comic books have been a big collector item for decades. Most people will store their childhood comic book collection n their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. For storage, place the comic books in polypropylene sheets with acid-free comic packing boards. The boards keep the comic book stiff and flat. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic. For more valuable comics, use Mylar sheets for storing purposes. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials as well as acid free comic storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in long and short. Store the comic books straight up in the boxes and do not stack the boxes too high. Keep the comic books in a covered box away from direct sunlight.
Sports Card Storage Tips
Baseball and sports card collecting has been going on for over 100 years! There have been recent media stories about very rare cards being found and then sold for thousands of dollars at auction. For most people, collecting sports cards is a passion and is usually shared and passed down between generations. It is very important to keep the collection protected and in mint condition. Trading cards are made of cardboard and can be extremely fragile, if you bend a card by mistake the value of the card will go dramatically down. Trading cards should be stored in specially designed cardboard boxes. Each card in the box should also be stored in individual plastic covers. You can also place the baseball cards in plastic protective pages in a binder. However, you must be very careful when you are putting the cards in the protective covering. It is crucial to keep your collection in a climate-controlled storage unit to protect it from moisture build-up. In the storage unit, place the boxes of trading cards on shelves. Do not store them on the ground. Also, keep the trading cards away from direct sunlight. Sunlight will damage the color and quality of the cards. You can also organize the boxes of trading cards much easier on shelving.
If you properly store your comic books and sports trading cards, they will continue to be in great condition to pass along to future generations. Stop in to Magellan Storage to see how we can help with your storage needs.