If you’ve been out of comic book collecting for a while or not paying attention, there are some massive changes to how we store comic books. You have a myriad of choices that can show your personality or improve comic book preservation.
Short Comic Book Boxes
For years I’ve wondered why comic book boxes were always white and dull. Our medium is so bright, colorful and full of action but our comics were encased in white coffins of boring. Now there are so many choices depending on your preference. You can buy short boxes that have murals of Hellboy, Valiant characters, Red Sonja and Walking Dead from places like BCW. Or you can buy DC and Marvel officially licenses short boxes that have Batman, X-men, Harley Quinn, Captain America, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man, Joker, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Spider Gwen, and Defenders from your local comic shop or places like Atomic Empire. These cost between $10 and $13 each
Comic Book Bags
Forget the comic book bags that you have to tape, they now have resealable bags, which makes bagging and boarding quicker. Or if you’re tired of changing bags and boards go for Mylar bags which are much more expensive but forever. One and done. If there is nothing worse than a yellowish green old comic book bag then Mylar might be for you.
Comic Book Extenders
These wonderful boards absorb and neutralize harmful chemicals and contaminants in your comic books. No more white covers turning yellow. Some companies have a similar product called Microchamber paper but the end result is still drawing out harmful chemicals.
Comic Book Bins
Instead of buying cardboard short boxes that collapse if you stack them too high there are hard plastic bins. These have built-in lids and ribbed sides for strength and durability. These bad boys will set you back about $21 bucks.
Comic Book Frames
It’s awesome that people want to display their comic books but there are issues. Some frames are not UV protected and that is a huge problem. The price difference between UV glass or UV treated glass and standard glass isn’t much especially considering the long-term cost of a ruined comic book. Display your collection but please give it UV protection.
Previously it was all about archival quality and now you can get clear backing boards too. These are too expensive (about $1.00 each) to put your entire collection in clear backing boards but for wraparound covers these are amazing.
Graded books have been around for a while now but they are still one of the ultimate ways to protect your comics. CGC is still the undisputed king of the graded book, while CBCS is the newest contender. They grade the book, add microchamber paper, and then seal the book in a hard plastic case.
http://www.gradecomstore.com/ – Frames, CGC frames, UV protection, etc
https://comicskin.com/ – Clear backing boards, slab it yourself,
https://www.bcwsupplies.com/ – Short boxes, other supplies
https://www.southernhobby.com/ – boards, bags, dividers, Mylar,
http://www.bagsunlimited.com/category/137/comic-collection-supplies – Boxes, bags, dividers, boards
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by Ron C.