10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Storing Comic Books

Nerdacity Feb 23, 2024
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Table of Contents
  1. Stacking Comics Horizontally
  2. Overlooking Plastic Sleeves
  3. Neglecting Backing Boards
  4. Inappropriate Storage Locations
  5. Failing to Check Storage Conditions Regularly
  6. Failing to Secure Your Collection
  7. Lack of a Cataloguing System
  8. Not Insuring Your Collection
  9. Misuse of Adhesive Labels or Tape
  10. Disregarding Future Value
  11. Final Thoughts
  12. Related Articles

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So you've developed a passion for comic books and your collection is growing steadily, but the joys of diving into intricate storylines and visually stunning artistry are just the tip of the iceberg. Let's not forget... comic books are not just forms of entertainment; they can also be a form of collectible investment that appreciates in value over time. Like any other collectible or investment, how you store them plays a crucial role in determining their worth in the future.

Many collectors unknowingly devalue their comic books by making simple storage mistakes. This guide highlights 10 of these pitfalls and offers solutions to maintain your collection's worth.

Stacking Comics Horizontally

It might seem natural to stack comic books as you would traditional books. This method, however, can cause damage over time. The pressure on the comics at the spine can lead to rolling, bending and distortion. Instead, store your comics vertically in a dedicated comic book storage box, using dividers for added support.

 

Overlooking Plastic Sleeves

Even if certain comics don't appear valuable now, they could be one day! Always protect every issue with a correctly sized acid-free plastic sleeve (known as 'bags'). These sleeves guard against dust, dirt, and various environmental hazards, ensuring a comic's longevity.

 

Neglecting Backing Boards

Along with plastic sleeves, correctly sized backing boards (known simply as 'boards') are essential. They offer an extra protective layer, preventing potential damage from bending and creasing. Given that today's overlooked comic might become tomorrow's treasure, it's wise to invest in backing boards (and bags) for every issue you own.

 

Inappropriate Storage Locations

Storing comics in attics, sheds, basements, storage units or garages can expose them to fluctuating temperatures and humidity. Both heat and moisture can deteriorate paper quality rapidly, whereas damp can very quickly allow mould to grow on your comics. Always opt for a stable, climate-controlled environment for your comic book storage.

 

Failing to Check Storage Conditions Regularly

Storing comics correctly is an ongoing commitment. Periodically inspect your storage for signs of moisture or other damage, and make adjustments as required.

Failing to Secure Your Collection

Given the potential value of some comic books, security is paramount. Consider implementing measures such as locks or even safe deposit boxes for particularly rare issues. Never underestimate the lengths someone might go to to acquire a unique and expensive item, nor the ability of children and pets to cause major damage in a short amount of time.

 

Lack of a Cataloguing System

Within a large comic book collection, the lack of an organised system can make locating a specific comic become tedious. This can lead to hurried searching, which increases the risk of damage. A simple, efficient cataloguing system with the use of dividers can both preserve your collection and ease access to it. The League of Comic Geeks offers free comic cataloguing software tied to a large database, but a DIY Excel cataloguing system could also be suitable depending on your preferences.

 

Not Insuring Your Collection

Your comics, as a collective, will probably represent a significant investment (a full 100-comic box of current-run standard issues alone, will still easily amount to over £250/$300+). Just as you'd insure a house or car, consider insurance policies designed specifically for collectibles, or double check that your home contents insurance covers your comic books (ideally their current value, not just the price they were bought for).

 

Misuse of Adhesive Labels or Tape

Refrain from using adhesives or most types of tape on or near your comics and plastic sleeves. If either of these accidentally stick to a comic, they can be very difficult to remove without causing whitening, rips or tears. Over time, they can also degrade the sleeve quality, impairing both visibility and protection. Instead opt for Scotch Tape, which is the community standard for comic book collecting, being much easier to remove damage-free from paper or plastic surfaces.

 

Disregarding Future Value

The comic industry is ever-evolving. Comics deemed ordinary today could be rare or coveted in the future. For example, whilst always popular, older Marvel Comics issues featuring Deadpool soared in value after the character's hit self-titled film released, which no-one could have guessed when those comics were initially released! Adopt a forward-thinking approach, storing each and every comic as though it's a future gem.

 

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Final Thoughts

While comic books offer endless entertainment, they are also collectible investments . Storing and treating your comics with care ensures not only the preservation of their stories, but also of their monetary value. Successful comic collecting hinges on both acquisition and maintenance, but always remember to first and foremost enjoy your collecting journey!

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Table of Contents
  1. Stacking Comics Horizontally
  2. Overlooking Plastic Sleeves
  3. Neglecting Backing Boards
  4. Inappropriate Storage Locations
  5. Failing to Check Storage Conditions Regularly
  6. Failing to Secure Your Collection
  7. Lack of a Cataloguing System
  8. Not Insuring Your Collection
  9. Misuse of Adhesive Labels or Tape
  10. Disregarding Future Value
  11. Final Thoughts
  12. Related Articles

Disclosure:  As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases... Some of the links in this article may be affiliate links, which can provide compensation to us at no cost to you if you decide to purchase.