It's been almost two years... Since I ran a little series of blog posts about how you should protect and store your paper collectibles. That would include comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, full size trading card sheets and more.
I first published this 3 part series due to all of the collections that I was being offered to buy, and finding that most were never stored properly! Plus the would be sellers thought that they should get the Near Mint (NM 9.4) Guide Price for Comics that weren't even in 'Good' (G 2.0) Guide Grade. The HoRRoRs of It All!
Here is the repost of that first blog:
BAG and BOARD Your Inexpensive Comic Book Collectibles !!! It's the LEAST You Can Do!
No matter where you found the comics, if you bought them or if they were given to you, the very LEAST you can do is to protect them until it is time to either give them away or attempt to resell them!
There are multiple sellers on eBay that sell inexpensive plastic bags, made especially for comic books, so there really is no excuse not to!
The only thing is when buying the bags, is to buy the right size for the comics you are trying to bag! Comics have 'shrunk' in size during the decades, so older comics from the Golden Age of Comics (from approx 1938 to 1950's) are put into bags that say 'Golden Age on the package!
Silver Age Comics, (from approximately mid 1950's to early 1970's), need a smaller size to fit properly, and the 'Modern Ages of Comics' including Bronze, Copper and whatever else 'age' they want to call them, have their own even smaller size!
Wait a minute! Now that your comics are in a protective specially designed inexpensive bag, how are they going to fit nicely and keep from bending, when you put them into whatever storage container you are keeping them in?
Never fear, there are also comic backing boards, that are specially made for the comics. Just as bags are usually sold in 100 count packages, so normally are comic backing boards. You can check eBay's listings for those also, as we don't sell these type of supplies.
In an upcoming blog post I will go into more depth on what type of bags and boards to buy. This blog post is just to tell you that there are comic book collecting supplies to protect your comics until you are ready to sell. I see way too many sellers selling comics without protection for their wares!
If however, you decide NOT to sell your comics, and find that you have been bitten by the 'collecting bug' after bagging and boarding your own comics, then check out our eBay Featured Comic Book Store for more comic related collectibles!