with regards to STORAGE:
* Bags: Mylar has been discussed and I like the E. Gerber Mylite2 for my core 1,000 comics, but I have three long boxes of 90's superman, Batman, & Image that I struggle to justify the expense although I understand after 5-7 year swaps of Poly bags the price is justified....but I'm still tempted to use E. Gerber half backs and 2mil polybags. For the few high dollar raw books perhaps the stiff mylar sleeves are better so I don't need boards and can see the back.
* MCP: Where do you place the paper (inside book at 25% and 75%?) I'm trying to determine how much value this is on top of Mylar and buffered throughout boards. I assume it's notable and for high grade, high value page color protection a smart purchase....too bad I didn't use this when the books were new off the news stand back in 1970.
* Boards: how long would you use a 24 pt buffered throughout board like E.Gerber Half Back? How about Full Back 48 pt? The cost is 2x and Mylite2 + Half-Backs would be more tempting
* Boxes: I have long boxes but I have concerns about stacks falling and bending books when I remove a hand full. I understand mylar makes the pH of the box less an issue but for poly bagged books it seems buffered boxes are recommended vs. regular old comic boxes. I'm thinking about using E. Gerber boxes (short sized). I have also used metal filing cabinets in the past.
* Tightness. I have used poly bags tightly packed in a box which gets all the air out but can leave an impression along the spine if not well aligned. I am thinking I shouldn't stuff them too tight.
I have purchased comics new and stored them for 35+ years starting with bags and refreshing them and adding boards and now realizing the limitations of my prior methods. I guess if technology and awareness was popular back then and before the high grades wouldn't be so rare
I think I started collecting around the time the hobby got popular (introduction of Overstreet Guides, bags, stores, etc.).
Hi Ken, Welcome to the boards.
I don’t know if you noticed but this topic is a few years old. Since then I have read more and more experience and here is my current input.
Micro chamber paper is very helpful at absorbing acid. Typically it is inserted between the cover and the pages although many have suggested placing a piece in the centerfold as well. It is recommended to change it out in about 7 years.
Mylar from E-gerber is the best way to go and I think it is good indefinitely.
Backboards should be changed out anywhere from 3-7 years except better brands like E-gerber which seem to be good some time beyond seven years.
I am not certain but I think all comic boxes are acid free now and if it is acid free it is probably good indefinitely since they shouldn’t be absorbing acid from books that are bagged properly.
All this is probably moot if storage climate isn’t right. There are very old books with white pages that didn’t have the benefit of all the protection named above at least the majority of their life and that was all due to climate. From the information I have been able to gather I believe that 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, 40-50% relative humidity, lack of UV light and as little change in climate of the storage area as possible are the ideal conditions.
Get the climate right and all the other protect should last much longer and reduce the amount of changing out supplies.