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Old 03-29-23, 12:55 PM
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Re: Comic Care and Storage Thread

To those that seem to be taking the tape off, rather than cutting the tape, why bother?
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Tape? It's all resealable bags for me these days.
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Old 03-30-23, 05:38 AM
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Tape? It's all resealable bags for me these days.
It is and that what my purchases have been lately but I really wonder what time will reveal on them. Will it actually reseal 5 years from now? Will you be able to open them without tearing in 5 years?
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I'm giving the resealable silver age bags a chance, hopefully they work out.
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I've never used resealable bags, but I've bought a few comics in them.

I've never been too impressed with them, though. For me, it's easier to just seal a bag up with tape using my above method.
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It is and that what my purchases have been lately but I really wonder what time will reveal on them. Will it actually reseal 5 years from now? Will you be able to open them without tearing in 5 years?

Been using BCW resealable bags for the past 10 years and they work perfectly. The only concern I have seen is of people who aren't used to them and would take the book from the bag and mistakenly put the empty bag over the comic book, sticking the bag to the front cover of the book. Other than that, the seal works perfect and hasn't lost its sealability since I started using them.
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Re: Comic Care and Storage Thread

So I've discovered the 100-page Giants from the Silver Age and most annuals don't seem to fit regular Silver Age bags/boards. Heck, even early regular Silver Age books barely fit in them if they aren't in perfect shape. Am I supposed to use Golden Age-size bags for them? The Silver Age size seems better designed for normal-sized Bronze Age books.
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Re: Comic Care and Storage Thread

I've always used Silver Age bags and boards for my modern comic books. The Modern Era bags (and especially when there's a board in them) always seemed too tight. The Silver Age storage supplies give modern comics a little extra on the sides and corners that protect the books from slight bumps and drops.

I've also encountered some Modern bags that are so small they won't take a 48-page book or a book with a cardstock cover without warping them a bit or going in so tight they can't be taken out without a struggle.

I don't really collect any Silver or Golden Age books, but I'd definitely go with a bags and boards that the books fit comfortably in.

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Re: Comic Care and Storage Thread

Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
So I've discovered the 100-page Giants from the Silver Age and most annuals don't seem to fit regular Silver Age bags/boards. Heck, even early regular Silver Age books barely fit in them if they aren't in perfect shape. Am I supposed to use Golden Age-size bags for them? The Silver Age size seems better designed for normal-sized Bronze Age books.
Are you using the the thicker silver age bags? There are "regular" at 7 1/8 and "thick" at 7 1/4. I have a lot of the DC 100 page issues (not silver age - I thought 100 pagers came out in the '70s bronze age). I'd have to go check to see what bag I used and I'm too lazy to do that right now.
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Re: Comic Care and Storage Thread

Originally Posted by Bronkster
Are you using the the thicker silver age bags? There are "regular" at 7 1/8 and "thick" at 7 1/4. I have a lot of the DC 100 page issues (not silver age - I thought 100 pagers came out in the '70s bronze age). I'd have to go check to see what bag I used and I'm too lazy to do that right now.
Yes, I even got both Silver Age sizes. Even on the thick ones, they are very tight fits. It seems like there has been some shrinkage over the years, because shops will send me Giants already packaged in slightly bigger Silver Age bags/boards than the ones I've purchased. They look more like 7 3/8".
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I just purchased a 10k comic book collection and the former owner had inventoried everything by 2014 using cheap bags and boards and filling the boxes so tight that books couldnít be browsed unless I took out a handful out of the box. The books are fine and all but the bags are all wrinkly and sticky, which reminded me to post in this thread that type of storing books is just detrimental to the collection in the long run and you will have to rebag and reboard everything sooner than expected due to not leaving any breathing room and space in the box for the books.
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Re: Comic Care and Storage Thread

I've been buying random lots of Bronze Age comics lately on eBay - 9 out of 10 times I have to throw out whatever bags/boards they come in. I'd tell sellers to bag everything in a new one for maximum appeal, even a book in poor condition looks better in a new bag/board.

As for overstuffing long boxes, I learned that the hard way. Since I put comics in their numerical order, #1 issues would often be pressed up against the front of the longbox. Overstuffing the box doesn't seem to affect anything but the few issues at the front and back of a box. But those few issues often end up with press marks and creases running across the front.

As for my earlier complaint in this thread about Silver Age bags not fitting all books, I discovered my problem. Or more exactly BCW's problem. The first batch I bought, despite being listed as the "thick" Silver Age bags, were manufactured smaller than the same BCW bags I just bought. Must have been a bad batch or something. The only books which don't fit well anymore are older 100-page Giants in poor condition.

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