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Old 04-25-08, 10:11 AM
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Best way to protect photographs/autographs?

Sort of a strange question - I've been collecting autographs from various conventions over the past few years - most are signed 8x10's, 8.5x11's and some larger (or smaller) sizes. In total I've probably got a few hundred and have been storing them in Itoya Art Profolio presentation books: http://www.amazon.com/Itoya-Archival...9132325&sr=8-1

A few are also stored in those 3-ring binder plastic sheets, and a couple are framed using inexpensive ($15 or so) frames from local arts&crafts stores.

So far they've been holding up pretty well (in use for about a year or so now), but after seeing my friend pull out a "protected" photo the other day (only to see that the plastic protector he had it in (I'm guessing a comic bag, for some reason) almost glued to the photo (and seeing it just rip the image off the paper) I'm a bit hesitant to continue this way).

I'm guessing these presentation books are more designed for this type of use than a comic bag, but I wanted to see what the best method for protecting a large number of these would be. Are the methods I have now safe enough or will I have the same problem down the road?
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Sounds like your friend might've had humidity problems. Was he using the same bags as yourself? How long had that picture been bagged?

I have some autographed pics also and the ones that aren't framed are in a binder. I use Avery Poly-Vu protector pages. No problems so far (just checked 'em) but I'll be interested to see some recommendations. I'd be more than happy to switch out for a better protector page.
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He was using (from what I could tell) just the normal 10-cent comic book bag you'd fine (with backing) and had them on a shelf with several books (I'm not sure if it was humidity or if the books were crushed up against the bag, causing it to stick). The ones I'm using are a little more professional looking (the presentation books are designed (from what I can tell) for photos and artwork, but for the small price (< $5 for a book of 24 pages (double sided, holds 48 photos)) I'm not sure how much I can expect out of it.

I also use some of the Avery protector pages (as well as other brands - some which seem more protective than others).

With the time and investment I've put into them, I wouldnt mind switching to a new 'system' if it means them lasting or not lasting.

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