Storing comics is not a hard concept, but it is one I take seriously. When I first started “collecting” comics I had no idea what I was doing. How many 13 year olds know what they are doing? I vividly remember my conversation with the guy at the comic shop when I learned about bags, backer boards, long boxes, size differences between comic eras; golden age, silver age, etc. I remember feeling very accomplished leaving the comic shop with a long box, 100 bags and 100 acid free boards. I was a little skeptical but everything that I heard made sense so home I went. Since that day I have stored my comics this way, and wouldn’t consider doing anything less. I have however considered doing more. For several years I have been looking for something that was cost effective and would protect my collection from more than the normal careful handling they are used to.
I have moved my collection several times and experienced damage/loss with every move. Apparently Murphy’s Law will always apply to me. Let me explain, my comics were properly bagged boarded and boxed. I selected where I was going to put my comics carefully every time I moved, but due to circumstances beyond my control my collection experienced casualties. In my previous apartments the upstairs neighbors toilet overflowed, and people smoked cigarettes. In my house the hot water tank burst and then several years later the waterline to the kitchen sink severed and created a slow leak that soaked a majority of my basement. I got very frustrated and grew tired of leaving the safety of my comics to chance so I began my search, and much to my surprise, there were no products available that offered more protection for comics. I scoured comic forums and searched the web and came back with zero results. There are several videos online that explain the importance of bags boards and boxes, but nothing covers the “what ifs” of storage. Some crafty collectors out there have created their own storage cabinets, or use other products like (space bags) to try and add another level of protection to their comics. These solutions did not appeal to me as crafting custom cabinets is extremely costly and time consuming and using an oversized bag that was not designed to protect comics felt off putting. This didn’t seem right to me and after experiencing damage and loss several times and then watching the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy there had to be something out there that would do the job. Unfortunately there wasn’t so I decided to try and do something to minimize loss and damage when unforeseen changes occur in your storage conditions. My priorities in the event of a natural disaster would be the safety of my family, not moving my long boxes to high ground. Also you can’t plan when to have your basement flood, hot water tank burst, or toilet overflow so I designed Collection Armor. Collection Armor is a new product to enhance the protection of comics in storage and it’s the first product of its kind designed specifically to protect standard long and short boxes full of comics.
Imagine not having to worry as much about the dangers of: harmful light, water, moisture and humidity, atmospheric pollutants (like smoke), mildew, mold, paper eating insects, and rodents. I have spent the past two years researching, designing and testing a solution that could effectively protect my comics from events that you can’t plan for. Collection Armor is made from a foil barrier film that is formed into a 3-D pouch that is custom designed to perfectly fit short and long comic boxes. The pouch is sealed at to top with a heavy duty zipper to create an internal environment that is water/vapor proof, grease proof, and flexible. This material is typically used in military applications for moisture/oxygen sensitive items. The laminated foil material keeps harmful light from damaging your comics. The heavy duty zipper seal keeps water and any other harmful contaminants from coming into contact with your collection. In short, for $20-$25 dollars your collection could be optimally protected with Collection Armor.
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