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Title: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on August 29, 2008, 08:15:04 PM
I have collected comics off and on for the last 20 years and now that I am in a permanent home I want to be able to store and have easy access to my collection. There have been many times I wanted to read a story line and I just didn't feel like moving long boxes to get to them. I have bought a couple of these (http://www.collectiondrawer.com/) to see how they work (and I get them cheap from work).  What do you do?
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on August 29, 2008, 08:23:45 PM
I have been scanning in my American Splendor comics so I can pack them up for good and still enjoy them.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: mrbasehart on August 29, 2008, 08:24:28 PM
I bought a 3 drawer, two comic wide filing cabinet.  Then I bought a shit-load more boxes to keep the rest in.  :)  
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Rude on August 29, 2008, 08:30:53 PM
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Those drawer boxes kinda' suck. The idea is to allow you to stack them on top of each other and still be able to get into each box. The problem is that they really don't slide out easily at all. I've just got my regular ole' boxes on each shelf of an adjustable metal rack... Although that filing cabinet idea sounds pretty good to me~

-Rude
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: mrbasehart on August 29, 2008, 08:43:41 PM
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Those drawer boxes kinda' suck. The idea is to allow you to stack them on top of each other and still be able to get into each box. The problem is that they really don't slide out easily at all. I've just got my regular ole' boxes on each shelf of an adjustable metal rack... Although that filing cabinet idea sounds pretty good to me~

-Rude

Yeah, they fit really neatly in there, too.  I only keep my "expensive" comics in there now, and the junk is in cardboard boxes - my uncle owns a cardbord box making factor - because I have way too many comics.  It's really fucking heavy, too.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Pak-Man on August 30, 2008, 11:50:06 PM
Yes, I collect comics. Yes, my collection is large. How do I store them? Shamefully. I sort of stack them on my bookshelves. I'll plastic bag the really important ones, but my years worth of ALF comics and Archie's TMNT series is pretty much trashed. :^)
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Bob on August 31, 2008, 06:34:10 AM
I have several friends who collect comic books and they all use the elongated cardboard boxes and plastic slip covers.

Say, you all dont mind if my bbq rib eating club borrows some of your prized books so we can read while we eat, do you?

(http://www.bbq-ribs.com/images/bbq%20ribs.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Rude on August 31, 2008, 03:27:03 PM
Quote from: PSLOwner
Say, you all dont mind if my bbq rib eating club borrows some of your prized books so we can read while we eat, do you?

You're more than welcome to read anything that isn't in a poly bag. I mean, that is as long as you make me an honorary member of yer' club! Mmmm.... BBQ ribs.

-Rude
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Tripe on August 31, 2008, 09:16:20 PM
I use magazine files, you know those ones you can get from office supply stores, I buy the card ones that allow me to write the details on the little info panel :)
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on August 31, 2008, 09:35:34 PM
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Those drawer boxes kinda' suck. The idea is to allow you to stack them on top of each other and still be able to get into each box. The problem is that they really don't slide out easily at all. I've just got my regular ole' boxes on each shelf of an adjustable metal rack... Although that filing cabinet idea sounds pretty good to me~

-Rude

That is too bad about the drawer boxes. I already bought 3 with a commitment to buy 3 more from work (they ordered them for me). Did you have the official "Drawerbox" ones? on their website they talk about people complaining about knock-off ones.

Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 02, 2008, 02:39:44 PM
I just get comics in trades these days, so I put them on my bookshelves.  I got a larger shelf for larger books and a smaller one for stuff like manga and indy digest-sized prints.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Rude on September 02, 2008, 03:09:40 PM
Quote from: MrTorso
Did you have the official "Drawerbox" ones?

There's no official logo on my boxes, so i assume i must have some cheap knock-offs. Hopefully the official "Drawerbox" will hold up better... you'll have to let us know when they arrive.

-Rude
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: DrawerBoxes on September 02, 2008, 06:25:23 PM
Quote from: MrTorso
Did you have the official "Drawerbox" ones?

There's no official logo on my boxes, so i assume i must have some cheap knock-offs. Hopefully the official "Drawerbox" will hold up better... you'll have to let us know when they arrive.

-Rude

We are the manufacturer of DrawerBoxes(tm).  This thread was brought to my attention because we have concerns about customers confusing our product with some poorly made imitations.  If our DrawerBox logo (which looks like a box with a drawer coming out) is not on the box it is not our product.  Our drawers and shells also have a "Certificate of Boxmaker" to certify the quality of the materials we use.  Be assured that we also stand behind our products and if you have any problems at all, please feel free to contact me directly at our e-mail address to get it resolved.

It's important to bear in mind that, like anything with moving parts, DrawerBoxes are not just a box.  They are a mechanical device, which has to be designed within certain tolerances and with materials that meet certain specifications to hold up and work properly.  Sadly, there are a couple of manufacturers out there who have concluded that all they have to do is imitate the basic idea, which creates concerns for us when their customers have problems and think they have our product.

I'm not sure what was causing the original complaint in this thread: "The problem is that they really don't slide out easily at all. I've just got my regular ole' boxes on each shelf of an adjustable metal rack...", although, if they are in fact using our product, they may be a little stiff at first until they are used and loosen up because the tolerances are very precise.  And if you are using them on shelves that may also explain why they do not slide out easily since they are designed to have weight on top of them and eliminate the need for the shelves.  Again, please feel free to contact me and we will resolve it they are genuine DrawerBoxes.

Rich
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on September 02, 2008, 08:14:04 PM
Quote from: MrTorso
Did you have the official "Drawerbox" ones?

There's no official logo on my boxes, so i assume i must have some cheap knock-offs. Hopefully the official "Drawerbox" will hold up better... you'll have to let us know when they arrive.

-Rude

I got the rest of them tonight. I will probably start loading books into them this weekend. I am putting my collection into a database and once I am done entering my longboxes I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 unsorted comic books to go through.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Tyrant on September 02, 2008, 10:02:57 PM
Unlike Pak, I store mine semi-properly in bags with cardboard backs either in large plastic bins or in metal carrying cases. I have two of each issue of certain titles so I can still store one to hopefully pay for my retirement some day, and one to dog-ear, fold back, shove roughly onto bookshelves, and Silly Putty picture stretchy to my heart's content. My collection is decent sized, but not nearly as large as Pak's (or full of so many questionable titles).

Most valuable issue: Either #16 or 17 of the original X-Men series. I forget which.

Least valuable issue: A special D.A.R.E. issue of Spiderman they gave away for free at the comic book store.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: BathTub on October 14, 2008, 09:34:46 PM
Current everything is just stacked up in my bedroom since I have no shelves or drawers, I really need to do something about that!
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Doc Steve on November 13, 2008, 05:12:46 PM
My gun safe has a separate lock box and extensive dehumidification devices.  I keep the valuable stuff in there.  Ironically, even the Golden Age stuff isn't nearly as valuable as an average IPSC-tuned handgun. 
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on November 13, 2008, 10:50:57 PM
My gun safe has a separate lock box and extensive dehumidification devices.  I keep the valuable stuff in there.  Ironically, even the Golden Age stuff isn't nearly as valuable as an average IPSC-tuned handgun. 

Yeah more parents need to throw the damn things away so that ours become more valuable.   I have 6 of the official drawerboxes now and I have loaded them up. I don't really like them. They don't sit all that even and there is a lot of friction on the drawer bottom. Maybe if I wasn't going into the drawers all that often they might be ok, but for constant use... eh....  I think I am just going to pony up the money and do this:

(http://lrpctech.com/pics/HON/h1.jpg)

That is roughly 372 books in one file cabinet drawer. It is an expensive alternative but it seems that it will work the best.

Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Tripe on November 14, 2008, 06:47:36 AM
It looks just like a filing cabinet, but compared to the cost of those boxes, a filing cabinet would be significantly more expensive. At least as an initial outlay.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on November 14, 2008, 09:48:04 AM
Is that a specially-made cabinet or something? Why is it expensive?

Yeah it is a legal sized filing cabinet. For the good quality ones that will take the weight and use run about $150 to $200. For my collection I would need about 5 to start with.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 14, 2008, 05:30:11 PM
I guess I got lucky with my filing cabinet then.  Cost me next to nothing, as it was ex-office equipment, and it fits just as perfect as that one.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on November 14, 2008, 06:07:46 PM
I guess I got lucky with my filing cabinet then.  Cost me next to nothing, as it was ex-office equipment, and it fits just as perfect as that one.

I have been perusing craigslist and what not for cheap ones but no real luck.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: ManUnderMask on November 15, 2008, 11:05:47 AM
I bag and board, but one guy, who posts on the Super Hero Hype forums, actually has a book binding company bind his comics into his own TPB, but with a nice leather cover.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: bratpop on November 15, 2008, 12:04:37 PM
Huh. Okay. I wouldn't think that would work, since there's no "binding" room in a comic book. You'd be cutting it close to the borders and possibly ruin some of the artwork. Also, that is insane.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: ManUnderMask on November 15, 2008, 03:39:35 PM
Huh. Okay. I wouldn't think that would work, since there's no "binding" room in a comic book. You'd be cutting it close to the borders and possibly ruin some of the artwork. Also, that is insane.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v293/JewishHobbit/dcp_02241.jpg)

It doesn't look too bad to me, but that's just me. I kind of like it, and when I finally find employment, and finish a few other projects that require cash, I might just try it.

Here's a forum on it: http://marvelmasterworksfansite.yuku.com/forum/view/id/2
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: MrTorso on November 15, 2008, 05:31:34 PM
That is kind of cool. If you own the company you may as well use it like that. It is not like any of these comics are going to be worth anything in the long run. You may as well use them as you like.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: ManUnderMask on November 15, 2008, 08:58:36 PM
The guy on SHH says that he can get it done for 15 bucks in a place in Waco, Texas.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Jazzman99 on November 26, 2008, 06:53:01 AM
I've been reading up on this binding thing in that forum and I have to say this looks pretty sharp to me.  There are a lot of folks there who have done this with dozens or hundreds of volumes; they look great on bookshelves, and you can actually read them without digging through multiple boxes.  I think this is going on my "to do" list for 2009.  I can think of a bunch of comics unlikely to ever be collected that I'd like to have--Blue Devil, Captain Carrot, Atari Force.

This also offers a neat opportunity to design your own projects.  I'd like to get together all the comics written by Harlan Ellison over the years--there have been a handful, for different companies--and get them bound together.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: pezdrake on November 26, 2008, 07:34:08 AM
I try to go through mine regularly and just save the ones I REALLY want to keep.  But since I don't buy anything except the series I really like there's not much parsing to do.  I collect a couple of books like POWERS in TPB but that's only for books whose release is so irregular that it makes more sense that way.  I can't be patient enough for others to come out in TPB and some books I read like Birds or Prey might never coem out in TPB.
RIght now I have it winnowed down to one long box and maybe another pile on my dresser but ultimately I think I should probably get a filing cabinet or at least a different bed that will fit  a couple of long boxes underneath of it. 
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: pezdrake on November 26, 2008, 07:37:30 AM
The guy on SHH says that he can get it done for 15 bucks in a place in Waco, Texas.

Doesn't sound all that economical when I start thinking of all hte bindings I would want.  I may stick with a two drawer filing cabinet.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: bratpop on November 26, 2008, 04:40:13 PM
I doubt it would be any good for older comics. Newer, glossy-paper Darkhorse style comics, sure. 80s newsprint Spider-Man, not so much.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Jazzman99 on May 03, 2009, 09:14:48 PM
Well, I put my money where my mouth is and got six books bound, picking and choosing from my old collection--mostly 80s stuff that I enjoy, but rarely have the energy to dig out of boxes to read.  I think they came out great and I'm definitely planning to do more.  That 80s newsprint holds up just fine, and the books feel solid and substantial.  You do lose a bit on the edges when they trim the pages, and if the book is thick you'll lose a hair in the gutter, but 80s books tended to have lots of white space anyway and I haven't found anything I can't read.

If I could figure out how to post pictures here I would!
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Drusilla on May 04, 2009, 07:51:45 AM
I have them in plasic covers and with backboards, but I have them stored in the comic boxes that I got from the comic shop here... doesn't make for easy access, but I'm pretty anal about keeping them in a certian order so that I can find them easily.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: Spider69 on May 06, 2009, 11:35:23 AM
To index my comics I use http://www.comicsinventory.com (http://www.comicsinventory.com)
It lets you label them with multiple labels and keep notes about each issue.
Title: Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
Post by: TheBatman on July 07, 2009, 01:35:40 PM
I stake my Batman graphic novels on one shelf and my Punisher graphic novels on another. Misc titles go on another. As for individual issues, I get boxes for free from my local comic book store, it helps being good friends with the staff.