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Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« 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 to see how they work (and I get them cheap from work).  What do you do?
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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #2 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.  :)  


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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #3 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~

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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #4 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~

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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.


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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #5 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. :^)


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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #6 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?



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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2008, 03:27:03 PM »
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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.

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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #8 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 :)


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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #9 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~

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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.

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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #10 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.


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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2008, 03:09:40 PM »
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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.

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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2008, 06:25:23 PM »
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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.

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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.

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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2008, 08:14:04 PM »
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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.
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Re: Comic Collectors? Large collection? How do you store them?
« Reply #14 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.