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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:51 pm 
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I know this has been discussed before but I really want to hear aload of different opinions. I store mine in clear pockets which are then placed in a folder but then I think putting them in a folder is no way to show them off but I don't want to put them in frames as that would cost too much. I wanna hear loads of different opinions so please post- Thank you 8)


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Everything seems to cost too much for you! :P ;)

I store them in plastic sleeves put in a binder... I have on of them in a cheaper frame (you know a small standard, with glass and hanging ability).

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At the moment I have mine in an old cigar box!! :lol:

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Thanks for replying guys, keep em' coming :wink:


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Here are some tips that will help to protect your collection from irreversable damage:

- Keep your collection in the dark in a cool dry place. Heat and humidity contribute to the destruction of paper, especially paper containing acid from wood pulp. Light fades many inks (especially felt-tip) and browns the paper.

- Do not store autographs in a fireproof safe. The humidity level in the safe is high in order to protect documents in a fire. Unfortunatelly that level is too high, and it will eventually damage your autographs.

- Store autographs only in Mylar “D” polyester or cellulose acetate folders, and put them in an archival acid-free box. Never use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) folders. They can be identified by their strong “plastic” odor. Use only acid-free paper insert; the black paper inserts included with some sheet protectors are highly acidic and will destroy your autographs.

- Avoid repairing paper will cellophane (“Scotch”) or masking tape. The adhesive will damage and eventually destroy the paper. If a repair is necessary, use only archival paper mending tissue. Better yet, seek expert help

- Remove paper clips and staples from multipage documents, because they cause rust stains.

- You can usually remove old paper documents glued down to album pages by soaking them in lukewarm water, but don’t use this method on vellum or parchment documents, documents written in aniline ink, or modern documents

- Avoid framing valuable autographs. But if you insists on framing an autograph, use only acid-free matting materials and UF3 Plexiglas or museum glass. The autograph should never be pasted or taped down in any way. Mylar “D” or other acid-free mounting corners should be used to keep the item from shifting in the frame

- Display them away from direct sunlight, fluorescent lighting, and sources of heat (such as radiators)

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I have no idea what sort of folder mine is but autographs have been stored in it since late January and they are still fine. I think the main priority is that they are out of sunlight and heat {up}


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I think the main priority is that they are out of sunlight and heat {up}


Oh lord, not at all. :shock: Please read my tips very carefully, especially the part about the acid-free folders.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:47 pm 
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I read it all but thats getting too fancy and technical. I just have them in pockets :wink:


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yeah, i keep mine in an a4 display folder thingy on bits of a4 paper...the joys of wh smith :P i found some funky mount thingys that i think are meant for postcard collecting...but they do the job. tested them first, theyre cheap enough that htey dont stick too well so wont end up ripping everything up if i ever want to take them off.

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cheap frames do the job for me

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i use a binder that i got from school and the clear plastic sheets that i got from staples. i have no idea if they are acid free. i hope so.


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I just put mine in a plain photo album that I bought from Wal-Mart. :|

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Hey RSVP,
i couldn't have said it better. They actually still make PVC Sleeves? I thought they went out with the dinosaurs. LOL . jennyblue, I also get my sleeves from staples. I always look for archival safe, no pvc. As far as putting them in frames I have maybe 200 or so in frames with acid free backing and UV PROTECTED GLASS which you can special order from any frame/ matting/picture shop.


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I used plastic sleeves and a binder. When I get moved into my new apartment I plan on framing some of my favorite autographs.

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Hey RSVP,
i couldn't have said it better. They actually still make PVC Sleeves? I thought they went out with the dinosaurs. LOL . jennyblue, I also get my sleeves from staples. I always look for archival safe, no pvc. As far as putting them in frames I have maybe 200 or so in frames with acid free backing and UV PROTECTED GLASS which you can special order from any frame/ matting/picture shop.


Hey whosurdaddy,

reading through all these postings from other users I have the impression that we are dealing with a lot of young/teen collectors who can't afford the technique's yet that we are using.

Maybe I was getting too technical, but my tips were still the one's you need to still have fun with your collection over the next 60+ years.

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