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SPARTAN833
Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:32:05 AM
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Hello all, I am new to both collecting and this website. I have a few questions about bagging and boarding my small (little over 100 books) collection. They're all new 52 dc runs, except about 20 1980's ghost rider books. Im not really concerned about value, just keeping em in nice condition for posterity and to reread now and again. They are all currently in current size poly bags with boards, with oversized issues in silver age. My questions are these:
1. Mylar or poly?
2. If mylar, what thickness?
3. Are backing boards necessary with mylar bags, being semi rigid?

Thanks in advance!

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Logan,

1st & Foremost - WELCOME TO CCL!

I use poly bags & Boards for all my comics, but double board all my silver & Golden age books, if for no other reason than cost. Magazine Bags are Great for the Marvel Megazines. I've been using Poly bags for 30+yrs & rotate (Rebag) every couple of years when/if needed it. I've never had a problem with them. Mylar is more Rigid of a "bag" but cost a lot more & yes you should use boards with them. They're not that rigid. Hope this helped.

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Hi Logan, welcome to the site! I hope you find it enjoyable.

You can't go wrong with Mylars but as Alan just said, you should still have a board in there.

I mostly only use Mylars for high dollar books. They are quite pricey and the poly bags are fine on their own. Anything from the 80's and 90's and before are a tight fit for Modern Bags, so I usually go with Silver for most everything else.

Some people have been known to put two comics per bag & board but that's just madness! Laughing

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MoonKnight1 wrote:
Some people have been known to put two comics per bag & board but that's just madness! Laughing

Hello, my name is madness.

I don't even know what a mylar looks or feels like. I assume I've used poly for the last 20 years. I go for Silver Age bags and boards because I like the extra room on the sides - doesn't feel like I'm trying to slide a golf ball through a garden hose like a modern bag and board.

Plus, I put two to a bag and board - One on each side.

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SwiftMann wrote:
MoonKnight1 wrote:
Some people have been known to put two comics per bag & board but that's just madness! Laughing

Hello, my name is madness.

I don't even know what a mylar looks or feels like. I assume I've used poly for the last 20 years. I go for Silver Age bags and boards because I like the extra room on the sides - doesn't feel like I'm trying to slide a golf ball through a garden hose like a modern bag and board.

Plus, I put two to a bag and board - One on each side.


See! I told you, there are crazy people everywhere...Cool

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:18:35 PM

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I've used poly bags for close to thirty years and have replaced all of them once. Since you only have around 100 books, NOW would be the time to decide whether or not to go with mylar. It will be less expensive to start at the beginning instead of waiting until you have a 16,000+ collection to switch.
SPARTAN833
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Thanks for the tips everyone! Now one last thing, what brands? Im using bcw because thats all my local store supplies. Anything glaringly wrong with them that warrants a special order?
SPARTAN833
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Flagwaver wrote:
I've used poly bags for close to thirty years and have replaced all of them once. Since you only have around 100 books, NOW would be the time to decide whether or not to go with mylar. It will be less expensive to start at the beginning instead of waiting until you have a 16,000+ collection to switch.


Yeah i figured now was the best time to inquire about this. Thanks!
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I bag all comics using Ultra-PRO "current" size bags. Package doesn't say what they're made of but it does state "Acid Free - No PVC"... they're the only brand I can find at comic stores around here.
As for boards, I store my comics standing upright (even if it means using a box or something as a spacer) and only put a board into every 3rd bag.

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Matts Baseball in Watervliet NY is my go-to guy, makes his own ProtectStoreDisplay (PSD) brand. They're priced cheap & they work great. I got sick of the main brands because half the time the bags & boards didn't fit right.

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I only use BCW 4mil Mylars for my personal collection.

Also against what others have said, dont use backing boards with mylars, use BCW Comic Extenders instead if you go that route. You place 2 inside the comic and dont cover up the back of the book. Plus they protect the comic better then a plain board will.

Since your pretty much only collecting new stuff I would say stick to the regular BCW bags as Mylars cost me $0.65 per comic which can be a bit much for a $1 comic.




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Xylob wrote:
I bag all comics using Ultra-PRO "current" size bags. Package doesn't say what they're made of but it does state "Acid Free - No PVC"... they're the only brand I can find at comic stores around here.
As for boards, I store my comics standing upright (even if it means using a box or something as a spacer) and only put a board into every 3rd bag.


What he said plus I put the books worth $30 and up as an extra step. I place the comic in a Ultra Pro "current" sized bag with a backing board. I place the whole thing into a top loader also made by Ultra-PRO. As far as that. You should be good to go.


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I use Poly bags and regular boards. I use Silver age size.
I put 2 comics per bag, covers facing out...
You get more comics in a box if you double up and they sit nice in the box since the spines are opposite each other with 2 per bag.
I think it is madness to only put one comic per bag, but if you use modern bags, it is hard to fit 2 per bag.

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@SPARTAN833:

Before you sink a lot of $$$ in Mylar sleeves, you might want to take a look at this earlier discussion of the topic, right in this very forum.

While there is a lot to be said for the inertness of Mylar when storing paper, the wrong Mylar sleeves offer little protection against oxygen-related aging of paper.
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rook68 wrote:
...plus I put the books worth $30 and up as an extra step...
Anything I deem "special" gets a board no matter what (the exception to my every 3rd item rule) and I've got a few "extra-special" items bagged and enclosed in Mill Cases.

It doesn't matter if it's 50 Cents or 50 Dollars - if you list it as NM it better be NM.
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PCPaperbacks wrote:
I use Poly bags and regular boards. I use Silver age size.
I put 2 comics per bag, covers facing out...
You get more comics in a box if you double up and they sit nice in the box since the spines are opposite each other with 2 per bag.
I think it is madness to only put one comic per bag, but if you use modern bags, it is hard to fit 2 per bag.


I do this as well, the only exception being my Spider-Man titles. Those are bagged and boarded individually and each title has it's own box. I also only use DrawerBoxes for my collection... sooooo much better than the old fashioned long boxes.

SPARTAN833
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Thanks for the tips everyone. It helped out a lot!
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