Whether you’ve been collecting comic books for your entire life or you’re just starting out, you better be storing and organizing your comic books correctly if you want to preserve their condition, never lose them and save yourself time when you’re ready to sell them.
Here are our tips to keep your comic books organized and stored properly:
Get Comic Book Bags For Every Single Comic
Comic books bags, also known as comic book sleeves, are extremely cheap and easy to purchase but they are invaluable in protecting your comics. No matter how or where you’re storing your comics, or if you only decide to implement one of these tips, take this one- put all your comics in their own sleeve!
Keep The Bagged Comic Books In A Secure Box Or Storage Container
The next easiest and most important thing you can do to preserve the condition and value of your comics is to keep them stored in a secure box or container. Ideally it would be air-tight, but just being stored away from direct light is good enough. The UV rays from sunlight can distort color ink and degrade paper over time, so it’s best to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible.
Keep The Storage Bin In An Area Without Big Temperature Swings
In addition to UV rays from sunlight, temperature swing can degrade your comics over time as well. On a molecular level, when things cool they shrink and when they heat they expand, so if this happens over and over again to your comics, colors will fade and the paper will degrade. It’s best to keep your comics stored in a consistent, room temperature such as a closet. In addition, places that are prone to temperature swings – such as garages and basements – are also prone to flooding and water damage, so it’s best to avoid those places anyway for multiple reasons.
Label The Storage Bin Accordingly
Finally, whatever storage container or bin you keep the comics in, you should label it on all sides so it can be identified quickly as important. This can prevent them from being accidentally thrown out or misplaced. It’s a preventative measure, but it can save you a lot of time when you’re looking for them through all of your stuff!
Follow these very simple and easy steps and you can be reasonably certain your comic books will retain their value very well over time, putting you in a great position to enjoy them for years to come and sell them for the best price possible if that time ever comes.
If you do end up selling your comics, please reach out to us at Sparkle City Comics! We buy and sell millions of dollars worth of comics each year and would love to take a look at your items as well. When you’re ready you can give us a call at 800-743-9205 or fill out our seller inquiry form and someone will be able to assist you.