Paper Based Collection Preservation Care Tip 3 | Use Only Buffered Non-Acidic Paper
The care tip below summarizes preservation techniques you can implement to protect your stamps, baseball cards, comic books and other art from exposure to harmful (P)aper products.
Care Tip 3. Use only alkaline buffered ISO 9706 certified paper products to store and display your paper based art and collections. Baseball card, comic book, and philatelic paper products and stamp albums that are “pH neutral” and “acid free” WILL NOT stop the acidic degradation that your paper based art and philatelic stamps are inherently subject to and, therefore, should not be used for long term collection storage and care.
Side Note: Stamp hinges are a form of paper also, which means that unless stated otherwise they you should consider them to be acidic such that if you attach them to your collectible, over time the acidity will transfer to your collectible. However, this begs the question, why would you ever want use a hinge on your rare stamp treasures. The simple fact that a stamp has been previously hinged mean the condition of your stamp will be downgraded by stamp expertization services, which can result in thousands of dollars in price reduction.
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