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Preservation and Care of Stamps, Comics, Baseball Cards and Paper Based Art Collections

May 20, 2014
Welcome to Stamps Are Art.  Let’s begin your visit with a bright and illuminating statement ….

“by lowering the amount of light your stamp, baseball cards, comics and art are exposed to, you can increase your collection’s value by a factor of 100x, or even more”

Need/want proof? …  watch the Scott #10 stamp to the right as it fades ”magically” before your eyes.  This is an example of how one of the P’s known as (P)hotons Scott 10can cause damage to your philatelic, stamp, and art collectibles. Would you expect that the amount fading the Scott #10 stamp exhibits could occur in less than 1 year or, under the wrong conditions, even quicker.  At Stamps Are Art you will learn why and how this, and other types, of damage can occur so rapidly.  
  • Does it make sense that the faded version of the stamp would be worth much less?
Now imagine if a rare Jenny Invert stamp or Horus Wagner baseball card was mistreated in the same way – oh the horror – but it’s being allowed to happen every day, not just by amateur collectors but, as well, by experts in their field.
  • Are you interested in protecting your stamp, baseball card, comic book collection from the type of damage the stamp above has experienced?
  • Do you want to maintain the rarity and increase the value of your collection, comic book, baseball card and stamp Art?
The pages that follow (or that will be added overtime) will provide you as a stamp, baseball card, and comic book collector with easy (and some not so easy) steps that you can take to preserve the contents of your stamp albums and collections.

Let’s consider the  Scott 121b stamps shown to the right and below.  scott-121b-unfadedCan you identify which of the stamps sold for $9000 and which sold for $40,000? Might any disparity in their price and value be due to the fading of color that one of the stamps experienced? Could the damage caused by fading have been caused by exposure to light, and if so, how much light could have caused the stamp to fade?

scott-121b-fadedBy reducing exposure of your philatelic items, and other light susceptible items, to light, you can take your first step toward preserving and increasing their rarity and value … not just via an increased likelihood that your care will help preserve your collectible longer into the future but, as well, via the reduced damage your philatelic or other paper based art will sustain. By reducing exposure of your philatelic items, and other light susceptible items, to light, you can take your first step toward preserving and increasing their rarity and value … not just via an increased likelihood that your care will help preserve them longer into the future but, as well, via the reduced damage your philatelic items will sustain over the same period of time . The posts and pages that follow and that will grow with time intend to provide information and resources to those of you that may be unaware of the 4P’s (P)hotons, (P)aper, (P)lastic, and (P)recipitation, and the damage the 4P’s are capable of inflicting on your stamps, comics, baseball cards and art collections.  

 


Paper Based Collection Preservation Care Tips 1-2 | Avoid Exposure to Light How “Ordinary” Room Light Can Harm Your Stamps, Comics, Baseball Cards
Paper Based Collection Preservation Care Tips 1-2 | Avoid Exposure to Light
How “Ordinary” Room Light Can Harm Your Stamps, Comics, Baseball Cards


Comments to “Preservation and Care of Stamps, Comics, Baseball Cards and Paper Based Art Collections”


  1. Reply

    This is my first time on your site. What a well written and useful article about preserving our small paper treasures! I’ll look forward to seeing more.


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      Thanks for your words of encouragement


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