r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

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I began this project almost a year ago and it’s finally finished! 250 comics per box, bagged and boarded, alphabetized by title group and then by date, all entered into both Collectorz Comic Collector and ComicsPriceGuide using the 2016 Overstreet Guide to Grading to grade them to the best of my ability. I recently moved to a home with a nice dry basement that gets natural sunlight and is dry as a bone, but we keep an air purifier and dehumidifier down there anyway to be safe. I set it up so that I can simply unlock the caster wheel with my foot and pull out the section I want to peruse and then slide it back when done.

If anyone is interested or wants to try out some of these ideas yourself, here’s what it’s comprised of:

  1. Wheeled shelves: AmazonBasics 5-shelf shelving unit (ended up using only 4 of the 5 shelves, see below for details)(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071DZHLXH/)

  2. Boxes: BCW Black plastic boxes(https://www.bcwsupplies.com/long-comic-book-bin)

  3. Dividers: BCW Black plastic dividers(https://www.bcwsupplies.com/colored-comic-dividers-black)

  4. Divider labels: BlindScience.com custom divider labels, I can’t praise this guy enough. (https://blindscience.com/comic-book-dividers)

  5. Box labels: Custom made by myself printing on index cards that I cut in half so I can swap them out as needed. Here is the Photoshop file I created as a template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bdPWEnEA7812CJZ29mx-Xgs9dTYN8Iz6/view?usp=sharing

  6. Plexiglass covers: Extruded Acrylic Sheets – Clear 3/32 (.098)” Thick, 8-3/4 inches Wide, 28-1/2 inches Long, Color: Clear – 84(more on why I needed these below)(https://www.tapplastics.com/product/plastics/cut_to_size_plastic/acrylic_sheets_clear/508)

  7. 3941 Comic books: That part’s up to you.

So it wasn’t perfect or without it’s snags. One problem I ran into was the 5-shelf rack didn’t have enough height between the shelves to properly pull a comic book out of, so I measured it out and only used 4 shelves instead, which ended up being 19.5″ from the base of one shelf to the other. The other problem was that the comic book lids were juuuuust shy of having enough room to fully open. So instead I put them on the shelf with the lids already opened, and then ordered the custom fit plexiglass to place overtop of them to keep out dust and insects. I kind of like it better because now I can see the comics anyway.

Anyway, if I could show these pictures to 8 year old me in 1985, he’d be doing backflips, 43 year old me is pretty happy with it too. It feels like the culmination of my lifetime of collecting.

r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

Shelving closer up

r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

Plexiglass cover, custom divider labels

r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

Plexiglass cover, custom divider labels

r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

Custom printed index cards (cut in half)

r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

custom printed index cards (cut in half)

r/comicbookcollecting - After 35 years, my comic collection has reached it's final form (for now)

Single index card on shortbox I use to store bags, boards, tape, etc.