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ComicMount – Tabletop/Shelf Display Review

ComicMount – Tabletop/Shelf Display Review

I purchased 5 of the ComicMount products from 1 of the 3 sellers on eBay and received them pretty quickly.  I wanted to share my thoughts on the product concerning tabletop/shelf display and wall mounting.  This review and pictures concern the tabletop and/or shelf style display of your comics.

To start out I used 2 types of comic book holders for reference in this review.  The first is one of the most common CGC style acrylic case and then the other not so common but still very awesome was the BCW Deluxe Comic Book UV Protected Display case.

CGC/PGX Acrylic Case

The CGC case performed well and looked great.  Sliding the stand around was very easy since the CGC case is very light in weight.  You just need to be careful not to yank the stand or the flimsy piece of cardboard that spreads the 2 pieces of plastic apart will fall out and you’ll need to reinsert. The width of the CGC case also averted any tipping the may happen by accident.  So overall a very good solution for displaying CGC or PGX style acrylic cases.

BCW Deluxe Comic Book UV Display Case

The BCW deluxe display case is by far much heavier and I can already tell you that it will not work in a wall mounting unless something is done to beef up the back screws that hold the 2 pieces of plastic together.  I plan on experimenting with that very scenario and will include that in a future review.  So we are just left with the Tabletop and/or shelf display and yes it does work with the heavy BCW case.

There are some caveats to the “works well” part of my explanation.  The flimsy piece of cardboard that keeps the 2 pieces of plastic spread apart in order for the comic stand to function is by far the Achilles heel of the product.  I really wish they had made this insert out of thick plastic like the rest of the product.  I also wish they had some how made this hypothetical plastic style insert slide in a fixed groove so as to keep this piece from simply falling out when pulled, such as sliding the comic case and stand to another side of the table.

Final Thoughts

Overall I think this is a wonderful product that I intend to keep my eye on.  I will definitely look into beefing up the flimsy piece of cardboard and see if that helps with the overall stability.  If you’d like to share some of your examples I’ve enabled this post for picture replies so don’t hesitate to send some my way.

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ComicMount – Should I Test?

therapyincomics:

ComicMount

I’ve just discovered a new product that hasn’t been out too long and I’m wondering if anyone out there has any examples of this out there they could share with me and others.  I’m talking CGC/PGX wall mounted pictures, 3rd party cases using the mounting product, or just regular table top display examples.  I’m thinking of picking up some for my own collection so show me your collection using ComicMount!

If you are unable to locate stores with adequate inventory to purchase from then head over to ComicMount’s store front on eBay.  There pricing seems to be very competitive with other mounting systems currently out there.  You can also visit there Facebook site by clicking the above picture.

http://stores.ebay.com/ComicMount

I just picked up 5 today off of eBay to test out.  I’ll be sure to post my thoughts as I have a few scenarios I’d like to put this product through as I quest for the perfect universal comic book mounting and display system…I love comics…

Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 4) Alt. Retailers

Previous posts I talked about how I store my small collection and where I buy most of my materials since being a small-time collector means that I personally have a small-time budget.  Here are a few alternative retailers that I haven’t personally purchased from that I heard might be worth trying.  Please do share your experience with these alternative retailers concerning overall pricing; including shipping costs.

Bags Unlimited:  I’ve heard great things about this place but I just never got around to ordered anything from them.

Bill Cole Enterprises:  I heard this is a great place to buy materials for your collection but I personally just find them too damn expensive.  E-Gerber and BCE go way back with the Mylar-D patented production process.  The E-Gerber side of the business is priced more competitively than BCE and that’s really the main reason why I buy E-Gerber products from Comic Supply instead of products manufactured by Bill Cole Enterprises.

E. Gerber Products, LLC:  While the business side of Bill Cole Enterprises is up-to-speed with technology easing the ordering process, E. Gerber products purchased from them directly require that you conduct business as if in the stone age.  You can find what you need on their website but you must order by phone.  Yes, their prices are great but again, stone age when it comes to ordering.  That’s why I simply buy these same E-Gerber products for practically the same price over at Comic Supply.


Comic Collecting On A Budget – My Collection (Part 1 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Materials (Part 2 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Retailers (Part 3 of 4)
Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 4) Alt. Retailers

Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 3) Retailers

In my previous posts I talked about how I store my collection and what materials I use to preserve my books. I wanted to provide some of the retailers that I’ve personally purchased from.  Let me know if you’ve also purchased from any of these retailers and how your experience with them was. Pricing would also be nice as it’s hard to find dealers that price their items fairly; that includes overall shipping costs.

Hobbies Depot: Main Site
Hobbies Depot: eBay Store Front: I usually default to buying any Poly bags, cardboard comic boxes, or BCW comic book extenders from this eBay store simply because of the price and free shipping.

  • Usually free shipping at eBay store front and free shipping on all orders over $25 in continental USA for retailer web site.
  • Usually the only place I can both find and get the BCW Deluxe Acrylic Comic Book Display without breaking the bank.

Columbia Sports: eBay Store Front: I usually default to buying any Poly-bags, cardboard comic boxes, or BCW comic book extenders from this eBay store simply because of the price and free shipping.

  • They reside in Washington and have slightly cheaper prices than Hobbies Depot.  However I too live in Washington thus required to pay sales tax.  That means I usually end up buying from Hobbies Depot because of the absence of sales tax.

Comic Supply: No matter what you hear about the owner or the store in general from others I want to make sure everyone knows that I’ve not had any issues with them.  I’ve personally chatted with the owner and he told me that most of the issues voiced by others are because of delivery times since he has no control over how and when E-Gerber delivers their products.  He also can run into inventory issues with the Microchamber Archival Paper since he contracts a 3rd party to cut and bag the product.  His restocking of the product is tied to the number of previous orders for previous months so cut them some slack.

  • Best prices out there hands down on any E. Gerber products. I just wish they would resume accepting PayPal again!
  • One of the few sites where you can buy Microchamber Archival Paper.

BCW: A little more expensive but can find items not normally found on other sites.

Mill Case: I only have 5 of these thus far so it’s definitely a specialty item and I was able to pick a 5-pack up from The Container Store. I’m not sure if they sell them anymore but they seem to have a section for the organization of collectables.

Amazon: I don’t have any specific Amazon store to buy from but if you have a Prime Membership Account then free shipping is the way to go and you can usually find stuff up here cheaper than the brick and mortar store.


Comic Collecting On A Budget (Part 1 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Materials (Part 2 of 4)
Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 3) Retailers
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Alt. Retailers (Part 4 of 4)

Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 2) Materials

In my previous post I explained how a small-time comic book collector such as myself stores comics.  In this post I’ll explain where I get all of these materials that I use for my collection.  It’s been a learning experience for me and have made mistakes along the way.  However you live and learn because after all I went into this hobby a newbie knowing next to nothing about where to buy and what were the associated costs.

Bare in mind that I’m not an expert in the preservation field, just a small-time collector, so please keep that in mind as I share my overall experience.  If you know of dealers that have better products and/or better pricing then please do share.  Just make sure to include any shipping costs as well since that could nullify any product savings.

Temporary and/or Reading Comics Storage:

  • BCW 200-Pack Current/Modern Age Comic Book Life Extenders [~$18]
  • BCW 100-Pack Golden Age Comic Book Bags [~$10]
  • BCW 100-Pack Magazine Bags [~$12]
  • BCW 100-Pack Life Magazine Bags [~$14]image
  • BCW 100-Current Sized Bags & Boards – For storing your reading comics that you wish to have that extra added protection without having to go all out. [~$17]image

Comic Preservation:

  • 50 Regular E-Gerber Mylites 2 (2-Mil Mylar-D, 7 1/4” x 10 1/2” and 1 1/2” Flap) [~$16]image
  • 100 Regular E-Gerber Half-Backs (7” x 10 1/2”) [~$15]
  • 50 Regular E-Gerber Full-Backs (7” x 10 1/2”) [~$16]
  • Microchamber Archival Paper 100-Pack – I’ve found mixed results from eBay and there are a lot of imitations out there right now.  So if you rather avoid the possibility of getting burned then then spend the $25-30 or so and go to Comic Supply and get their version.  You can also get BCE’s version called Life-X-Tenders Plus and pay double the price.  I’m sure they are just as good as Comic Supply’s. [~$25-30]

Comic Storage:

  • BCW Short Cardboard Comic Book Box (150-175) – Buy these on eBay in sets of 5 or 10 because you’ll end up saving a ton of money in the long run.  Reason, they arrive already prepackaged in sets of 5 from BCW so the seller doesn’t need to do anything when shipping to you. [Lot of 5 ~$30-35 (eBay Only)]image
  • BCW Short Cardboard Comic Book House Drawer Shell – Buy these on eBay in sets of 5 or 10 because you’ll end up saving a ton of money in the long run.  Reason, they arrive already prepackaged in sets of 5 from BCW so the seller doesn’t need to do anything when shipping to you. [Lot of 5 ~$40 (eBay Only)]
  • BCW Acrylic Comic Book Display – I have a couple of these and I like them a lot.  I haven’t tried hanging them yet, they just sit on a shelf.  The reason I like them over the cheaper version is that they protect the incased comic against UV light that can cause fading.  If the comic is worth a lot then obviously displaying it where any light can touch it is a no-no but hey it’s your prerogative how you choose to display your collection. [~$40 each (eBay Only)]image
  • BCW 1.5” Black Comic Book Stor-Folio Box – Great for transporting comics.  I also use them to store comics that I consider pretty valuable.  The main reason for this is the fear of the possibility that the comic may bend while inside the comic box. [Lot of 5 ~$45 (eBay Only)]
  • Millcase – If you want to store you comics in a hard case instead of Mylar-D with a Full-Back then try this out.  I personally don’t use them much as I only have 5 but I’ve provided a link to a site where a good example of their use can be seen. Comic Book Collection with Millcases

Comic Collecting On A Budget (Part 1 of 4)
Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 2) Materials
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Retailers (Part 3 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Alt. Retailers (Part 4 of 4)

Collecting on a Budget (Part 1) My Collection

For me collecting comics has quickly become an exciting and addictive hobby.  I’ve enjoyed the thrill of the hunt when searching for that one of a kind cover.  Unfortunately this hobby isn’t cheap. Further more there are additional materials required to keep his or her collection from deteriorating into a discolored heavily creased mishmash of once highly prized comic books.

Yes, collecting is in the eye of the beholder so whether you’re purchasing current variants or something older like Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men run then you’re gonna need to provide your collection with some type of buffer between from the harsh environment surrounding it.  If you are like me, a small-time collector with a small-time budget, then you’ll need to find these materials at the lowest cost in the least amount of time spent searching them out.  After all, time is money right?  Here in this 4-part series I’ll try and share what I’ve learned, what is out there, vendors that rock, and price ranges for comparison.

My Small Collection

Pictured below is my small-time collection of short comic boxes and drawers. I keep my collection in a closet with the doors closed most times in order to reduce the amount of UV light that could potentially reach them.

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For most collections this is what you’ll see, a bunch of comics bagged and boarded.  In the box pictured below you’ll see comics stored in E-Gerber 2 mil Mylar-D bags with an E-Gerber Half-Backs or Full-Backs for support.  The dividers are ever changing, hence the missing labels.  Each comic is stored front to back, meaning 2 comics per bag to protect the bindings and increase storage efficiency.

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The next picture of Manifest Destiny #1 and #2 does a better job at displaying the 2 comic per bag method and the Mylar-D bag.  You might also see something in the first comic sticking out and that is a single sheet of BCW Extender paper.  It’s very thin and I mostly use it for supporting the comic when the I need to remove it from it’s bag.  I also have 2 sheets of Microchamber Archival Paper placed on the inside front and back covers.

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Organization Is Key

Ideally I like to store story arcs and mini-series together in a single BCW Golden or Magazine sized Poly-bag depending upon the number of issues I’m grouping together for easy removal when i want to read those particular story arcs.

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I usually considered these my reading comics and I tend to store them in BCW Current Poly-bags with current sized boards; smallest and cheapest.  Again, the same methodology applies here when storing, 2 comics per bag, front to back, as pictured below. I then place 1 BCW Extender sheet in each reader comic as it adds support to the comic binding and hopefully slows any yellowing that might occur over the many years I plan on keeping these comics.

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For current series still in print I’ll simply bag and board them like I did above excluding the grouping phase.  I place these in a drawer box with dividers (I’m behind on my labeling) so I can easily remove, read, and/or sift through past issues; see pictured below.

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Storage Thoughts

Finally, I keep my Eva-Dry dehumidifier nearby in order to reduce the potential moisture that may collect in my room.  I live in the Northwest so we experience a lot of rain along with sunny humid days as well.  The weather can be very sporadic at times so the need for a portable dehumidifier depends upon your environment.  The one I’ve purchased allows me to plug it in a wall socket where it cooks the material inside to burn off the moisture collected thus recharging for another cycle.

Office Site: Eva-Dry

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Just make sure that you store your comics in a location where UV light has little opportunity to reach your comic collection.  Keep in mind the temperature of the location to reduce the chances of any extremes.  DO NOT store your comics in the Garage, shed, porch closet, storage unity, or anywhere that could potentially have temperature extremes and moisture UNLESS IT IS TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED!


Comic Collecting On A Budget – My Collection (Part 1 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Materials (Part 2 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Retailers (Part 3 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Alt. Retailers (Part 4 of 4)