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Best Ways to Protect Autographed Photos and Memorabilia
When it comes to autographed photos and memorabilia, most potential buyers will first look at the condition of the item. This is why it is extremely important to keep your memorabilia and photos protected – especially if you plan on holding on to the item for years. The price will most likely go up over the years, but only if your items remain in great shape. This is why, in this blog post, we will be talking about the easiest and most effective ways to protect autographed photos and memorabilia from the elements and many other risks (including toddlers).
Plastic (Polypropylene) Sleeves or Bags
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to protect your beloved signed photos and memorabilia is to seal them inside plastic sleeves or bags. This is also a very cost-effective ways to keep your important items safe. You can find a wide variety of them on Amazon and eBay, as well as in brick and mortar stores in your area. They came in all forms and sizes and are designed to keep your items safe from water, dust, scratches, and many other potential hazards.
Also, placing your photos and memorabilia in plastic bags does not make them harder to archive or store. The plastic sleeves are very thin, so you don’t have to worry about them taking up too much space.
The acrylic toploader is another cost-effective way to keep your signed photos safe. Depending on the quality and sturdiness of the toploader, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2 to $15 for one. Most of them are very durable and you can easily find one that fits the size of your photos. And because most of them are ultra-clear, your memorabilia will look great as well. There will be no need to remove the items from the toploader every time you want to show them to your friends, family or potential buyers.
Dark, Protected Places
You may not realize it yet, but your signed photos and memorabilia are relatively delicate. Direct sunlight can damage them over time and can even make the autograph fade away. To prevent this from happening, all you have to do is keep them away from direct sunlight. Any dark place will do: a safe, a cabinet, the attic, your garage, or a locked box. However, you need to make sure that the place where you store them does not have a high humidity as water can quickly damage your beloved memorabilia. Keep in mind to store your collections in places that rodents can’t access – for obvious reasons.
Temp Controlled Room
Temperature and humidity are two of the biggest enemies of signed photos and memorabilia. If left unchecked, these can quickly destroy your valuable items. This is why we advise our readers to invest in a temp-controlled room or space. Stable environmental conditions will significantly prolong the life of your photos. As a rule of thumb, you should aim for a temperature of between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity of between 40 and 50%.
In case you have some very valuable collectibles, such as first edition baseball cards, you could store them in a vacuum-freeze dry environment. There are companies that offer to store your valuables this way – for a price, of course.
Looking to Sell Autographed Photos?
In case you don’t want to invest in temp-controlled rooms and other means of protection, you can simply sell your collection. If you are looking to sell your autographed photos or any kind of WWE, AEW, WWF, WCW, ECW, IMPACT, ROH, or NWA memorabilia, you should definitely get in touch with Maniac Joe at ManiacJoe.com. We are interested in buying various types of memorabilia, including WWF golden era memorabilia, ECW autographed memorabilia, signed photos, autographed studio photos, rare and unique signed collectibles, and even signed 8x10 press photos – just to name a few.
According to most of our customers, we are the best company to sell your collections to. Having more than 20 years of industry experience, we are a reputable company that carries authentic autographs and licensed products for sale. Most of our items are authenticated by companies like JSA, PSA and Beckett. Also, we are the best place to shop for unique collectibles and memorabilia, so don’t hesitate to take a look at our inventory.