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Ways to Protect and Store Your Autograph Collection

Creating an autograph collection is a fun hobby that combines a bit of history with the thrill of the hunt. As the collection grows, so does its monetary and personal value. So, it only makes sense that one would want to learn how to save autographs correctly.

In this short but informative guide, you’ll learn all about autograph preservation.

Prioritize and Prune

There are those who collect for the sake of collecting. Then, there are those who have a purpose behind their autograph collection.

In the latter, the collector prioritizes and prunes their collection — creating a system:

  • Rarity
  • Condition
  • Value

A look at these film actress autographs and one can already tell which ones should get the special treatment. The same treatment may go for if it were personally received vs buying from a collector. There’s an underlying value to the collector.

Generally, the prioritization equates to those autographs that are harder to get and cost more money to collect. So, make a special note that they’ll get special treatment and put extra effort into their preservation.

Display and Storage

There are some autographs that will become centerpieces to the collection. Then, there are many others that go into storage.

For those that have special meaning:

  1. Research the different types of photo frames
  2. Select a style that fits the autograph collection
  3. Fit the autographs into the frames and then display

For those that are stuffed away:

  1. Slip the autographs into a large plastic sleeve
  2. Slip the sleeved autograph into a hard plastic toploader
  3. Store vertically on a shelf or in a box

One could also display and store autograph gifts and items in a photo album. This could be done via slip sleeves and a binder or a traditional album with inserts. Why not try a combination?

Environment

With autographs primed for storage, it’s important that these items are in a well-maintained environment. As with any long-term storage, things like moisture, pests, and interaction can damage the items.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Store autographs in a cool, dry environment to prevent moisture, mildew, and rot
  • Maintain sanitary conditions to prevent pest infestations that could feed on the items
  • Don’t smoke or introduce harsh smells or chemicals to the area housing the collection
  • Make it clear that the collection is important so others handle it with care if viewing

It’s like creating a safe room for the autograph collection. To some, it may seem a little overboard but this is necessary for long-term preservation. Plus, it adds a fun element of engagement beyond chucking everything into boxes.

Growing an Autograph Collection

Building and growing an autograph collection is a neat hobby.

Not only is it fun hunting down hard to get autographs. But, a collection also makes for a great display and talking point with friends and family. It’s something one can really get engaged with while also exploring the history and stories behind each piece.

For more fun activities and hobbies, be sure to check out the lifestyle posts!

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