- Sep 20, 1999
Hi Gang! Been a long, LONG time since I posted anything on the old HTF. I did a search, but didn't see any threads just talking about the hobby of comic collecting. A few months back, I looked closer at my collection of comics. I did a lot of collecting in high school, but really had not touched them in almost 25 years. Well, I am really glad I looked closer.. Turns out, the bags I used were just plain old plastic bags (all we really had back in the 80's I guess) and they had started to yellow. Also, the tape I had used to seal the bags was NOT acid free, so it had started to eat through the bags. The other problem was that I did not have any boards in the bags. Reason was that back in the 80's we only used normal cardboard which, apparently, was also not acid free. So, on one hand I am glad I did not board the bags, but it did tend to leave several comics with a good curl at the bottom. Yikes! So, one ambitious weekend, I decided to re-bag and board all my comics. I guessed that I had about 300 comics. Well, I had over 700. Crap that was a lot of work. My arms were sore from rebagging all of them. The other thing I did was to buy a program on my computer to catalog what I owned. It was some good, nerdy fun entering all my books. I also discovered the new grading systems by CGC and PGX. What a cool idea! I have since sent several of my collection away to be graded and "slabbed". One very nice surprise was that I just got my copy of "The Incredible Hulk" #181 graded at a 9.4! Not too shabby. I have since spent way too much money in buying the many years of back issues that I missed out on and also many back issues that were already slabbed and now I am at well over 1000 comics. Not a huge collection, but a good start! Anyway, just wanted to share this fun, nerdy hobby I rediscovered. I hope some others here share the interest.