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#1140977 - 03/30/06 09:34 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safe [Re: Ringfinger]
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This may explain what happened to me. I had a 1980 Pittsburg Steelers unopened beer can that I had just stored on my bookshelf for years, then after I got my fireproof safe, I put it in there with some other valuables including one raw comic. As bad luck would have it, I discovered the can possibly due to slight rust along the seam, split slightly open and leaked the contents. My one comic was the only thing to get affected by the leakage. Lessen quickly learned there.
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#1140978 - 03/30/06 09:40 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safe [Re: scheradon]
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This may explain what happened to me. I had a 1980 Pittsburg Steelers unopened beer can that I had just stored on my bookshelf for years, then after I got my fireproof safe, I put it in there with some other valuables including one raw comic. As bad luck would have it, I discovered the can possibly due to slight rust along the seam, split slightly open and leaked the contents. My one comic was the only thing to get affected by the leakage. Lessen quickly learned there.



Its was the Iron man issue where Tony becomes an alcoholic wasnt it
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#1140979 - 03/30/06 10:01 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safes [Re: sborock]
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Steve,

Have any collectors had problems with storing their CGC graded books inside safety deposit boxes at banks?

As far as fire proof safes are concerned, I still remember watching a Judge Wapner People's Court episode where a comic collector was suing the safe manufacturer for the same problem described above. The guy's ASM #1 (among 24 other books) had either stained or had rusted staples because of the moisture within the safe. Since Wapner had no clue about how the comic book's condition had worsened, he dismissed the case and ruled in favor of the safe owner. This episode was at least 15 years ago, but I've always been weary of safes since that day.
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#1140980 - 03/30/06 10:04 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safe [Re: skybolt]
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What if you could rig a humidor to be low temperature and low humidity (and low oxygen level)?


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#1140981 - 03/30/06 10:35 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safe [Re: Norinn Radd]
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I keep money in my safe! along with a 9mm pistol and a .22 cal snub nose. No rust on them.
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#1140982 - 03/30/06 10:35 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safes [Re: skybolt]
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As far as fire proof safes are concerned, I still remember watching a Judge Wapner People's Court episode where a comic collector was suing the safe manufacturer for the same problem described above. The guy's ASM #1 (among 24 other books) had either stained or had rusted staples because of the moisture within the safe. Since Wapner had no clue about how the comic book's condition had worsened, he dismissed the case and ruled in favor of the safe owner.





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#1140983 - 03/30/06 11:01 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safes [Re: FUELMAN]
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Gun safes don't seem to have this problem. Guns will rust in a heartbeat, especially older guns.




True but your average gun owner knows to keep guns well oiled. This can make all the difference between rust and no rust even in higher humidity. I don't know of any comic collectors who oil the staples of their comics. Well maybe that guy who is selling the X-men #1.(See personal lube thread in general. Insert puking graemlin here)
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#1140984 - 03/30/06 11:04 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safes [Re: sborock]
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Steve,
This seems like an obvious solution, but are moisture-absorbing silica packets too easy an answer?
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#1140985 - 03/30/06 11:06 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safe [Re: scheradon]
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This may explain what happened to me. I had a 1980 Pittsburg Steelers unopened beer can that I had just stored on my bookshelf for years, then after I got my fireproof safe, I put it in there with some other valuables including one raw comic. As bad luck would have it, I discovered the can possibly due to slight rust along the seam, split slightly open and leaked the contents. My one comic was the only thing to get affected by the leakage. Lessen quickly learned there.




Yes but did you drink rest of the beer??

Oh and go STEELERS!!!
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#1140986 - 03/30/06 11:20 PM Re: Important information about storing comic books in fire proof/resistant safe [Re: OldGuy]
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hm Gun safes don't seem to have this problem. Guns will rust in a heartbeat, especially older guns.

No worries thought, my comics will burn, burn, burn if my house goes up!




Actually, gun owners can have this problem and it is fairly common to use dessicants, such as silica gel.

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