Well I am using the same safes (I have two) that probably thousands of other collectors use and yes they are made by Sentry. Both are the exact same model bought at the same time: the FIRE-SAFEŽ Waterproof Advanced Security File: Model H3100. I have used them for well over 3 years now and have had no problems what so ever in storage of my CGC comics. I use the E. Gerber Full Backs to line the bottom surface of the safe and use the same CGC bubble bags they came in and I place a full back in between each seperate book even though they are in the bags and the cases aren't touching each other at all (It might not matter but I just like to store mine that way). I have had CGC comics from all eras in them for the entire length that I have used the safes and I open it up and check my books every week/2 weeks. I always check mine very carefully. No rusting staples here. They are perfectly fine and exactly the same as the day I set them in it. I keep the books in a room that is kept at a constant cool temperature and in a location that is away from any vents, sources of heat, or sunlight (to keep the sun from hitting the safe). The most important thing I do is I check them on a weekly/biweekly basis and if I see any thing suspect I'll definitely see it. I haven't had a single problem though. I do live in NC, in the Blue Ridge mountains, and it rarely gets that humid around here. The heat rarely gets that high either. It's usually very comfortable temperatures around here. Also when I leave the house even for a few days, my house stays at a constant cool temperature all the time no matter how long I am gone, and I have a trusted relative come to check on the house each day. So far so good as far as I'm concerned. Everything is just fine on my ranch.
That rust on that book just looks very odd to me. I've never seen anything like that, certainly never with my collection. A true collectors nightmare that I hope I never have to live through. With the precautions I'm taking, I doubt I will have to.
I will continue to keep a very sharp eye on my books though.
Edited by NetMan (08/06/06 04:50 AM)