Thursday, April 9, 2009

Are you improperly storing your valuable collectibles?

Now I'm not insinuating that you need to lock your valuable dolls in a vault so thieves can't make off with your vintage #1 Barbie. When I bring up improper storage I am not even referring to the obvious "improper storage" of a damp basement or that blazing hot attic. The number one mistake in storage of collectibles is not being able to see if deterioration is beginning to occur. Being in the collectibles business for over 15 years, I can't begin to count the times rodents, bugs or mold have dropped the value of a collection by hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

You might ask then, "What is the proper way to store my collectibles?" I'm not claiming there is one perfect way to keep carded action figures or a complete Boba Fett Star Wars 12" doll absolutely safe. While humidity control and protection from direct sunlight is important, the most important thing is "you" being able to see your collection on a regular basis. There are few sinking feelings like the one felt opening a file box where your 12" G.I. Joe has been "safely" stored, unseen for the last 3 years, and find that G.I. Joe has lost a war waged by a band of hungry moths!

The value of any collectible is directly related to its current condition. When a rare 1978 Vinyl Caped Jawa Star Wars action figure on a 12-back card is found in Grandma's hall closet, the value is derived from the way the item fared during its travel through time from 1978 until now. If it looks just like it did the day Grandma forgot to put it under the Christmas tree, then it travelled through time well. That brings us back to the present and the question of how to keep it in its current pristine condition. One place that the answer can be seen in practice on a daily basis is in a museum. Museums display their valuable relics in full view. Even the items not on public display are stored so they can be checked quickly and often by staff members.

There are many types of collectible display cases that are good for storage too. Doll Domes and ExpoCases are great for displaying and protecting but aren't practical for stacking. So, if showing off all 360 degrees for your prized doll is what you are after, a Doll dome or ExpoCase may be the way to go. DollSafe Display Cases are great for stacking and displaying as well as storing efficiently. This type of case is nice because you can inspect your dolls often even though they are kept in a small amount of space. Protech offers carded action figure cases that allow you to hang, display or store your carded action figures flat and protected from warping. While there is no surefire way to guarantee your favorite toys will remain the same over the years, being able to conveniently view your items regularly is an excellent way to monitor condition.

For more collectible storage ideas, check out the wide selection of collecting supplies offered at

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We now stock 10" Figure cases for mego sizes dolls. The case is acrylic and is divided for each doll. The back is mirrored. There are two different cases one holdes 10 dolls and the other holds 14. the from removes with pins at the to and bottom. Check it out here

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Doll Domes have Arrived

The new glass doll domes arrived and we are amazed at the quality. The base choices are between painted acrylic and finished wood. The doll dome displays are from 3 1/2" tall up to 12" tall. There are about 10 different sizes and the domes can be purchased with or without a base.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Die Cast Car Cases

These new die-cast car acrylic cases look cool with the mirrors down as the bottom or to the back and they stack well too.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Doll Stands are in stock

Our Shipment of doll stands came in, so all sizes are now ready to ship.  The doll stand sizing chart has more doll recommendations too.

Star Cases Section has been updated

We added more Star Cases pictures to the Star Case Section.