Stu_Pidman wrote:CBCS does. What's your opinion on them? Remember Borock has been president of both companies.
I have respect for both companies, but I would not consider them a conservation service per se. They are in the business of grading comics.
But then your collection would be Restored and would be worth a lot less than you paid for the books and the procedures in the first place.
Of course. I was speaking strictly from a conservation perspective, not from a resale perspective.
I don't believe this to be correct. Do you have any supporting data? (and I am assuming you are speaking of the mylars with a flap and not the open top ones).
From the Library of Congress website: (bold is mine)https://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/d ... chure.html"In the presence of moisture, acids from the environment (e.g., air pollution, poor-quality enclosures), or from within the paper (e.g., from the raw materials, manufacturing process, deterioration products), repeatedly cut the glucose chains into shorter lengths. This acid hydrolysis reaction produces more acids, feeding further, continued degradation. "
However, there is a ton of information on the web that goes into what happens when lignin in paper begins to degrade.
In regard to the mylar enclosures, I am speaking strictly about mylar as a substance. It's properties as being a great gas barrier are well established. That of course means that it will resist gasses penetrating it either way. It is great in the sense that if you have an environment that is in the presence of airborne nasties, it will protect the book from the outside, but it will not let anything inside get out. If the pages are yellow or yellowing, it can potentially make things worse, depending of course on how far along the lignin degradation is.
I'm glad you mentioned this, as the hobby has only been using MC paper since 2000. Bottom line is that you can keep your comics pristine without any MC at all. None. People just fell for CGC's bullshit attempt at repeat business with the "every 7 year" thing. I can't believe people fell for that. MC always seemed like a scam to me, but it doesnt damage the book, so waste your money as you see fit.
I agree that the type of materials the the comic book industry releases and pushes has dubious or little value IF
one has the perfect environment for comic books. Ideal and steady temperature & humidity, no exposure to light, and little exposure to oxygen and other chemicals, and no contact with cheap carboard box containers or other containers that will accelerate page degradation. Plus, none of those cheapie comic bags, which have to be the worst product pushed by the comic book industry only matched by cheap cardboard comic book boxes. (I would also add that the books themselves aren't suffering from severe lignin deterioration. After a certain point, there is little that one can do.) I didn't have a problem with MC paper after reading what it actually did
, and what it was made from, and from comparing what it did with information from authorities in paper conservation, such as the LOC. Plus, the MC paper is cheap in comparison to things like unbuffered comic book backing boards and other junk who's hidden purpose is to kill the comic book.
In regard to MC paper and the 7 year thing, there is absolutely no proof that MC paper's lifespan ends at 7 years. There are even rumors I have read that suggest that the MC paper will suddenly start to release all of the pollutants that it has gathered at this point in time. No proof of this either. A while back I remember reading someone who did a PH test on the MC paper that he had inside a comic book for years. The results he shared said the MC paper was slightly on the acidic side. While this was interesting and noteworthy, what would be just as interesting in that scenario is to see what the PH was of the comic book pages themselves. I can guarantee they were significantly worse than the MC paper.
CGC (and CBCS) is, again, not a paper conservation business or authority. They provide a comic book grading service (and resto check) and zip the book back to you in a plastic slab. But, some still seem to look upon them as an authority of sorts on comic book conservation (and MC paper lifespan). They aren't. If people believe that their slabbed books are in an ideal state of long term preservation, after spending $20 or so from these services (and addressing nothing else regarding their storage or care) they are mistaken.
This is worth reading:http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/comics.html