Not everyone is lucky enough to have a man cave, or even a place to call their own for that matter. As a result, lack of space is often cited as the main reason for collectors to store (parts of) their collection. But even if you own the most incredible, spacious man cave, chances are that you will still need to keep some of your collectibles in storage.
We all know that storing our collectibles correctly is of great importance to keep their value, whether it’s emotional or financial value. But what about the most common storage methods we use as collectors? Do they really offer the protection our treasures need - and deserve? And what is the most optimal method?
A very straight forward method, the pros of using cardboard boxes for storage is that they are cheap, easily available and stackable. They come in varying shapes and sizes, although mostly on the larger side. A big downside: they’re ugly and make you look like a hoarder when you keep them in your living area. Thinking about hiding them in the basement? Keep in mind that it’s crucial where you store your boxes, as cardboard is easily affected by external environmental factors such as humidity, a common basement condition. Mold grows on cardboard easily, and when your boxes get wet, they quickly collapse under the smallest bit of pressure. Not quite the sturdy and reliable support you’re looking for.
Ziplocks & other plastic bags
Ziplocks are widely used among collectors, especially to keep collectibles with lots of parts and pieces together. But mind you, they are made for short-term storage only, in particular food, and not for collectibles. Yes, they’re cheap, easy and convenient. But apart from the fact that they are not supportive enough to protect collectibles from shock impact and other external forces that might crush and damage your treasures, the plastic they (and most other plastic bags) are made of will break down relatively quickly. It might take a while before plastic bags are degraded enough to fall apart, but it only takes 5 to 20 years, depending on storage conditions, to ruin your collectibles. And because the material of some collectibles may deteriorate as well over time, especially when kept sealed in bags without the ability to ‘breathe’ (with sweating plastic and oily secretion as a result), this is a recipe for disaster.
Resealable Plastic Containers
Plain Tupperware, hobby boxes and any other type of resealable containers with lids seem to have quite some advantages at first sight: they are affordable, generally hard wearing, available in a variety of shapes and sizes and come with and without inner compartments. They’re without a doubt stronger than cardboard boxes and plastic bags, are mostly stackable and are easy to store and access. Although the containers are easy to access, your collectibles and the parts and pieces you keep inside are typically less easily accessible once stored. After all, you will still have to wrap each figure with a cloth or bubble wrap to help protect them and to prevent them rubbing against the inner compartments and/or each other, causing damage. In addition, similar to plastic bags, containers made of cheaper plastics may break down and become oily over time, affecting and damaging your treasures as well.
Custom professional protective cases
Your own design with personal logo, custom chassis, automatic pressure equalization valves, foam interiors with custom compartments and shock mounts - it won’t be a surprise that custom professional cases don’t come in cheap. As they’re commonly used in aviation, life sciences and the military to protect fragile and vital equipment, they do offer the high-performance protection you might expect. Apart from the costs, a big downside is the user-friendliness of these type of cases. They tend to be on the heavier and bulkier side, withholding you from shuffling them around and placing them in drawers or on shelves, let alone transporting them from A to B. We do take our collecting hobby serious, but these cases might be just a bit too much – in several ways.
A simple solution for storage: the MAD-EZ Collection Case
To tackle the issue of inappropriate and unsightly storage methods we’ve all been using too commonly (shame on us), the MAD-EZ Collection Case was brought into existence. During its development process, it was carefully assessed what collectors want and need when storing and protecting their stuff. The result: a professional yet affordable case that keeps collectibles safe in a smart and effortless way. The durable outer shell protects parts and pieces from harmful external forces and elements like dust and water. Thanks to the precut foam inside, custom compartments can be created. This ensures perfect shock-resistance and provides easy access to your collectibles, as it takes away the need to wrap individual items with extra cloth or bubble wrap. The lightweight cases are easily stackable and the sleek and modern design make the cases a worthy lifestyle object. One that you don’t even want to store out of sight anymore! Find out more about MAD-EZ Collection Case HERE.