3 Effective Storage Solutions for Graded Comic Books
I was never a materialistic person. Human beings are materialistic by nature – the degree of materialism varies according to the size of the ego and the objects that they value. I have relatives who treat cars like human beings who must be protected at all costs and human beings like objects to be controlled. I’m not a perfect human being by any means – I can have materialistic urgings like anyone else. And I can admit that when I was younger, I would do anything to protect my comic books, which I cherished very much. It’s also why I’m always looking for graded comic book storage options.
Graded Comic Book Storage
So, before the comic book film era started in 2008 with the MCU’s Iron Man, the idea of valuable comic books as investment vehicles was not widely known by the general public. Unless such sales were announced on the news – the public was largely ignorant.
For example, an extremely rare copy of Action Comics #1 from 1938, the first appearance of Superman, sold for $3.2 million in April 2021. A copy of Action Comics #1 in good condition is one of the rarest comics in the world. A copy of this comic in bad aesthetic condition is still worth a lot of money.
Anyway, the point is that valuable comic books are graded and slabbed. Such comic books are entombed in near-vacuum-tight translucent rigid plastic shells to protect their integrity.
A comic book does not need to be valuable to be placed in a slab. Some people place them in slabs due to sentimental value.
However, if you think that your comic might have a lot of potential value as an investment for a collector, you want to get it graded and slabbed (here is a list of companies that will do it). And if you travel with it, you’ll want to carry it in a graded comic book storage case strong enough to protect the slab.
Some companies make storage cases for graded and slabbed comic books made from military-grade plastic. These storage cases are constructed to protect valuable comic books that are ferried around for deals and exhibitions.
Here are three graded comic book storage cases that you should consider getting to protect your valuable comic books.
D DACCKIT Graded Comic Book Storage Box
This product is designed to store 10 graded and slabbed comic books. It is a sturdy, durable, impact-resistant lockable carry case with molded interior foam padding designed to offer the utmost protection for your graded and slabbed comic books.
The interior foam inside the case is structured in the form of 10 slot-like void spaces that you can horizontally insert each graded and slabbed comic book. This professionally made graded comic book storage box offers incredible protection for your graded comic books as you travel with them.
This case weighs 5.2 pounds and each slot snugly secures each slabbed comic. The locked case is airtight, waterproof, and dust-resistant when locked. This protective carrying case is rectangular-shaped, and made of strong durable plastic. The manufacturer guarantees that the case will not deform or buckle under stress or pressure.
Here are the dimensions of this product: 14.57 x 12.6 x 10.24 inches.
Get it for $69.99 at Amazon.
TORIBIO Graded Comic Book Storage Box
TORIBIO’s graded comic book storage case offers enhanced protection for your valuable graded and slabbed comic books. This product has a hard case exterior made of ABS plastic and a soft, foam-padded interior that will protect your valuable comic books wherever you take them.
This comic book storage case is designed to carry at least 8 graded and slabbed comic books. You can also carry 30 unprotected comic books in it, although that would kind of defeat the purpose of carrying them in a rigid, hard, and protective case made from ABS plastic.
ABS, also known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, is an industrial plastic product that is known for being heat resistant and able to retain its durability and hardness regardless of heat, pressure, or coldness. The case is waterproof and drop-proof. So, your graded and slabbed comic books will be protected if the case is dropped from a height of a few feet.
The interior foam padding of the case contains a void in the shape of 8 graded and slabbed comic books that can be inserted inside of it.
This product weighs 4.6 pounds. Here are the dimensions of this product: 16″ x 13″ x 6.6″.
This protective case for comic books comes with padlock holes on either side of it. Padlocks are sold separately.
You can get it now for $58.98 at Amazon.
Case Club Travel Holder Case for Graded Comics
This Case Club-graded comic book storage case has dual-sided compartments that can hold 8 graded and slabbed comic books. There are two compartments for a total of 16 slots.
The exterior of the case is made of durable military-grade polyethylene plastic. It is lockable and features 4 snap latches that provide a haptic snap lock.
The interior of the case features padded and non-abrasive foam. The foam is formed into voids shaped into the dimensions of graded and slabbed comic books. The foam interior also features relief slots that you can use to stand 16 graded and slabbed comic books for visual presentations.
This case is optimum for use by comic book collectors and investors who regularly make deals for valuable comic books and are always on the road.
This product weighs 8.28 pounds and features these dimensions: 35 x 17 x 7 inches.
Get it now for $119 at Amazon.
The products featured on this list are durable, and reliable. But more importantly, they will protect any valuable comic books that you need to protect while you are in transit.
However, such products are optimum for wheelers and dealer business people with real valuable comic books and business prospects.
Unless you own ultra-valuable comic books that you tow around for prospective deals or even just to show off for sentimental value at presentations, then you may want to consider lower cost options.
Allen Francis is a full-time writer, prolific comic book investor and author of The Casual’s Guide: Why You Should Get Into Comic Book Investing. Allen holds a BA degree from Marymount Manhattan College. Before becoming a writer Allen was an academic advisor, librarian, and college adjunct for many years. Allen is an advocate of best personal financial practices including saving and investing in your own small business.