Dover's Journal

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Collecting - thoughts and views - BLED & HOOH treatments

If you follow any of the FB pressing threads, you will see what is going on now in the hobby and specifically in the CPR field. The new chemical treatments and light exposure "cleaning" books means that sooner or later, I will end up with one of these books. I would like to avoid this, but I am not sure that will be an option. What will it look like in 5 years? Will the paper deteriorate? It just does not seem right. Regardless of whether if CGC can detect or not, how will this chemically cleane

Collecting Thoughts and Views - packaging

I am constantly amazed when a seller packages and ships raw books with the cover(s) facing out towards any protective piece of cardboard or worse to bubble wrap. Most know to use cardboard, larger than the books. Most are learning about taping, using painter's tape or leaving a tab to make pulling easy. Most know it is very helpful to use an external bag and place the comics inside so no tape goes onto the actual bag of the comic. Some think about not taping along the spine. But I cannot underst
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