Are these Golden Age Comics worth restoring? Messages in this topic - RSS

Doglet
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4/23/2019

Doglet
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Hi guys, I have some extremely low grade golden age comics and I'm wondering whether they're worth paying out to restore or whether the cost of doing so would outweigh the value of it completed. I only took an image each of these as they're very fiddly to get in and out of bags due to there being so many tears that if i'm not careful i could end up doing a lot more damage to them. Because a lot of the pages are scuffed and out of place I have left them on poly bags as opposed to trying to squeeze them into golden age comic bags as again, I did not want to damage them, but I put some golden age backing boards in the bag to try and steady them a bit.
Superman #47

Batman #44

Sadly it's the Batman that's in quite worse condition which is a shame as it's a particularly nice and desirable cover. I've not braved looking through the entire inside to check its completeness but I'm guessing nonetheless these are both 0.5's overall, I did brave checking the pages briefly though and again it's the Batman that's in considerably worse condition, the Superman surprised me with better pages than i was expecting but the Batman has dark stains over some parts of pages, maybe fungus or staple rust. There's also tape on the sides, I think the backs are pretty torn up as well. I can take these out the bags and give more thorough photos if you like but if it's a forgone conclusion just looking at these pictures I'd sooner not. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, whether it would be worthwhile getting these restored or if not whether there's any special slips etc I should put these in to help preserve them better. Thanks in advance!
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Ronbatman
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4/24/2019

Ronbatman
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Wow! Both of those books are great and could be restored, but is it worth it?

For an extensive repair, Batman might cost $1000 to restore. Would the end value justify the cost? Risky at best because restored 7.0's aren't worth as much as normal 7.0's. (Or whatever grade they could make the book) High-end collectors would want a graded book so it would be obvious that you restored it. That's my opinion.
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Doglet
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4/24/2019

Doglet
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Thanks!

I reckon a $1000 outlay especially just for the one comic (or about £775 in my money) is quite a bit out of my league, not to mention a restored issue would likely not be worth around the outlay though even if it is upgraded to a 7.0, which I do highly doubt with the Batman anyway. The Superman is in fairly better nick comparatively so that's likely more doable, but that comic isn't worth as much as the Batman in an equivalent grade.

Is there a way I would merely be able to preserve the books (remove the tape that's likely in the long term harming it), stop any more degradation in their condition and perhaps be able to store them better than merely in poly pockets (atm they are too big for mylar or comic poly bags due to the ruffled pages), not sure whether they would be worth getting slabbed or not in this relatively poor condition.

I'll try and post some more detailed photos tomorrow or some time to give you a better idea of what their condition is!
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colbalt91
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4/25/2019

colbalt91
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Definitely move them to archival bags, there are many sizes that will fit.
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Doglet
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6/20/2019

Doglet
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colbalt91 wrote:
Definitely move them to archival bags, there are many sizes that will fit.

Yeah, a better bag and if available board also would be good, I'm not sure what sizes i would need and the terminology to find them though, as the largest bags i know of are standard golden age bags and they're too small for these
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BasementComics
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6/20/2019

BasementComics
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Doglet wrote:
colbalt91 wrote:
Definitely move them to archival bags, there are many sizes that will fit.

Yeah, a better bag and if available board also would be good, I'm not sure what sizes i would need and the terminology to find them though, as the largest bags i know of are standard golden age bags and they're too small for these



BCW offers magazine size bags. They would be large enough. I have quite a few rolled GA Batman and Detective and I use the magazine bags and boards.

Donald
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Doglet
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3 days ago

Doglet
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BasementComics wrote:
Doglet wrote:
colbalt91 wrote:
Definitely move them to archival bags, there are many sizes that will fit.

Yeah, a better bag and if available board also would be good, I'm not sure what sizes i would need and the terminology to find them though, as the largest bags i know of are standard golden age bags and they're too small for these



BCW offers magazine size bags. They would be large enough. I have quite a few rolled GA Batman and Detective and I use the magazine bags and boards.

Donald

Thanks, I searched on ebay and found some options, won't be able to get them in mylar in the UK but at least I'll be able to get some standard polly's which are better than nothing! I'll go on ebay and get some of those later, thanks for the advice
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