Collection Armor is designed to keep your comics safe from moisture, mold, atmospheric pollutants, insects, pests, & harmful light.
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When I finally decided to take the plunge and make Collection Armor I started discussing it with friends and relatives. Some people "got it" and others had a hard time grasping the concept. When I was finally ready to start creating prototypes it was very difficult to get samples of what I was looking for.
After doing countless drawings and concept sketches I spent many evenings in my workshop (using flooring paper) making mock-ups of my designs so I could demonstrate exactly what I was looking to produce. This was much harder than I anticipated but very worth the time and energy spent doing it. Once I was done I had several paper prototypes that perfectly demonstrated my idea for long and short boxes.
What is Collection Armor?
Collection Armor is the next step in the evolution of comic book storage, that will actually protect your comic books from potential damage.
What does it do?
With Collection Armor, your comics and long (or short) boxes will experience a level of safety and security that has never before been available, at a price that just makes sense. Collection Armor creates a barrier between your box full of comics and the dangers of; harmful light, water, moisture and humidity, atmospheric pollutants (like smoke), mildew, mold, paper eating insects, and rodents.
Collection Armor is made from a Foil Barrier film. This film formed into a 3-D pouch that is sealed at to top with a heavy duty zipper to create an internal environment that is water/vapor proof, grease proof, and flexible. This foil barrier film is typically used in military applications for moisture/oxygen sensitive items.
To protect your comics from any moisture that gets "sealed in", a desiccant packet will be included for you to use if your conditions require it.
Why do I need Armor?
"I already have my comics bagged, boarded, and boxed; why do I need armor?"
Traditional comic storage; bags, boards, and boxes (the “triple B method”) only protect your comics from normal handling. They do very little to protect your comics from any real danger.
In the time I have lived in my house I have had several close calls with my comics and water damage. Not to mention less than ideal storage conditions in the apartments I lived in.
1.Hot Water Heater Burst - Least damaging but a good wake-up call.
2.Hot Water Line to the Kitchen sink broke (this caused the most damage and concern because there was no indication that there was a problem from upstairs) I found out there was a problem by accident. I have no idea how long it was leaking but the rug (and just about everything on it) was completely soaked and ruined. Some comics included.
3.My daughter flooded the kitchen with the sink sprayer, and most of that water ran down into the basement and damaged things. Not sure what made her think this was a good idea, but none the less it happened.
So what do these situations have in common?
There was no way to plan for them, or prevent them from happening!
Every one of these situations caused damage in my basement and we lost some personal belongings. I was just lucky that most of my comics were not among the casualties. After these unfortunate incidents and watching the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Super-storm Sandy, I decided to take my concept for Collection Armor and make it a reality.
What drove my thinking and creation process?
I don’t want my comics to get damaged or ruined but I also can’t worry about them 24-7. Collection Armor is a 99% “set and forget” solution.
For argument's sake let’s say a short box holds ~150 comics and a long box holds ~300 comics. Currently at $2.99 an issue a full short box has $448.50 worth of comics in it. Using this same scenario a full Long Box (300 comics) would have $897 worth of comics in it. Not to mention that many comics sell for $3.99 (and some titles sell for more than that). So now we have an approximate value of a full short and long box, but this just takes the cover price into account. As any comic lover knows there is that “occasional” issue that is worth more than its cover price in the aftermarket.
At cover price alone I don't want to lose any comics. Nor do I want to lose any of the books that actually have a higher after market value. Not to mention a lot of my comics have sentimental value, and these books mean more to me than the cover price or aftermarket value.
I also have acquired some comics that would be extremely difficult and costly to replace. I am a huge fan of indie comics and self-published stuff. Some of these books had really low print runs, and most of them are signed by the artists and or writers.
Collection Armor’s Performance
We have tested Collection Armor and compared its performance against traditional storage methods. As you can see from the picture below comics stored in Collection Armor fare much better than comics stored without armor. In a side-by-side comparison it is relatively easy to tell which comic was protected with Armor and which one was not.
Why I need your help
With your help Collection Armor will be available to collectors everywhere, and should be, because everyone should have the best protection available for their comics. The initial costs needed to produce Collection Armor in quantity are high, but with your support, Collection Armor can begin production and start shipping to backers by the end of September or early October. Please spread the word and share this project with your friends. Everyone knows at least one comic book collector!
It is extremely important to me that Collection Armor is made in the USA. Collection Armor will be manufactured in the Rochester, NY area.
Ian Churchill was kind enough to share Collection Armor on his Facebook timeline!
Collection Armor in the news!
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Risks and challenges
Like standard seat belts and daytime running lights on automobiles, the adoption of Collection Armor by the comic community will be the major challenge. Proper advertising and educating will be essential to the success of this project.
Proper material and quality testing were my main challenges. I worked with several suppliers to make sure that Collection Armor will do everything that I want it to do. I have spent over 2 years researching archiving best practices and developing the prototypes that are in my pictures here. Plus I am continually researching and testing new materials. The next challenge here will be developing the proper quality tests for a full production run of Collection Armor.
Figuring out the best method of packing Collection Armor for shipping is another challenge I am currently working on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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