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Offline Hungry Jerk Kid

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My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« on: April 10, 2010, 03:12:09 PM »
Hey -
I recently have gotten back into the hobby after a 37 year absence. I just bought the cloth series and was wondering what would be the best way to store these. They arrived in soft sleeves and then they were inserted into hard sleeves. Most of the backs have started to detach from the stickers (I knew this when I purchased them). I would like to know what would be the best way to store the cloth series from now on. Should I take them out of the sleeves (I took one out to inspect it and the "frame" of the sticker came apart) and put them in another storage device? I've also heard that it's a good idea to put them in the refrigerator. I would appreciate any advice you can give.

Thanks.

Offline Buz

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 03:45:21 PM »
I'm interested in this, too. I can tell you one thing that WON'T work. I have a few cloth stickers, and I put them in waxed envelopes, which work for old stamps (at least that's what my Dad kept his stamps in). Plus, the stickers did slide in and out of the wax envelopes pretty easily, with no sign of falling apart, like they did with soft sleeves or top loaders. (When I bought these stickers, I had to cut the top loaders apart with an X-acto knife because the two halves of the stickers had completely adhered to the insides.)

Well, my logic wasn't too good -- after a few years, the stickers have now stuck to the insides of the wax envelopes, and I will have to cut those apart to get them out as well.

tl;dr version: wax envelopes won't work, at least not in the long term.
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2010, 04:11:00 PM »
Hey -
I recently have gotten back into the hobby after a 37 year absence. I just bought the cloth series and was wondering what would be the best way to store these. They arrived in soft sleeves and then they were inserted into hard sleeves. Most of the backs have started to detach from the stickers (I knew this when I purchased them). I would like to know what would be the best way to store the cloth series from now on. Should I take them out of the sleeves (I took one out to inspect it and the "frame" of the sticker came apart) and put them in another storage device? I've also heard that it's a good idea to put them in the refrigerator. I would appreciate any advice you can give.

Thanks.
I haven';t heard of any tried and proven method that was worked for years.  I would have thought snaptites or anything that stores them somewhat loosely as it relates to front surface contact would work.  I would think penny sleeves, plastic pages and the like would be horrible options.
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 04:22:41 PM »
Hey -
I recently have gotten back into the hobby after a 37 year absence. I just bought the cloth series and was wondering what would be the best way to store these. They arrived in soft sleeves and then they were inserted into hard sleeves. Most of the backs have started to detach from the stickers (I knew this when I purchased them). I would like to know what would be the best way to store the cloth series from now on. Should I take them out of the sleeves (I took one out to inspect it and the "frame" of the sticker came apart) and put them in another storage device? I've also heard that it's a good idea to put them in the refrigerator. I would appreciate any advice you can give.

Thanks.

I do keep mine in 9-pocket sleeves but if I don't swap out the sleeves every few months I run into trouble.  Once they start to stick I have to very carefully slide and maneuver an envelope opener across them to break them free, and it's a very time consuming process.  I hope to someday find a real sweet set without the stains and if I do I'll put them in screw-downs where it's a little looser.
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 06:24:54 PM »
tl;dr version: wax envelopes won't work, at least not in the long term.
The envelopes that you are talking about for stamps are called "glassine" envelopes and I don't believe that they are made from wax.  I seem to remember people talking about storing their cloth stickers with small sheets of wax paper between them and keeping them in a freezer (not a fridge).

However, don't take my word for it.  I am just recalling things from my fuzzy memory.
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2010, 09:31:52 PM »
Hey -
I recently have gotten back into the hobby after a 37 year absence. I just bought the cloth series and was wondering what would be the best way to store these. They arrived in soft sleeves and then they were inserted into hard sleeves. Most of the backs have started to detach from the stickers (I knew this when I purchased them). I would like to know what would be the best way to store the cloth series from now on. Should I take them out of the sleeves (I took one out to inspect it and the "frame" of the sticker came apart) and put them in another storage device? I've also heard that it's a good idea to put them  :]in the refrigerator. I would appreciate any advice you can give.

Thanks.

Cloth is the worst and that is why a lot of collectors don't collect them. I don't know of any decent way to store them other then having them slabbed by psa. I can't imagine leaving them in a freezer. Can you imagine, Hun, can you grab the pizza pockets next to my wacky collection?

Offline Jean Nutty

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 04:59:45 PM »
I seem to remember people talking about storing their cloth stickers with small sheets of wax paper between them and keeping them in a freezer (not a fridge).
I don't have much to add, except that, generally, freezers tend to have higher humidity levels than refrigerators.
Maybe this factor is important in storing cloth stickers, I don't know.

Offline skimpyboy

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2010, 08:59:27 AM »
As Ernie stated, snaptites are the best. I have about 75 cloths and I've found this is the best way to keep them. They get air, they remain lose, AND I submit them to PSA this way, rather than put them in the Card Saver envelloped which COMPLETELY destroys them..

Offline Buz

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2010, 09:22:05 AM »
As Ernie stated, snaptites are the best. I have about 75 cloths and I've found this is the best way to keep them. They get air, they remain lose, AND I submit them to PSA this way, rather than put them in the Card Saver envelloped which COMPLETELY destroys them..
Thanks, and thanks Ernie, for this advice. I never considered minimizing front surface contact. Now I have to carve them out of the glassine envelopes and transfer them. (And thanks for the term "glassine envelopes", Busted.)
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Offline Paul_Maul

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2010, 09:30:09 AM »
I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but I put mine in snap-tites for exactly this reason, and they still seem to be sticking.
At this point, I'm just leaving them in there, I have no better idea anyway.

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2010, 03:37:21 PM »
I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but I put mine in snap-tites for exactly this reason, and they still seem to be sticking.
At this point, I'm just leaving them in there, I have no better idea anyway.

Maybe the best way to store them is to peel them and sew them onto you jeans!

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Offline Sue Mee

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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2010, 04:47:29 PM »
Maybe the best way to store them is to peel them and sew them onto you jeans!

 :D :D :D

I did that but then I had a hard time finding a snap-tite to fit my jeans.
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2010, 06:49:14 PM »
I did that but then I had a hard time finding a snap-tite to fit my jeans.
See??? Cloth Wackys are a no-win situation!
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2010, 06:52:06 PM »
I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but I put mine in snap-tites for exactly this reason, and they still seem to be sticking.
At this point, I'm just leaving them in there, I have no better idea anyway.

I actually tried baby powder!  I sprinkled a little on each card and then brushed it back and forth with a detailing brush until the whiteness disappeared.  It actually helped as it absorbed some of the glue, but sure enough they eventually started to stick again.
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2010, 07:12:42 PM »
I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but I put mine in snap-tites for exactly this reason, and they still seem to be sticking.
At this point, I'm just leaving them in there, I have no better idea anyway.
This is why I don't collect cloths. 
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Re: My First Post - Need Information on the cloth series
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2010, 07:18:13 PM »
This is why I don't collect cloths. 
The "Cloth Series" were the 1st Wackys I ever bought so they are very special to me, but I only have a couple because of these issues.
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