CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR TREASURES
Always use museum-grade, acid-free, conservation materials whenever matting and framing autographs and collectibles. It is best to consult a professional rather than attempt to do this yourself. Locally, we recommend Vern Stein Fine Art with whom we have done business for over 25 years.
- For high-end collectibles under glass, TruVue conservation glass is recommended as it blocks harmful UVF rays that, over time, cause breakdown of ink and can damage glossy photographs (especially contemporary silver-gelatin images).
- Hang framed autographs on an interior wall, well away from extremes of heat or cold. Avoid direct contact with sunlight and fluorescent — over time, fluorescent light can cause a breakdown of photographic surfaces. It is advisable to “rotate” collectibles as well, as this lengthens their life.
- Whenever cleaning the glass surface of your piece, apply the Windex or other cleaning solvent directly to the paper towel, not on the glass. Try to avoid contact with the wooden frame. Important, please note: your autograph display is matted under GLASS. Some collectibles are matted under plexiglass. Never use Windex or other alcohol/ammonia based products to clean plexi. There is a specific product for this purpose. ALWAYS apply cleaning solution to towel and wipe surface. Do not apply solution directly to glass.
- If non-autograph material accompanies your purchase, (invoices, translations) it is best to store these separate from the autograph.
- Store letters and other documents FLAT in archival-safe folders.
There is a whole different set of guidelines for books. We recommend the book Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms and Other Prized Possessions. Published by Fireside books, Simon & Schuster, 2005, co-authored by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar. Although out of print, this helpful book can be obtained through Amazon and Biblio.