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RockyMnWay
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posted 04-23-2013 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just purchased an Apollo 15 Insurance Cover and since this is my first one, I was wondering the best way to store and preserve my Insurance Cover.

I am looking for a good option for keeping the cover rigid and also what size cover sleeve(s) should I be looking for to place in a three ringed binder.

What size "stuffer" should I use to place in the cover and where is a good place to go to purchase materials for storage. I look forward to and appreciate your opinions.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-23-2013 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They do make first day cover albums, although the one I used to have was two-post, not three. If you want to use a three ring binder, will the sheets used to hold paper currency work as well? Those sheets come in different sizes.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-23-2013 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Passing along good advice (thanks Bob M!), I would suggest forgoing the three-ring binder and purchasing an album and pages from Lighthouse.

Their Optima-Classic album with pages for 20 covers should make for a good Apollo insurance cover storage and display option.

RockyMnWay
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posted 04-24-2013 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RockyMnWay   Click Here to Email RockyMnWay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the suggestions. Sounds like a great way to display and preserve your covers. This is my first and only cover, so far...

I was wondering if they are safe to place in the pockets without any side affects, such as bleed through of the adhesive, acidity damage, and any other damage from long term storage.

Also, I saw a post a few years ago here regarding advice about sliding into the envelope a "stuffer-card", a "calcium carbonate buffered card stock to deacidify in both directions" and also to keep the covers rigid so as not to chance creasing them over the long term.

Also, in the same post, mention was made about cutting #6 glassine envelopes a bit smaller size of the #6 size envelope to make one glassine sheet and insert this glassine sheet between the stuffer card and the back of the envelope

I know it seems like overkill, but I really want to preserve them for generations but still enjoy looking at them and showing them off without damaging them.

Does anyone frame theirs for display?

Thanks again for your suggestions and opinions.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 04-25-2013 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is not overkill at all to be concerned about safeguarding envelopes. When paper was constructed with 100% rag acid and lignin content was not a concern. Paper a few hundred years old can easily last for hundreds more with little effort.

Modern paper is a different story. With collectors spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars and covers showing deterioration in as little as 20-30 years it is important to do what you can.

Covers should be stored in archival binders. These do not leech chemicals or outgas over time. Kept in a cool, dry place reduces stresses on the paper. Exposing paper to long periods of sunlight will quickly cause autographs to fade and paper to become brittle.

Bookkeeper archival spray is approved by the National Archives for treatment of America's most important documents. It comes in a pump spray and goes on wet and drys within a minute. It will not damage autographs. Occasionally, it leaves a very faint white coating which changed the sheen of a hand painted envelope I own. If this is a concern just spray the reverse of the item. 2% Calcium Carbonate card stock buffers the acid in envelopes and keeps the glue from bleeding through to the front.

Bob M
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posted 04-29-2013 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RockyMnWay:
Thank you for the suggestions. Sounds like a great way to display and preserve your covers. This is my first and only cover, so far...
Your Apollo 15 insurance cover will be lonely all by itself in an album that holds 100 covers. Perhaps you might want to put together an Apollo 15 cover collection, as there are certainly plenty of other Apollo 15 covers available to include with the lone insurance cover, i.e., Apollo 15/Space Achievements First Day covers, Apollo 15 launch/mission event covers, Prime/Secondary Recovery Ship covers, autographed covers, etc.

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