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COLLECTOR kaptainmyke private msg quote post Address this user
We are not in the position to own a home anytime in the future.

Not everyone has a credible employed full time job, with perfect health and good credit to purchase a home.
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Collector mattness private msg quote post Address this user
Hey Mike, I have had an A-1 storage unit as well as several Public storage's over the years here in the Bay Area. I was excited that the rooms were climate controlled, as told, but they were not, the hallway was though. The storage themselves are not very secure either (at least here) I was told the walls in the storage were cement....they weren't.. they were chipboard and in one case 1/2 inch drywall. It only takes one unit to get broken into and the thief can go through the walls..all the way down the line. We never got robbed but that info was always in the back of my mind. Might be different were your located, but these are just a couple things you may want to check before storing high value items. Good luck!
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Collector D84 private msg quote post Address this user
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@shrewbeer


Another thing about the industry, they will sell your stuff quickly if you get behind. Depending on the state you live in, it can be as little as 45 days past due for them to have the auction.
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by kaptainmyke
We are not in the position to own a home anytime in the future.


I hate to be the one to point this out, but your collection could probably easily buy a house at this point, if not put down a sizable downpayment.

Not gonna tell you to sell it, but maybe it is time to start a serious thinning out of the stuff you really don't need?
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COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
I've sold off my collections three times in my life, and each time only two books survived all three purges (SA&GA GL#1s). Probably NOT what you want to hear, but as Darth said maybe it's time?

Wife and kids have been wanting an inground pool, and I know she has been eyeballing my collection. Truth is if she got up the balls to ask I would probably say yes and save my few grails. For me, the thrill of the chase is more exciting than swimming in a money bin. It's still quite painful to sell it off though.

Sucks you've outgrown your shell dude, but who knows it could be a good thing. Hope you find your way, one that makes you and the family happy 👍🏻
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Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock Tedsaid private msg quote post Address this user
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I've sold off my collections three times in my life, and each time only two books survived all three purges (SA&GA GL#1s).

I LOVE the SA GL#1 cover. Beautiful.

This is totally off-topic, but when you did your 'purge,' how did you sell them? Was it a systematic, individualized process, or more of an all-at-once bulk thing? Did you sell retail (like ComicLink or eBay) or wholesale to a LCS? Were you happy with the process and outcome?
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Collector infinityG private msg quote post Address this user
tough call @kaptainmyke, maybe downsizing and getting some $ back and having a modest sized collection may be the most stress free solution. I think those storage places are bad news for most if not all the reasons above by experience. Its one of the reasons i have a small collection.

i do understand the urge to have it all but it sounds like its coming to a point to reconsider some of your valuables. Keep the gems but maybe you can get rid of some it you know you're not too attached to.

good luck to you!
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COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
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I've sold off my collections three times in my life, and each time only two books survived all three purges (SA&GA GL#1s).

I LOVE the SA GL#1 cover. Beautiful.

This is totally off-topic, but when you did your 'purge,' how did you sell them? Was it a systematic, individualized process, or more of an all-at-once bulk thing? Did you sell retail (like ComicLink or eBay) or wholesale to a LCS? Were you happy with the process and outcome?


First time was when I was young pre-ebay, sold it to my LCS. He actually gave me a decent price. Other two times were 100% ebay. .99 cent auctions and let 'er rip!

I've NEVER been happy with process and outcome of selling off my collections lol, and never would be. Just had to do it, life can get in the way of my hobby sometimes.
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Collector Hexigore private msg quote post Address this user
If you have the money and want a collection you cannot enjoy, then yes, put your stuff in storage.

If you have an extra $1800 to $3300 (+ insurance) to spend every year (which could be used to save for a larger place), then yes, put your stuff in storage.

If you are comfortable with relying on complete strangers to ensure the security and safety of a collection you worked so hard to obtain over many years, then yes, put it in storage.

Good luck with your decision.
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Collector HOGLEG private msg quote post Address this user
Good comment
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Collector BrianGreensnips private msg quote post Address this user
@kaptainmyke Maybe down size and sell off maybe $2000-$3000 of the smaller less important pieces and go on a nice vacation. It could be a chance to go to a Con you have been wanting to go to. Or sell off more stuff and take a big trip out of the country.
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COLLECTOR JWKyle private msg quote post Address this user
@kaptainmyke I think everyone has stated the drawbacks of putting your collection in a storage unit. I myself also feel maybe thinning the herd or cultivate some of the crops is a better opinion then a storage unit. Although if you have no choice and a ultimatum has been laid down then sorry I guess it doesn't leave a lot of choice then.
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Collector VaComicsGuy private msg quote post Address this user
I've been a Snoopy collector most of my life and had a HUGE collection = THOUSANDS of items. I got to the same point and I realized that I had a lot of stuff that wasn't actually all that great. It just sort of accumulated over time. I went through everything and got rid of most of it and went after a few special grail items. Now my collection consists of about 25 items but almost every one is a one of a kind item that most Snoopy collectors would love to have. I think it's a better collection now.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I hope whatever you decide works out for you.
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Collector antoniofett private msg quote post Address this user
quality over quantity!* If it was me, I would do everything in my power NOT to send anything to storage units. Its a little expensive. I would try to see if a friend or relative could help me out. If they can't, only then I would consider it.



* I know Mikey has a badass collection and its all quality items!
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COLLECTOR kaptainmyke private msg quote post Address this user
No one wants to pay the market price of anything, let along the many vast holy grails that I own. It's realllllly hard to sell off a collection that has so much value to it.

Also, another thing that comes to mind is the money drained selling off autographed items containing provenance with Free Shipping and included acrylic cases (for preservation of a 30 year old item) on a lot of items. That instantly doubles the selling price of the item and most aren't prepared to accept that, either.

And don't get me started on all my autographed VSP CBCS graded books.
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Collector Draco private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by kaptainmyke
No one wants to pay the market price of anything, let along the many vast holy grails that I own. It's realllllly hard to sell off a collection that has so much value to it.

Also, another thing that comes to mind is the money drained selling off autographed items containing provenance with Free Shipping and included acrylic cases (for preservation of a 30 year old item) on a lot of items. That instantly doubles the selling price of the item and most aren't prepared to accept that, either.

And don't get me started on all my autographed VSP CBCS graded books.


So keep the Holy grails and sell the rest. Start putting 50-100 comics a week on Ebay. The higher priced items put a BOH and 30 day listings. No way you have 30 boxes of keys. So lose the fluff. Buy more keys with the money or better put it towards a house. Storage is like burning money.
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COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
Get some metal studs, build a room in your basement. Finish the inside with 5/8" sheetrock on the ceiling and walls, and the outside with the same(that will get you 2 hours of fire protection). Add a layer or two of corrugated steel for theft protection. Looking at about $850

- Use a fire rated steel door (2 hours rating will run you about 5-800$)


- Install a Panasonic ERV (FV-04VE1)($399) and a digital de-humidifier ($200). The ERV will run in the winter, the D in the summer.

Voila, you now have a giant humidity controlled safe with 2 hours of blazing fire protection built in 1-2 weekends.
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Collector Darkga private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by shrewbeer
Get some metal studs, build a room in your basement. Finish the inside with 5/8" sheetrock on the ceiling and walls, and the outside with the same(that will get you 2 hours of fire protection). Add a layer or two of corrugated steel for theft protection. Looking at about $850

- Use a fire rated steel door (2 hours rating will run you about 5-800$)


- Install a Panasonic ERV (FV-04VE1)($399) and a digital de-humidifier ($200). The ERV will run in the winter, the D in the summer.

Voila, you now have a giant humidity controlled safe with 2 hours of blazing fire protection built in 1-2 weekends.


He is renting so I doubt the landlord will allow that.
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COLLECTOR kaptainmyke private msg quote post Address this user
My mother-in-law lives downstairs in a fully furnished basement. I've already taken over the air handler closet and 1 5x6 closet.
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
Sell the mother-in-law.
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COLLECTOR DarthLego private msg quote post Address this user
All kidding aside, I think it might be time to stop all new acquisitions and focus on saving money for a down payment on a house.
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COLLECTOR kaptainmyke private msg quote post Address this user
Buying a home is not an option. Again, I cannot and will not be able to buy a home. Please do not make me repeat it again, or have to state why. Thanks
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Collector BrianGreensnips private msg quote post Address this user
@shrewbeer I like your idea. I would like to tighten up my storage area some.
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COLLECTOR shrewbeer private msg quote post Address this user
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@shrewbeer I like your idea. I would like to tighten up my storage area some.


Feel free to ask anytime. I manage an Architectural/Build firm, so I know a bit about the subject (and its been unseasonably sloow here lately)...
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Collector ZosoRocks private msg quote post Address this user
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See this is exactly why I posted here... I almost didn't. So, in light of damage to my unit from other units, would the probability factor be significantly less if on the top floor? This is a new 3 story Public Storage facility just built 1 year ago btw.

Collectibles Insurance for the Turtles would be $201/month
Collectibles Insurance for the comics would be $205/month



I would invest that $406 a month in getting my own home.


....or purchase some flood and fire insurance and then use the excess change to buy more books!

:o)
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Collector PhantomEwan private msg quote post Address this user
I want to thank Kaptainmyke for starting this thread and everyone for their input and opinions. I have been realizing I will find myself in a similar situation at some point and had been thinking about what I will do. At least now I won't be using a storage unit.
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Collector AndyRexia private msg quote post Address this user
@kaptainmyke I hope you are able to find a solution that doesn't involve you having to sell. I'm sure each and every piece has meaning and value (even if just to you) or else you wouldn't have gotten it in the first place. This can make it hard and painful to get rid of things. Good luck man. Keep it all, if you can.
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Collector Johnnylray private msg quote post Address this user
@kaptainmyke - I want to put in my 2 cents in regarding this topic.

1st- I'm a longtime collector of a lot of stuff. "Had" 10,000+ Topper Johnny Lightning Die cast cars. I wrote or co-wrote 7 price guides in the 1990's with Toy Shop (remember them?) and Krause Publications. They were made literally 5 minutes from my house in RI from 1969-1971.

"Had" original GI Joes by the box full. They were made in Pawtucket RI in the 1960's-70's and my cousin Joe was one of the original designers of Joe. He put in 30+ years there.

Collect Records and former sports cards collector /dealer.

Currently working on Real Vintage autos- Have a 66 Pontiac GTO convertible, tri-power and looking for a 1970's Dodge charger, Super bee or Dart swinger. I am selling "stuff" to buy another car.

Collect Comics- but not nearly as much as I did 20 years ago. Been collecting since 1973.

Brings me to my point - you notice "HAD" , well in 2005 I had a house fire .

My Man cave was my garage - I had rows upon rows of old Glass Candy display cases from old stores. Much of my collection was stored in the cases.Many of which were MIP , unopened- RARE. STUFF i never really played with , or held, or took out of the cases.

long and short of it was none was insured as I thought it was part of the house contents. It wasn't.

Had a 66 Pontiac in there at the time. value was 60K. Auto insurance gave me 18K (insured value at the time and I failed to bump up every year due to inflation- lesson learned).

Lesson I learned was these collectibles were only STUFF.

Family was safe and sound, that is most important.

Enjoy your STUFF. Keep what is most important to you.

sell your STUFF- make a few pennies* , take trips, make memories, buy more stuff that you really NEED.

buy a super collectible that you enjoy to see, hold, take out a daily basis.

Life is short. and aside from the old saying " The person who dies with the most toys -wins"..That is bull*..Your dead.

Enjoy your life while you can.

(Sorry for the ramble) just had to vent this here.

@kaptainmyke Make some coin, and try not to worry about the storage issue. It feels good to move the Stuff sometimes!

Good luck, Ray

(being positive, not any negativity meant or implied in my post ;-) )
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Collector jrs private msg quote post Address this user
Ok kap, everyone seems to be suggesting you pare things down but I say try to keep it all. You've assembled a phenomenal collection that would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to assemble again or replicate in some way.

What about constructing shelving or using different methods of storage so the collection doesn't take up as much space? You could also place some of the less valuable collectables with a relative, if that's an option. Or lastly, and perhaps most drastically and unfeasible, you could lend some items to a museum somewhere so that you would retain ownership but they would take over storage and maintenance (if possible).

Obviously, these are just suggestions and some are not doable. But I would like to start talking about the other side of the coin -- keeping the items home -- so we can inject some positive vibes here instead of saying sell or do something else you might not be prepared to do.

After all, it's Friday!
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Collector ZosoRocks private msg quote post Address this user
@Johnnylray - You really now how to dampen the mood! *winks*

Sorry to hear of the calamity you had.....fires are a bitch to get over. My house had one in 2001 and it was on the 17th of Dec.....yep....right at X-mas time.

Talk about sitting around a tree in your home without power!!

Sucked.

But you are overall right about your comments.....enjoy life....material possessions are fun, worthwhile to enjoy and make people happy....but they can buy adventure if you sell some off and flip that cash into a trip, an ice cream stop, or whatever.

I'm just like you....i buy things to enjoy, but I know that a lot of my stuff is not being enjoyed, so I sell off and make others happy with a new purchase.

Giving the opp to make others happy....that is where this hobby takes me...too.

Cheers!
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