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ayase

State Alchemist
I've been seeing a lot of plastic sleeves in peoples collections, what sort of protection do they offer? Shouldn't anime just remain in good condition if you keep it on your shelf, what can happen if you don't put your collection in these sleeves?
It seems like quite a personal thing - I don’t use sleeves myself since the only reason I’d have to care about dust or fading would be if I’d bought something as an investment and wanted to preserve its value for later resale. Given that the only reason I buy media is to keep and use it however, I don’t really see the point.

Others do seem to like keeping things pristine though - I guess it brings them a certain sense of satisfaction to have mint copies, and far be it for me to disagree with whatever makes them happy.
 

Luna

Pokémon Master
I've been seeing a lot of plastic sleeves in peoples collections, what sort of protection do they offer? Shouldn't anime just remain in good condition if you keep it on your shelf, what can happen if you don't put your collection in these sleeves?
Dust, definitely a lot of dust regularly comes to be my enemy. Sometimes with grains, so moving can cause scratches. Another reason (more so for books rather than anime) is prevention of oxidation and thus yellowing. Also it helps to prevent contents to just tumble out of the box. Or keep it together in the first place with no damage. Sometimes JP releases come with paper sleeves, which unlike the AL or Funi ones aren't smaller than the backcover, they be even go over the bottom face into the cover face (kinda half an obi). They are too big to put into the box (some parts would stick out, and thus the edged get scruffed in no time), having it outside is literally it flying around loosely and sometimes they have extra artwork, you don't want to throw away nor fold. Having bag to hold it all is useful.

Aniplex' bags are also having this shiny sticker, dunno, just feels like it gives it extra sense of authenticity on top of all.

(Also helping against sticky, fatty, sweaty fingers of visitors.)
 

Girls wIth Guns

Stand User
I cover everything. Depending on size, I'll use either plastic box protectors or bags; for larger CE/UE/LE boxes I'll leave the shrink wrap on the box and just slit a door on the open side to get the anime out. Keeping your collection pristine means more money and a quicker sale if/when you decide to resell anything. Plus, I simply don't want to see dust, scratches, and worn spots from handling and shelf wear on any of my anime; I paid a fortune for it, so I'm keeping it nice for me and my guests to admire. And yes, visitors are notorious for recklessly pulling out anime from your shelf to examine it and then shoving it back into the row without any caution. If you're a collector, the packaging is almost of more significance than the anime itself.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
(Also helping against sticky, fatty, sweaty fingers of visitors.)
And yes, visitors are notorious for recklessly pulling out anime from your shelf to examine it and then shoving it back into the row without any caution.
What kind of obnoxious visitors do you guys get who go touching your stuff without permission or with grubby hands? Perhaps it’s a British thing but I’d never, ever do anything like that at a friend’s house and would be pretty aghast if they did it at mine.
 

Buzzkillington

Combat Butler
Most of my sets arrive damaged anyway so I'm not going to go out my way to "protect" them, I'm far too lazy to go through the effort of selling them even if I wanted to so they'll sit there collecting dust until I die and then someone else can deal with them lol.
 

-Danielle-

Pokémon Master
I'm selling some stuff and keeping other stuff upstairs I don't want to sell but I don't want downstairs on show (like Bleach). Aiming to out my AL CE's, DVDs etc downstairs once my units build and having the Ultimate Edition of FMA sat on the top with my Spike Spiegel figure.

Wondering if I'm gonna shame myself going alphabetical? - would I go alphabetical all in on per class like CE, DVD each sorted separate but alphabetical? lol
 

Girls wIth Guns

Stand User
What kind of obnoxious visitors do you guys get who go touching your stuff without permission or with grubby hands?
My anime collection is on shelves in a public area - along the basement walls in my movie theater room. So when I have guests over for Movies nights I can have 8-10 people there browsing my anime collection, so it can be hard to police them all at once!

What are these "visitors" you speak of? Never have people come over so don't have that problem.
I'm a very social Lad so I have friends coming over all the time to hang out and party. There's even four of us going out to the theater together tomorrow night to see Weathering with You. Since you don't have people over, want I should give you a hug instead, Dd? You're a little too far away for me to come visit... 🤗
 
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Captaaainuniverse

Guild Member
I'm selling some stuff and keeping other stuff upstairs I don't want to sell but I don't want downstairs on show (like Bleach). Aiming to out my AL CE's, DVDs etc downstairs once my units build and having the Ultimate Edition of FMA sat on the top with my Spike Spiegel figure.

Wondering if I'm gonna shame myself going alphabetical? - would I go alphabetical all in on per class like CE, DVD each sorted separate but alphabetical? lol
No particular order for me but I keep series together. If Fate/Apocrypha isn't anywhere near the rest of Fate that I have I'm on a warpath!
 

Luna

Pokémon Master
What kind of obnoxious visitors do you guys get who go touching your stuff without permission or with grubby hands? Perhaps it’s a British thing but I’d never, ever do anything like that at a friend’s house and would be pretty aghast if they did it at mine.
I've had those, were like neighbours. I don't really have them anymore (except perhaps my parents, who could care less about it, though they don't actively damage stuff by now), as I don't even let them into my room. But such experiences kinda stuck.
Also my bar of "clean hands" for these collections is kinda pretty high. Even I can't uphold them all the time, when I'm tidying up, so the bag is helpful even against myself.
 

-Danielle-

Pokémon Master
If it looks stupid clashy i’ll keep CE’s, dvds and BR together and place em alphabetically. My unit wont be able to hold my entire collection as placing figures in spots too. I just wanted some nerd me downstairs now as i’ve kept everywhere cept my room and spare single room my none nerdy side.
 

Wicker

Completely Average High School Student
It seems like quite a personal thing - I don’t use sleeves myself since the only reason I’d have to care about dust or fading would be if I’d bought something as an investment and wanted to preserve its value for later resale. Given that the only reason I buy media is to keep and use it however, I don’t really see the point.

Others do seem to like keeping things pristine though - I guess it brings them a certain sense of satisfaction to have mint copies, and far be it for me to disagree with whatever makes them happy.
Yeah, I personally am not too fussed about keeping them "pristine", I still want them to look presentable and as good as they can obviously. My main thought was that I'd still like to be able to keep my blu rays and manga on display in 30-40 years time and have it still be presentable and watchable / readable and if these plastic covers were necessary if you wished to keep them that long.
 

Luna

Pokémon Master
Yeah, I personally am not too fussed about keeping them "pristine", I still want them to look presentable and as good as they can obviously. My main thought was that I'd still like to be able to keep my blu rays and manga on display in 30-40 years time and have it still be presentable and watchable / readable and if these plastic covers were necessary if you wished to keep them that long.
This already depends on the pruduction quality. One fo these absurdly poor Tokyopop volumes (staring at you NG Life v1-2) is certainly better put into a bag, just for warding off/buffering simple mechalical damage though accidential hits. (Vacuumer stick, staring at you). For DVDs 30-40 is probably hard at any rate, due to disc rotting.

If you have stuff on the shelf, open aired, though, be prepared for partial yellowing. The sides more exposed to light will obviously have the effects sooner. Depending on the intensity of the (sun) light and heat, this can also go pretty quick. It can get some pretty funny patterns. Usually concerns spines and edges, but can eat itself into the book. Anime release's packaging print usually is of better quality, so will take a deal longer, but if you really want to keep it printine, a bag will certainly prolong it for a few years.

But chances are still that most of anything will get a reprint/reedition/rerelease in the meantime, probably in whatever medium that there be at the time, with which you can just replace the stuff. So if you don't want to trouble yourself too much you could do that for the stuff, that's on the rare side.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
I can’t be alone in actually liking page yellowing in books, surely? I’ve got some great old paperbacks from as far back as the 1950s in which the pages are almost totally yellow, and to me it just gives them character and a sense of how old they are. They’re still perfectly readable (though that may be since back then the type was stamped so hard into the paper that it has a texture to it).

I am however a little confused about some of my manga volumes, which appear to be entirely immune to the effects. One of my volumes of Yotsuba for instance (and only one) is not yellowing at all when both the older and newer volumes are. Which is a bit weird. Obviously paper type plays a part but there doesn’t appear to be anything special about this particular book.
 

Luna

Pokémon Master
Depends a lot on the book. I've even got some books older than the last century, those are obviously looking yellow and everything, but they were already old when I got them, so already felt like "past era". I don't think I like that feeling for things I experienced to be new once before. Only makes me myself feel (too) old.

It does depend a lot on the paper quality, sometimes not immediately visible to the eye. (Like density of paper tissues or so.) How much bleach/white there is mixed in etc. And it does happen quite often, that a volume in the middle may have come out of a diffrent printer company.
 

zrdb

Completely Average High School Student
I don't keep my anime in plastic bags or anything but I do dust off the cases and boxes with compressed air and if anybody started pulling stuff off shelves and getting their hands all over it I'd kill them in an instant. LOL
 

zrdb

Completely Average High School Student
Nothing exiciting as such just a quick overview of my collection as of 2020. Looks considerably different to the last time I shared it in this thread. Just kinda felt like doing this after a discussion I had on Fandom Post.
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Hoo-I like those sets of Blood + you have there. You have no idea how hard it was to find set 1 in almost pristine condition with the t-shirt. I got really lucky to be in the right place at the right time-set 2 was easy to find, though. Unfortunately my Maison Ikkoku collection ends at box set 7, never could find set 8, damn it anyway! There's a lot of overlap between my collection and yours. I'll try to post some pictures of my collection in the next few days.
 
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