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Old 05-07-2006, 07:58 AM
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Posted By: Brad Green


For those of you who keep cards in a safety deposit box...

(1) Have you seen moisture in your safety deposit box?

(2) Have you seen evidence that moisture has damaged your baseball cards in the safety deposit box?

(3) Do you use silica gel packets or any other moisture-absorbing materials in your safety deposit box?

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Old 05-07-2006, 08:47 AM
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1. No. But they did have a musty smell.

2. No.

3. Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! Desiccant packs are available from stores that sell archival supplies.

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Old 05-07-2006, 08:57 AM
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Jack:

How many packets do you put in your safe deposit box? Should you put one inside the plastic container in the safe deposit box and one outside the plastic container?

How often do you replace them?

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Posted By: steve f

I toss the plastic desicant pellets (from the dogs heartworm pill bottles) into the box as a precaution safety, but it's probably unnecessary.

There was a box of old '31 W517's found in the attic (Whew, not the cellar!)of an old PA farmhouse years ago. (This find was written about in the SCD June, 1998). The cards, 200ct were placed there around 1932. Reportedly, the child played with the cards for about a year before Momma rifled them into the attic where they remained untouched.

In later years the house was abandoned then condemned., Leaks, bustid windows and all utilities shut off for many years... To speed this up, after 66yrs many of those "exposed" cards scored SGC 50, some better. Luckily, I've acquired a few tired and poorly cut star cards from this find (psa A) that were obviously the kids' favs and it's especially rare to know the provenance of the old cardboard we own.

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Old 05-07-2006, 09:22 AM
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Posted By: jackgoodman

Packets come in varying sizes and specify the amount of space they "protect." One in the box should be sufficient. Here is an older link on the subject:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/153652/message/1136848544/last-1136848544/Re-+Card+storage

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Old 05-07-2006, 09:29 AM
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Posted By: Douglas

Hey everybody . . . we use http://www.gaylord.com/ for our supplies. They carry just about anything.

For a small space, like a safety deposit box, one of these http://www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.asp?abid=7133&sid=3C622AA661BC408E8B75D2BCB93DD4&search_by=desc&search_for=silica should suffice.

Good luck. They also have plenty of UV-blocking supplies as well.

Doug

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Posted By: John S

This was never a concern of mine until a bank in my town was flooded three summers ago. My neighbors lost a number of important documents etc. My bank/safety deposit box is on a hill. My advice would be to consider your geographic area and flood history before depositing your collection in a safety deposit box.

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Posted By: Chris

I never had a problem with, nor saw evidence of moisture, though it did worry me.

I found these air tight containers a few years back:

http://www.organize-everything.com/lolofostco.html

Bought a couple of the "square" ones and put my cards in there. Feel much better about the cards in my safe deposit box.

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Posted By: Bob

I have a huge safety deposit box loaded only with slabs. I take it that there is no problem with moisture since these are raw cards and I made sure it is away from bodies of water, not in a low lying spot and a fairly new bank. The only thing that does worry you is that the banks disclaim liability for articles stored in case of fire...

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Posted By: Paul Griggs

I use the 33cuft silica gel box, but one or more of the 3cuft box(s) should work well for a safety deposit box. The nice thing is they have an indicator that lets you know when they need to be reactivated by baking out in the oven.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0005567220673a&type=product&cmCat=search&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=silica&N=4887&Ntk=Products&Ntx=mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=silica&noImage=0

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