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Protect & Display Your Collection

Large inventory of items to help you protect, organize and store your valuable political memorabilia collection. Protective plastic sleeves, cases, binders, pages, pennant sleeves.

By Lori Ferber

Anything worth collecting is worth protecting and organizing. You have invested time, money and resources in building your political memorabilia collection. Spending a little time learning how to store your items correctly, will help you maintain the value of your collection and help provide you with many years of enjoyment in the future.

Learning how to protect and organize your collection is part common sense and part preparation. It’s equally important that you select storage methods that allow you to enjoy and share your collection with others. I’m often startled how many collectors do such a great job of “protecting” their collections that they have no opportunity to enjoy the items because they are not accessible and, to take a clue from the late Johnny Carson, are “hermetically sealed.”

A rule of thumb I often suggest, is to picture this. If someone came over to see your collection, how long would it take to find a particular item and show it to the person. If it takes you more than a couple of minutes to locate the item and display it, then it’s too long.

The basics of preservation:

As I shared earlier, protecting your investment is part common sense. For instance, you must store the items in a well ventilated room, away from such things as smoke, humidity moisture, sunlight and children. Also, whenever possible, avoid areas with major fluctuations in temperature which can cause the items to expand and retract and cause damage to your items. For instance, it is generally suggested that you avoid storing items in such areas as attics, basements or garages.

When searching for supplies in which you store your items, always look for archival quality products whenever possible. “Archival” is a non-technical term used to describe materials that is designed to last for a long period of time with minimal effect on the stored item. Needless to say no single preservation method will keep the item in perfect condition forever, but choosing archival quality products will increase the longevity of the item significantly – thus maintaining the value of your collection.

The most common approach to archival quality products is using materials that are acid-free. Items that contain acids or certain chemicals, can interact with your items, particularly paper items, over a long period of time and slowly eat away at your collection. Look for non-PVC materials.

We are often asked if collector should clean items prior to storage. Certainly, brushing dust and dirt off most items is fine, but that’s generally where we draw the line without thorough research. As an example, collectors often are torn between cleaning medals and coins and removing oxidation, and normal changes in color. Collectors are often lured by manufacturers of coin and medal cleaner and the promise made that the mixtures will return the normal brilliance to these items. Our experience is that, when not in the hands of a professional, it is common that the result is uneven and removes the natural patina of the coin or medal.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that any treatments or repairs be performed by a professional. If you do attempt it on your own, please understand that you do so at your own risk. Generally, collectors understand that most older items have some obvious aging. For instance, recently we had the opportunity to purchase a paper item from days of Abraham Lincoln. We turned down the opportunity to purchase the item because it’s almost perfect condition raised questions as to its authenticity.

Our Top 8 Suggestions When Storing Items:

Items should not touch. By that we mean, regardless of whether it’s a paper item, photo or coin, keep the items from ever touching each other. Touching may cause transfer of chemicals or scratches. For instance, campaign buttons are often damaged when the buttons are “stacked” one on top of the other because the pin on the reverse side of the button scratches the button beneath it.

Always protect the corners of paper items. Often the first thing to be damaged on a paper item is the corners. Make sure the corners are protected
In the case of paper items, once you have stored your items in protective plastic sleeves, make sure that your binders or storage boxes are also archival quality. Generally speaking, cheap 3 ring binders offer only limited protection. Not only may they contain harmful chemicals, but their ring systems are often terrible causing damage to pages and the binders themselves tend to be slightly smaller than quality binders so pages protrude over, or right up to the edges of the binder creating a situation where pages may fold under when binders are stored and damage your items.

Always make sure that your storage boxes or binders are labeled clearly as to what is included inside. “Searching” endlessly through binders and boxes for one particular item increases the A postcard album consists of a binder and clear plastic inserts that fit inside. Even more important than the binder itself, since it won’t be touching paper, are the inserts that actually hold the cards. It's important to make sure the inserts you use are archival quality.

Never - ever, laminate a document in hopes of preserving it. Lamination is not a safe preservation technique, and in most cases significantly decreases the value of our items. In most cases lamination cannot be reversed (removed). Laminating also often has chemicals in the laminating that may damage your items.
Whenever possible avoid handling your items with your bare hands. Hands contain natural oils that over time damage can damage your items. The best way to avoid such damage is to reduce the number of times you handle an item, using gloves or purchasing a pair of tongs which are essentially tweezers without the sharp points.

Avoid using rubber bands. Rubber bands often cut into paper items and boxes leaving the items damaged beyond repair.

If your collection has significant value, consider insuring the collection – or at least your more valuable items. Do not just assume that your homeowners insurance policy will cover any losses – they often do not. There are special riders or insurance policies available to specifically cover your collection in case of loss, damage, fire, theft etc.

As experienced and knowledgeable dealers in political memorabilia, Lori and Steve Ferber have been provding helping collectors acquire and preserve unique and intersting political memorabilia items for over 35 years. They operate a popular collectibles website at

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  • Hi Lori & Team I have purchased items from you over the years, since what I guess was your beginning days. All items come perfect - they are what you say - I appreciate each purchase. Is there a website where I can say “ Lori and her team are amazing as are the items I purchase”….or something similar. If so, I’m happy to do that !! All my best, John W California
    John W August 18, 2018
  • I want to thank you both for your wonderful business. With my being deeply involved in the Political arena your business feeds to my love for Politics, I enjoy getting a hold of great Political Items that are part of History collecting these treasures are a personal Hobby to me! I have ordered from you both on a number of occasions and I have to say that I am truly amazed and I appreciate everything - the speedy response, to the great customer service, the speedy arrival of items purchased arriving on time to my doorstep when promised, and more. Thank again for all that you both do for this Country through your wonderful business. I endorse Lori Ferber Collectibles!
    Walter S, Michigan February 02, 2017
  • I just want to thank you for my recent order of political pins. I happen to stumble on your Website and glad I did. The items were just as advertised- and I will be ordering in the near future. Thanks again, Scott
    Scott K January 22, 2017
  • I appreciate everything - the speedy response, the customer service, and of course, the product itself. Often, I'm skeptical and think that online testimonials only post the positive feedback, or even make up feedback. I can tell from the service I received that not only were these testimonials legitimate (just like your products), but it is likely they are all so positive because I can't imagine you getting a negative review. Thank you so much. It was a pleasure working with you. This is how customer service is supposed to look and it is so refreshing! I'll certainly be back to purchase additional gifts for my history-buff boyfriend in the future.
    - Shoshana, Golden Valley Minnesota October 11, 2016
  • Lori, The poster arrived late yesterday afternoon. It is hanging on my wall, and it looks absolutely fantastic! I smile when I see the President staring down at me as I am sitting at my desk. Thanks so much! Well done! Best, Mike B
    Mike B June 18, 2016
  • Lori: After weeks of research, asking for referrals and conducting a competitive analysis - I landed with Lori Ferber Collectibles.My journey has been wonderful to say the least Steve & Lori are excellent!
    B. G. February 26, 2015
  • Lori & Steve: Your honesty and integrity are inspiring and conducive to an ongoing business relationship.
    P.W. February 26, 2015
  • Lori: Thank you ever so much for the Presidential Inaugural Invitation. I was moved because it means so very much to me. I was in Washington D.C. last year during the inauguration, however, I had been hoping to eventually obtain something this special (I even wrote to my Congressman and others). Again, thank you so much and may you have continued success in your business in the coming years.
    W.M. February 20, 2015
  • Thank you very much for your assistance in making sure that the gift is now perfect. I have been spreading the word about the excellent customer service I've received from you
    A. H. February 26, 2015