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When these comics were published, RJ was busy running a booth at a Detroit convention. Being too busy to shop,  he found a number of children who would fetch various comics from quarter bins and bring them to him. Some of these comics were sealed in Mylar and bagged again in vacuum bags . These were quite nice, so RJ ended up hunting up the source and buying out the dealer who had over 1000 of these rare gems. The dealer explained that the sealed items had come from an eccentric collector who had encased everything in this unusual manner.  

Unusual indeed! Sealing brand new cherry picked books back in the early 80's. The dealer was upset that he might need to unwrap  these gems only to try to sell them for a mere quarter. We didn't want to unwrap these either! 

We kept these in frozen storage for over two decades, have de-thawed, a few of these and are now ready to make a few of these available. *

Here we are nearly 25 years later and now we have opened our vault and will make these available to collectors who can appreciate such a silly eccentric concept. No certification for us as these are just too nice to be unwrapped, re-bagged,  packaged, shipped, handled by office personnel,  handled by graders, etc.  All this activity can only damage these gems.  This is your opp. to get them unhandled direct as they were sold to RJ two decades ago. Look for more of these from time to time.

What you see is what you get! No guarantee of anything  as these are sealed. It's possible that a coupon could be cut, a page missing etc. ( worse case scenario)   There has been no way to examine these gems and no reason to break the seals. Buyers should examine the photo and base your bid upon its appearance and bid accordingly. No refund for any reason. ( other than damaged in shipment and then insurance will pay for damage)( an unlikely event).

RJ 's feeling is that these should never be unsealed. Doing so could only deteriorate the beauty and violate the integrity of the concept. It is hoped that only true collectors will bid for these and give these a new home where they will be appreciated for what the are; a true and rare collector's item of unusual beauty. 

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Many questions have been arriving since we have been advertising that our comics have been frozen for the last 25 years. The original article that inspired this  process has been found  in the 1981 12th Overstreet guide authored by Ernest W. Gerber P.E. and Richard D. Smith PhD, P.E. There is a lot of scientific discussion about PH , acidity, humidity and alkaline buffers, etc. and is the reason for the following statements.

" Keep Cool. The rate at which paper  deteriorates doubles each time the temperature increases 10 degrees F . For example , the rate of deterioration at 85 degrees is 8 times faster than the rate at 55 degrees F."

This meant that leaving comics in an unheated warehouse in a Michigan climate would be better than storing them inside at 70 degree temps. The average temp in our situation is 20 degrees F. It varies greatly like any climate, however our storage in summer temps is always 10-20 degrees colder than outside temps. IF summer temps begin to climb we often move items to air conditioned environment.

Most collectors store comics in their homes at 70 degrees F. all year round. Compare this to 20 degrees F. average and the difference is our comics will have aged 32 times slower.

A dramatic graph in the article shows that average storage conditions result in yellowing to begin in 15 years, brown in 35 years and brittle in 40 years. Storage in Mylar  improves the process with yellowing in 55 years and brittle in 100 years.  There was no study  or information in the graph to indicate dramatic lowering of temps and the use of Mylar,  however one could presume that this would greatly extend the life of paper.  Without studies and assuming the "AVERAGE STORAGE CONDITIONS" were 70 degrees F. it would not be out of line to say that our collection of comics would have 32 times the life expectancy of normal, or yellow in 1,760  and brittle in 3,200 years.

Since we pull these comics and sell'm after 20-25 years, the optimum storage conditions end and average deterioration begins. Comics are simply going to last 20-25 years longer than nearly all other comics. In 100 years nearly all 70's comics will be brown brittle and nearly dust while our comics will stand out as survivors in the yellow stage. In the event that collectors continued our cold storage  program , comics would continue to survive for many generations well up to the year 5203. If estimated temps were adjusted to frige temps , of  40 degrees F. not 20 degrees, comics would begin to disintegrate in 2828 surviving a mere 725 years beyond all others.

When you make a purchase, should you store these in the frige? R.J. thinks so if you really want your surviving great great grand children  to reap the benefits. One can only ask, "What will the value of a handful of surviving collectibles be in the year 2525? "

Other thoughts come to mind here too. If one were to purchase collections of 30 year old comics from bankrupt comic book stores, would you be better to make the purchase in Florida or Alaska? IF you had a summer cottage, would you be better off storing your comics there or at your own home. Attic or basement with dehumidifier?

rj

We have TIME CAPSULE comics in almost every title. If you are interested at all in TIME CAPSULE COMICS and want to see a title listed, please write so we can begin listing the titles of interest to you. It will take years to list everything. We just want to begin with titles of interest. This page not 100% up to date, however most items are available. Prices also not guaranteed. Most will be the same or slightly higher. Overstreet guide 9.2 prices is used for most.

 Everything listed on this page.

P=Perfect, NP= Near Perfect

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1 - 5 Time Capsule comics.   $7
6-10........................................     $8
11-20 ....................................      $9       Foreign Shipping?
insure 50-$99.99 Add $1.00
insure $100-$200 Add another $1.00

ADAM AND EVE
 SPIRE CHRISTIAN 49 CENT COMIC 1978 $9.95.See Spire for all Christian listings
Alien Worlds 1 P $5 Pacific Comic.
Adam Strange Book One  P  Brunning and Kubert Sq.Bound $5
ALIEN WORLDS and misc comics photo of 20.
Alien Worlds
#2 $6
Alien Worlds 3 NP $4
Alien Worlds 1 p $5
ALIENS VS PREDATOR 1, 3  and Aliens Earth War 2, 4 COMIC SET. Un-circ. set by Dark Horse in 1990. Overstreet value is $20.00 in NM. These are NM+ and better $9.95 Four Comic Set. Regular comics, not time capsules.
ALIENS VS PREDATOR 1-4 $9.95 Write as this may be sold out
ALPHA Flight 1
 PERFECT $4.00 1983
Alpha Flight 4 NP $4
Alpha Flight 15 P $4
18 Alpha Flight nearly all PERFECT. 1 ST SERIES. ISSUES INCLUDED ARE: 1-5, 7-10, 14, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29. $55 OVERSTREET VALUE IN MERE 9.2 NM-, HOWEVER THESE ARE MUCH NICER AND VALUED AT $110 OR MORE. $50 YOUR PRICE. Sold

15 Alpha Flight nearly all PERFECT. 1 ST SERIES. ISSUES INCLUDED ARE: 1, 2, 4, 5,  7,8, 9, 16, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29.  OVERSTREET VALUE IN MERE 9.2 NM-, HOWEVER THESE ARE MUCH NICER AND VALUED AT $80 OR MORE. $37.50 YOUR PRICE.

12 Alpha Flight nearly all PERFECT. 1 ST SERIES. ISSUES INCLUDED ARE: 1, 2, 4, 5,  7, 8, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29.  OVERSTREET VALUE IN MERE 9.2 NM-, HOWEVER THESE ARE MUCH NICER AND VALUED AT $75 OR MORE. $32.50 YOUR PRICE.

Amazing Spider-Man

Write to inquire. These come and go too fast to keep up with listings. Send list of items of interest. 326 and up only if not listed here.

15 set: These were submitted for 9.6 grades to CGC and rejected. Most have tiny defects along the spine. Add $12 if you want these placed back into original Time Capsules. Bag and board for each with CGC labels and our notes attached to bags. 253 (2nd Black costume in this series), 255, 256, 258, 264, 266, 270, 271, 273, 274, 284, 286, 287, 290, 295, 296, 297. $130

263 NP $7

279 P $7 Silver Sable

293 p $10.00

326 np. $9.95
302  np $16 ea
326 np $5

346 np $7

388 p $20

391p, 393 p, 394 no, 395p, 396p, 397p 398p$3 ea.

Amazing Spider-man 25 set THIS SET INCLUDES 368-374, 376, 377, 379-383, 385-387, 389, 391-398 ...  25 TOTAL.. PERFECT AND NEAR PERFECT COPIES $66

Arak, Son of Thunder 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, Set $13.95
18 SET: ARAK, SON OF THUNDER 1 ,2, 4-10, 12-17, 23, 31, 33  TIME CAPSULES . 11 ARE PERFECT AND OTHERS HAVE A MICROSCOPIC MARK ON SPINE. BONUS #1 ( 2 TOTAL) INCLUDED. 19 SET WITH BONUS BOOK.$42
ARAK, SON OF THUNDER 11 Set 1, 2, 4, 7-9,14-16, 23, 33 (3 ARE PERFECT) $24
ARAK, SON OF THUNDER 4 Set : 1, 2, 4, 5 $9.95

ARION, LORD OF ATLANTIS DC  NEAR PERFECT DC 1982 8 SET 

2, 3, 5,, 8, 11,12, 15, 25

#5 HAS PROMINANT STRESS LINE  $16 for 8 set

Arion 14 MOSTLY PERFECT SET: ARION, LORD OF ATLANTIS 1-3 , 5-8, 11, 12, 15, 18-20, 25 .   5, 7, 11 TIME CAPSULES HAVE MICROSCOPIC DEFECTS. THESE ARE SO CLOSE TO PERFECT THAT MOST WOULD SEE NO DEFECTS. #5 IS WEAKEST ISSUE.  MICROSOPIC. $32.50 set.

Armor 1 P $2.50 Neil Adams
Avengers Perfect ten set. 202, 203, 206-209, 211-213, 216.  $40
  Avengers Perfect Ten Set. 226, 229,233, 234-236, 237, 241, 246, 247, 248. $40 (set 2)
BATMAN 3 SET AND BATMAN PREDATOR FEATURE COMIC

1. DELUXE SQUARE BOUND EDITION OF BATMAN VS PREDATOR #1 LOOKS MINT TO US 1991
2. BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1 : note that 4 different colors are shown in photo and you may choose the color you wish. If you make no selection, you'll receive random color. All have same value and have same contents.1989
3. GOTHOM BY GASLIGHT Michael Mignola and Craig Russell deluxe square bound graphic novel. 1989. BATMAN AND JACK THE RIPPER. Complete story.
All three classics for one bid. Look at the shine on the Dark Knight! All three of these are classy printings featuring gorgeous covers with top stories and art. $20 value   $11.95 your price

Batman 438 P $3.00

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 1-10, 12-14. PERFECT $40
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 1-6, 8-14. PERFECT $40

Beowulf 1 $12 NP about 9.0-9.2

BERNIE WRIGHTSON, MASTER OF THE MACABRE  1-5 PERFECT SET  PC COMICS . You are welcome to break the seals on these gems and give them a good read. Jones does 11 pages in #4 too. Gorgeous art and great stories.1983 on Baxter paper.  Overstreet value is $25 for this complete set. (These is no #6) These are much nicer, of course and valued around $50. Cherry picked two decades ago and looks perfect to us. $19.95

MODERN SET #3:  BATTLE OF THE PLANETS 1-4. $9.95  1,   2,   3,   4.  
MODERN SET #4 : BATTLE OF THE PLANETS 1-4 AND BONUS BOOK #1 CHROME COVER. $15.95

Blackhawk 251 P $4

Blackhawk 260 P $3.50 Chakin
Blackhawk 1 1989 P $3.50

Black Lightning 1 np $10

BLACK LIGHTNING 1-3 NP  $24 set of 3
BLACK PANTHER 2, 4, $24.00 2 set
BLACK PANTHER #2-5, 10-13 PERFECT TIME CAPSULE ( 10 near perfect) Highly collectible .30 cent issues $96 Set
BLACK PANTHER 2 NP $15 1977 Kirby
Blade Runner 1 P $3 82 Harrison Form Sci-Fi
Brave and the Bold 194 NP Flash $6

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