December 14th, 2011
We recently posted about the secure storage of valuable baseball cards. A recent story in the Salina Journal brought the issue of secure storage front and center. A break-in at a Salina storage unit resulted in one person being robbed of “a collection of about 15,000 football, baseball and basketball cards valued at $3,000, and a stamp collection valued at $2,000.”
We hear these types of horror stories in the secure storage business and we see it as our mission to help people prevent this from happening to their valuables. Our hearts go out to the victim of this crime.
For the rest of us, this should serve as a reminder to review our storage plans and make sure that we are protected.
November 11th, 2011
There were plenty of heroes in this year’s World Series, and that has us thinking about baseball cards. A few superstar players may see their card stock rise after an exciting seven-game nail biter. Congratulations to the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Many may not know that baseball cards are one of the more unique items we store here at Underground Vaults & Storage. Like any item, proper storage of baseball cards is important and can help protect your investment, especially if you have one of these top ten most valuable cards.
If you were lucky enough to have any of these in your collection, you’d certainly take great precautions when storing them. The fact of the matter is that most businesses have valuable records that are vital to their operations and these records deserve the same protection you’d want for a T206 Honus Wagner. Remember, whether your protecting baseball cards or business records, basic storage best practices apply. Consider the space needed, environmental concerns, your access needs and the value of your items when determining whether to store them on or off-site.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Baseball Collection
November 2nd, 2011
Insurance can be a real lifesaver when something is stolen, lost or destroyed, but there are things that can be lost that can’t be replaced with a fat insurance check.
The movies would have us think that it takes grappling hooks, pulleys and an acrobatic romp through a laser grid to make off with priceless artifacts. The reality is quite a bit more mundane.
Throughout history, great works of art have gone missing, never to be seen again. And it doesn’t take an acrobat, barbarian invasion or centuries of poor recordkeeping, just ask the city of San Francisco or the collectors who lost items in the 2004 Momart fire.
The security of the location where art is stored is at least as important as the security when it is on display. That includes security against natural and manmade disasters as well as security against theft. It also includes security against the elements, as plain old air and humidity can cause deterioration.
If you have questions about the best way to store your valuable artifacts, give us a call here at UV&S. We’d be happy to discuss your specific needs and make a recommendation.
*Photo: Willam Redgrave – The Event lost in the Momart fire