ISO 24x36 Acid Free Portfolios

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fantasticninja
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Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:33 pm

No code. Storage sleeves don't have the holes punched out to fit into the rings of the binder. Why would there be sleeves that you can't put prints in?
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jeffgriz
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Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:45 pm

I have an Itoya portfolio for my 24x36 prints with 20 sleeves. I'm not an avid collector so I only have 16 of them filled on the front side, but I am getting close to maxing it out. It says on their website that you can put prints on both sides of the divider to get a maximum of 40 in the portfolio. This might be a totally dumb question, but is this okay to do? Any chance of cross contamination with different kinds of paper and ink in the same sleeve, or getting waves or ripples from different paper thickness? I think I'm just being paranoid but I thought I'd make sure with other people that have done this before. Thank you!
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mtarail
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Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:42 pm

Short answer is no. Itoya portfolios are archival quality and the paper divider is acid free. Some of my prints and posters have been stored in Itoya portfolios for 10+ years, and when you remove them, they look just like when you put them in. Having said that, if this is a paranoia thing for you, and you have the room, you could always buy a second portfolio and keep storing one print to a sleeve.
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jeffgriz
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Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:37 am

Cheers for the response. I've been wanting to get another portfolio anyway, but it's good to have options in the meantime. Just for organizational purposes, I'd really like to match regulars and variants on the same page. It is much appreciated!
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Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:56 pm

Would appreciate help from the experts here for a newbie before I mess things up...

I have some photos 16 x 20 that i want to store properly. These are signed by athletes with sharpie pens and therefore hopefully will be valuable some day.

I also have some giclee prints 16 x 20, also signed by athletes with sharpies.

Until now they have been rolled up inside tubes and are in great condition.

So I want to take them out of the tubes and store them in archival acid free sleeves.

I have been advised to use Clear File Archival Plus print protectors. These are "archival, acid free, no PVC and high clarity polypropylene". Then I was advised I could insert them inside a Toploader rigid plastic PVC sleeve. They indicated once inside the Clear File archival plus acid free plastic sleeve, they would be safe inside the Toploader. This was told me to me by the owner of the commercial high quality photo lab where the prints and giclee's were originally made from the negatives.

So is this the opinion of those more informed than I, a proper way to store these items?

I have seen on this forum people using Baroque Archival & Acid-Free Print Protector Storage Sleeves. Would these be better to use instead of the Clear File Archival Plus print protector sleeves? And if so, can I insert the prints inside the Baroque sleeves and then insert them inside the Toploader rigid PVC sleeves?

Thanks in advance for any help and advice any of the forum users can provide....Much appreciated !!!!
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Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:51 pm

koufax1791 wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:56 pm
Until now they have been rolled up inside tubes and are in great condition.
Depending on the type of paper and the length of time you held them in tubes, great condition is not necessarily the case.

If it is all “newer” photos and prints, any of your mentioned methods will be fine.
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Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:26 pm

I'm going to make another plug for the 24 x 36 portfolios that vault displays makes. They recently announced that they went back to producing these sleeves so that the binder doesn't open or close. (Like an Itoya 18 x 24). I've been storing my 24 x 36 posters in portfolios for over 10 years now, and this current edition of the vault portfolio is the best I've used. Because the binder rings don't open, it's not a struggle to turn the pages of the portfolio, or have pages that fall out of the binder rings. This new edition has at least 1/4" of space to spare in the sleeves on each side, when putting a full-sized 24 x 36 print in, so it's actually less stress getting a 24 x 36 into this than getting a full sized 18 x 24 into an Itoya 18 x 24. I've already bought a bunch of these so I can phase out my old portfolios and transition all of my larger prints into these. I'm feeling a little like Tom Sellick peddling reverse mortgages now, but if you're in the market, I'd recommend trying one out.

https://vaultdisplays.com/products/24-x-36-portfolio
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Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:20 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. I just ordered one of these and I'm going to try it out. My flat files are filling up and I'm going to use this portfolio as my framing "queue" for prints that are in line to get framed.
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fantasticninja
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Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:23 am

I just bought a 13x19 from Vaultdisplays per your recommendation. I can't wait to fit my small prints in it. I had no clue a small size like this existed.
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