i'm new in this forum, so i hope i post my questions in the right place and get informative answers.
Well, i am a comic collector since around 2 years now, which means i am only collecting modern comics, especially DC Comics. I collect mainly TPBs, hardcovers & softcovers likewise with a few deluxe HCs. Recently i started to collect single issues as well but my focus remains on TPBs.
Unlike most of the people i know from different forums, it seems like i'm one of the few that put their TPBs into bags. Until now i have been using bags made out of polyethylene. Unfortunately in my country it is hard to near impossible to find mylar bags plus i can not afford the shipping costs to actually order them from the USA, which is why i have to simply stick to the polyethylene or polypropylene bags.
Now i was trying to find out some informations whether it is more desirable to use polyethylene or polypropylene. Despite the low options i have, i want to have my comics in the best bags i can get. On some pages i could read that polypropylene would be the better material. On some others it is stated that polyethylene would be more desirable (including a topic in this forum). So my question is: what is the real deal now? How comes that everybody says something different?
Plus if i choose to switch to polypropylene bags, which of the following bags would be better in your opinion? MAX Protection, UltraPro or Comic Defense? I can only choose between these three, the comic shops from which i order my stuff does not have others. The same question about backing boards and boxes: Is Comic Defense a good option?
I know that mylar bags and 100% acid-free backing boards and boxes would be the best thing to get but like i said, i can not get them here plus i can not afford shipping costs. So unfortunately these are no options for me. I also know that i might have to re-bag & board my comics every 2-4 years then but that should be ok, i guess. Maybe in 3-4 years, i will have more options to choose and be able to get mylar etc. Also: Would it be better to not use backing boards if i can not get the ones from E.Gerber for example? Because i have read this too and don't know if it's true.
I would be happy for every professional information.