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Shelf Porn Saturday | A collection at work

If it’s Saturday, it must be Shelf Porn, and today’s collection comes from Alfred Day. Alfred shows us his office, which features some nicely displayed shelves of statues, comics and more.

If you’d like to submit your collection to Shelf Porn, scroll down to the end of the post to find out how. Now let’s hear from Alfred …

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I’ve wanted to send you some of these pictures for a while, but they’re a little different than the norm. These are pictures from my office. I don’t work in an artistic or creative field (although I am working on it), so these are from my office at a small, private college. As such, I can’t really do the overwhelming showing of all my collectibles that I see in some other collections. I have to maintain a certain amount of restraint as my office has to have some amount of approachability for college students and the occasional helicopter parent that pops in.

As a collector, I’m much more interested in a curated look for my collectibles, even in my home. I probably have a lot more items in storage than on display. I like to change out the “exhibit” regularly to highlight different pieces from my collection. When I see a collection where everything is on display, it gets kind of overwhelming. I’ll be honest, I learned the lesson in a previous relationship when I took my girlfriend into my second bedroom containing 20,000 comics in shortboxes plus shelves and shelves of statues, prop replicas, etc. After talking her out of running out the door from being overwhelmed by my geekiness, I began to think through how I wanted my collection presented, and started working on more of a curated presentation.

This is the glass case in the corner of the office, dominated by Disney. I’ve noticed that while I’m both a massive comic collector and a smaller scale Disney Collector, the Disney tends to dominate in the office. This is partially for work as I often have students in my office because they’re in trouble, and having a Mickey Mouse Big Fig can help break the ice in a difficult conversation.

The pieces in the glass case are a few pieces I’ve picked up at Disneyland over the years. The Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie Big Fig is from a trip in around 1999. You’ll also note the pins. The one in the center is from Disneyland’s Club 33, an exclusive club that is something of a Holy Grail for Disney buffs as it is only accessible to members and not to the general public. I’m not a member but I arranged an invite some years ago and picked up the pin as a souvenir.

Next to the case you’ll find some comics I’ve had graded by CGC. CGC Certified 9.8 Signature Series of Batman #700 Variant Cover signed by the artist, Mike Mignola. Signed at WonderCon 2012

CGC Certified Superman #233. 4.5 is not a great number, but I love the Neal Adams Cover.

CGC Certified Batman #241. Again 7.0 is not the greatest number, but the Neal Adams cover is incredible!

How it all fits together.

1959 Monorail Replica produced by Master Replicas. The lights work. There is a light on top of the case and the Disneyland sign all light up as well, but since I’m rarely in my office at night, I hardly ever see them all lit up.

And finally the following pictures are from shows I’ve done with my local community theatre. Just a head nod to my theatre geek side. I know this doesn’t have as much stuff as other collections, but I’d be curious to see how others handle office spaces and curated collections.

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Thanks to Alfred for his submission. If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Robot 6, here’s what you need to do:

1. Take some photos and save them as jpgs.
2. Write a little something about your collection
3. Send them to me in an email.

Some additional tips:

1. Although we don’t have a minimum or maximum limit on photos, usually 10-15 should suffice. They also don’t need to be huge, so if you can shrink them down so they are less than 1000 x 1000, that would be great. You can help make your collection look nice by being sure to focus, use the right lighting, dust your shelves beforehand, etc.
2. You can either write something up that’ll appear at the beginning of the post, or you can describe each item. Be sure to indicate where each image should be placed within your write-up, but don’t embed the images into a Word doc. Just put the file name in brackets where you want the image to appear.
3. When sending images using something like YouSendIt or DropBox, please keep in mind that I may not get to your submission for a month or more, so make sure you don’t delete them or that they won’t expire.
4. Please include your name (just your first name is fine) and location with your write-up.

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“A monorail?” “Is there a chance the track could bend?” “Not on your life, my Hindu friend” etc.

Nice. Love the restraint which allows the pieces to really stand out. And as a fellow Disneygeek your pieces are killer. When/where did you get the Disneyland sign? I’ve been to Club33 and have that pin but I’d be afraid of showcasing that at work cus someone would probably snag it.

I got the Disneyland sign at Disneyland last year. I was there recently and it’s still available at Disneyana on Main Street. I don’t worry as much about the Club 33 pin as they’re readily available on eBay. It has more emotional than fiscal value. My biggest concern is swapping out the graded comics. They aren’t't in direct sunlight, but I still worry.

nice display their episcally getting a club 33 pin from disneyy land with out being a member that is a rare feet and one of a kind feet

Real nice I like it and your so right about freakin out woman with to much geekness

This is pretty awesome. It’s nice to see showcases like this where there isn’t a gazillion little things to look at. It’s simple, and all have great history behind them to boot.

It almost makes me think I could submit my collection to CBR for SPS. . .

Awesome collection, Alfred!

Good collection

Alfred, don’t worry about the low numbers on your books. Superman 233 recently became hot again and just finding a decent shaped book is getting harder. As long as it displays nicely you are in good shape!

I’ve never displayed my comics before. Is there a chance that putting comics on the wall will lead to them getting discolored?

I wouldn’t worry about those grades so much…bust those things out…get them framed with access to take them out if you ever want to read them again…or matted, so they stick out more without the ugly blue plastic surrounding them…

I like the theater. Although ive only seen 2 shows. Bat-boy the musical and Evil Dead the musical :)

Alfred, I like how you display your graded comics. What kind of frames do you use for them?

Thanks!

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