When collecting retro computing related items you’ll undoubtedly end up with a variety of different items, made from different materials and in a range of conditions.
Here is a recent snap of my collection which is made up mostly of games and consoles from the 16 bit era onwards (sorry, humble brag!).
A single Megadrive game consists of fairly typical retro game packaging:
- The plastic case and film cover
- The paper box art that sits outside the case but inside the cover
- The paper manual, contained inside the box
- The game cartridge which is a plastic case round an integrated circuit board with the metal pins exposed
Then we have the boxes for the consoles which are usually:
- Cardboard for the actual box
- Polystyrene for the internal packaging
And of course we have other medium as well:
- Tapes for some of the older games
- CDs for some of the newer games
- Wires for the controllers
What is the optimal way a typical home user (*1) can store all these items, on display (*2) , to preserve them in their current state for future generations?
*1 – By typical home user I mean within a reasonable budget and reasonable practicality. If cryogenic freezing in a pool the size of a football pitch is the absolute best way then please feel free to mention it but please offer it alongside some more feasible advice as well.
*2 – Note I’m primarily interested in answers that have them on display and useable, however if it makes significant difference, answers around sealing in air tight boxes and hiding at the back of the attic are welcome too.