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Should I frame my certificates?
This is a tricky question. My answer is to view the question from a monetary perspective.
It is obvious that when we go to the expense of framing something, we intend to place it on a wall for some kind of display purpose. Why not decide what our real purposes might be before we spend the money. Why not make decisions based on our real framing needs instead of some knee-jerk, imagined need?
One of the things I want collectors to know is that framing involves money. Collectors will definitely spend money upfront for framing; the better the framing, the more they will spend. Then there is the possible backend loss if certificates lose value by the mere act of display.
If pressed to make a recommendation, I personally suggest framing good color copies instead of originals. When you know something stands a risk of destruction, why take the chance? Destruction is a one-way journey. If a color copy is destroyed by theft, poor handling, light, heat, storms or whatever, simply shrug and replace the ruined copy with another and rest easy. Chances are, your insurance agent will appreciate your precautions.
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(Last updated ep 13, 2014)
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