One thing noticeably missing in old time credit card collections is the lack of quality material.
It appears most pioneer collectors didn’t realize the day would come when others would be seriously interested in their credit cards.
How did early collectors display their cards?
Early collectors seldom took precautions to protect the condition of the cards that were kept. Some collections were displayed by being glued into photo albums. It was common to bundle credit cards with rubber bands or just stack them together loosely. This allowed the credit cards to rub together thus creating numerous unsightly hairline scratches.
The few mint cards that were put aside were often mishandled. Upon first glance you can easily mistake the cards for used ones. Closer examination reveals that the cards have been handled and stacked together so many times that they have become worn looking.
Ensure you preserve your credit cards
There’s an opportunity today for any collector who takes the time to learn and practice proper handling and storage procedures. The opportunity is to own one of the few collections of top condition modern cards.
The type of condition that future collectors will be looking to fill their collections with. It’s up to you to make sure the specimens saved will be in the finest condition possible.