Historic Election Newspapers, Scooped Up But Worthless?

It is important to keep framed newspapers away from any direct source of light and away from heating or air-conditioning vents to prevent temperature fluctuations.

For people who want to preserve their historic editions and yet be able to display them, one compromise is to make a copy of the newspaper to put up for display while preserving the original in a safe place.

Christoffersen says those who are willing to go the extra mile and spend the money can look online for archival stores that offer special containers and methods for storing newspapers.

Some Nov. 5 editions have already sold online on eBay and Craigslist for hundreds of dollars. However, people hoping to make big bucks from auctioning off theirs in coming years should avoid investing too much, according to Philip Weiss with the Antiques Roadshow.

"They will have minimal value because everyone is going to save them," he says. "What makes collectibles valuable, in general, is scarcity and in this case people are hoarding them."

"If you could get them signed by Obama and Biden then it would be a lot more interesting."

Though older newspapers have survived longer, Christoffersen says technology may reveal better ways to preserve history.

"Five hundred years from now, who knows what innovations are going to be here," she says.

For the sake of people hoping to keep their claim on history, we can only hope such innovations come quickly.

As more and more newspapers stop their printing presses and become purely Web based, it will be curious to see how people gather historic memorabilia when the next big event comes along. For now, however, people can cling to their newspapers and their memories knowing they experienced one of the most pivotal moments of American history.

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