It's For Research - No, Really!


A panel held at:


Chicago TARDIS 2009

27-29 November

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Chicago, IL


Doctor Who collectors talk different aspects of their collecting.

Some topics will include storage, presentation, and finding a way to justify their insanity to friends and family.


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The Earthbound TimeLords Research Library, Cleveland Branch.

Chancellor Z1R0's collection of Doctor Who print and media collectibles.


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Doctor Who Collecting Guide:


Transcendental Toybox.jpgHowe, David J. and Arnold T. Blumberg

Transcendental Toybox

Chippenham, Wiltshire (UK) : Telos / ATB, 2000


An updated second edition appeared in 2003, with supplemental updates also published separately in 2004 and 2006. A further update covering the 2006-2008 period is scheduled for release in the Autumn of 2009.


Second Edition $39.95 retail (750 pages)




Doctor Who Collecting Informational Websites:

      Earthbound TimeLords

      Howe's Transcendental Toybox

      On Target               


      Skaro Toy Museum    


Used/Rare Doctor Who Dealers:

The Doctor Who Store (IL)

Galaxy 4 (UK)       

Intergalactic Trading Co (FL)


Used/Rare Book Dealer Inventory Search Engines:

Advanced Book Exchange


Bibliofind (Amazon) 



Used/Rare Auctions:



Used/Rare Book Dealer:

Powell's Books (OR) 


Used/Rare Comic Dealer:

Mile High Comics (CO)


Archival Storage Supplies (bags, backers, boxes, dividers):


Archival Methods (NY)

Archivart (NJ)      

Bags Unlimited (NY) 

Conservation Resources (VA)

Hollinger Metal Edge (CA)

Light Impressions (CA)

Masterpak (NY)      

University Products (MA)


Notes on poly storage bags (size codes from Bags Unlimited):


SPR paperback regular: 60s-70s mass market size (Target novelizations)

SPL paperback large: 80s-00s mass market size (Missing/New Adventures)

  also exact size for single VHS cases

SPJ paperback jumbo: 80s-00s thick mass market size

  also exact size for single DVD cases

SMAR3 regular Marvel comic: will fit all Doctor Who comics

  also useful for small trade size and hardbacks

KAF28R standard acid free regular comic backers - for SMAR3 bags

SMAG3 standard magazine: will fit Doctor Who Magazine

  also useful for large trade size and hardbacks

KAF28M standard acid free standard magazine backers - for SMAG3 bags

SLPS3 vinyl album

  also useful for very large trade size and hardbacks (W.H. Allen)


Library Supplies (bookcases, bookends):

Demco (WI)          

Gaylord (NY)        

Highsmith (WI)      

The Library Store (IL)

Library Suppliers (MA)


Note: The bookcases pictured are by Safco [Square-Edged Cherry Veneer] ( and were purchased from The Library Store.