Unfortunately, this hideous development has caught on and continues to this day. That comic of Superman's first appearance, "Action #1," which sold for a cool million dollars earlier this year? Slabbed in a plastic box, where it can never be read or enjoyed by anyone ever again. I don't give the proverbial rat's behind about preserving this wonderful piece of Americana; it's about as useless as eyeglasses on a statue if it's stuck in a plastic box and locked away in some safe deposit box. "Grading" and boxing of toys and action figures has been less successful and less common than the same for comics, but it does continue, and I find it appalling. Just my opinion.
Anyhow, here it is, my proposed script for a picture book (it's only 500 words) written during the height of the Beanie Baby craze -- enjoy!