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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cracking a CGC case ...on video

Ok, I'm going all multimedia on y'all this time...I'vv been asked a lot how come I like CGC comics so much (comics encased in a slab) when I profess to being an collector AND a reader...well the truth is that I liberate most of the comics I buy "slabbed". And trust me it's the best feeling in the world.

Anyway the question that inevitably follows is how I do it. People seem to think it's dangerous or something. Well it isn't, if you're careful and sober you can do it in under two minutes. And just to put my money where my mouth is... here is one I did earlier :

And for the killjoys that don't want to watch the video...here's a starter guide

1) insert a medium sized screwdriver between the slab halves in the middle of the right long edge (only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in...no where near the level of the comic itself) and push it upward as close to the corner as possible.

2) Turn the screwdriver counter-clockwise until the corner pops/cracks (this will leave VISIBLE evidence of tampering).

3) Once the corner is open, the long edge and the top edge will be open as well.
repeat the procedure for the top left corner.

4) Both corners will now be visibly cracked open. Remove the inner housing. If you want to play it really safe, crack open three corners

5) With a sharp knife or scissor, very carefully cut across the shield approx. 1/4 inch above the comic, being extra careful NOT to exert pressure on the surface of the comic's top edge by pressing on the holder over that point.

7) Smell, read and enjoy the comic

8) Put it into Mylar + a fullback for safekeeping

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Anonymous Chris Pratl said...

That warmed my heart, my friend...I DETEST CGC and anything to do with it!

Good man...and nice book as well...I have a copy myself in the "Archives".


8:50 PM  
Blogger Lawrence said...

Nice vid.

I think I would have handled it even more carefully than that.....but I'm paranoid.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why pay the premium for a slabbed book, then open it and lose the added value of a CGC-grade? Why not just buy a high grade, non CGC-graded version of the book?

9:29 PM  
Blogger chromium said...

restrella39 :

1) There is almost no premium for for CGC books in low to mid grade

2) When you buy the book slabbed, you know it's unrestored

Hope this answers your question

11:00 PM  
Blogger carlo said...

I don't like cgc png graded comic, buried and sealed in plastic graves, not even with very old book (1500) it is not made that way, if in thirty years my comics lose some grades ( but I'm absolutely sure it not will happen), it is matter for posterity that maybe not care about my comics at all.
Comic is not mere possession, it is passion and I love also the inner pages and what is written in.
I' apologize for my limping english

7:21 AM  

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