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    Prison Break: An Easy Step-By-Step Guide to Crack Cards Out of Their Plastic Cases

    Hey guys,


    Yeah, I'm a slab cracker (gasp!).

    I cracked another slab today and this time I decided to write about it on my very own hockey card blog: Beyond The Crease.

    I've been cracking slabs for years, but I remember how nervous I was the first time around, so I decide to provide you guys with some step-by-step instructions on how I do it.

    Hope you enjoy! Please let me know what you think!

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    Collecting: Jhonas Enroth & Upper Deck 300 Win Club Cards

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    @creasecollector, you must be fairly confident in your abilities .... isn't that a PC card lol?

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    As for your question about preferring to leave cards slabbed or not .... I always preferred slabbed. You can't beat the type of protection that comes with a slabbed card.

    I have cracked many slabbed cases in my lifetime, using a variety of methods, but mostly for cheap cards that were slabbed (think Challenge for the Cup rookies). This method is definitely a good one. Nice work and thanks for the demo!

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    @creasecollector, you must be fairly confident in your abilities .... isn't that a PC card lol?

    Thanks for the reply @pwskelly !

    And it sure is a PC card!

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    There are no and never will be any slabs in my collection.

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    The want list at this link features what I need of Giroux, Couturier, Ottawa Senators, and Miscellaneous set. If you have nothing from it I will consider CFL cards, current Senators, Carey Price, Guy Lafleur, Patrick Roy (Habs), vintage hockey (pre 1970) and trade bait.

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    There are no and never will be any slabs in my collection.

    Haha, I feel that.

    The only cards I have in a slab are a few graded cards (graded 9 or above), plus a ITG H&P Priority Signings Enroth card /3 that I need to keep in the slab because the card itself has no identifiable marking to indicate it was a show card.

    Aside from graded cards, here's the only card I keep in a slab right now:

    2013 Spring Expo - ITG Priority Signings - 2010-11 Heroes And Prospects Autograph Jhonas Enroth 2/3

    I need this card in the slab in order to properly identify it for my collection. There are no other marking on the front or back to identify that it's a show card. So it will have to stay.






    Other than that, the card gets busted!

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    As for your question about preferring to leave cards slabbed or not .... I always preferred slabbed. You can't beat the type of protection that comes with a slabbed card.

    I have cracked many slabbed cases in my lifetime, using a variety of methods, but mostly for cheap cards that were slabbed (think Challenge for the Cup rookies). This method is definitely a good one. Nice work and thanks for the demo!

    Oh for sure. When talking about protection, nothing beats a slabbed card.

    For me, and I mentioned this briefly in the above blog post, but my card storage is a big thing for me.

    I'd prefer to store cards the way I like and sacrifice some protection. I don't mind a dinged corner or two, as long as I have the card safely in my binder, I'm happy.

    I realize how "old school" that might sound, and while I'm not an old school collector by any means, it's the way I prefer things.

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    I wonder that the qualifications are to be a be a card grader.....I mean I have a few slabbed cards - not the biggest fan considering there are people out there breaking slabs, lol - but I do have a few, and I think they're fair grades to an extent, but at the same time I think some of these graders don't take era into account...

    For example, I have a 77-78 Orr right next to me and the only thing wrong with this card that it's OC 40/60 L/R.....Other than that it is a perfect card ... Top to bottom is perfect and you could cut your finger on the corners, perhaps one could argue the corners on the back aren't as perfect on the front - but this is a difficult set to find a "perfect Topps" specimen... I'm sure there are some 9-10's but IMO, if I was grading the card I would hold it to mid to late 70's standards.... This card got a 7, but objectively I feel it should have qualified as a 7. 5 or 8. and if not for the centering an easy 9....

    Here is the thing tho, when it comes to centering and "vintage" cards I'm a bit more lax on that trait ...

    There are lots of cars out there that are hard to find centered but have other flaws, now does the fact it the card is centered give that card a bonus??

    I mean 1971-72 is a good example of that... That set is notorious for being off-centered, heck 72-73 as well... So should a card that is 50/50 with perhaps a dinged corner (not soft but a dinged) corner demand a premium?...

    Look, if I have an opportunity to grab a card that is notoriously known to be O/C and I find one centered - I will buy it because that card - regardless of it's other flaws is rare within itself .....In hockey a good example of that is the 71-72 Howe - I have (3) 2 of which are razor sharp, the centered one tho is pretty rough, lol... The Dryden RC runs the same way tho, but I lucky got a Topps RC centered for a very good price, and almost bought an OPC for a little bit more but centered with a crease through it but other than that sharp corners and no other flaws...

    I suppose my point is that some cards have common flaws be it centering or common printing defects and it seems these grading services don't take these common issues into account when they grade cards, and I do believe it you have one of these cards that don't have these defects it should get a bonus grade - or at the very least be pointed out that "this is one of the more rarer centered versions" for example ..... Some cards are just rare because they're not like the others, so they shouldn't be judged or graded the same.... I mean sure give them similar grades but point out that 71-72 Gordie Howe is centered , while the other 80% aren't..

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