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Not sure if this has been discussed before but has anyone successfully un-slabbed a card before?

Looking at a couple of potential buys where some idiot spent more on the slab than what the card is worth. Not to mention the cards are less than 5 years old. For a standard, new collection graded cards really throw my OCD all out of whack!
 
Posts: 3312 | Location: Tennessee | Registered: March 09, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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It's quite easy. Simply use a dykes (wire cutter)to snip off a top corner of the slab. Insert a flat head screwdriver in between the opening and gently twist it around the edges of the slab breaking the seal. there's also plenty of youtube videos demonstrating this.

Good luck!

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Posts: 30 | Location: NEW YORK | Registered: July 30, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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They un-slab graded cards all the time.

They send a card away thinking it's a 9 or higher and it comes back an 8 for deductions they overlooked. A graded 8 won't sell well, so they bust it out and go back to trying to sell it ungraded. Wink
 
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I did it last week, with an auto card that was probably worth no more than $ 10-15. I wanted to put it in my binder with the other autos from this particular set

I used gardening shears to break off a corner, and then proceeded to break the case piece by piece. I had plastic all over, but the card was not damaged
 
Posts: 4348 | Location: Bayonne, NJ, USA | Registered: May 06, 2001Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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You might want to wear safety goggles or sunglasses when you do this. I've unslabbed a couple of cards and had little bits of plastic go flying each time.
 
Posts: 875 | Location: Massachusetts | Registered: July 27, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Cool,

I have never really tried it, so I figured I would make sure it does not damage the card before I bid on it. :-)
 
Posts: 3312 | Location: Tennessee | Registered: March 09, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I'm less graceful than some of these fine suggestions. Once in awhile I'll end up having to buy a slabbed card to complete a vintage set ... and I always have a pair of pliers in the living room. At the top right corner I just 'bite' the slab corner off with the pliers and then jam a flat head screwdriver in the space left by the bite and 'rotate' the flathead. This separates the slab halves. Naturally, do this over a trash can because those little slab shards are a ***** to step on with bare feet.
 
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