how to remove bubble w/o damaging the card

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  1. ExtremeGz

    ExtremeGz Autobot/Decepticon Spy

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    ExtremeGz here....

    As some of you know....I have to move soon....to the sunny state of Hawaii. But, before I go I have to pack up my TF's to be ready for the trip. I've gotten some great info on plastic baggies, just-use-the-original-boxes idea, poppies, etc. My only other question is with regard to the cardbacks on deluxes and such. How do you remove them w/o harming the card....hairdryer? I probably will be opening most of my figs and shipping them bubble wrapped for space considerations...and to ease my wife's mind on how many I have....she goes nuts over the space they take up in the boxes. But hey, got any ideas. You're the seasoned experts on moving/packing/etc...so I figured why not ask the vets!

    Anyways, thanks for the info ahead of time!

    ExtremeGz
     
  2. planetjacker

    planetjacker Critters burn real good. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I use a box cutter and cut off the bubble right next to the card.
     
  3. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    What he said.
     
  4. Optimus Kharnal

    Optimus Kharnal Well-Known Member

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    yeah I use a pocket knife and and cut along the edge of the bubble, there's no helping taking off of the backing but its still very clean.
     
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    I concur with all the above; trim the bubble off as close to the card as you can, and leave it at that. Trying to remove the bubble completely will ruin the card.
     
  6. Metal Chaos

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    Don't have a box cutter, just a multitool with a knife that I use to cut the bubble near the car. Works just fine.
     
  7. Mirage_26

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    Same here. Box cutter or X-ACTO knife works great.
     
  8. iheartarcee

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    1. get in car
    2. drive to store
    3. walk to toy section hoping to god they have the one you want
    4. find toy you want, smile and maybe do a dance
    5. pay for toy
    6. drive home, glancing at your toy next to you as you go
    7. clear desk or table at home and gaze at toy in package
    8. find pocket knife
    9. open pocket knife
    10. carefully and with surgical precision cut bubble as close to card as possible
    11. toss both aside carelessly
    12. take out toy and transform

    did that answer your question?
     
  9. sparkimusprime

    sparkimusprime Coffee+Black=Delicious

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    I do what these guys said as well. I usually leave the top of the bubble uncut so I can return the figure to the card if I need to store it. But since you're trying to save space I guess cutting the bubble off completely is your best option.
     
  10. Aaron

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  11. kenm2474

    kenm2474 LORD DC TFW2005 Supporter

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    Exactly what I do.
     
  12. MrMurder

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    the cutting around the bubble was definitely my method as well - but as i was chopping the backs off of the voyager boxes a couple weeks back, i said to myself, "Why am I doing this? What's the point?" and I decided to take the many hundred cards that I have collected over the past few years and toss them all in the trash... because, well... I only care about the toys anyway.
    I did however keep a mass amount of 'tidbits' off of the cards and boxes that I plan to someday make some pretty badass collages with.
     
  13. Optimist_Prime

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    Here's tried and true method.

    1.) Look at the bottom of the package.
    2.) You'll notice the bubble is perferated at the bottom.
    3.) Take your Xacto and cut along that preferation.
    4.) Carfully cut all taped flaps on the back of the card.
    5.) Now you'll be able to pull the insert out, again carfully, without dealing with the portion of the bubble glued to the card. :thumbs2: 
     
  14. djmagic

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    exactly what i do^^^^^^^
     
  15. Ripclaw

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    i say this ^^^^^^
     
  16. bouncing boy77

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    yup, this is what i do too on the figs that i wanna keep the packaging, the rest i just throw away.
     
  17. Chosen

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    Unfortunately, that's only a recent feature by Hasbro. I don't know how far back the OP's collection extends, but if anything's older than Cybertron (?), no such perforation exists. Figures like Beast Wars are mostly or entirely glued to the card.
     
  18. Optimist_Prime

    Optimist_Prime The Original Optimist!

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    Everything older I just tore open. I know it's a new a feature, and I thought it was started on classics. I don't remember Cybertron deluxes having it. I sure as hell know Armad and Energon were all glue. Good 'ol BW going from a "rock" bubble to a round one, also all glued... ahh, good times.
     

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