Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cardboard OCD Chapter 1: Are you a front- or a back-flapper?

Everyone has their quirks.  Everyone has their specialities.  Everyone has their ways of doing things.  We talk about most of them all the time.  But there are some fundamental things that we do without much thought.  Simple tasks or perceptions that are second nature to us, but may be different to others.  Small psychological differences that are interesting when you take a second to think about.

Whenever I get a package or shipment from a trade or online order, I notice how the cards are packaged.  Unless it's a huge lot that is loose in a white box, there are normally team bags that can be wrapped in top loaders or other protective means and attached with clear (Scotch) or painter's tape.

But the most fundamental difference that I see is how the cards are placed in the bags.  Now the attention I'm speaking of usually lasts about three seconds until I open the bag to see what's inside.  I don't actually make it a major point to see which way the stuff is bagged, but in the brief time between pulling them out of the packaging and opening them up, I note how it's done.

There are two, uh, techniques if you will.  One with the team bag flap stuck on the back side of the stack, and one with it stuck on the front. 




I personally prefer the flap in the back.  It's a cleaner presentation.  You can clearly see the card in the front with no interference from the packaging. 

I suppose the front-flap people figure since you're looking at the front of the first card already, you don't have to flip the stack over to open it. 

Like I said, this is all very fundamental and takes much longer to read about then to actually think about when you're doing it.  Some of you are saying "He really needs to get out more..."

So which are you?


Next time... which way is up?

10 comments:

P-town Tom said...

I don't think I make it a point to front or back flap when making trade packages. But, if I'm going to place one card in a top loader and then into a team bag, then I always put the flap on the back. You're right, it's a cleaner look.

The Angels In Order said...

For me, the front of the cards usually face the flap/blue tape, but the reverse side is where I slip in the note.

Doe M.G. said...

I tend to put the flap in the back, but I only use them for cards that are being sent out.

defgav said...

Flap in the back for storing in my collection, but flap in front when packaging up cards to send out.

Julie Owens said...

front flapper all around.

RAZ said...

I would probably actually have to bag a few stacks of cards to be sure (most of my functional memory is in my hands, not my head), but I think I am a back flapper. If I am sandwiching cards between top loaders and putting them in a bag, I am less consistent about the flap because I will pack both top loaders with card fronts out, so there are two fronts. A note will usually go in whatever part of the package I'm working on when I remember to write a note.

night owl said...

Front. Can't say I've ever thought about this.

Corky said...

When shipping cards out I have the flap in the front.

Billy Kingsley said...

I put the flap in back, probably because I have been begging comics since I was a couple years old and that's just how it's done. Also, if the adhesive sticks to a card and damages it I figure it's better to get the back than the front. I don't use them for storing my cards, only mailing.

Billy Kingsley said...

Bagging comics. Stinking autocorrect.