Friday, May 05, 2017

Graded Card Extraction - Git Yourself A Spudger!

A Spudger is a prying tool generally used for opening the cases of electronic devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, or chromebooks.


I actually have a great variety of these for my work as a computer tech.  I realize too, that the proper size flat head screwdriver might do the job just as well.  But what fun is that?

So in this case, I am extracting my 1960 Mickey Mantle All-Star card from its SGC casing.  I do like the SGC cases because they have the black lining that really shows the cards well.  The other companies leave their cases transparent, which isn't as strong a contrast.  Anyway, let's free Mickey from this prison!


It was a lot simpler than I originally thought.  I just started on one edge and put the blade of the tool into the groove and twisted a bit until I saw it seperate, and then worked my way around.  I thought there would be like a latch or locking mechanism along the way somewhere, but when I back around to the starting point, it just came apart.



And there you have it!  He's free and into his new home.  A closer look before we go...


4 comments:

EP said...

It's kind of like Locutus bring freed from the Borg ;) But seriously, why remove cards from graded holders?

Tony Burbs said...

FREEDOM!!!

GCA said...

Eradication of the corporate interference in a simple hobby!

P-town Tom said...

I've heard of some disastrous outcomes from freeing graded cards. I, myself, don't like graded cards and free them whenever I get the chance. It looks like you found a nice tool!