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Old 10-24-2013, 03:33 PM
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When I've used it for other projects it hasn't seemed to be too helpful for me, and doesn't do much more then the simpler dust removal program already does in a lot less time.
That's my experience as well. No substantial difference between Digital-Ice and many of the dust/scratch removal functions built into (and automatically enabled) in many scanning programs. Useful in some situations perhaps, but certainly not the "magic fairy dust" cure-all that it's touted to be, and usually has the trade-off of a slightly-softer resulting image (as with every dust-removal fuction I've ever seen). In the cases where I really want to remove dust specks AND maintain sharpness, I have found it's better to just go in and do it manually. It may take longer, but so does painting a room with a roller and brush rather than a power sprayer. Sometimes the end result matters a little more than the time involved

And no, I don't think Digital-Ice is a looming spectre to be spoken of in hushed tones lest all auction houses should start employing it to "clean up" card scans. Anyone with an understanding of how it does what it does should be able to see its effects in a card scan, and a simple wave of the "clone" tool is far more effective in removing individual blemishes anyway. I think the example posted on Amazon in the Epson V700 write-up is an extreme example which turned out surprisingly well, and is not representative of typical results (and I suspect even it would show evidence of DI being used if a larger scan than the one posted were available). Bottom line: if a seller is determined to make a card look better than it really is, there are far more effective ways to do so than hitting the scan with a blanket Digital-Ice application.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:56 PM
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If you look at the photo comparison on Amazon for Digital-Ice, there is an old photo of a man standing up and a woman sitting down. As you can see in the photo, there is a profound difference once Digital-Ice is used. The wrinkles have disappeared almost completely.

If your computer is 8 years old and the system locks up every time you try to use Digital-Ice, that is one thing. But I doubt that would be a problem for the auction houses. We've had people on net54 provide scans where wrinkles seemed to have just disappeared from a card.

Don't you think it is possible that, in those instances, certain auction houses may have been using Digital-Ice???

If an auction house were inclined to do so, there are a thousand other tools I would pick over Digital Ice, though it wouldn't exactly shock me if somebody WAS using Digital Ice or any other program.

Like Lance said, a simple cloning brush will do the job better, without leaving the same sloppy evidence.

I'm sure the dust removal tool has been employed plenty, based on some of the before and after and before scans I've seen shown on Net54.
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Here's a little secret:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Epson-Perfec...item20d0cc1d12

$60 CCD scanner

Takes scans like this with 0 editing what so ever:
Thanks for sharing. I took the plunge and it arrived today. Couldn't be happier for the price. Here is its first scan. And no, I didn't enhance the scan; it really is that beat up.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:37 PM
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My scanner crapped out and the all in one scanner/printer I purchased produces blurry scans of slabbed cards.

Does anyone have an Epson Perfection V37 scanner? There are refurbished V33 scanners as noted in posts above but I can buy a V37 locally. Does anyone know if the V37 will scan slabbed cards ok or will the newer model's scans be blurry?
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It is good to see Brent is posting here. Since he is, I certainly hope he will address concerns previously expressed here and elsewhere (1) that his scans are not realistic depictions of the cards being offered but appear overly bright and (2) that high dollar items in his auctions sometimes appear to have bidders with astounding numbers of retractions to their name and/or very high percentages of bidding activity with him, suggesting (at least to me) the possibllity that they are bidding up their own items and retracting once they find out what the high bidder's max was.
Peter, you must own a time machine?
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Peter, you must own a time machine?
Peter, certainly pays attention a lot better than most of us do!
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Peter, you must own a time machine?
The issue with the Dimaggio had nothing to do with that comment. The bidder on the board with all the retractions was not also bidding on his own card.
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Long as y'all want to go back there, read post 76 then post 78. Oldie but goodie.
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Long as y'all want to go back there, read post 76 then post 78. Oldie but goodie.
Interesting? And here I thought, what was written last year, about shill bidding, string bidding, and how E-Bay was working with them, was fairly new or recent.

I had no idea practically the same words were used back in 2013 as well.
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Long as y'all want to go back there, read post 76 then post 78. Oldie but goodie.
just realized these posts were made in 2013
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