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Old 06-18-2016, 08:12 PM
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Default What is the point of cracking a card out of a holder?

This is kind of an irritating thing to me, at least. I just don't understand why one would buy a slabbed card and then crack it out of the case.

Obviously I understand if the card is a card that has eluded the collectors collection for some time. But I doubt very much that that is even a small percentage of crackers.

I've also seen people show the flip when trying to sell the card. "Freshly cracked out of a PSA 5 slab" or something like that. Wouldn't you have gotten more money for it being in the slab?

It screws up the pop reports which are probably nowhere near correct anyway. You're taking greater risk at the card getting harmed. And whomever submitted it spent quite a decent chunk of change getting it slabbed.

Am I the only one that doesn't like this practice? I think I'm probably in the minority here but I might even go as far as saying I can't stand it. If you want to crack a card just by a raw example instead. Who knows how many times a card has been slabbed and cracked when it finds your collection.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:20 PM
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:27 PM
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:31 PM
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Default What is the point of cracking a card out of a holder?

I don't understand it either, but here are the reasons:

1) Save space
2) Hatred of grading
3) Love of binders

There's also the crook who cracks out a low-grade card with eye appeal (especially an AUTH) and sells it without full disclosure.

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Old 06-18-2016, 08:32 PM
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I prefer raw cards but haven't freed any cards from holders. However, I can see doing it if I found a card I liked that was slabbed but still at a price I liked.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:36 PM
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It's easy, the point is to get the card out.
Some folks don't like stacks of cheap plastic everywhere.
They take up room, you buy what you can find.

Why does it make any difference how many times a card has been cracked and slabbed?
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:39 PM
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As a set collector, I just don't have room to store all these slabs. I don't really know much about pop reports, but my guess is that they are "flawed".
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:44 PM
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I have had sellers crack them out before sending to save on shipping. A raw card in a PWE is way cheaper than a slab between cardboard in a bubble mailer to ship.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:14 PM
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Because it didn't get the grade they expected. Less grade = less money for the greedy people.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:21 PM
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Words cannot describe a T206 set in a binder.

After viewing Dan McKee's T206 set in a binder, I've struggled everyday since with cracking my slabbed cards and putting what I have of the set into pages.
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