mystical_tutor wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:13 am
CHaPuZaS and Mark;
When I was at BGS a couple weeks ago (on my way back to Colorado from GenCon50) I asked them specifically about the booster pack cases, They had no answer and acted like it was not on a front burner.
Mark, have you shared your concept with them ? if not message me on FB and i will be happy to forward it to them with some encouragement.
I saw your posts from Gencon, looks like you enjoyed yourself!
Every now and then I get a bee in my bonnet and start looking online for booster slabs to protect and display my boosters, just to see if anything is new on the market. I once wrote to Ultrapro but they never responded, I guess they get a lot of niche requests which probably won't make them a lot of money like the mainstream items.
The companies can not be unaware of the issue because in my searches I have come across threads on pokemon forums all making the same points as we do. I also collect trade cards and put aside a sealed booster from each set so the hobby is far more widespread than just a handfull of MtG collectors.
I think that now there are some identified crimp variants there is a better argument for having a booster which displays them.
Also with the variety of Japanese crimps
The case for a booster slab which displays these features is even stronger. The seals are no longer an afterthought in the booster design, they are now part of the changing styles of MtG packaging, and the seals are a large part of the sealed products appeal.
My original design was done in SketchUp,
a program I really don't know how to use and was made before I had any idea of the variety of heights and widths and thicknesses of the myriad of boosters. It was also designed to be clamshell which could be opened and closed, provided some protection but was not particularly stiff. Mostly for storing boosters or for posting them, it needed to be lightweight and cheap.
No good for grading boosters but ideal for storing and protecting boosters that you may want to take out from time to time to check details, scan or open etc.
The real issue is making a universal booster case.
I want my Japanese boosters in the same size holder as my 3 card showdown boosters, without my Japanese booster getting squished and my Showdown booster rattling around.
I also want to have my
Boosters in the same cases and they are very thick.
And it is not just the cases that will be needed.
I would be buying 2168 immediately to house my unique boosters, even the lowly Homelands and Fallen Empires need the same protections. Then you have the varieties which will also need protecting, then for each set that comes out I will need to order 55 cases at least. Plus any high value ones I have sitting in my duplicates box.
Then I need a box to store them in, preferably by set, something with a nice MtG logo or set logo would be great for the sets but plain for the extras would be good, something airtight or at least, well sealed. A well designed box would not be cheap but I would need a lot of them.
Some sort of internal organisers would be nice, by country.
Some coin albums have rigid pages for coin slabs, that would be nice, not that you could get many in an album. But if you were going to a trade show it would be nice to flip through.
I will contact you on facebook and mention it but I think if you let them know that people (or at least one person) is interested in displaying the varieties of seals and let them know how many different seals there are, then them might get off their backside and not just reuse a slab from their old product lines.
I am not interested in having anything graded or authenticated, just want the protection and no way am I sending them off for that. However if I did have the Beta and Summer boosters graded then I would want them to match my other slabs, just not able to be opened.
As to whether they need to be sealed shut or easy to open, it would be nice to have both, different cases for different needs.