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 Posted 10/24/2007  5:58 pm Show Profile Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I bought this graded Lincoln.

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It's a LOT nicer than the pictures indicate. But that's not the point..... I'm going to remove it from this NNC slab. What's the best way to attack this thing? I have a rotary tool, but is best to go along the edge seem or just hack it right up the gut? I'm guessing a cutting wheel will do the job.

Thanks for any advice.

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 Posted 10/24/2007  6:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add onejinx to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just cutting the edges should do. If not you can always use a sledge hammer.....hahahahahaa
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 Posted 10/24/2007  6:16 pm  Show Profile Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Should I cut from the face or from the sides? I see a seam along the edge, cut right into the seam or on top of it?
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 Posted 10/24/2007  6:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add halfabustisbetter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I try to do the seams, attempting to reverse the sealing process, but I'm not always successful, so I have to plier around a bit sometimes.

Wish I could be more helpful.
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 Posted 10/24/2007  6:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add onejinx to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you're gonna use a rotary tool you should be able to cut along the outer edges (sides). I would cut right into the seam
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 Posted 10/24/2007  6:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bonedigger to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use ViseGrip pliers... Wrap in towel, grab with pliers and gently twist until the seal breaks. Good luck and be sure to do over a soft surface just in case.

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 Posted 10/24/2007  6:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use a rotary tool and go around the outside edge where the two pieces fit together (where they are sealed at) and then just stick a screwdriver in after that and pop the parts that got melted together with the cutting wheel and it comes apart in two pieces and the coin isn't damaged at all, just be careful when taking them apart that the coin doesn't fall on the floor or something hard
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I also have a pair of these when I don't want to smell up the house

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 Posted 10/25/2007  11:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Many methods. A Butane torch will absolutely open that thing. Of course the fumes will burn your nostrils. Large M-80 Firecrackers also work. Then there are sledge hammers, dropping from tall buildings, etc.
Of course I've always used a sabre saw. Not with a metal cutting blade, teeth to close and a rough wood cutter blade will shatter the plastic. If you use a dremel type tool, it should be a variable speed type. Note the plastic will melt back together if using a very fast moving blade or one with numerous teeth. A little heat build up will do that. With a variable speed sabre saw and a slightly larger spaced teeth on the blade, I just cut off all four edges, held in a vise of course. Now you can also keep the tag that way, if you want
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 Posted 10/25/2007  3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add snowman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've cracked about a dozen NGC slabs. I use my rotary tool on a low speed setting to cut just a small opening in the seam. Then insert a screwdriver and twist. When I'm lucky, the whole thing pops open. If it is sealed really well I sometimes have to run the screwdriver around the entire edge of the slab. It's easy and takes under a minute.
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 Posted 10/25/2007  10:19 pm  Show Profile Check BadThad's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BadThad to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I took a dremel on low speed with a cut-off wheel and went around the edge seem using the full depth of the wheel. It basically melted the plastic and I took it apart with my fingers. It made quite a mess! LOL My daughter was sitting at a table about 10 ft away and said "Dad! Stop that, you're hitting me with plastic!" LOL She looked at the slab before I started and told me how nice it was. She was shocked I was going to cut it out of there. "Why are you doing that Dad?", I said "Because this grading service sucks". HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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 Posted 10/25/2007  10:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Amazon99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They actually seal those slabs? I figured that they scotch tape or bubble gum to seal them shut.
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Sounds like you had a blast!
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 Posted 10/26/2007  01:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nelrak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I always found a small hammer does the trick
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 Posted 10/26/2007  07:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add morganman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like most have said, dremel around the seam about 1/8" deep, then pop it open with a screwdriver.

ALWAYS pop it open over a cloth towel so if the coin happens to pop out, it has a soft landing....

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 Posted 11/21/2007  01:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parklane64 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Take it out to the curb and place it against the curb in such a way as to make the slab the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle. Make sure you have good firm waffle stompers on. Stomp that sucker like a waffle. Repeat as necessary.
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