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Casings?

Postby Alltooeasy » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:38 pm

Evening all. Having recently started collecting again I would like some advice on cases for the figures. I have two that I bought graded but I have also seen something called star cases? Does anyone have any advice on What these are and if they do protect the figure or damage it? Someone suggested sealed bags but I read somewhere the acid can damage the figure? Any help on what these star cases are, the best ones available and if they do protect or damage the figure would be most helpful. And if people suggest graded being better what are the reasons for that? Cheers guys

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Re: Casings?

Postby BlueDog » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:19 am

If you like the look of the AFA acrylic cases why not spend a little extra and go for these : viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17520

Much cheaper than grading and look heaps bette than Star Cases IMO.
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Re: Casings?

Postby yoda » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:42 am

I have most of my carded figures in star cases at the min. I can't see any damage caused to the cards with them. But more experienced collectors than me may say different the longar they are stored in them. But for the moment I am happy with them.
The are basically a hard plastic cover/box which you can open and close which holds the card secure.
Sometimes you see them for sale on the forum.
Overtime I plan to buy the arylic cases from lain as they are alot stronger and display better I think.
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Re: Casings?

Postby itfciain » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:35 pm

Star Cases are perfect for storage and a must for shipping but in terms of display then nothing beats acrylic - it really gives your cards a museum quality feel and can make even beater cards look fantastic







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For all your display requirements - viewtopic.php?f=4&t=26287

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Re: Casings?

Postby sith-smith » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:38 pm

For display then definitely acrylic.

But I find they are far better protected in a star case. Then tend to have a bit of give in them so can withstand some minor impact and not harm the card. Have dropped a few in star cases...even had someone crash into a wall filled with them and no damage at all.

Dropped an acrylic cases once and figure flew through the bubble!

So as long as you don't intend to throw them around or throw people into them, acrylic is definitely better :D
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Re: Casings?

Postby Alltooeasy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:48 pm

Thanks for the info guys. Just to be clear i have two figures which are graded so they are already sealed in the ukg cases and i only want to buy loose mint. I find the prices for graded figures ridiculous. So with that said would the star cases protect the figure better over time or do they damage the paint on the figure or the figure itself over time? I have read the acrylic cases are better for display not protection? and arent the figures loose in the acrylic??

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Re: Casings?

Postby Lom » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:07 pm

I think the assumption was made that you were talking about mint on card (Moc) figures. Iain / Christian will be able to sort you out with nice acrylic cases for loose figures; to my knowledge star cases (as a brand) are only available for Mocs but clamshell cases of a similar material are available.
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Re: Casings?

Postby Clarkspie&chips » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:10 pm

Are you asking about cases for carded figures or loose?
There's not really any need to protect loose figures but GW do cases for display.
My loose are temporarily stored in a shoebox and all bagged in acid free zip locks. Iain can sort you out with those too if you need them.

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Re: Casings?

Postby Alltooeasy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:16 pm

My apologies for not being clear. Perhaps it's not star cases I mean. I will try and locate a picture of what I saw and maybe that might get better feedback. I'm aiming to collect all 93 figures but I won't be able to afford every single one in a ukg graded case. I love how they look and how they protect the figure but also these cases I have seen look a cheaper alternative. I would try the acrylic cases recommended on here but as I said I think the figures are loose inside?
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Re: Casings?

Postby Alltooeasy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:22 pm

I've got it guys! Their called clamshell cases! Does anyone have any feedback on these? Do they deal and protect the figures well or do they damage the figure and paint on them from being sealed? Alternatively do you think graded cases are better them these or the he acryllic? I like the fact of encasing mint figures to view and hold but obviously want the best protection for them and I assumed these clamshell cases protected them? But obviously don't want them if their gonna damage the paint/figure etc
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Re: Casings?

Postby lejackal » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:25 pm

You won't find cases that secure loose figures like UKG and AFA ones do anywhere but UKG and AFA as far as I'm aware but it boils down to what you're intending on doing with the figures and personal preference.

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Re: Casings?

Postby Alltooeasy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:55 pm

Well I like the ukg cases in terms of viewing the figure and how it's on show. I also like how well sealed and protected it is. The collection will be purely for viewing as I want them as mint and well protected as possible! I just don't like the prices per figure. Mint loose would be cheaper. I just want the best possible protection. Anyone had any experience with clamshell cases?

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Re: Casings?

Postby Mr-shifter » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:01 pm

Hi there. The clamshell cases are excellent for keeping your figures safe. The big but with them is that they look awful on display.

Graded figures, in my opinion, also look awful. The way the figure is trapped in the little bits of plastic, the way the weapons are displayed and the way the stupid sticker is seemingly the most important part of it all.

I display mine loose, In a detolf cabinet. I like the look of a loose collection and the figures are hardier than they look. I would reccomend g w cases for loose display. I used to have a few as I didn't have room for the cabinet so I displayed a few of my favourite figures and they looked great in the g w cases.

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Re: Casings?

Postby yoda » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:07 pm

Or even the star stands would work,
if you displayed them in one large display cabinet.
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Re: Casings?

Postby Alltooeasy » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:47 pm

Mr-shifter wrote:Hi there. The clamshell cases are excellent for keeping your figures safe. The big but with them is that they look awful on display.

Graded figures, in my opinion, also look awful. The way the figure is trapped in the little bits of plastic, the way the weapons are displayed and the way the stupid sticker is seemingly the most important part of it all.

I display mine loose, In a detolf cabinet. I like the look of a loose collection and the figures are hardier than they look. I would reccomend g w cases for loose display. I used to have a few as I didn't have room for the cabinet so I displayed a few of my favourite figures and they looked great in the g w cases.

Are you going to display them or put them in shoe boxes under the bed?


Many thanks for your advice. For now purely to be collected and stored safely (but I still want to be able to view them and admire them). Then when I get my own place next year all out on display but still in protectie cases. Therefore im looking for for the best casing to keep them safe but at the same time still see the figure. Would the clamshell cases damage the figure or loosen the paint in a similar way those plastic bags did to a members figures? Would the figure rattle loose? I always thought those cases would damage them by being rattled around and not letting air in? Where as the gw cases are easily accessible but the figure rattles! It's a tough one lol. I need someone who's had both casings for a long period and can compare I guess


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