The Milkman

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  1. They received them October 30th, and were shipped out December 7th.
  2. *big sigh of relief* I just got ten books back, today, from reholdering. 4 books were recent "free" reholders due to bad newton rings, 6 books were in old generation cases I figured I'd have done at the same time so I could combine shipping. I'm happy to report that 7 have no newton rings at all, and 3 have very small newton rings - nothing I would complain about. Overall, they look great. As a side note, I had specifically requested that they got put in thicker cases (I've done this in the past, and it pretty much guarantees no newton rings,) but for whatever reason these did NOT get put in the thicker cases. They are the regular, standard sized case. They had sat in "verified" for over a month, and I'm pretty sure that request just got lost in the wait. There is also no scratching or scuffing on the cases or mylar.
  3. That slab pretty much perfectly sums up the NR problem.
  4. Stand by a window where there is lots of light hitting the slab, and hold it at an angle until you can see them clearly.
  5. The issue is consistency. Sometimes CGC slabs have zero-little newton rings, and they look amazing. Sometimes the front of the case is loaded with newton rings and it looks awful. They've proven that they CAN produce a great product that is crystal clear - and that's what they advertise it as. So when you get one back that is loaded with rings and looks bad, it's hard to just accept it or "take it on the chin." We, as the paying customer, can't be expected to say "oh well, them's the breaks..." We wouldn't be expected to act that way with any other product we're buying. "I bought four new tires for my car but one of them has a hole in it. Guess I'll just have to accept it and drive the car on a flat."
  6. I subbed three books in September at FanEXPO. Got them back today... NEWTON RINGS. Nothing has changed. (And the back covers are crystal clear, BTW.) Pretty sure these would be deemed "acceptable" levels by CGC, but to me they're not. I'm done.
  7. Just thought I'd throw this in here. This is a previous-gen case, and the first slab I ever bought. Had newton rings all over Spidey's face. I used the "slip-a-paper-inside" trick to get rid of the rings, but as you can see the paper actually scratched the mylar. Sorry, I can't find my "before" pic of this slab.
  8. Because the previous cases were made out of Barex, and it wasn't being produced any more. So they figured that if they needed to use a new material, they may as well improve the case design. And the new cases, when they are ring-free, scratch-free, and have the book centered properly, ARE a huge upgrade over the previous gen.
  9. It’s hard for me to believe someone has been lucky enough to collect hundreds of slabs without ever having noticed Newton rings. I think the very first slab I bought had rings in it - and it’s been something I’ve had to watch out for ever since.
  10. Yes. When I sent books back 8 months ago, I asked for them to be reholdered in the thicker cases. (They had been doing this for free for people that complained about a year ago, but by the time I went to do it it was no longer free - I had to pay for the reholder.) This solved the problem. The thicker cases allowed for just a millimeter of extra space between the mylar and the outer shell, and it eliminated the newton rings completely. That is the fix - use thicker slabs, or slabs that have a bit of space in them. So I was basically paying to have my books graded, waiting the 3+ months to get them back, and then immediatley sending them back down for a reholder on my dime. Did this for about 10 books.
  11. Absolutely, yes. Take an old slab and push down on the front cover. I bet you can get some rings to appear.
  12. I had newton rings on the old holders - it bothered me then. And when they announced "the brand new crystal clear holders with no inner wells!" 3 years ago, I though my Newton Ring days were finally over. We all know how that went...
  13. This DOES NOT WORK on the newest holders, because they are completely sealed all the way around. There is no way to slide or squeeze anything in between the plastic shell. If you've ever held a new slab in your hand, you can quickly see this. This trick worked on the old slabs because they were only sealed together on the corners. I used the "slide a piece of paper in between" trick on a few books I had, and though it did work to get rid of the newton rings, I found that the paper often left scratches on the mylar. So, even that old method wasn't perfect.
  14. It's because they count on 85% of people getting their slabs back and not caring about newton rings. Although we are being vocal about it, here, I feel we are still a very small minority. They will only try to fix it if the customer complains. If they were actually trying to fix it in QC, they'd be re-slabbing 50% of their product.