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Old 09-21-2013, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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alright, dont bash me here, maybe its not the most honest thing to do, but i gotta ask

i have a certain card i want to send in for grading, its a 2003-04 topps pristine card, its in great shape except for one thing. the previous owner seemed like he touched it a lot and on the shiny part of the card i see a bunch of fingerprints, how can i "clean" the card without damaging it to make the fingerprints disappear so my surface grade will be higher.

imho edges, centering and corners cant be less than 9s, card looks great except for all those damn fingerprints on the shiny part of the card, looks like the guy was eating a bag of lays and put 4 different thumb prints on the face of the card. like i said i dont want to alter it at all, i just want to find a way to "clean it"

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Cleaning the surface of a card of finger prints isn't being unethical, it's wiping off finger prints! Use a lint free cloth used to clean eye glasses or flat screens. Wiping off the finger prints isn't altering the card in any form in my opinion. The majority of my nicer PC cards that are Topps Chrome or something with a super glossy finish, I've wiped down before placing in a One Touch. Good luck!
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I am not sure why you feel this is not ethical. Chrome cards get marked up. To clean the card simply use an eyeglass cleaning cloth and gently clean the card.
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Cleaning the surface of a card of finger prints isn't being unethical, it's wiping off finger prints! Use a lint free cloth used to clean eye glasses or flat screens. Wiping off the finger prints isn't altering the card in any form in my opinion. Now coloring edges, trimming...that's something unethical. Good luck!
i acutally tried using the little cloth in my sunglasses' case, didnt help me, it seems a bit oily, i seriously think the previous owner was eating potato chips while touching the cards, i dont want to smear it in there any worse.
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i acutally tried using the little cloth in my sunglasses' case, didnt help me, it seems a bit oily, i seriously think the previous owner was eating potato chips while touching the cards, i dont want to smear it in there any worse.
Be sure to use a new cloth then, and throw some elbow in it! Any finger print will come off a Topps Pristine finish, as Topps Chrome. There's a possibility the prints are quite old especially if the card hasn't been handled raw since say 2003. If the smudge doesn't come off after several attempts....there's a possibility it isn't a fingerprint and something worse.
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Be sure to use a new cloth then, and throw some elbow in it! Any finger print will come off a Topps Pristine finish, as Topps Chrome. There's a possibility the prints are quite old especially if the card hasn't been handled raw since say 2003. If the smudge doesn't come off after several attempts....there's a possibility it isn't a fingerprint and something worse.
fair enough, thanks for the advice
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Be sure to use a new cloth then, and throw some elbow in it! Any finger print will come off a Topps Pristine finish, as Topps Chrome. There's a possibility the prints are quite old especially if the card hasn't been handled raw since say 2003. If the smudge doesn't come off after several attempts....there's a possibility it isn't a fingerprint and something worse.
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fair enough, thanks for the advice
What he said. Your cloth may have oils in it as well. A new cloth should do a decent job.
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No problem! I've seen plenty, and owned many cards that had decent grades but got hit specifically because of a surface flaw, and that flaw was simply because of a finger smudge.
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nothing unethical about this at all IMO...you are just cleaning the card a lot of people call it prepping for grading..now if you were retracing an auto or something along those lines that's diffferent
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sandpaper should do the trick
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No familiar with the product itself but if it has a topps finest/chrome finish then you can windex it.

Little spray of windex on a paper towel, wipe it down, let it dry completely, you're golden.
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