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#1 ApolloBoy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:36 PM

Anyone with a red Mario Bros. notice any kind of deterioration on their copies? The box for my copy's pretty much given up the ghost (almost all the glue is undone). Also the label on mine looks like it's been scratched up even though I've stored it in a bin for years.

#2 phattyboombatty ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:24 PM

The label on mine cracked and deteriorated within weeks of purchasing it 5 years ago due to an odd occurrence: The PCB had become dislodged inside the cart plastics. I had to heat up the label and remount the PCB, and the label wouldn't maintain integrity. This was due to the printing process of the label, which to me looked like it was from an old Tektroniks Phaser 800 ("crayon") printer. I used /serviced many of these a decade ago.

I therefore recreated the label near-perfectly in PSD format at 600 dpi. I could dig it up and post a JPG of it if there's interest.

#3 ApolloBoy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:49 AM

What's weird is that I haven't done anything to my copy, it was fine for a while and then within a year or so it started cracking. Now the label looks like it's over 30 years old while the cart itself is still in great shape.

#4 phattyboombatty ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:02 PM

This was due to the printing process of the label, which to me looked like it was from an old Tektroniks Phaser 800 ("crayon") printer.

:D

Yeah. The "ink" (which comes from a cartridge filled with hard wax) from this type of printer is terribly fragile, and doesn't adhere like toner does. Everything printed cracks after a while.

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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:56 PM

:D

Yeah. The "ink" (which comes from a cartridge filled with hard wax) from this type of printer is terribly fragile, and doesn't adhere like toner does. Everything printed cracks after a while.

 

Argh.......  that release!  :(

 

The printing quality was really bad, sadly 

That was back in 2008, since then we're using a totally different printing service, thankfully 



#6 phattyboombatty ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:13 PM

Yes, and everything at CollectorVision has improved dramatically over the years! Back then, we were all truly "home-brewing", and low-cost, high quality production was yet to be conceived.

#7 retroillucid OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:47 PM

Yes, and everything at CollectorVision has improved dramatically over the years! Back then, we were all truly "home-brewing", and low-cost, high quality production was yet to be conceived.


Indeed!




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