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Old 01-15-2005, 06:51 PM
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Posted By: Andy Cook

Does anyone have tips on scanning graded cards? My scanner just blurs them. I think it's because the scanner isn't able to handle an item that has multiple distances from the scanning glass. Any tips?

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Old 01-15-2005, 07:04 PM
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Posted By: Mike Poland

I was using an older HP 3-in-one model that would scan graded cards(or anything else for that matter) beautifully, as if you are looking at the actual card. Unfortunately, it broke! I am now using this POS lexmark and all my scans are blurry, no matter what the resolution is set on. I don't think there are really tips with one you have to make them look better, I think in this case it depends on the machine.

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Old 01-15-2005, 07:22 PM
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Posted By: jay behrens

I had the same problem when I got my new scanner. It hates slabbed cards. My old Umax scanner had a SCSI connection it scanned everything I put on it beautifully. Not sure the deal is, but SCSI scanners seem to do a much better than these new POS USB connection scanners. And I'm not the only person taht has noticed that scanners don't seem to be as good anymore. All computer geek friends feel the same way and the ones that are into graphic arts and use scanners a lot keep an old computer around with a SCSI connection just so they can use their old scanners.

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Old 01-15-2005, 07:33 PM
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Posted By: Trae R.

I have scanned a few graded cards on each of my scanners, both at work and home, and they are both USB and output very crisp and clear images. Not sure what to suggest - just standing up for the USB -vs- SCSI debate.

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Old 01-15-2005, 08:26 PM
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Posted By: jay behrens

I'm sure it's not the connection that is making this difference. Although there is a camp of computer pros out there that swear by SCSI scanners having a better image, and I would agree from my experience.

It probably has to do with the focal length of the scanner. It would seem that most scanners are using a fixed fcal length instead of one that adjusts. Thankfully, I have a digital camera and don't have to really worry about it anymore.

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Posted By: Trae R.

I understand your point, I have been in IT as a "Pro" for over 4 years now (can you believe they pay me for it!?).

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Posted By: Scott

I currently have an Epson 1660, and previously had an HP - they both scanned graded cards just fine.

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Posted By: Julie

although it's very finicky about some things (like changing the SIZE of anything by any means exccept increasing the resolution), it scans graded cards just fine.
'Nother low-grade Cobb-seems like that's all I scan that's graded.

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Posted By: Anonymous

Ive always had the same problem, Mine actually focuses clearly on the clear plastic even showing small scratches sometimes, but never on the card. Ive tried to mess with it many times always a blurry card scans. Sometimes Im even tempted to break them out just to get a good pic. Frank


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Old 01-16-2005, 08:00 AM
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Posted By: jay behrens

What kind of back damage does that Spreaker have? It got only a SGC10 Poor, but GAI gives that CJ Cobb a 1.5 Fair with chunks of paper missing?

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