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    I find the idea of this to be antithetical to game collecting. I would not want to pay an inflated price for a game with a reproduction label...and would consider it to be a fraud. I would, however, think that having a label that designated said label as a reproduction as being okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starwander View Post
    I have been considering the idea of making and selling replacement game labels for NES games for some time and have finally started down the road to do it. I was wondering as a whole what the collecting community thinks about such an idea. Basically the replacement labels would be identical to the original labels on the games themselves. They would be of the same quality as well, as they would be indistinguishable to the originals. All you would have to do is simply remove the old label and stick on the new one and basically you have a new, minty looking game. I was thinking of charging about $1.50-$2.00 for a replacement label. Overall I like the idea of being able to take those old games with damaged labels and being able to restore them to new condition, though I wanted to know what other people thought about the idea and if this is something you might buy. I would only be starting with NES, but could do other games down the road if it working out.
    it's a good idea, reprolabels.com does reproduction labels for transformer toys...

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    Keep in mind that if video game collecting ever goes mainstream (which I believe it will within 5-10 years) and third party grading companies enter the picture, using any type of replacement label, etc. will be considered a form of restoration!

    A lot of comic book collectors found this out the hard way when CGC (Comics Guaranty Corp.) entered the picture back in 2000 and started grading comic books. Everyone laughed when they started to encapsulate comic books in plastic. I however can tell you I was happy when I sold my comic book collection for $50,000 because the value of near mint unrestored CGC comics went through the roof. Restoration kills value. So if you are a collector of anything, you do it at your own risk.

    I know that some of you reading this are laughing and thinking that the idea of grading video games is stupid, but a lot of collectors said that about toys, action figures (both loose and carded), sports cards, comic books, and coins.

    This is just a word of caution. By all means if you just want the game for your own use pursue it.

    The more I look at CD games, the more experience I have in seeing whether or not they were "buffed" or "resurfaced". The ones that were, I tend to look at like a red headed step child. I hate to say that, but to me it has to be MINT and NATURAL.

    Just my opinion...keep that in mind!

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    I would be interested in this, and not just for NES games. I'm a gamer-collector, meaning I collect to play, not just for collecting itself, so replica labels doesn't bother me. That said, perhaps you should consider putting a small "watermark" that IDs your labels as replicas so hardcore collectors will be accepting.

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    There's already replacement shells for console systems. Why not go a step further? I'd like replacement labels if they were marked as such. You should see the condition of a Tecmo Super Bowl I sold recently...
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    Replacement labels would be nice ... however, being able to completely and totally cleanly remove an official label from an NES cartridge is quite the task.

    If you're going to make replacement labels, you should come up with a guaranteed technique and product (something like goo-gone, which is pretty hit-or miss if you ask me) to get the cartridge casing down to the smooth gray plastic (no sticker glue residue/label chunklets) ... or else a replacement label will be practically useless.

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    not to through a wrench in, but how would you get the licensing to repo the label??
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    I say only make them for R10 games.

    Kidding, just stirring trouble here.

    But seriously, I do think that a repro label does reduce value. To make them indistinguishable would be tough. Ask any pirater out there. However, if you did indeed make them indistinguishable, I'm scared for collectors in a way. At the same time, I feel for the people with messed up labels. My thoughts? Only make them for commons...no wait, that kind of defeats the purpose, since they can always buy another common, and who wants to restore a common? I dunno, mixed feelings, I guess. It seems folks would only wanna do this for rare games with messed up labels.

    However, if you made the labels more like collectors cards instead, those would be a very cool collectible if you wrote some data about the game on back and maybe put DP ratings on them (with DP permission, of course).

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    I think it's an amazing Idea. I've always wished someone (like Nintendo) would offer new boxes, and manuals for every Nes games made. I think they would sell pretty good.

    I agree, they would have to be perfect reproductions of the originals.
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    I do like the idea. However like others have said the quality of the label needs to be REALLY good and there should be some kind of symbol in a corner of the labels front artwork so a repro label could easily be spotted in auction pictures and what not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savageone View Post
    I do like the idea. However like others have said the quality of the label needs to be REALLY good and there should be some kind of symbol in a corner of the labels front artwork so a repro label could easily be spotted in auction pictures and what not.
    I agree 100%.

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    Anything to keep the values of games low I'm all for, but honestly? I think it would be fun to make NEW labels for classic games, as we all know alot of games had questionalbe box art (yeah megaman..i'm fucking looking at you..what the hell?) just think of all the creative ideas people could come up with for replacement labels? everything from just resizing the japanese art to coming up with totally new ideas. That i'd lay some cash down for, team that up with the clear tinted game cases another site is selling, would add some fun back to the hobby for those of us who have everything we want.

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    I doubt you could find a way to make them to the point where you could not tell the difference between originals and fakes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzwing256 View Post
    Anything to keep the values of games low I'm all for, but honestly? I think it would be fun to make NEW labels for classic games, as we all know alot of games had questionalbe box art (yeah megaman..i'm fucking looking at you..what the hell?) just think of all the creative ideas people could come up with for replacement labels? everything from just resizing the japanese art to coming up with totally new ideas. That i'd lay some cash down for, team that up with the clear tinted game cases another site is selling, would add some fun back to the hobby for those of us who have everything we want.
    This is a great idea, too! This is the kind of thing they like over at www.thecoverproject.net (custom covers, etc.).

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    You defanatly need to mark them in a way so you can tell it's not the original label

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    Been doing that for years. I actually learned this technique from removing shelf labels at Rite Aid (one of my first retail jobs)...hah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentlegamer View Post
    perhaps you should consider putting a small "watermark" that IDs your labels as replicas so hardcore collectors will be accepting.
    Agreed. Don't be "one of those guys."
    There has to be something on the cart that identifies it as a repro. That being said, make sure it's something someone who isn't really into collecting wouldn't notice. Fibbing to a friend should be possible. "I have one of those mint. Follow me, I'll show you."

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    Can you do SNES Labels, I have some with Bad or No Labels

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    yeah ,I have a bunch of these wierd carts with stupid typed labels that say "property of nintendo please return" and like these holes with chips sticking out, i'd love to get some new labels for those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzwing256 View Post
    yeah ,I have a bunch of these wierd carts with stupid typed labels that say "property of nintendo please return" and like these holes with chips sticking out, i'd love to get some new labels for those.
    LMAO thanks blitz... I needed that!

    As long as you repro label everything Bio Force Ape with a big red-rubber-stamp "PROTOTYPE" over the rest of the label everything should be hunky dory.

    *poppin in an eBay "find" that just arrived* Wow guys, look! Bio Force Ape is just a SMB/DH clone. They didn't hack it or anything. Lazy bastards.

    Seriously, I'd omit the Nintendo Seal of Quality at the least. The crap label art on some games (Mega Man comes to mind) could be changed too. If you're going to re-label it, might as well do it right or at least better.
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    I'm all for it. But i think that if you go ahead with the project, in addition to a small asterisk or otherwise noticable difference, there should be a 'checkpoint' of sorts.

    If a person wants a copy of a label for a high-profile cart, like Stadium Events or another sought-after game, they need to request the label, and you need to provide them with some kind of unique identifier. Open the dictionary and pick a random word. The buyer would then have to write that word on a piece of paper, and take a photo of it with the cart they want to replace the label on. That would cut down on the number of assholes trying to profit off your service, not to mention trying to rip off unsuspecting people.

    You could also limit each person to one label per title, and track it in a database or spreadsheet.

    I'd really like to see this come to fruitition.
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    I'm not trying to be an asshole, but I think it's a terrible idea that shouldn't come to be. I don't mind people that do it for themselves and keep track of what is original and what isn't. But anything more than for yourself I have a problem with.

    First off, you would be doing this service and making some (even if nominal) profit off of Nintendo's property. I'm pretty sure that's illegal. Regardless, the main problem I have is that it is really just trash you are pasting on your cartridge, tainting the cart with something that shouldn't be there. (RevQuixo said it best in his post). I see it the same as someone losing their Halo game disc and replacing it with a DVD-R backup.

    The last thing I want is to have to watch out for and worry about buying games with reproduction labels.

    Something I wouldn't mind however, would be completely original labels using new art that didn't resemble the original label, with "reproduction label" in decent sized letters on the label.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Starwander View Post
    I have been considering the idea of making and selling replacement game labels for NES games for some time and have finally started down the road to do it. I was wondering as a whole what the collecting community thinks about such an idea. Basically the replacement labels would be identical to the original labels on the games themselves. They would be of the same quality as well, as they would be indistinguishable to the originals. All you would have to do is simply remove the old label and stick on the new one and basically you have a new, minty looking game. I was thinking of charging about $1.50-$2.00 for a replacement label. Overall I like the idea of being able to take those old games with damaged labels and being able to restore them to new condition, though I wanted to know what other people thought about the idea and if this is something you might buy. I would only be starting with NES, but could do other games down the road if it working out.
    I have my doubts, have you done even one test run yet? Are you using a professional printing facility or your home printer? Are you able to accurately cut the rounded corners? How are you applying the plastic "film" over the labels themselves?

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