We’re back with the second installment to the reproduction card post from a few weeks back. The kit took about a week and a half to arrive, which isn’t bad at all, but Beggars_ Canyon sent along a nice extra for the inconvenience, a whole Zartan kit! Extremely awesome and generous of them to do. Now on to the burning question. Just how good are the card reproductions? They are good. Not 100% exact quality match on the printing to the original cards but they are pretty close. If compared side by side, the reproduction card isn’t as sharp and vibrant as the original vintage card, a good thing if you ask me. Also, the yellow areas on the card where the figure is placed aren’t as bright versus the original card, it’s a more muted yellow. The cardboard is an excellent match and is not flimsy at all, it’s rigid as it should be and feels just like a real card. Here’s a side by side comparison, card one is the original vintage card and card two is the reproduction card:
Sorry about the light source spot, couldn’t manage to an overhead shot without it. As you can see, it’s hard to spot the differences between the two, and like I said above, you need to be looking at it “in hand” to notice the differences.
The kit comes with the reproduction card back and a bubble. On the auction page, there are some instructions to attach the bubble to the card using either Epoxy or double sided tape. I decided to use Epoxy for maximum effect.
I trotted down the my local Micheal’s craft store and picked up a quick set Epoxy kit for under 5$. The Epoxy comes with instructions to mix the two substances in the syringe applicator with a wooden stirrer stick that comes included with the kit but doesn’t work well for precision application so use the Epoxy sparingly and with extreme caution!
Once everything was prepped, I positioned Blowtorch exactly as the vintage figure was placed using a picture of the original carded figure as reference. I then went ahead and sparingly applied the Epoxy using the provided stick applicator. When doing this make sure you apply in such a way as to not leave “hills and valleys” and apply as smoothly and flat as possible. Again, use sparingly because you don’t want to the Epoxy to bleed out onto the card and damage it! The toughest part was aligning the card and bubble once the Epoxy was applied, which you want to do as quickly as possible since the Epoxy will begin to set rather quickly! I sat the bubble down on a flat surface and positioned the card over it and aligned as close as possible and set it down. It wasn’t perfect, but it was close enough. I let it sit for a few hours and here is the finished product
As you can see, it displays really well and I highly doubt the average person could tell the difference once displayed. I’m going to be putting this in a star case and hanging it up as a really awesome reproduction. I hope you, the reader, enjoyed this piece and that you gained some insight on the process and decide if this is something you’d like to try. Here’s a great video from Beggars Canyon showing you the tape method
Beggars Canyon can be found on Ebay but you can buy from them directly, and save some money in the process, at BeggarsCanyonToys.com
Once I purchase a Zartan vintage figure, I’ll use the double sided tape method for comparison. Till next time, Yo Joe!