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Old Dec 19 2006, 03:54 PM   #1
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How close can these feelings be...

Today I received two packages.

Happy:
I received a copy of "The Hugo Winners 1968-1970", Sphere mass market paperback which I had paid for on December 2 and that was supposed to come by airmail from the UK thus should long since have arrived at my place. The seller was ready to refund but luckily it turned up because I'd much rather have the paperback (nothing really special maybe but to me, for my collection of Pern short stories a missing link) than the money!

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I had a great deal on two of those big posters with Michael Whelan art. White Dragon and Weyrworld for 10 US dollars and the same in postage because I wanted them airmail and as soon as possible.
The seller packaged them well, rolled them up with white soft stuf in the middle (how thoughtful) and packed in a sturdy three sided, thick carton box! No blame to her!
But the mail guys handled it so ruffly and badly the sturdy carton box was dented and both posters sustained some serious creasing. Since this is high gloss, high quality paper the posters are irrepairably damaged and not even worth framing anymore
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Old Dec 19 2006, 04:01 PM   #2
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Oh Hans!
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Old Dec 19 2006, 04:36 PM   #3
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That is such a pity! They would be wonderful pics too.
I've had stuff spoiled through rough handling in the post - and there's nothing you can do about it.
I hope that after consideration, you might be able to do something about them
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Old Dec 19 2006, 05:31 PM   #4
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The post somehow FOLDED a limited edition poster direct from the Frank Frazetta museum to me. I think they stood on and bounced.
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Old Dec 19 2006, 05:34 PM   #5
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Hans, I am so sorry{{{HUG}}}that is such a terrible shame for that to have happened to your Whelan posters. Most times damage is mainly due to the careless packaging from the sellers, or the postal services from whatever country... either way it is still a true shame that they were so badly dammaged that you won't be able to put them up.
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I know that this sounds a bit odd, but have you tried ironing the paper flat from the back side with a warm iron. Sometimes it works great and takes the crease right out...or at least where you don't really notice it when it is turned over again. If you try it, put another piece of paper between the iron and the back of the poster and a piece of clean plain paper between the ironing board cover and the front of the poster...It might help.


P.S. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BUY OF THE "HUGO'S"
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Old Dec 19 2006, 10:10 PM   #6
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Hans, Congrats and a sorrowful hug at the same time. Nothing like experiencing the highs and lows of collecting on the same day! and
I hope Maelin's idea works well enough to at least get them hung.
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Old Dec 26 2006, 02:49 PM   #7
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Congrats and sorry!
I had a book from the US that had ripped packaging and black marks all over the envelope du to the posting!
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Old Dec 30 2006, 11:28 PM   #8
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It's really sad that such beautiful artwork was so badly damaged. Is it possible that some local museum might be able to advise you on restoring them. I once knew a person who worked as a paper restorer at the Smithsonian but I haven't had contact with her in over 30 years so can't ask her! I hope something can be done for them, though.
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My commiserations re the posters, Hans. Sounds like typical postage to me.

I once sent a box of books and other stuff to Sweden, and it got there almost disintegrating!
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First: Always insure your postage.

Second: You can get a reprint made pretty easily, and no crease is permanent unless it's in metal.
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First: that would give me the money back, not the posters

Second: creases in high gloss paper are permanent and you can't get a reprint

the only thing to do is order new ones (which I think can still be done) for $25 a piece ex postage or wait for another deal elsewhere



Point is makenzie, that this was good value for money; if money was no issue I would have ordered them from Michael Whelan's site the fact that made me most sad was missing out on a great deal because, as you rightfully indirectly indicated, the posters can always be had/bought in other ways.
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Old Jan 3 2007, 07:55 PM   #12
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Hans, Hopefully there will be another deal come along for you to buy another set of the Whelan posters.

@Makenzie, with some kinds of gloss paper, when it's creased, the crease is there permanently...as if you cut it. No matter what you do when the light hits it you can still see the crease....in other words... ruined.
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