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I recently won an auction for Stephenson's Rocket on ebay. The game was listed as open but in mint condition. As it turned out, the game was unpunched and all components were still in their original packing, but the box was certainly not in mint condition. There are a few dents on it, but the real problem is that one corner of the box, both the outside and inside, is completely split right at the corner seam where the two sides meet.

So that brings me to my question - What's the best way to handle a split corner? I am a bit wary of simply taping it and I don't know if I should even try to fix it or should just leave it alone. What have you done to deal with this problem. Any suggestions?

This is the third game I have that is splitting, but this is by far the worst. Figured I'd finally look into it. Thanks.
 
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Richard Pardoe
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Great technique (I have used it with success) here:
http://www.thegamesjournal.com/articles/RepairingBoxes.shtml
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No helpful suggestion, but I believe that Derk has quite a bit of experience in this area after his experiences in getting his new games back from Essen.....
 
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I have had very good results with this.

Elmers glue along the edge of the seem and 2 or 3 large rubber bands that fit all the way around the box.

Sometimes for a lot of damage, you need to fix just a little bit at a time. Office Depot has the rubber bands I speak of. I use the same for keeping game boxes closed.

I think this is similar to the "Great Technique" but I am not going to check right now.
 
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Ok, I was curious and I looked at the "Great Technique". I agree that it will work the same as what I suggested and you don't have to get the rubber bands. Of course, now you need a corner piece and some clamps...

 
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cagriggs wrote:
I am a bit wary of simply taping it and I don't know if I should even try to fix it or should just leave it alone.


Why? Its just a box, and since its a game box, its essentially a poorly made one to begin with.

I just tape them myself, it just doesn't seem important enough to break out any special techniques.

 
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I put tape on the outside of the corner, cut the tape at the bent corner then fold down the two remaining bits of tape for a very strong corner. My games have traveled between the USA, Europe and Asia so I've learned this technique over time.
 
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I do something really simple. I use Elmer's on the inside and outside of the corner, wipe away some excess, then put a small piece of Scotch tape at a 45 degree angle to keep the corner together while the glue dries. The next day, I carefully remove the tape and the box is fine.
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