Last night I picked up what could either be a fun little project or a big headache. Anyone ever tried to remove laminated cards from the sheets? I'm guessing these have been this way for quite some time...don't know to what extent back in the day the laminate was done...? Would running a hot iron quickly over the area work to loosen it up?
I'm thinking it might be a big headache...most ways of laminating involve a glue (activated by heat) or adhesive (cool laminating, which is pretty much 2 sheets of clear plastic with adhesive on both pieces).
The only way I could think of would be using heat to possibly take the sheets off, but it would probably leave a sticky residue that would probably not come off.
Nice pick-up !!
If my math is correct, you have you're in at just a little over $10/card. You could probably make a small profit just selling them individually as is.
They don't look like they are hot pressed sandwich laminated, but rather shellacked. So, as Frank indicated, it's just finding the right solvent to remove shellac, and not messing up card's natural gloss.