A word about "bubbled or glue blistered " reels...and violet areas on images:
Reels that look like the one above, have been exposed
to moisture and the top surface of the reel has "puckered" leaving a pebbly
surface. For years these were referred to as "glue blistered", but as the
bubbling has nothing to do with glue, the term "bubbled" has become the favored
description. Most often, the moisture exposure does not effect the image, but
when severe, it does and it's very easy to identify. You will see a violet area on one
or more of the images. The film emulsion in this area has severely been degraded. At this time, we don't know whether this
degradation will continue. It is also possible to have a violet area without bubbling on the reel itself. But the two generally go together - moisture and
Bubbled reels can be collectible - But the value of the
reel or packet is significantly lower:
Collectors will buy "bubbled" reels and packets, when fine examples are hard
to obtain, often with eventual upgrade intended. Or collectors
will purchase "bubbled" reels merely to enjoy the reels at great savings.
Collectors should never purchase or accept "bubbled" reels at premium prices, no
matter what the scarcity.
About our Collector Grade reels...
"Bubbled" reels or reels with violet areas can never be Collector Grade.
3Dstereo doesn't offer such reels under the title of Collector
Grade. However, 3Dstereo will offer scarce reels that are "bubbled" or have violet areas,
but they are always designated Bargain Grade, with defect described in the description, and