It would be good to establish a common language or “lingo” for our Hanging Collectibles, especially when referring to the different types of packaging. We will concentrate on those typically used for Hanging Collectibles (again, we will focus a bit on die-cast packaging). That said, what is the Package Lingo so we are on common ground?
The packaging design really comes from the retail manufacturing industry. How to present the products the best way in the store for people to see and buy. And doing so while keeping costs down and the products safe & secure.
Here are the main types, understanding that there are always slight variations to each. Again, we will try to concentrate on those typically used for Hanging Collectibles. As you see these, remember that Collectible Hangers can be used with ALL of these package types!
- Trapped Blister Pack
- Face-seal Blister Pack
- Full-face-seal Blister pack
- Full-card Blister pack
A “Clamshell” pack is a fully plastic shell sealed at the edges. While “clamshell” is the actual type, most people will still refer to these as a “blister pack”. Back to list
A “Protector” pack is a fully plastic shell that cover the collectible but is NOT sealed at the edges. These are very popular for diecast vehicles, figures/dolls, etc. Both “loose” items and those still in or on their original packaging. These are usually used to add complete protection to the more valuable collectible. Back to list
A “Trapped” blister pack has a front and back card with a blister trapped between. The package presents a clean look. This can be seen used a great deal with memory cards and USB thumb/flash drives. Back to list
A “Face-seal” blister pack has only one card, so it needs about a 7-mm flange to seal the blister to the card. This is probably the most popular blister pack type when discussing diecast collectibles and may be viewed as the ‘standard’ or ‘basic’ blister pack type. Back to list
A “Full-face-seal” blister pack has a blister that extends to the edges of the card and is sealed to the card, at least around the perimeter. Back to list
A “Full-card” blister pack extends the blister all the way to the edges of the card, and then wraps around the edges to the back of the card. However it is not sealed to the card. The card could be stapled or attached to the blister in some other way. Not typically seen with collectibles. Back to list
You can use all these Clamshell/Protector/Blister types with Collectible Hangers. Hopefully you can quickly see that Collectible Hangers are…
“The secure and flexible way to display your hanging collectibles.”