The Care and Maintenance of SPI Flat Pack Game Boxes
Unlike a lot of collectors, I am very fond of the old 24 compartment SPI flat pack game boxes. They are easy to stack and store with other, similar boxes, and the internal trays with their plastic covers do a good job of keeping the game pieces sorted and safe. They are also lighter in weight and easier to ship or transport than the larger “book-case” and “soap box” styles of game boxes. Unfortunately, they also have one serious flaw that, given enough time, invariably crops up no matter how carefully these game boxes are handled and stored. The flat pack’s cardboard base tends to peel off as the game gets older and the adhesive attaching it to the plastic tray dries out. This is a tremendous pain because, once the cardboard base separates from the thin plastic vacuum-formed game tray, these flimsy trays become very susceptible to damage.
Over the years, I tried a number of different approaches to solve this problem, and, like most things in life, the first attempts were all unsatisfactory for one reason or another. First, I tried using different types of adhesives to reattach the base to the plastic: the better glues tended to melt the plastic, and the weaker adhesives didn’t last long enough to matter. Next, I tried using Scotch Tape
While visiting a hobby supply store in search of something completely unrelated, I found — quite by accident — the solution to my game box problem: “Craft Glue Dots
On a similar note, I strongly suggest “Windex Wipes