Finally! Sometime earlier this year, Greg (NOC) posted how he busted open his encapsulated cards with a hammer. I took notice because over the years I've acquired many. I DISLIKE the graded cards BIG TIME, and thus I rid myself of most of the ones I owned. There are a few that have been laying on my desk for 3 years now. Not anymore. I took the hammer and a pair of pliers and popped them once. Piece of cake, zero damage to the cards from removing them. I did drop one after I pulled it out and dinged a corner.
Crappy crop job, sorry.
This is the one I dropped. Got the top right corner. I'll live.
Nothing big, but at least they are FREE!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!