from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of slab.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Adapted for forming slabs, or for dressing flat surfaces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In soap-making, the process of cutting the blocks of soap, which have solidified in frames, into slabs which are afterward cut transversely into bars. A loop of wire is used and drawn through the block by hand, or a special slabbing-machine is applied.
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I have seen some issues sell for insane amounts on the eBay, in particular the Miracleman/Kid Miracleman battle issue #15 which has sold for hundreds of dollars, even without the artificial pricing bump that a CGC "slabbing" would have given it.
Then again, these are CGC-graded artifacts, probably never to be read:Comics graded by CGC are placed in an inner well (a sealed Barex sleeve, similar to Mylar), then sonically sealed in a hard plastic, tamper-evident holder (the process is often referred in slang as "slabbing") with a label at the top indicating the grade, page quality and any notes. . .
The slabbing of books by the CGC doesn't help, due to the "multiples of guide" mindset that sends copies locked into plastic turtle shells through the roof pricewise, but a good chunk of the books pictured in this post were acquired for very modest dollars.
Quite an achievement, cause these mags are going for big bucks on eBay and the CGC-minded crowd aren't helping collectors who actually prefer to read their comics enjoy them by slabbing these babies away.
"Expenditures approved in fall 1894 included $812,025 for a complete plate mill and new open hearth furnaces, slabbing mill, and related production infrastructure and $243,300 for improvements to the Bessemer plant and modifications to enable the rail mill to roll deck beams and angles."
The LA Times looks at the process of “slabbing,” that is, encasing comics in plastic slabs, rendering them thus unreadable, and clucks its tongue:
I always got my best thinking done on the get-there/get-home slabbing part of long rides, working through things that were going on in my life and mind.
And how dangerous a word — often misleading us into slabbing with extraneous floridities what would otherwise, on its own plane, be Art!
The slabbing, for instance, had cost them infinite trouble; it was roughly done, too, and, even after the pins were in, great flakes of earth would come tumbling down from between the joints, on one occasion nearly knocking silly the man who was below.
These, too far off to supply wood for firing or slabbing, still stood green and timbered, and looked down upon the havoc that had been made of the fair, pastoral lands.