How To Spot Fake 1984 Fleer Update Baseball Cards

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The 1980’s are notorious for issuing some of the most overproduced garbage collectors have ever seen.  Despite that, there are a few gems to keep an eye out for.  One of those gems that still holds quite a bit of value today is the 1984 Fleer Update set.  This was Fleer’s very first update set, and contains 132 cards.  It had a short print run, and was only available through dealers.  The set grew in popularity and prices went up and up.  Today a complete set is worth $200.00.  That’s a lot considering most sets from the 80’s can’t be given away.  Key XRCs from this set include Roger Clemens, John Franco, Dwight Gooden, Jimmy Key, Mark Langston, Bret Saberhagen, Ron Darling, and Kirby Puckett.  Even though its far from a rookie, the Pete Rose card is popular with collectors too.

I was on eBay earlier this week and saw something I thought would be good to reinforce to collectors.  Many of those key cards were faked and forged years ago.  Signs of a counterfeit 1984 Fleer Update card include appearing blurry and having a different print dot pattern when compared to an authentic example.  Real cards from this set were known for having terrible centering as well.  I’m not saying that real ones can’t have good centering, but most do not.  Many fakes have perfect centering.  But one of the biggest signs that your 1984 Fleer Update card is a fake is finding a capital “K” in the word “Know” on the back.  These fakes are really good looking other than that small mistake.

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eBay is filled with these fakes, and people are bidding on them.  The Puckett and Clemens XRCs are the most valuable today.  Raw examples can sell for $40.00 to 60.00 in some cases.  You would think eBay would police this, but they don’t.  Users can report items, but who knows how much good that does.  eBay lets them there so they can collect their fees.

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