2023 Topps Chrome Baseball Cards Slipping Out The Backdoor

2023 Topps Chrome Baseball isn’t due out for months, yet a few singles have popped up on eBay.

eBay user truf2228 had two 2023 Topps Chrome Baseball Autographs up for sale. One of Livan Soto, and the other of Spencer Steer.

The Soto autograph was sold on 4/11/23, and the buyer left positive feedback. The Steer autograph was taken down before the sale was completed.

In addition to both of those cards the same seller had a Nelson Rada 2023 Bowman – Chrome Prospect Autograph Orange Refractor #’ed/25 up for sale with a missing signature. It too was taken down before the sale could be completed.

A few months ago in a now deleted Reddit post an individual mentioned they were gifted cards, and wanted to know what they were worth. The pictures they showed were of 2023 Bowman and 2023 Topps Chrome Baseball cards. Before the post was deleted Card Shark Brian posted a link to it on Twitter.

Fake cards? Authentic cards slipping out the backdoor by an angry employee? You be the judge.

Stuff like this has been happening for years.

I’m not fully convinced the signature is authentic. Compare it to Soto’s signature from his 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph.

WARNING: 2023 GAS Arnold Schwarzenegger: Built to Perfection Tins Are VERY Searchable

With the new 2023 GAS Arnold Schwarzenegger: Built to Perfection product quickly selling out the only place you’ll be able to buy it now is on the secondary market.

I would be very cautious when buying these tins on the secondary market. People are discovering that they are very easy to search.

Why is this product so easy to search? It all comes down to the weight.

Tins are guaranteed to have the 2-card set inside. Both cards come in 130-pt magnetic holders.

Parallels come 1:6 sets. Arnold Schwarzenegger autographs come 1:9 sets. The parallels and autographs come as bonus cards.

Tins that have a parallel or autograph will contain three cards instead of two. That additional card (which will also be in a 130-pt magnetic holder) adds more than enough weight for people to tell that there is something else inside.

Nothing will stop someone from weighing their stash of tins. They could easily sell the lighter tins fully aware just two base cards are inside to someone that isn’t aware of how searchable this product is.

GAS should have swapped out a base card for a parallel or autograph. Keeping the number of cards for all tins at two. This would have made them much more difficult to determine what is or isn’t inside.

If you don’t think people will do this you’re very mistaken. That’s why I’d never purchase any of those promo packs issued by manufacturers during the National on the secondary market. They’re very searchable.

Topps Printed Autograph COA On ’22 Stadium Club Cards Not Meant To Be Signed

Accidentally printing the autograph COA on cards that were never intended to be signed opens up the possibility for all types of fraud. We’ve seen it happen with products such as 2018 Panini Illusions Football, and 2021 Topps Archives Baseball.

Absolutely nothing stops some deadbeat scammer from forging the player’s signature, and attempting to pass it off as the real thing. A collector who doesn’t know any better could easily see the COA, believe the autograph is authentic, and easily be taken advantage of.

Topps recently made this mistake again in 2022 Stadium Club. I’ve talked about this before, but wanted to bring the subject up again to help clear some things up. Especially now with the release of the standalone 2022 Stadium Club Chrome product.

2022 Topps Stadium Club – Chrome Refractor Non-autograph (front)
2022 Topps Stadium Club – Chrome Refractor Non-autograph (back)

The 2022 Stadium Club set has (300) cards in it. (90) of those cards have Chrome versions with accompanying parallels. The non-autographed Refractor parallel of those cards come with the Topps autograph COA on the back that reads “THE SIGNING OF ALL AUTOGRAPH CARDS IS WITNESSED BY A TOPPS REPRESENTATIVE TO GUARANTEE AUTHENTICITY.” These specific cards were not meant to have this COA printed on them. It looks like this is isolated to just the regular non-autographed Refractor parallel. Non-autographed Orange Refractors #’ed/99, Pearl White Refractors #’ed/30, Gold Minted Refractors, and SuperFractors #’ed 1/1 do not have this COA printed on the back.

2022 Topps Stadium Club – Chrome Autograph (authentic front)
2022 Topps Stadium Club – Chrome Autograph (authentic back)

With all of that being said, there are legitimate pack-inserted Chrome autographs. If you’re looking for an authentic 2022 Topps Stadium Club – Chrome Autograph not only should it have the COA printed on the back, but the front should have the “TOPPS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH ISSUE” message as well. It should also be serial numbered.

2022 Topps Stadium Club Chrome – Refractor Non-autograph (front)
2022 Topps Stadium Club Chrome – Refractor Non-autograph (back)
2022 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Autograph (front)
2022 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Autograph (back)

In addition to including Chrome cards within the regular 2022 Stadium Club set, Topps issued a standalone 2022 Stadium Club Chrome set. Its a completely separate product. No errors were made to those non-autographed Refractors.

Card manufacturers can sometimes make things so confusing.

5 Historic Easter Trading Cards For 2023

Happy Easter every Bunny!

Spring has arrived. Hopefully a majority of the cold weather is coming to an end.

Its time to gather with friends and family, eat a good meal, and hunt for some candy-filled eggs.

In between all of that be sure to check out my top five historic Easter trading cards for 2023.

1991 Peanuts Preview – Easter Beagle #22

2018 Attic Cards Inked Nightmares Easter Bunny Sketch Card by Amanda Pattison

2022 Topps Wacky Packages Monthly Series – April – Hop Tarts #4

Bunny Pearce 1911 E100 Bishop & Co. P.C.L. – Type 1

1995 Disneyland 40 Years of Adventure – Thumper’s Easter Egg Hunt #28 #’ed/90,000

2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Super Box Pin Checklist

The 2023 Topps Series 1 Baseball Super Box is an exclusive retail product.

Inside you will find (10) 2023 Topps Series 1 Packs, (1) Exclusive Oversized Card and Companion Card, and (1) Exclusive 5-Card Pack containing Silver Patterned Foil Parallels.

Also included is 1 of 10 exclusive pins.

Here is the pin checklist:

  • Mike Trout
  • Julio Rodriguez
  • Pete Alonso
  • Juan Soto
  • Aaron Judge
  • Bryce Harper
  • Adley Rutschman
  • Ronald Acuña Jr.
  • Shohei Ohtani
  • Mookie Betts

I know that Topps wants to get more involved with Little League Baseball. For a few days last year the Topps Truck was at the Little League World Series handing out promo card packs to kids. That’s cool, but pins are the collectible everyone is after during that event. The next time Topps attends the Little League World Series they should have specially made pins to hand out. Pins that look like baseball cards is a great start. Perhaps making some Parallel Pins would give collectors something else to chase.

Tony Gwynn Did NOT Sign His 2014 Leaf Q Cards

Leaf Trading Cards introduced a new product in 2014 called Leaf Q.

Leaf Q was a high-end, multi-sport product that cost almost $1,000/box. Each box contained (11) or (12) cards. Almost all of the cards in the box were autographed.

One of the athletes that Leaf had planned to include within this set was Tony Gwynn. Unfortunately, Tony Gwynn passed away from cancer before Leaf was able to get him to sign his cards for this product.

Leaf made the decision not to include his unsigned cards within the product. Instead they sold them on eBay shortly after his death.

Where his signature was planned to be Leaf stamped the years “1960-2014”.

These sold like hotcakes. You rarely see them resurface.

My only problem is that the words “Authentic Signature” are printed on the front. And Leaf’s autograph COA is written on the back. It wouldn’t take much for some scummy scammer to forge Tony Gwynn’s signature on one of these cards, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing. Anyone that isn’t familiar with the history of these cards could easily become a victim.

As mentioned before these cards have rarely resurfaced over the years. I’ve never seen any cards containing fake signatures, but it certainly wouldn’t take much to make it happen.

Did Pristine Auction Sell A Fake Willie Mays Autograph?

UPDATE – 12/17/2022

According to Pristine Auction “Looks like that is an auction from 2014. This may have fooled us and others back then but is more known now. We always guarantee authenticity so we would buy it back (if we didn’t already).”

An interesting card sold over at Pristine Auction that I believe is worth talking about.

The card that caught my eye is the Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Tradition Stitches In Time Autograph.

Link to the Pristine Auction listing. Screenshot for when their auction listing comes down.

Its a great looking card, unfortunately Willie Mays never signed them for Fleer.

Fleer inserted redemption cards for these Willie Mays autographs inside packs of 2001 Fleer Tradition Baseball. For some reason Willie Mays chose not to sign them. Possibly due to him not wanting to sign Negro League items.

After Fleer’s bankruptcy the non-autographed cards they had intended Willie Mays to sign surfaced. Because they were originally meant to be signed the cards come with Fleer’s autograph COA on the back.

If you come across a Willie Mays 2001 Fleer Tradition Stitches In Time card containing an autograph there are two possible outcomes.

The first outcome is that the autograph is fake. Many scammers have forged Willie Mays’s signature on these aftermarket cards, and passed them off as the real thing. Collectors who don’t know the true history behind this card will see Fleer’s COA and not think twice about it’s authenticity.

Second would be that an individual purchased the non-autographed card on the secondary market and was able to get Willie Mays to sign it in person. Difficult to do, but not completely out of the realm of possibility.

I would stay far away from any autographed versions of this card. Even the examples that come with PSA/DNA and JSA authentication. If you didn’t get Willie Mays to sign the card yourself assume that it is a fake signature.

Judging by that Pristine Auction listing Fleer’s COA is suppose to be good enough. BAD IDEA! Their description mentions nothing about this card’s history. Either they don’t know about it or just don’t care. You be the judge as to whether that autograph is real or not.

Willie Mays does have an insert and relic found in the 2001 Fleer Tradition Stitches In Time set. Both of these were pack-inserted by Fleer.

ALERT: Watch Out When Buying These 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome Refractor Autographs

The 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome set consists of (90) cards.

Collectors ripping through their packs/boxes have noticed that the Refractor parallels of these cards contain the Topps autograph COA printed on the back. The only problem is that these specific cards were never meant to have that COA printed on them.

As you can imagine it wouldn’t take much for a scammer to forge the player’s autograph on the front, and attempt to pass it off as the real thing. An individual who didn’t know any better might look at that card, see the COA, and believe the autograph is authentic.

It looks like this is isolated to just the regular non-autographed Refractor parallels. Non-autographed Orange Refractors #’ed/99, Pearl White Refractors #’ed/30, Gold Minted Refractors, and SuperFractors #’ed 1/1 do not have this COA printed on the back.

If you’re looking for an authentic 2022 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Chrome Refractor Autograph not only should it have the COA printed on the back, but the front should have the “TOPPS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH ISSUE” message as well. It should also be serial numbered.

A similar situation took place with 2021 Topps Archives Baseball.

5 Historic Thanksgiving Day Trading Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to fill your bellies with food while surrounded by friends and family. The Thanksgiving holiday is no stranger to trading cards. Tons of cards are dedicated to turkey day.

Here are my five favorite Thanksgiving-themed cards for 2022. Hope you have a nice holiday.

1983 Topps The A-Team “You Turkey!” #7

2009 Upper Deck A Piece of History Historical Moments Thanksgiving Becomes Holiday #188

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Wacky Packages Thanksgiving Gary Gravy #5a

1987 Topps ALF – Stickers – Don’t Be Repulsed… It’s A Turkey! #14

2013 Topps Mars Attacks Invasion – The Last Thanksgiving #69

5 Historic Halloween Trading Cards

Happy Halloween!

Its time for costumes, candy, and scary movies.

Here are my top five scary/funny Halloween trading cards for 2022.

All Panini Redemption Cards – Pulling one of these would sure scare the hell out of me.

1989 Topps Batman – “Is It Halloween?” #81

1996 Comic Images Elvira Mistress of the Dark #63

Michael Myers 1998 Bowman Chrome Interstate Refractor #201

1994 Collect-A-Card Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Series 2 Retail Power Foil Frankenstein #86