Counterfeit Fro-Joy’s

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Andy Broome of Beckett Grading Services wrote another piece today on how to spot counterfeit cards.  This time it deals with the Fro-Joy Ice Cream set from way back in the day.  Remember, if you see any colored Fro-Joy cards, they are very much fake.  You can read the entire article here.

The T206 Museum

This afternoon I was looking for information on the T206 set and came across the website T206 Museum.com.  This website has everything you can think about the T206 set, including information on how to spot counterfeit cards and reprints.  For example, “Every genuine T206 cards, they are printed in solid black pinstripe separating the white border from the colored photo. Reprints show the line as a string of dark dots. You can see the different under a high power (x10) magnifier.”  If you are looking for information an any T206 card, they will have it.  

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Catching Those 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Counterfeits

KSA is a Canadian grading company, and on their website they have a small section that gives you tips on spotting fake cards.  They have some great tips on how to spot fake Babe Ruth 1933 Goudey baseball cards.  These tips can be used for all Ruth Goudey’s.

  • Look for a glossy finish on the front surface
  • The green text on the back of the card should be solid
  • If under magnification, the text looks dotted, you are probably looking at a reprint
  • Be very careful when buying or trading for these cards as they have been artificially aged  to look real

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Fake Proof Cards

You never know what might pop up on the BMB (Beckett Message Boards).  Tonight I took a look at the baseball boards and saw a post about fake proof cards up for sale on eBay.  I couldn’t believe what I saw when I looked up “chrome proofs” on eBay.  There are people who have somehow removed the backs of any type of chrome card stock and were selling the front of the card as a proof.  Real proof cards usually don’t have any backs to them anyway, but thats because it came from the company that way.  These people have altered a perfectly normal base card to look like a proof.  One of the best ways to know that your proof is real, is to buy one that comes directly from the company or is in a graded and/or certified holder. 

SP Authentic Patches – A Counterfeiter’s Dream

Upper Deck SP Authentic is one of the most popular brands of cards for baseball, basketball, and football card collectors.  They have some of the best patch cards that the hobby has ever seen.  Just take a look:

That is an awesome looking card.  The signature is on card and the patch is multi-colored.  Although these cards look really nice, counterfeit card makers love this product.  Wanna know why?  Its because Upper Deck numbers these cards so high.  If you have ever seen a fake patch card for sale, the sellers usually number a patch very high.  You have to be very careful when buying SP Authentic patch cards.  Since the real patch cards are numbered high and the fake cards could also be numbered high it can be hard to determine which is real.  What some counterfeiters will do is buy a one color patch version of a card for little money, and then they will insert a fake multi-colored patch to make it more valuable.  Check the seller’s feedback to see if they have recently purchased a card like the one you are planning to buy.  One of the best ways to avoid a fake patch card is to buy one that is graded and/or certified.  SP Authentic patch cards are some of the coolest, and trickiest cards to buy.  Good luck!!!   

Albert Pujols 2001 Fleer Legacy Auto Rookie #’ed/799 – Watch Out!

This morning I received an e-mail from a reader that asked whether or not I made a post about the Albert Pujols 2001 Fleer Legacy autographed rookie card #’ed/799.  He informed me that fake versions of this card have been popping up a lot because some of these cards are autographed and others are not.  Apparently, this card was only made available back in 2001 as a redemption, just like a lot of Pujols autographs at the time.  Many of the 799 cards that Fleer produced were redeemed, but there were some that didn’t, which meant some cards would go unsigned.  Doing a quick search on eBay, you will find autographed versions of this card and unsigned versions.  Somehow the unredeemed cards made it to the secondary market.  This is alright because collectors may be able to obtain a more affordable rookie card of Pujols, but it has also has lead to many people forging his signature.  The cards look exactly the same except some have autographs and some do not.  If you plan to buy an autographed version of this card I would be very skeptical.  It would be a good idea to find one that is graded and/or certified so you know its a real autograph.  Above you will find what an authentic signed card looks like.  Below is an unsigned version.

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311, or is it?

Mickey Mantle was one of the best baseball players of all time.  If he saw this card I think he would be rolling over in his grave.  This is a great example of what a counterfeit 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle card looks like.  The coloring is way off, the card stock looks to be a different width, a “$30,000.00” card is just sitting in a plain top loader, and its not even certified.  People will go to all lengths to try and take people’s money.  If a collector wants a real and original Mantle from this set they should just buy one that is graded and/or certified.  Yes, it probably will cost a little more money, but at least you will be getting a real card and not some fake that was made using a copy machine.  Collectors need to do their research!!! 

 

Here is what a real 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle baseball card should look like:

They can’t make a fake Iron Man card. Or can they?

Cal Ripken, Jr is one of the best to ever play the game.  He has some of the most collectible cards on the market.  Some of his most valuable Ripken cards don’t even feature him in the classic O’s uniform.  Many collectors are after his minor league cards.  Ripken’s 1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings card was produced by a college student to help pay for school.  Only 1,800 sets were produced not including the 50 uncut sheets.  Another favorite of collectors is his 1980 WBTV Charlotte minor league card.  These two sets of cards could be purchased back in the 80’s for only a couple of bucks.  Now those sets go for a ton because of what Ripken did.  Of course, since many collectors want these cards some people have found ways to make counterfeits.  While searching the internet I found a website that has a lot of info about Ripken, Jr and his minor league cards.  They supply a ton of information about how to spot fake Cal Ripken, Jr minor league cards.  I think it is important for any collector to read.  The site is titled “Ripken in the Minors“.  We don’t want Ripken fans purchasing these valuable cards and having them end up being fake. 

How To Spot Fake 1991 Topps Desert Shield Cards

In 1991 Topps created a series of baseball cards called 1991 Topps Desert Shield. These cards were sent to the American Troops during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. They look just like the 1991 Topps base cards except for the Desert Shield logo on the front of each card. There were 15 cards per pack. The Desert Shield cards are very collectible and people have created fake versions that can easily trick collectors. The Desert Shield logo on the fake cards is really bright in color. It almost has a gold look to it. The real ones have a silver, less bright color on them. Sellers have become very tricky while trying to sell these on eBay. If someone tries to sell a fake card they will darken the photo to make the logo look as if it is silver versus gold. If you are trying to put this set together and you find a card up for sale online the best way to go is to buy one that is graded and/or certified. Below I have a picture of the fake and real Desert Shield logos. The fake logo is on the right and the real one is on the left.

 

 

 

Here you can see how a seller tried to pass the card on the left off as real. They tried to darken the photo to change the color of the logo.

 

ALERT!!! Topps Allen & Ginter Rip Card Buyers

Topps recently released one of its most favored products of the year, Allen & Ginter.  One of the reasons this product is so popular is because collectors are on the hunt for “rip cards” that are seeded one per 12 box case.  If you are thinking of buying a Topps Allen & Ginter rip card off of eBay or somewhere else to rip open once you receive it, I would be very careful.  People who have pulled these cards out have figured out a way to see what is inside of the card without even opening it.  These people take a flashlight and place it behind the rip card and then they can see if there is a valuable card inside or not.  Most of the valuable cards inside have a small hologram on the back of the mini card, and once that flashlight shines on the rip card you can see through to tell if one of those holograms is on the back of the mini card or not.  If you are going to buy a rip card from someone I would be careful, because that rip card could have been searched already and the seller knows that there is nothing really worth a lot inside without telling you.  I think it’s fine if you want to buy one from someone and you plan not to open it.   The only way that I think your safe opening your rip card is if you pull it out of a factory sealed box or pack.  This information goes for all rip cards from 2006 to 2008.  Below are two pictures of how people search the rip cards.  I found these pictures on eBay when “rip cards” were new to the hobby.  Some seller was trying to show potential buyers that there was a valuable mini card inside because of the triangle hologram.