Card of the Day: Vladimir Guerrero 1996 Best AA All-Stars #19

How To Spot A Fake 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars Card

For only having (11) cards in the set, completing the 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars set is not the easiest accomplishment.  Especially if you want a set in decent condition.  Given that these cards are die-cut, and meant to be punched-out, means many display a considerable amount of wear.  Players in the set include Grover C. Alexander, Connie Mack, Mickey Cochrane, Christy Mathewson, Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Jimmy Collins, Tris Speaker, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, and Walter Johnson.

Please don’t confuse the 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars set with the 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars Baseball set.  The 1951 Topps Major League All-Stars Baseball set utilizes the same design, has the same amount of cards, but consists of active players at the time.  The checklist is completely different.

Here are some tips for spotting a counterfeit 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars card:

  • Not Die-Cut – Cards from the 1951 Topps Connie Mack All-Stars set are meant to be punched-out and stood-up with no background behind them.  Some counterfeits lack the entire die-cut feature altogether.  Being die-cut is what makes this set what it is.  Not being able to punch-out that player is a major red flag.
  • Cut Line Not Cut – Some counterfeit examples contain a cut line, but many aren’t actually cut like they should be.  It may appear that you can punch-out the player, but you can’t.
  • Card Stock – Compared to an authentic example, counterfeit cards tend to be printed on card stock which is too thick.  Poorly cut edges too.
  • Poor Image – Taking a closer look a counterfeit will exhibit computer print lines not found on a genuine example.  What should be solid in color is blurry, and contains lines.  Color tends to be off compared to an authentic card.



Flashback Product of the Week: 1983 Donruss Action All-Stars


It cracks me up when I look at this box and see the phrase “MR. RETAILER This carton contains 2 FREE packs for 60¢ EXTRA PROFIT”.  Mantle is also misspelled.  Donruss was known for rushing their early baseball products.  Its common to find lots of errors.  Its pretty bad though when they don’t catch a spelling mistake on the front of the box.

The 1983 Action All-Star set only contains 60 cards.  They are slightly larger in size measuring 3.5″ x 5″.  That makes storing them a little harder.  Its not like there are any major cards in this set worth protecting.  It was so overproduced.  Sealed boxes can be found for under $10.00.  It was marketed as depicting major league players in a new style, but I’m not seeing what the new style would be.  The 63-piece Mickey Mantle puzzle is probably the most popular thing within this product.  A complete puzzle can be picked up for $5.00 or less.


Flashback Product of the Week: 1990 Topps All-Stars Doubleheaders

Lets put a base card and a reprinted rookie all in one holder and sell it to collectors.  Thats what must have gone through Topps’s mind when they thought of this product.  1990 Topps All-Stars Doubleheaders contains 36 packs per box.  Inside each pack is a holder that contains a ’90 Topps base card on one side, and a reprinted rookie on the other.  The most valuable thing about this product are the holders.  And thats not much.  Products from this time were so overproduced it just drove the price way down.  I think it was a little early to be making reprints of cards from the 80’s.  Topps made this product back in 1989 too.