How To Spot Fake 1989 Score Football Cards

Five cards come to mind when I think about 1989 Score Football – Barry Sanders #257, Troy Aikman #270, Derrick Thomas #258, Deion Sanders #246, and Thurman Thomas #211.  Do you know what each of them have in common?  All are rookie cards, and each one has been counterfeited over the years.  Specifically, Barry Sanders and Troy Aikman.

There are four key areas on these cards that can assist you in identifying a counterfeit:

  • Score logo on front
  • Red star on front
  • Black lines around the helmet on front
  • NFLPA logo on back

On counterfeit examples, fuzzy dots make up each of these parts.  You should be able to clearly read each word in the NFLPA logo.  Authentic examples have clear, crisp pictures, and the colors are solid.  Fuzzy printing has always been a common sign when it comes to counterfeit cards.  The printing methods just aren’t as superior as the manufacturers.  CLEAR = GOOD.  FUZZY = BAD.  Using a common base card from the 1989 Score Football set which isn’t worth a dime can be used as a comparison.  Special treatment wasn’t given to those five cards.  They were all printed the same way.

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2019 Leaf Flash Football Hobby Box Break

My local card shop, Sports Zone Toys & Comics, recently announced they got a new batch of bobbleheads in from Kollectico.  One of them is of the Flyers’ mascot Gritty.  I’ve been wanting to add a bobblehead of him to my collection for awhile.

While browsing their inventory, I came upon a box of 2019 Leaf Flash Football.  I decided to pull the trigger on it.  There are (5) on-card autographs per box.  All 2019 rookies.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Damien Harris Flash Photography
  • Will Grier
  • Parris Campbell
  • Greedy Williams
  • Aeris Williams Pink #’ed/15

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Card of the Day: John Madden 1994 Roger Staubach’s NFL Football Chalkboard Legends #68

2018 Leaf Valiant Football Box Break

I bought myself an early Christmas present.  Its been awhile since I’ve opened a football product, so I decided to try a box of 2018 Leaf Valiant Football.  I’ve had a lot of luck this year between Topps and Leaf products.  This box came from Atlanta Sports Cards.  In addition to this box, I qualified for (3) 2018 Leaf Holiday Bonus Packs.  More to come on those later.

No major pulls here, but some nice looking stuff.  Every box comes with (4) autographs.  One is graded by BGS a 9.5 or higher.  Too bad Saquon Barkley signed an exclusive deal with Panini.  I would’ve really liked to see him have cards in here.  Even though Leaf’s football products are unlicensed, you can’t really tell that when you have a player from Penn State.  The Penn State uniforms have little to no logos on them to begin with.

Lots of other good guys can be pulled like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Nick Chubb.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Ronald Jones II #’ed/60
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick Navy #’ed/25
  • Cam Serigne Big Targets Orange #’ed/35
  • Braxton Berrios Take It To The House Orange #’ed/35 BGS Gem Mint 9.5