Card of the Day: Barry Sanders 1999 Score 10th Anniversary 1989 Rookie Reprint Auto

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Card of the Day: Roberto Clemente 1994 Topps Archives – 1954 Reprint – #251

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Card of the Day: Joe Montana 2012 Topps Chrome Rookie Reprint Refractor Auto

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Card of the Day: Dan Marino 2010 Topps Chrome Rookie Reprint Refractor

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How To Spot Counterfeit Dan-Dee Baseball Cards

I miss the days of when you could pull baseball cards from boxes of Tombstone Pizza and various other food products.  In 1954 Dan-Dee included baseball cards within their bags of potato chips.  These cards are very popular to this day, but its very hard to find them in good condition.  Back in 1954, Dan-Dee put the cards directly in the bag with all the chips.  Many of the cards became bent, creased, or folded because they were just thrown into the bag.  Most of the cards have some type of grease stain because they would lay right next to the chips.  Back then they didn’t think baseball cards would be worth so much so they didn’t wrap the cards in plastic to prevent damage.  Being so condition sensative makes it hard to find these in good condition.  Throughout the years there have been a ton of reprints and counterfeits made.  Here are a few tips on spotting a reprint or fake:

  • On the front, look at the bottom where is has the player’s name and black box.  It should be solid black with very small speckles of white.  You don’t want dots with circles around them.
  • Authentic Dan-Dee cards allow a lot of light to pass through them if you place a flashlight behind one.  If you take a card from the 80’s and try to shine a light through the back, it won’t work as well.  The Dan-Dee cards are quite thin and weren’t made with quite as sturdy card stock. 
  • Reprints usually are in better condition and have a darker color.  Authentic originals have a waxy coating and almost always have some type of grease stain.

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Q & A – 1953 Bowman Color Reprints?

Question:  How do I tell the difference between a card from the real ’53 Bowman (color set) and the reprints from the ’80’s?

Answer:  One of the main differences between cards from the original 1953 Bowman Color set and the reprints of the 80’s would be condition.  Cards from 1953 will be harder to find in really good condition.  There are some people that would “artificially” age reprints to make them look like the real thing, so you need to be on the look out for that.  Specifically, the Mickey Mantle 1989 Bowman ’53 Color reprint actually has the word “Reprint” printed on the front.  Another major area that separates the originals from the reprints would be the color of the back.  If you take a look at the back of an original, the color will be a brown or grey.  A lot of the reprints will have a white back.  The original cards measure about 2.5″ x 3.75″.  Reprints may come in different sizes depending on the set.  The best way to be 100% sure is to buy one that is certified and/or graded.

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1989 Bowman Mickey Mantle ’53 Color Reprint

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Original ’53 Bowman Color back

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’53 Bowman Color reprint back

Q & A – How do I tell if a Nolan Ryan rookie is a reprint?

Question:  Can you explain to me how to tell an original Nolan Ryan rookie card from a reprint? What do I look for? Thanks.

Answer:  The Nolan Ryan 1968 Topps rookie card is one of the most popular vintage cards in the hobby today.  There are however a few reprints flying around out there that can throw off a lot of collectors, especially if they are buying one over the internet.  Topps would most likely be the company to produce a reprint of this famous card because they made the original.  Usually on a reprint, the front of the card (and sometimes the back) will have a glossy finish.  When you look at the back of the card I would look for copyright information.  On a reprint there would be a much newer date in small print.  Also, on an original the copyright date may not be given in small print on the back.  A reprint will have darker colors on the front and back.  They also are more likely to be in better condition.  The best way to know for sure that one is not a reprint is to buy one that is graded and/or certified by PSA, SGC, or BGS.