Card of the Day: Ichiro Suzuki 1993 BBM #239

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Card of the Day: Ichiro Suzuki 2001 Topps Gallery RC Japan Variation #151

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Ichiro’s Leaf Ultimate Autographed Patches Preview

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Leaf released these new images of their Ichiro Suzuki Ultimate Autographed Patches that will be made available in Leaf Metal Draft Baseball.  They will be made redemptions in which Leaf says will be filled within 30 days.  The patches look amazing, the autographs are on-card, and each card will be recorded within Leaf’s database to help fight patch fakers.  The online database is a fantastic idea.  If your planning to buy one of these autographed patches and your not sure if its authentic or not, just check the database.  Right now these images are just mock-ups, but I think they look really good.  The only suggestion I would make is change the phrase “Game Worn Jersey” to “Game Worn Patch” or even “Game Worn Prime Jersey”.

Card of the Day: Ichiro Suzuki 2001 UD Ultimate Collection Auto

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How To Spot A Fake Ichiro Suzuki 1993 BBM Rookie

The Ichiro Suzuki 1993 BBM rookie card is one of the most popular Ichiro cards out there.  Since it is so popular many people try to sell fake ones.  Below are some tips to help you identify the fakes.

 

Real card will be on the top in all pictures.  Bottom will be the fake.

 

The fake version always has a spottier printing pattern than the real one.  You can see more print spot artifacts in the counterfeit when looking closely with the naked eye, especially in the area just to the right of where Ichiro is standing, and things tend to be less sharp in general.

 

You can see the spots more clearly here, with the BBM logo:

 

 

You can also see it quite clearly here in Ichiro’s face on the front of the card:

 

 

His name on the front also tends to be a bit more bloated and a little blurry on the counterfeit. You can see this with the naked eye, so be aware of this. Additionally, the black lettering “BLUEWAVE 51” is slightly larger and bolder on the counterfeit. Here it is blown up:

 

 

The ORIX Blue Wave logo on the front also has some bluriness and more bleed around the edges on the counterfeit. This is also visible with the naked eye under close scrutiny, and can be seen more clearly when blown up:

 

 

Additionally, the back ORIX Blue Wave logo is lighter in color on the back, in addition to the printing spot patterns being different again. The difference in logo strength can be seen with the naked eye, but I’ve provided it blown up here: