How To Spot A Fake Ichiro Suzuki 1993 BBM #239 BlueWave Rookie Card

Ichiro!  Ichiro!  Ichiro!  Fans love Ichiro.  They would chant his name hoping to see him get another record breaking hit every time he was at bat.  Before playing for the Seattle Mariners in 2001, Ichiro had a long career of playing baseball in Japan.

One of Ichiro’s most popular Japanese rookie cards can be found in the 1993 BBM set.  The look of this set reminds me of something Pro Set would’ve issued.  Watch out for counterfeits!

These are some items you should watch out for when it comes to counterfeit Ichiro 1993 BBM #239 BlueWave rookie cards.

  • Name placement – counterfeit examples have Ichiro’s name on the front placed off to the right.  Nowhere near as centered as it should be.
  • Compared to an authentic card, the counterfeit will almost always have a fuzzy (spotty) print pattern.
  • On a counterfeit, Ichiro’s name on the front tends to be rounded, fat, and fuzzy (spotty).
  • The “BLUEWAVE 51” lettering on the front is a bit larger and more bold on a counterfeit.
  • Take a look at the ORIX BlueWave logo on the front.  The word “ORIX” is much bolder on a counterfeit.  The red bleeding around the word “BlueWave” is much thicker on a counterfeit too.
  • On the back, the ORIX BlueWave mascot logo has the fuzzy (spotty) print pattern, and usually is lighter in color.

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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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