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Dreaded Fakes Still Haunt The Clemens ’84 TCMA Pawtucket Red Sox Rookie

Roger Clemens has thrown some heat while taking some heat over the years.  This 11x All-Star and 7x Cy Young Award Winner certainly has brought his share of controversy to the game.  From hit batsmen to steroids, this guy has put his fans through it all.  Even though in June Clemens was found not-guilty of lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs, the fact that he was accused of taking them will be on his record forever and is something fans will never forget.  The last time Clemens pitched in a MLB game was in 2007.  In August 2012, it was announced that he would pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Atlantic League.  In a way, I guess its an attempt to try and put all the negative press behind him.

Despite all the negative press, Clemens is one of those guys collectors still go after.  Sure his cards have taken a beating in price, but a lot of people still want him.  One of his most popular cards is the 1984 TCMA Pawtucket Red Sox minor league card.  To many Clemens collectors, this is the holy grail along with the ’84 Fleer Update rookie.  With the drop in price, this card has become more affordable to those collectors looking to fill that hole in their collection.  But be careful, because there is a fair share of fakes on the market.

Here is an example of a counterfeit version:

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It takes a really good pair of eyes to see this.  Look at the right side of the letter “A” and the left side of the letter “W” in the word “PAWTUCKET”.  The green space in between almost forms a “V” shape.  That is the dead giveaway its fake.  The space should be a straight green bar with those two sides parallel to one another.

Here is an example of an authentic card:

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As you can see, the green bar is perfectly straight and the right side of the letter “A” and the left side of the letter “W” are parallel.

For seasoned collectors, this is something that most already know.  It can’t hurt to be repeated for this still $50.00+ card.  Clemens is the most notable player in the set.  TCMA issued a few corrections because the first set contained many name errors.