How To Spot A Fake Michael Jordan 1984-85 Star ROY #288

Michael Jordan cards have been counterfeited for decades.  His 1986-87 Fleer rookie is atop the list of most forged cards in the hobby.  Outside of that card we have a large amount of Star issued cards.  Some collectors won’t even touch Star cards of popular players such as Michael Jordan because they have been counterfeited so much.  Authentic Michael Jordan Star cards can be worth a lot of money if they’re the real deal.

Mr. Jordan has multiple cards made by Star.  His 1984-85 Star ROY #288 is one of the easiest to spot a counterfeit/reprint:

  • Border Spacing – Perfect centering is almost unheard of when it comes to this card.  Most authentic examples show little border on the right side and a fat chunk on the left.  Having this reversed and/or the card being dead-centered in many cases is a red flag of a counterfeit/reprint.
  • Coloring – On the back of the card there should be a slight color bleed along the edge of the card from the front.  The color clarity is softer and unique to original issued Star products, the counterfeits/reprints have bolder colors and out of registry text, bleeding or feathering are good terms to describe the counterfeits/reprints.

Authentic front

Authentic back

Counterfeit front

Counterfeit/reprint front

Counterfeit/reprint back

Phillies ’05 Topps Chrome Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

Are you kicking yourself because you missed out on the last Chris Roberson contest?  I know that you are.  This 40-year old guy is going places.  In 2005, I pulled a ton of his autographs.  This contest is for a Chris Roberson 2005 Topps Chrome First Year Refractor Auto #’ed/500.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

’04 Bowman Sterling Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Lincoln Holdzkom 2004 Bowman Sterling First Year Card Auto.  Holdzkom played eight years in the minors for the Marlins, Cubs, Red Sox, and Pirates.  In December, 2015 he passed away from a car crash.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

’05 Bowman Sterling Auto/Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mike Conroy 2005 Bowman Sterling First Year Auto/Jersey.  Conroy never made it to the big leagues, but had a long career in the minors.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Hanley Ramirez 2003 Topps Tribute First Year Auto

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Card of the Day: Reid Brignac 2004 Bowman Heritage First Year #242

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Card of the Day: Ervin Santana 2004 Bowman’s Best First Year Auto

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