Wednesday, December 12, 2018

30th Anniversary of the FF

The 30th Anniversary of the FF is here.  Celebrating it today with a nice "Quad-FF".  Red, Blue, Yellow and Black offsets. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Beckett January 2019 - Special 1980s issue

Beckett January 2019 - Special 1980s issue

Just got my copy of the new Beckett Baseball magazine.  I helped with the F-Face article.  It turned out great!  I'll post larger pictures later on in 2019. 
*Note - the picture of the white proof card graded by SGC on page 44 was mislabeled as a Circle Scribble.  I included a CS1 picture at the bottom.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Nov. '18 Card of the Month - Whiteout

This version is controversial to say the least.  Even now, I don't know for sure if this is a real version or not.  I've seen hundreds of examples of 'whiteouts' and would like to believe that some are 'real'.  Fuzzy ovals covering the bat knob, white circles or box patterns, white stripes, whiteout correction fluid - you name it.  Here are 4 examples that were authenticated by 3rd party grading companies:
Some of these clearly have the Black Box underneath.  Why is that?  Has anyone seen one on top of a rack pack?  I've heard stories of people pulling these from wax packs - but nothing has been confirmed.  Some people have told stories of employees smuggling out weird or different versions from the factory.  Who made them?  How were they made?  We may never know.  Buyer beware on these.  

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Podcast about the FF??

Thanks to David Peterkofsky for producing a Podcast about the FF card!  David even tracked down photographer Steve Babineau to get his story.  Great work David!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Oct. '18 Card of the Month - F-Face

OCT. '18 Card of the Month - F-Face Original

Back to basics for the October card of the month.  Time for the Original.  The F*** Face.  This is the one that started it all.  Hundreds of thousands probably exist.  Rare?  No.  Collectible?  YES!  



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BEWARE - Fakes are out there!


I've been seeing these 'Reprints' on eBay for the past year or more.  I can usually spot them a mile away but recently I've been receiving emails from confused and concerned collectors.  I decided to pick one up for $5 and see for myself.  I don't want to get into how to tell etc - but when compared to a normal 1989 Fleer, it's obvious.
What I've been seeing lately are 2 versions - F-Face and White Scribble - that have been faked.  These are unauthorized and shouldn't be called 'Reprints' or 'RP' etc.  They are FAKE.  Good fakes?  Yes.  With technology, card collectors will (unfortunately) see more of these deceptive tactics in the future.  For years, you always had to be alert for a fake Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzky.  Now I'm seeing $5 cards being copied/faked.  Kind of like making counterfeit $5 bills.....

Buyer beware.  I'm seeing too many people buying $50 White Scribble cards on eBay lately.  These appear to be fake.  Do your homework and be careful.  Currently, there are dozens on eBay for sale.

Sellers that make and sell these are terrible for the hobby.  They may justify it by saying that they put 'REPRINT' or 'RP' in the title.  They know that people are buying these for $ and selling them as 'originals' for $$$$.  My opinion is that all 'REPRINT' cards need it clearly stated somewhere on the card.  Sure, it's nice to have a copy of a T206 Honus Wagner, but it needs to be clearly marked or clearly different than the original.

Happy Hunting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New Pickup - FF w/ Yellow & red offset

Thanks to Joey for trading me this nice new addition.  FF version with a really good yellow & red offset.  PSA 9 is a plus.