Had a writer from Australia contact me this month about a short piece for his weekly column. Nice to see the FF is far reaching!
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
In 2020, the question I get asked the most is - "Is this card real or fake?"
While I like seeing all of the parody cards floating around (licensed or not) - I'm also concerned at the amount of fake "reprint" cards out there. One person makes a cheap knock off and sells it for $3. The next person tries to sell it as an original or get it graded/authenticated for a huge payday. For someone that has handled thousands of 1989 Fleer cards over the years, the fakes are easy to spot. For someone else that is new to the hobby or looking for a 'steal' - it can be difficult. Technology is always getting better and detecting these fakes in the future will be tough. These aren't photocopies on cheap paper. Be careful out there!
I recently picked up a fake/"reprint" White Scribble version to examine. I've seen a few of these being sold online as 'Original'. The fakes (so far) are fairly easy to see. Here are 2 picture showing side-by-side comparisons. The fakes are on the left. The closeups were scanned at the same time with 1200dpi.