I was buying ’86 fleer packs as a kid, and never did I realize that I should have had my parents mortgaging their house to buy every single 1986 Fleer case in existence to hold for 35 years.
I purchased a couple of unopened 86 Fleer packs a few years back on eBay before I became more knowledgeable on packs, and know I likely bought some resealed packs. I’ve also been a part of a few 1986 Fleer pack breaks, one of which a Jordan rookie card was pulled (not my spot, unfortunately).
When I learned about the 1986 Fleer sequence, I became slightly obsessed with the topic, wondering if a) it might be possible to identify what packs actually hold a Jordan rookie card and b) if those packs could still be found available for sale at a discount.
Thus, this post will discuss 1986 Fleer packs in detail–both the numerical sequencing and the investment case for unopened 1986 Fleer basketball wax packs.
There have been many upstart graders over the years but those are the main three that are still standing strong.
Still, we have many cards in circulation from other now defunct grading companies. I get questions from collectors all the time asking if they should trust so and so card in such and such holder they found on eBay.
So, I thought it would be helpful for collectors to have a ‘Sports Card Grading Graveyard’ where we list out old card graders and whether or not their slabs/grades should be trusted.
Thus, this list is a collection of our experience with other grading companies along with our research sourcing opinions from other websites such as the Net54 Forums and Blowout Forums (both unbelievable resources).
The 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards have been on absolute fire of late, with the Lou Gehrig cards (there are two) from the same set not too far behind.
I often get inspiration for new counterfeit resource guides from the questions coming in to me. And I’ve had a lot of requests for help of late in authenticating Goudey Ruth cards, with many of them ending up being outright fakes.
So, in yet another attempt to help fellow collectors avoid getting scammed, this guide is all you need to know in distinguishing a fake Goudey Ruth or Gehrig from the real deal. To note, the Goudeys can be among the toughest to distinguish in the hobby due to some better than average reprints.
Also, one quick point too. I’m not going to get every authentication question right. Especially when dealing with only photos. Sometimes, just the wrong angle or the wrong light can make a card look questionable from a photo. So, all of this to say, buy a loupe and read this article!
And…one last thing I need to get off my chest. Often times the game of authentication (especially when not done in person) is a game of weighing the red flags. For example, if a raw card is selling for only a small discount versus a graded copy, and there is even one small concern, forget about it. Why take the risk? And if you are dealing with the same question from a seller on eBay with questionable feedback…move on!
Of course, once again, if you have any questions on a Goudey Ruth or Gehrig you might have, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.