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How To Spot A Fake 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Card
The 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle card is one of the most iconic vintage baseball cards in the hobby.
Oftentimes, the 1952 Topps Mantle or Mantle’s second year 1953 Topps card get all the attention but the 1951 Bowman Mantle is still his true rookie card.
Today, even a mid to low-grade 51 Bowman Mantle can fetch upwards of $20,000.
Of course, as prices go higher, the more we need to worry about fakes. And there are no shortage of 51 Bowman Mantle fakes.
This guide should give you all the information you need to avoid getting scammed on a fake 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle cad.
As always, if you spot a suspect card and need some help or if you’re trying to sell an authentic 51 Bowman Mantle, feel free to shoot us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step By Step Guide To Spotting a Fake T206 Card
While the majority of present-day card scams relate to more modern era cards that are easier to reproduce, there are most certainly counterfeit cards dating back to the Pre-War era.
We have covered the evaluation of old counterfeit cards before, yet this piece will focus on detecting some of the more common fakes from the infamous T206 White Borders set.
Hopefully, this guide will arm you with all of the knowledge you need in order to avoid buying any fake T206 cards.
As always if you come across a good fake or if you need any help in authenticating a T206 card, shoot us an email at email@example.com
How To Spot A Fake 1985 Prism Jewel Michael Jordan Sticker
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t even aware of this card a year ago, but I wish I was, as the 1985 Prism Jewel Michael Jordan Sticker has skyrocketed in value.
Recent sales of PSA 8 graded copies of the card have reached nearly $50,000.
The cards were inserted into vending machines, likely mostly outside of your local grocery store.
And given that they are stickers, most kids that plopped the quarters into the machine to grab these were peeling them off to use them how a kid might actually use a sticker.
Hence, they are super rare to find intact and in good condition. PSA has graded only 87 copies of the card, with only 8 reaching a PSA 9 and only 1 garnering a PSA 10 Gem Mint.
I started to become more curious about the card when I started to get inquires from people that had one (or two) that they were trying to sell. Knowing how rare these are, to receive multiple inquiries on this issue, just seemed sort of strange to me.
How To Spot A Fake 1987 Fleer Michael Jordan Card
With Michael Jordan Fleer rookie card sales continuing to break records on a weekly basis, collectors priced out of Jordan rookie card ownership have turned to his more affordable 1987 Fleer second year card.
And while the 1986 Fleer Jordan is heavily counterfeited, the 1987 Fleer card fakes are not as common. However they exist, and would expect more sophisticated scammers to start firing up the printing presses again to try and take advantage of novice collectors.
Thus, this guide is here to help you know the ins and outs of detecting a fake 1987 Fleer Jordan second year card.
Please, do let us know if you come across any fake ’87 Fleer Jordan’s, as your assistance can certainly help us in aiding fellow collectors.
Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Spot A Fake 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card
With the unfortunate passing of baseball great Hank Aaron, there has been a lot of buying activity with his 1954 Topps rookie card.
There are some pretty good 1954 Topps Aaron fakes out there, so this counterfeit guide will help you avoid getting scammed.
Of course, like anything, even before you read this, make sure you check out our guides on ‘Buying Cards Safely on eBay‘ and our first piece dedicated to authenticating vintage cards.
As always, after reading if you have any questions on authenticating your Hank Aaron rookie card, please shoot me an email at email@example.com
How To Spot a Fake 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Sticker
Michael Jordan’s Fleer Rookie card has been on a mind-bending, stratospheric price increase over the past few years.
A PSA 10 Jordan rookie card just sold for over $200K back in December of last year.
Like anything else with dollars behind it, the scammers have come out in full force trying to peddle fakes for thousands of dollars to unwitting buyers.
We’ve tried our best to educate collectors (here, here and here), but I keep hearing about swindles all the time.
While Jordan’s #57 Fleer rookie card has seen a monstrous rise in price, his sticker from the same set (#8 of 11) has also garnered a ton of collector demand, driving up its price significantly.
While scammers have focused on Jordan’s base card from the Fleer set, there are definitely fake Jordan sticker cards in circulation.
This guide will helpfully help you avoid buying a fake Jordan Fleer rookie sticker card.
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The Complete Guide To Safely Buying Sports Cards on eBay
I’ve had the unfortunate experience of breaking the news to many eBay buyers that the card they spent many thousands of dollars on was fake.
Thankfully eBay has strong buyer protection rules in place along with PayPal guarantees.
They also offer options to dispute the transaction through your credit card company.
Thus, many of the buyers I’ve spoken to have been able to recover their funds.
Still, I hope that eBay can develop a program for sports cards, similar to what they have done with sneakers and watches.
Despite this, I decided to create this guide to help buyers protect themselves from the most unscrupulous of eBay sellers.
eBay does a good job of shutting down fake listings if enough people complain, but oftentimes many fall through the cracks.
Note that eBay does require that any cards that have a questionable authenticity be listed as a reprint.
Yet, buyers are still bidding up these cards thinking they’ve found a diamond in the rough.
This guide to safely buying sports cards on eBay will help you avoid these mistakes.
And hopefully, help you become a better-informed buyer.