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.
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.
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.
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 by XX over the past year on average.
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.
PS – If this guide or any of other articles have helped you in getting scammed, please let us know in the comments below.
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.
First, let’s just say that the Jordan fakes are getting better. Often I find myself telling a reader that it’s not possible with me to authenticate via images and would need to examine the card in person. So, long story short, the scammers are getting better at their job.
Now, something that the scammers have been doing for a while, and not just with Jordan rookies, is busting cards from authentic flips and replacing with a fake card.