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 email@example.com.
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.
While I authenticate a lot of Michael Jordan rookies, I’ve started to get a lot of requests from one set in particular- 1961 Fleer Basketball. I love this set, it features some of the most valuable basketball cards in the hobby and in my mind is one of the best designs of all basketball card sets.
However, with the popularity, comes more counterfeits and reprints, with unsuspecting collectors getting scammed out of thousands of dollars.
Thus, I want to provide a new guide for the 1961 Fleer Basketball Set. This should be everything you need to know to help identify a real card from a fake.
Thus, I really made it my mission to figure out if Star cards are either:
A) an underappreciated and undervalued long term investment
B) not worthy of the time, just too confusing, too checkered a past, and too littered with counterfeits.
So, I got a hold of the hobby’s most renowned expert on Star Basketball Cards – Steve Taft. Steve has been dealing with Star Cards since the beginning in 1983 and had once consulted with the major grading companies on how to identify counterfeits. Steve knows Star Basketball cards inside and out.
The ultimate goal of this interview is to help collectors with some of the confusion on the various issues and to help provide some more legitimacy to the cards.
My ultimate conclusion: Star basketball cards deserve more attention.