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.
Yet as I know many of you are the adventurous type, I write this article with hopes that we all can be more educated on the topic, and that the wide variety of fake Jordan cards are on display for the masses.
In this piece, I am posting many of the fake images that I’ve received while helping to explain some of the differences between the fakes and the real card.
Some are REALLY bad counterfeits and it’s super easy to figure out.
But some are quite good and it’s hard for even me to tell.
I hope this helps everyone in their quest in securing a Jordan rookie card.
However, with the ease in buying and selling comes a dark and mysterious side of the hobby that continues to infiltrate for sale listings.
Of course, I’m talking about counterfeit cards. Now, this isn’t a new thing, fake baseball cards have been circulating for decades. But, the sophistication of the printing methods will only get better and better as time goes on.
This piece will take a closer look at the overall counterfeit market, including telltale signs of spotting a fake vintage card along with other key information to help you all become a more educated collector.
The 1979-80 Topps (and corresponding O-Pee-Chee) Wayne Gretzky rookie card is one of the most iconic cards in the hobby.
‘The Great One’ as he is commonly referred is the NHL’s leading all time scorer, with more goals and assists than anyone in the history of the game.
His rookie card has forever been in huge demand, with his popularity among hockey card collectors akin to that of Babe Ruth or Mickey Mantle in baseball. The easily chipped blue borders make for a tough find in nice condition.
But as demand increases for Gretzky rookie cards, so does the counterfeiting activity. While Gretzky’s O-Pee-Chee rookie card is more commonly counterfeited, this guide will examine both versions.
As always, buyer beware; we often recommend novice collectors opt for a graded version of a highly copied card such as the Gretzky rookie. Still, we’ve found both PSA graded Gretzky and Jordan rookies that were complete fakes. Thus it helps to be armed with as much information as possible before investing your hard earned dollars. Onto the guide!
The 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card is one of the most iconic basketball cards of all time. Since Jordan’s retirement in 2003, the collector demand for his rookie card has grown even stronger. Today, a PSA 10 Gem-Mint Jordan rookie card can sell for upwards of $750,000. But with the popularity of the card, a thriving counterfeit market has emerged in which the Jordan rookie has become one of the most popular forgeries in the hobby.