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The 1986 Topps Traded Barry Bonds XRC is the most popular Bonds card graded by BGS. With nearly 11,000 of them graded by BGS already, it is hard to believe we are just now seeing the first counterfeits of this card.
This fake, while probably not able to fool the hobby veteran, may be good enough to fool a novice collector. At first glance the card shows some characteristics of the real card, such as the centering being slightly off both top to bottom and left to right. The imposter is printed on a thicker card stock than the original, and has a weight of 1.70 grams compared to a weight of 1.42 grams on the real card.
When comparing the edges of both cards, looking straight down on the edge, the fake has a bright white stock compared to the off white, almost yellowed color of the real card. The fake also has a smooth edge with no visible striations compared to the choppier edge of the real card.
Some signs to look for on the front of the counterfeit include the font of the "Topps" logo in the upper right corner being noticeably smaller than the font on the genuine card. The trademark "R", located just above the word Topps, touches the "S" in Topps on the fake, while there is a noticeable space between them on the real card. Also on the front, the font size of the name "Barry Bonds", at the bottom of the card, is visibly smaller on the fake than the genuine card. The overall fuzziness of the photo of the fake compared to the real card is another sign to look for. A good place to look to help spot the counterfeit is in the blue sky background just to the left of Barry Bonds head. On the real card the sky is made up of blue and white print dots, while on the fake the background has blue, white, red and black print dots. The fake is easy to spot if you look in this area using a 10x loupe.
The back of this counterfeit is very well done, with the dark pink color on the counterfeit looking very close to that of the genuine card. If you are not sure what to look for, you could be fooled by this fake. One sign giving away the counterfeit is the bright white look of the white card stock on the back, which looks almost bleached. The real card has more of an off white color as opposed to the white card stock on the back. You will notice the card number "11T" has a diamond shaped box around it. On the real card, the corners of this diamond are rounded, while on the fake they come to a point. The diamond around the "Topps" logo on the back shares this same characteristic. Also, the font size of the card number "11T" is noticeably thinner on the fake than on the real card. One last sign on the back to help spot the counterfeit is to look on the back inside the white box which says "Talkin' Baseball". On each of the four corners in this box, there is a black line located just inside the corners. On the real card the lines are straight, while on the counterfeit card the lines are rounded.
Quotes from the book "Card Sharks" and more info avail in "The Card"
It says the going rate for a Rose RC was $200 at the time. It tells a great story about Jack Petruzzelli, the detective who busted these guys Jaffe and Nathan for printing the fake Roses. Jaffe got 2 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. There were 13,000 fake Roses confiscated. They were "marked for destruction" and taken to the shredding room of the police station. Jaffe's lawyer called wanting to know how they could get the cards back. "Sorry" Petruzzelli said. "Those cards have been shredded." Actually the shredder had broken months earlier and the cards were still there in a moving box. Nathan's attorney filed a court order requiring the cops to stamp the cards "original counterfeit" and return them.
Petruzzelli was livid. "No way am I stamping that $#!+" he told his superiors. "I went out and busted these guys and hell if I'm going to sit here and stamp 13,000 cards, give them back and say 'Here you go fellas. Enjoy"
Despite his protests, the cards were returned. He didn't have to stamp them himself, he supervised two cadets... 13K cards in 1 afternoon! Nice stamping boys!!
"The whole thing still pisses me off," he recalled a decade later. "Jaffe went out and sold about 10,000 of the cards for $3 or $4 apiece for a profit of $30K to $40K. So he gets fined $1K, spends a few days in jail and makes out big time. I had dealers selling these cards at my shows by telling people that the reprints were rarer that the real ones."
Back of "version 2" I'm unsure if this is a "legit" variation but the word Counterfeit is in a different color. 2 People stamped them so it's possible. The cursor/arrow you see was on my screen as I had to take a pic of my monitor as the image was unable to be saved.
"The left border is the key to spotting a fake from what I've heard. Years ago when it was a $1500 card, a guy wrote into Beckett, saying he was a printer and he explained his theory of what happened. Basically, a printing guide (a strip of paper or cardboard) slipped and blocked the black printing plate from hitting the surface on what was probably a few hundred cards. So all black is absent within the lines." helionaut
There is also what I believe to be another counterfeit that looks correct, except the photo is cropped differently. It is easily identified by the base and shoes showing less. I do not have a picture of it anymore. Can anyone provide one?
FAKE- (There is more than one fake NNOF)
Wrong color name box, has Topps logo,black border visable
The 2001 Fleer Legacy product was released in mid-July, 2001. Please note that the first 300 serial-numbered cards of Albert Pujols packed out as exchange cards for a copy actually signed by Pujols. Card number 98 does not exist. -Beckett (1st 300, True? )
FAKE- WHY? Aside from the wrong sized tip pen used, Seller said he just pulled it from a pack. Umm It was a REDEMPTION !!!