Counterfeit baseball cards have existed almost as long as the hobby itself and the surge in scanners, high-end printers and the Internet have led to a tremendous amount of forged cards hitting the market. Smart collectors need to arm themselves with as many tools as possible to protect themselves when it comes time to buy and sell baseball cards. The best tool of all is knowledge. In Part I of this series, the focus was on fonts. This article will be devoted to card stock and learning what to look for to avoid fake baseball cards.
The use of high-tech scanners and digital cameras mean that crooks can make a picture perfect image, but just like those that try and counterfeit currency – it is the paper that gets them caught. Baseball cards are no different. Each era and company has a unique color, thickness, and matte that many scam artists don’t take the time to get right. In many cases, the error is obvious, but some fakes are near perfect and require more advanced tools. Below are some basic characteristics to examine to better protect yourself. Continue reading this post »