After I arrived at the Chantilly show and took care of my autograph tickets, I sat down at the first dealer table and started to sift through some vintage hockey. A couple minutes went by and then I heard my name over the PA system. "Would Greg Armentrout and xxx and xxx please come to the CSA booth to claim your door prize"
No way! I had just dropped the card in the box like ten minutes beforehand. I never win anything!
So I finished up with that dealer and said "Let me go get my '52 Mantle now."
Turns out it was a $25 voucher for merchandise from any show dealer. Nice!
What did I spend it on?
Well, I was perusing another showcase and saw this:
Typically, $25 would have been a decent but not overwhelming discount on this item, but in this case, it was the whole sticker price.
I asked, "What's the catch on Jackie here?"
The guy consulted for a minute and then said that the owner questions the authenticity of the card. I figured for that price I'd take a chance. It was kind of a knee-jerk reaction, but I tend to freely spend at shows, so I went for it.
Then I remembered I had the voucher and used that to pay for it. Might as well play with house money if I'm gambling.
I got it home and compared it to my Sandy Koufax from the same year.
Looks close. The card stock seems a bit different, but I was still a bit hopeful. Turned them over....
Yeah, OK, now that's a big difference. The Jackie is really yellowed. And the printing is close, but just not quite as sharp as the Koufax.
I looked up how to tell fake vintage cards and the simplest test was to hold them up to a bright light with the back facing you and see if you can see through to the front. An authentic vintage card should be solid and dark.
Ah well. Learned a bit about forgeries and it didn't cost me a thing. Still looks decent until I can get a real one. If I'd have spent it on real stuff, it would have probably been a stack of set hits that I wouldn't remember later. Could have picked something else from real vintage, but this was a Jackie Robinson.
Have you ever had any experiences with fake cards?