Fake T213 Coupon and Rare T206 Backs Provide a Valuable Reminder

Pre-War Card Magazine

The rebacking of cards has been a popular scam in the past. That practice, if you’re not aware of it, is taking a card, skinning an unpopular back off of it and adding a more desirable back to it.

Rebacking is generally done for two reasons. In some cases, cards that have been glued into scrapbooks and then removed have heavily damaged backs. Adding a new back as a replacement fixes that damage. In other cases, cards with perfectly good backs have been replaced with fake backs of ultra scarce cards.

This is probably best seen in the cases of T206 cards, which have numerous backs – some much more valuable and desirable than others. In this scam, a collector would take a card with a common back and replace it with a much more scarce back to make it a more expensive card.

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Sex Sells: Women were popular in 1800s baseball issues

Pre-War Card Magazine

When most collectors think of 1800s baseball, they generally think of some of the game’s biggest stars, like Cap Anson, Tim Keefe, and King Kelly. But while those players are certainly littered throughout 19th Century issues, one of the more unique trends in the 1800s was to actually include women in baseball card sets.

The idea to use women on cigarette cards, of course, isn’t a surprise. Sex sells and that’s true whether you’re trying to move tobacco or cars. But what was kind of fascinating is that women were routinely pictured as actual players even though women’s baseball teams weren’t (at least not in widespread fashion) really a thing back then.

What’s more is that most of the women’s baseball cards weren’t really produced in large numbers. They are often very difficult to find and, as a result, pretty expensive with many of them topping $100 for even low-grade…

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When World War I hit, baseball card production dropped

Pre-War Card Magazine

While pre-war cards are associated with World War II, issues from the World War I era always fascinate me. Production of tobacco and caramel cards was at an all-time high around 1910 but, as you might expect, production of baseball cards heavily dipped during World War I.

Even if you only count the massive T206 set as one release, there were still about 100 baseball card sets printed from 1909 through 1913. From 1914 through 1918? Similar to T206, if we count the M101-4 and M101-5 sets as one set (they had many sponsor advertising backs), there were only about 1/3 as many printed.

Many of those sets, too, were of the smaller or regional variety. Only a few major sets were printed during that time and here’s a look at most of them.

1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack (E145)

14CJ 103 JacksonThese were among the most significant sets to come out…

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Ten Ways to Help Avoid Fakes in the Vintage Card Market

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In addition to which sets to collect or how to start a collection of pre-war cards, one of the most common questions I’m asked is how to avoid fakes.

The best answer, really, is that knowing what’s legit and not legit is best learned with experience with certain issues. Until you get a feel for handling certain cards and seeing them in person, identifying fakes can be somewhat difficult. Even if, for example, you’re familiar with T206 cards that same experience may not always translate over to trying to determine authentic Goudey cards.

Also, always consider the player. A Babe Ruth card is much more likely to be faked than your average, everyday common card. Fakes of lesser cards do happen. A lot. But generally, those aren’t happening at anywhere near the rate of big name cards.

Keep in mind that these are more guidelines and not rules. These are…

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The Sean Taylor Flawless Cut Has Been Pulled

We’re roughly 24 hours into the release of Panini’s 2017 Flawless NFL Football and one of the most anticipated cards has already been pulled by a collector in Ohio.

Keaton Icard pulled the Sean Taylor Flawless Cuts numbered 1/1 yesterday from Triple Play Sports Cards & Memorabilia in Westerville, Ohio.

Pictures of the card were posted in a Facebook group Wednesday evening and offers for this cut autograph quickly surpassed a couple thousand dollars, which isn’t shocking since this is his first and only certified pack-released autograph. Autographs of Taylor on items such as mini helmets and 8×10 photos consistently sell for over $600 when accompanied by a reputable third-party authentication such as PSA.

While I applaud Panini for producing Taylor’s first autograph card and including it in a high-end release like Flawless, the finished product leaves something to be desired. The actual cut is half of a 2004 Topps Total Sean Taylor rookie card that must’ve been signed in-person which Panini acquired then authenticated before deciding to include it in this release. It’s ironic that Panini used a Topps card for this but that’s fine with me. The part that bothers me is the excess room on each side of the cut since it doesn’t fill up the entire window. I would’ve rather seen them use a cut from an autographed photo to ensure there was no excess for the finished product. However, all gripes aside, this is truly a unique, one-of-kind card that will be highly sought after. Just don’t be surprised if you never see it again after the eBay listing is complete. I can easily see this going into someone’s collection never to see the light of day again.

If you’re interested in purchasing this card, you can find it on eBay here! Keaton has it posted for sale in a 10-day listing. He also has plans to start a break page very soon so keep your eyes open for that in the very near future, too!

It’ll be interesting to see what the final price of this Sean Taylor card is with some predicting it will surpass $10,000. I guess we’ll know in 10 days!