Archive for November, 2010

And We’re Back: Trims and Fakes

Things have been fairly busy for me lately, but I’ve finally found the time to make a new post.  A few eBay gems to share:

1981-82 O-Pee-Chee #1 - Ray Bourque

This 1981-82 OPC Bourque was acquired off of eBay several years ago, but only did I recently notice the slight slant inwards of the card on the right hand side.  The edges are a little rough as you can see from the scan, but this doesn’t seem like an uncommon element in OPC cards of the 1980s.  In comparing the size of this card when stacked directly on top of more modern, evenly cut cards, it is a little smaller.  I only paid $12 for it, and it’s still one of my favourite cards in my collection.

1985-86 O-Pee-Chee #29 - Steve Yzerman

This 1985-86 OPC Yzerman exhibits the same dimensional oddities as the Bourque.  On both sides you can really see slanting and the edges are quite rough.  I’ve compared both the Bourque and Yzerman to other copies of cards from the era, and in the case of the Yzerman, another copy of the same exact card.  Many of the cards I own from the early-mid 80s exhibit slight sizing quirks.  I know OPC’s quality control was never the greatest in the 1980s, but it makes me wonder.  If anyone can help identify evidence of these being trims, I think they’d be doing a great service to the collecting community.  It seems to me to be a fairly common problem on vintage cards, and though I snagged this at a very reasonable $7, it would be a shame to figure out that the Bourque and Yzerman are trims.  Nonetheless, they remain favourites in my personal collection.

2001 Bowman Heritage #352 - Ichiro Suzuki

This 2001 Bowman Heritage Ichiro is another story.  I acquired this card off eBay several years ago, but only recently compared it to the Pujols from the same set.  I should have noticed this earlier, but the Ichiro shows several signs of being a fake:

1. The front is much glossier than the Pujols
2. The faded out Bowman Heritage logo on the front
3. Dimensions are slightly smaller overall
4. An examination of the edges shows a clear layering of the white photo stock over the brown cardboard stock
5. The darker stock on the back
6. “Bowman HERITACE”

2001 Bowman HERITACE #352 - Ichiro Suzuki Fake RC

This card, to me is the saddest thing in the world.  Ichiro is one of my favourite players, and I only discovered that it was a fake after examining it against the Pujols several years after the fact.  I’m fairly certain that the Pujols is legitimate, but the Ichiro is most definitely a fraud.  It is extremely disconcerting that our hobby is filled with sharks that will stoop to this level to make a few bucks.  This discovery also makes me very weary of buying on eBay now and I can’t help but feel that the online marketplace has been tainted by the opportunity for scam artists to sell cards that would be, upon physical inspection, quite easy to spot as fakes.  All it takes is one unscrupulous seller to ruin the experience for everyone.  That being said, in retrospect, I’m glad it was the Ichiro and not the Pujols that turned out to be fake.  On the positive side, the Ichiro makes an interesting piece of conversation…

If anyone has anything to weigh in on or can provide insight into fakes and trims (esp. the OPCs above), I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say!  Pipe up!  Until next time, happy and safe collecting and may all your finds be honest and legitimate.

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November 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM 3 comments

Great Mail Day!

This morning brought a couple of great surprises in the mail.  First off, this is one card out of a lot of 1982-83 OPC Hockey I got off eBay:

1982-83 OPC Hockey #7 - Ray Bourque

I now have 158 new 1982-83 OPC cards to add to the few wax packs I ripped several years ago.  A set seems like a new, challenging possibility.   Sadly, the box these cards were sent in got pretty smushed by the postal service and some of the cards got creased down the middle, including the lovely #1 Gretzky card.  I have the lot of them shoved tightly into a box in the hopes that they’ll flatten out some.  Shane, if you’re reading this and have duplicates for trade, I’m your man!

Second, I received the cards that Captain Canuck over at Waxaholic sent as his half of our trade.  A few of the goodies:

2008-09 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 #297 - Joe Sakic

This is an awesome photo of Burnaby Joe.  Already one of my favourite base cards of his.

1995-96 Ultra Premier Pivots #8 - Joe Sakic

I love anything that shows Joe Sakic in a Nordiques jersey.

PRO SET + JUMBO PACK = ALL KINDS OF WIN

Wow.  Just wow.  This reminds me of when I first started buying Pro Set packs at the convenience store.  The inaugural 1990-91 set was definitely over-produced and held absolutely zero value even back in the early-mid nineties, but that’s besides the point.  This is an AWESOME bonus for two reasons.  One: Pro Set.  Two: Jumbo Pack.  I’ll probably post this pack rip at a later date.  Thanks, Captain!

What a great mail day.

November 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM 2 comments


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