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Old 12-04-2008, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fake Gretzky RC

How do you spot one? I received one in a collection earlier this year, but don't know what to look for as far as fake/reprint.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are some threads on the PSA message board if you search "gretzky"

If you don't see a definitive separation of blue and white (as though the blue was laid over the white) and you see fuzziness or pink dots then you have fake. If the black border is made up of dots it's fake. The line should be solid black. Usually the laces on the skates are very fuzzy as well and if you have a legit copy of a 79/80 Topps card, compare the thickness, weight and size of the cardstock. (Any old common card would do)
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Post a scan, front and back, I'll let you know.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Front and Back - silver streak on back is reflection from tape.
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Front and back
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The Gretzky appears to be missing the color blur a real Gretzky should have over his shoulder in the red circle, but given the surface damage it may be obscured. If I had to guess, I'd say its real. Who counterfeits a damaged card like that?


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I'm going to say way I think this is not real.

1. The front just looks really pixililated (sp?) and not very clean. However I do know time and things like sun can do this.

2. If you look at the back of your card, looks at the brown that boarders the blade of the skate. Do you notice at the left and right side where it rounds, it sorts seems bumpy and has ridges? I do not notices that on the ones graded on Ebay. Here on 2 examples.

1979 80 OPC WAYNE GRETZKY ROOKIE CARD BGS 9 MINT!!! - eBay (item 270311025740 end time Dec-30-08 16:40:50 PST)

1979 Wayne Gretzky O-pee-Chee #18 Rookie Card PSA 8 - eBay (item 120342168967 end time Dec-06-08 17:30:00 PST)
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Personally I would get it authenticated, that is likely the only way you will know for sure unless there is someone with knowledge of this card near you that can look at it because I know scanners can sometimes make a card look more grainy than it really is.
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If its a fake its a good one, but there were a lot of good fakes of that card.
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Well...I took the card to some more people and nobody is sure, so we'll send it in, even in crappy condition and see what happens...I'll let you know in about 3 weeks.
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So was it a fake or not? Just wanted to know.
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So was it a fake or not? Just wanted to know.
Dunno...was sent out for grading on Thursday.
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