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Old 07-10-2019, 09:18 PM
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For those interested, we are offering a free reviews for Purple Label stickers at the National.

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How have I not heard of this service before?
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:46 AM
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Will you put a purple sticker on unslabbed cards if they look really nice?
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Many guys here are "down" on the current grading companies, and rightfully so.

But, I think this idea COULD have some merit. Well, if they were to start inspecting for alterations at least....that would be one way. (Plus I have seen a number of "purple sticker" cards on Ebay from time to time)

If this was a service that could be tailored to very "cost efficiently look for alterations", as well as their current "this card stands out as excellent for the grade" opinions/offerings, then it could be a great thing for the hobby.

But, one would think that "Purple Label" could only be but so good at spotting alterations.
Like has been noted time and time again in these threads, most of the card doctors can pass some work (cards) through the bigger grading companies, so I don't know if this could ever be a good idea, or one that Purple Label would even want to attempt or risk their reputation on.

Regardless, I look at this as a "Purple Label indicator" opinion of "card's eye appeal exceeds the grade".
This isn't necessarily a bad thing..... even though I'm sure many of you will argue its not really actually needed.

Again, if their mission could be expanded to help spot alterations and doctoring, this could be a great idea.
But from what I am seeing, I don't think thats the case , and they seem to be generally looking towards the eye appeal of cards in general.

Although I'm sure this may not be a popular idea here, I think its intriguing.
I can envision scouring Ebay or (pick your choice of card outlets) looking over for cards that are in a certain grade range, with the added benefit of the Purple Label.

I can certainly see this as a possible good thing,if done well....... contrast that to the "High End, and Premium Quality stickers" found on some PWCC items that aren't exactly put there by an impartial source.
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For those interested, we are offering a free reviews for Purple Label stickers at the National.

Greg would like to put some faces to board member names and vice versa. We will be there Tuesday through Sunday. He hopes to meet a lot of you.

Call or Text Greg at 631-885-0495
An introduction of some sort would probably be a good idea? Who's Greg??? Is he like "Charlie?"
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An introduction of some sort would probably be a good idea? Who's Greg??? Is he like "Charlie?"
I Googled "Greg" then clicked on "Images". This was the first pic that came up. Not sure if it's the same person.
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I agree that a service of identifying forgeries would have merit. But the authenticators would have to really know their stuff. Currently there is NO ENTITY in the entire hobby who is looking out for the customer. Who is in our corner when it comes to identifying and eliminating fraud in the hobby? The Auction Houses? The Dealers? The TPGs? Sloan's Letters are a clear indication that its only about money and pleasing shareholders.

The answer is no one. We are left to do it ourselves. If not for a couple of tech-savvy sleuths on Blowout, this entire mess would’ve gone completely unnoticed. And even on Blowout, the moderator is now compressing threads and minimizing the scandal’s exposure. This, within the one remaining form of communication we consumers have (the forums). The recent revelation of the 31 card PWCC/PSA submission was combined into the Mantle thread, where it won’t be viewed by nearly as many people.

It would actually make for a great movie, in which a few individuals have to combat an entire corrupt industry. But to get back on point, there would be a need for a trustworthy and knowledgeable entity that would simply deem Cards as altered or not. As for this “looks good for the grade sticker” nonsense, there is just no need. Collectors are perfectly capable of determining what looks good and what they want in their collections.
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An introduction of some sort would probably be a good idea? Who's Greg??? Is he like "Charlie?"
Here you go Pete. http://net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=270933
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I Googled "Greg" then clicked on "Images". This was the first pic that came up. Not sure if it's the same person.
and what are "greg's" credentials???? Kelly's skills so far aren't terribly impressive??

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and what are "greg's" credentials???? Kelly's skills so far aren't terribly impressive??
They have to be every bit as good as Brent and Betsy and look at how well they done.
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and what are "greg's" credentials???? Kelly's skills so far aren't terribly impressive??
Well, I Googled the words "Greg's credentials" and this was the first image that came up. As can be seen, I'm no internet detective, lol!
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I just did a little reading about this on their website. It's a little confusing but it appears the "Purple Label" picks out nicer cards for their grade and has a database so you can verify it to be true. Not to completely compare but doesn't PWCC have something like this and is this something the hobby really needs? I know I'll likely never be a user of this service and will more than likely scrape off the purple label of any card I buy (if there ever is one).

Would be interested in other opinions, though, if I'm missing something here.
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I just did a little reading about this on their website. It's a little confusing but it appears the "Purple Label" picks out nicer cards for their grade and has a database so you can verify it to be true. Not to completely compare but doesn't PWCC have something like this and is this something the hobby really needs? I know I'll likely never be a user of this service and will more than likely scrape off the purple label of any card I buy (if there ever is one).

Would be interested in other opinions, though, if I'm missing something here.
My point is if you come on here and start a thread touting your or your employers services...I think you should atleast describe the services you are offering and the value they provide...not leave us guessing or have to figure it out ourselves.
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They have done so in the past. Don't feel like searching for the old threads but it has been discussed fairly extensively. That being said until you're a household name a recap at the beginning of any thread about the service probably isn't the worst idea.
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As a collector, I have hung out with Greg at the National and shows in White Plains, Boston, and Philly for the past few years. He has helped me buy and stopped me from buying numerous cards from dealers on the floor. Greg has a fantastic eye. He's taught me a lot of stuff, too.

(He has also pioneered an effective security system to prevent further thefts in White Plains.)
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Retail Theft is always high at the Rosemont Location.....it never hurts for a extra set of eyes...everyone beware of your surroundings.....cards/valuables.

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The coin side of CU, PCGS, has the same business model in place. It's called CAC and they have a "green bean" instead of a "purple square". They evaluate slabbed coins and sticker them if they're exceptional for the grade. Honestly, I couldn't care less but the model has been in place now for over a decade and CAC'd coins carry a premium, even to the point that many collectors won't buy a slabbed coin unless it has a bean.

I can totally see a service like this taking off in light of the grading debacle going on. If someone steps up to the plate and can offer an unbiased evaluation of graded cards, they might do pretty well.

Again, I couldn't care less one way or the other. I've mostly been a coin guy in my collecting life, and don't care if a slabbed coin has a bean or not since I can evaluate the coin myself as good as anyone. But, don't underestimate the droves of collectors who don't have the confidence to do that.
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As a collector, I have hung out with Greg at the National and shows in White Plains, Boston, and Philly for the past few years. He has helped me buy and stopped me from buying numerous cards from dealers on the floor. Greg has a fantastic eye. He's taught me a lot of stuff, too.

(He has also pioneered an effective security system to prevent further thefts in White Plains.)
OMG, you sound just like PWCC. You are the same person that writes about collecting for Forbes? And you need advice from from a purple sticker?
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Has anyone here actually utilized this service (outside of Greg's friends and relatives?)
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I think his free review service could be very valuable to the people affected by the PSA/SGC alteration scandal. Since he is offering to do the review for free, and will not sticker the cards unless he agrees they are unaltered and nice for the grade, it could be ammunition for people who would like to have someone pre-review their card for a return under the PSA (or former SGC) grade guarantee. If he then charges a small fee for writing down the alterations he detects with the cards, that could be shown to PSA or SGC with the intent of getting reimbursed for the current market value of an unaltered card in the same grade.

So for those cards that are on the same submission lists with known altered cards, this would be a solid help for them, IMO.

I have posted in the past that the label is not my cup of tea, and it's been pretty well established that PWCC's stickers were not given in the unbiased fashion they claim. That doesn't mean that Greg's Purple stickers will fall into the same trap. I haven't met hardly any of you (save the 10 or so at the Dallas Card Show in April and 1880s a couple of years ago), but the picture of Greg makes him look much younger than I guessed he was.
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Perhaps all of us should post pictures of ourselves taken from below, trying to look menacing by fiercely glaring down at the camera with our arms firmly crossed. My gawd. That photo deserves a purple sticker.
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Perhaps all of us should post pictures of ourselves taken from below, trying to look menacing by fiercely glaring down at the camera with our arms firmly crossed. My gawd. That photo deserves a purple sticker.
LOL, at least he is showing off his cool watch, someday I hope to own a cool watch.
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Perhaps all of us should post pictures of ourselves taken from below, trying to look menacing by fiercely glaring down at the camera with our arms firmly crossed. My gawd. That photo deserves a purple sticker.
Lol! It would be cool though to have a thread where everyone posted a picture of themself, just to put a face with the name.
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I haven't read the previous posts about this so forgive me for asking a question here if it's already been covered. So people are posting about this service being able to spot altered cards. Is this a fact or is the service just putting purple labels that are extremely nice for the grade? I'm a little confused here.
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the service just putting purple labels that are extremely nice for the grade? I'm a little confused here.

I snipped your post, to essentially say what this "Purple Label" is all about.

My thinking that it could be even more useful if it were to help scan for alterations/card doctoring.......... well thats just me and wishful thinking....
I believe this would be a great way to combine two semi "grading/card altering detection" directions.
Regardless, I think I can see where this is going, and I personally don't mind the "Purple Label".
Do I as an "informed collector" necessarily need this? No, we all know that here.
But let's not forget we are the minority on these boards.

"Perezfan" said "I agree that a service of identifying forgeries would have merit. But the authenticators would have to really know their stuff. Currently there is NO ENTITY in the entire hobby who is looking out for the customer. Who is in our corner when it comes to identifying and eliminating fraud in the hobby?
The answer is no one. We are left to do it ourselves."


"Perezfan" is correct. We are essentially left to police what we purchase ourselves. Sure, its always been that way, but all this widespread "doctoring" is a much bigger issue than we thought.
Any and all "card doctoring detection methods", would probably be difficult, and could only offer an "opinion of protection". (Say any TPG could only reasonably say with 95% certainty that something is "unaltered".....we all know we can never eliminate it all. That 95% might mean something to many of us)

I think this "Purple Label" COULD be a positive thing, and the hobby probably could use that right now.
I'm sure many here won't agree, but thats why we are all here posting.

Now, to those few that poked a bit of fun at lowpopper.........
I get it. But I think the hobby could use a breath of fresh air right now, and at least at first glance, he is willing to put himself out there, show himself, and is willing to stand behind his product that he believes in.
Whether you personally agree with it or not, we could probably use a bit more of that right now in my eyes.
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I snipped your post, to essentially say what this "Purple Label" is all about.

My thinking that it could be even more useful if it were to help scan for alterations/card doctoring.......... well thats just me and wishful thinking....
I believe this would be a great way to combine two semi "grading/card altering detection" directions.
Regardless, I think I can see where this is going, and I personally don't mind the "Purple Label".
Do I as an "informed collector" necessarily need this? No, we all know that here.
But let's not forget we are the minority on these boards.

"Perezfan" said "I agree that a service of identifying forgeries would have merit. But the authenticators would have to really know their stuff. Currently there is NO ENTITY in the entire hobby who is looking out for the customer. Who is in our corner when it comes to identifying and eliminating fraud in the hobby?
The answer is no one. We are left to do it ourselves."


"Perezfan" is correct. We are essentially left to police what we purchase ourselves. Sure, its always been that way, but all this widespread "doctoring" is a much bigger issue than we thought.
Any and all "card doctoring detection methods", would probably be difficult, and could only offer an "opinion of protection". (Say any TPG could only reasonably say with 95% certainty that something is "unaltered".....we all know we can never eliminate it all. That 95% might mean something to many of us)

I think this "Purple Label" COULD be a positive thing, and the hobby probably could use that right now.
I'm sure many here won't agree, but thats why we are all here posting.

Now, to those few that poked a bit of fun at lowpopper.........
I get it. But I think the hobby could use a breath of fresh air right now, and at least at first glance, he is willing to put himself out there, show himself, and is willing to stand behind his product that he believes in.
Whether you personally agree with it or not, we could probably use a bit more of that right now in my eyes.
Ok, so does it look for alterations or no?
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I'd love to have a purple label stickered card just for the novelty of it to be honest. Problem is I probably would not pay a premium for the card. I have some third rate TPG slabs for the novelty of them and this would fit right in with those.
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If you look up the gentleman’s eBay handle, 95% of what he sells is post-war. I’d certainly have to hear more out of him as to why he’s an expert at examining pre-war cards. He has a few Goudeys and T206s....but could he look at the more obscure stuff and be correct enough in his opinion if a Grennan Baking card is undergraded? Or worse, tampered with?
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I've bought and sold pre-war with Greg at shows. He's a knowledgeable guy.

I am always flabbergasted by people who need to be told what to buy and what not to buy (ahem Holygrail) but that's not a problem with Greg that's a problem with people who want to do everything the easy way.
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Ok, so does it look for alterations or no?
Well, I don't think thats WHY they use these stickers, thats only for more "excellent eye appeal" examples.
But, I'm guessing if there is anything obvious, then maybe they act accordingly, see his comment I quoted for you below........

Promethius88 - Here is lowpopper's exact phrase, if you hadn't read all the thread you likely missed it.


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Old 07-11-2019, 09:58 PM
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Well, I don't think thats WHY they use these stickers, thats only for more "excellent eye appeal" examples.
But, I'm guessing if there is anything obvious, then maybe they act accordingly, see his comment I quoted for you below........

Promethius88 - Here is lowpopper's exact phrase, if you hadn't read all the thread you likely missed it.
Thank you for the clarification, Scott.

Is there a guarantee if they purple sticker a card that then turns out to be altered down the road? I guess my questioning is if they can detect alterations better than anyone else out there? I mean, THAT would be worth the price of admission.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:27 AM
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LOL, at least he is showing off his cool watch, someday I hope to own a cool watch.
umm, I think you have (had) one IRCC
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:30 AM
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umm, I think you have (had) one IRCC
LOL, I have 3 but then my silly post wouldn't make any sense.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:28 PM
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He is always very nice and seems knowledgeable when we talked a few times at various shows. He actually never even mentioned his service or tried to push it on me at all. I had no idea he was the purple label guy before this thread. There are certainly people out there I have less faith in then this individual purporting themselves to be experts. Not a service I personally plan on using but I get why some would appreciate it.
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LOL, at least he is showing off his cool watch, someday I hope to own a cool watch.
Gonna send you a Timex that my grandfather gave me for my birthday
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Cards by which alterations have been detected
have not and will not be certified by Purple Label.

The Purple sticker identifies a card that exhibits strong
qualities for the grade. However, a card graded a 5 that
looks like a 10 will not get a sticker if an alteration is detected.

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