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Old 07-14-2020, 11:55 AM
sab6687 sab6687 is offline
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Default Looking for advice: 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson (Reprints/Counterfeits)??

I'm new to grading cards but recently came across a seemingly good lot of 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jacksons (non-Tiffany). While not a high $ value item, I don't want to get ripped off and send in something for grading to find out it's fake - have actually seen some of these on sites like Etsy so very surprised/concerned at how advanced counterfeiting has become. Based on my examination of pictures, I don't see any obvious issues other than maybe interestingly short edges on some (e.g. 2nd card in 1st row in picture) but looking for some expert advice/perspective.
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Old 07-14-2020, 10:17 PM
steve B steve B is offline
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It's hard to really tell from the size photos the board can handle, but many of those don't look like they're centered well enough to bother grading them.

That's also good, because a lot of people who would fake something like this get it really well centered. They printed millions of them, so I'm not really seeing any market for fakes.
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Old 07-15-2020, 08:09 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, Steve. The going price is pretty reasonable enough that I was hoping to only send in the best cards for grading. Found the poor centering on some to be extreme and could not find any similar graded examples for assurance but probably a good reason why they don’t exist given the poor quality. Again, appreciate the perspective!
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Old 07-21-2020, 12:02 PM
Extra Innings Extra Innings is offline
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Good run on Bo. Thanks for the tip about Etsy selling cards. Another place to check out!!

Is it a forgone conclusion that the image from the 86T and this Donruss Rookies are the same photo?
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