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Old 05-21-2021, 08:35 PM
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Default A few print defects I found in my collection.

Whenever I find something like this when I open packs, I always set them aside.

The Polidor is an obvious ink smear.
The Gott sort of looks like a thumb print but is probably another ink smear.
The McRae looks like a piece of paper interfered with the printing.

1990 Score Polidor Print Defect.jpg

1985 Fleer Gott Print Defect.jpg

1982 Fleer McRae Print Defect.jpg
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:12 PM
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I figured the blank spot on the back of the 1982 Fleer Hal McRae was from a piece of tape holding it in place during the printing process on a flat area and the card was at the bottom of a sheet, sure enough here's a scan of an 82 Fleer sheet with McRae on the bottom row.
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:52 PM
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Those are cool defects.

The Polidor is from the very first printing where the die cutting mat had gaps, leaving those little tufts of fibers on the corners.
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Old 05-22-2021, 08:39 PM
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[QUOTE=steve B;2105603]Those are cool defects.

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Old 05-28-2021, 02:56 PM
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The Jim Gott doesn't look like a print defect, rather damage after the fact. There are various solvents that one could get their thumb on (and it shows evidence the damage is caused by a finger or thumb) that can cause this type of thing. I still like them all the same but I keep "damaged" cards separate from printing errors in my misc card binder.
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Old 05-31-2021, 10:10 AM
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Not sure about the Gott, but there a few cards which I think do have production process finger prints posted in the never ending variations thread. They were recurring but not on all versions of the cards
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