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Author: Subject: How Do I Tell a Jordan Rookie Reprint
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[*] posted on 8-5-2005 at 01:15 AM
How Do I Tell a Jordan Rookie Reprint

Need Some Help With a Jordan Rookie Card, Not Sure if it's a Reprint or not, Is There a Specific Mark or Wording?

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[*] posted on 1-21-2008 at 08:35 AM

Here are some tips I've developed over the years:

1) An authentic 86-87 Fleer basketball card weighs EXACTLY 1.86 grams--ALL of them, with little variation. Counterfeit cards weigh less due to the fact that the paper stock is thinner. If the card is under the standard 1.86 grams for 86-87 Fleer cards, it is an obvious sign that the card is counterfeit. It is generally obvious enough, that even without a sensitive scale, you can feel the difference.

2) 86-87 Fleer cards have the Fleer logo on the front, underneath which the word "premier" is written on a ribbon. On authentic 86-87 Fleer cards, the main part of the ribbon is a plain yellow color, and there is a triangle coming off of the right side of the ribbon, which is in a darker, GOLD color. One of the most reliable ways to detect counterfeit Jordan rookies is that on the counterfeits, BOTH parts of this ribbon are the same yellow color--the triangle on the right side is not gold. This is because lower-quality printing sources used to counterfeit cards are not able to reproduce as many different colors as the professionally printed authentic cards, and thus is an OBVIOUS sign of illegal reproduction. Additionally the word "premier" the Fleer logo on authentic 86-87 Fleer cards are written in black, and is in sharp focus. On most counterfeits I have seen the word "premier" is in BROWN and is badly out of focus, barely readable. This is again, due to the lower print quality when someone tries to reproduce a card.

3) Under magnification the individual dots that compose the coloring on a counterfeit card can be seen, which is a clear indication that the card is a reproduction. Looking at an authentic professionally printed 86-87 Fleer card under magnification, you see smooth coloring and cannot distinguish any individual dots in the coloring. Even on a poorly printed authentic card, you wouldn't be able to make out any individual dots. This is especially evident on the black borders around the picture which are clearly composed of printing dots. On an authentic card the black border is a solid, smooth line.

4) You can physically feel with your hands that the card stock is significantly thinner on a counterfeit card than on cards from the real 86-87 Fleer set. Real 86-87 Fleer cards are thicker and more difficult to bend. I have handled several counterfeit Fleer Jordan rookies, and every single one of them has a much thinner stock than the authentic cards. It's one of the easiest things to detect, and a dead giveaway of counterfeiting.

5) The coloring on counterfeit card is usually not true to the 86-87 Fleer set. Authentic 86-87 Fleer cards have a medium blue color in the borders and a lighter TEAL blue in the background where the player's name is written. Most counterfeits have nearly IDENTICAL coloring in both cases, due to poor print color quality, another very clear indicator of counterfeiting.

6) Because they are professionally printed, on authentic 86-87 Fleer cards the focus is very sharp in various places where the text is very small, making the text legible. For instance, on an authentic Fleer Jordan rookie, the words "national basketball players association," on the bottom right hand corner on the back of the card, are in focus and are readable. Also, the "R" next to the Fleer logo on the back is in focus and legible, and the Bulls' logo on the back you can see the pupils in the Bull's eyes. On a counterfeit card the "national basketball players association" text is out of focus and completely unreadable, the "R" next the Fleer logo is out of focus and barely readable, and on the Bull's logo, the pupils of the Bull's eyes are smudged, and cannot be distinguished from the rest of the eye. All of the above are due the diminished print quality of a reproduction versus the professionally printed authentic cards.

7) A counterfeit card will generally appear out-of-focus and have a grainy appearance with washed out colors when compared to an authentic 86-87 Fleer Jordan rookie. The difference is very obvious and can be seen even with a quick glance at the card. A counterfeit card looks like a low-resolution scanned photo in comparison to an authentic card, which has crisp focus, smooth coloring, and brighter, crisper colors.
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