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Vindicated: The story of a vintage rookie and a fake signature.

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on January 8, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

So about a year and a half ago, I sent an order to Beckett Grading to have a bunch of rookie cards slabbed solely for authentication.  Among the group was a 1948 Bowman Yogi Berra which bore a wanna-be signature on the front.  It was clear that the hand-written addition to the card was not a true autograph. Hell, it may not have even been an attempt at an autograph.  It could have been some kid just writing Berra’s name on the front of the card.

I digress.  So when I got my order back from BGS, I noticed that the Berra was not encased.  Some grader decided that the card needed to be sent to JSA for authentication purposes. I was confused.  I was pissed. I wrote this piece.

For a while I forgot about the Berra and moved on.  That is until I was confronted with a similar situation earlier this year when I acquired this Bob Feller Rookie and then this Ted Williams Rookie.

Both of these cards bore hand-written names of the players on front.  The Feller was a child-like writing, almost like the Berra.  But the Williams could be mistaken for his autograph.  Knowing what I dealt with on the Berra card, I decided to e-mail Beckett Grading to see if they could just slab the Williams as authentic and add a line about the signature not being real.  I got no answer.  I waited nearly two months and got nothing. Crickets.

So I decided to send in the Williams anyway with a grouping of other cards I wanted crossed over from other grading companies to a BGS/BVG slab.  I was going to write a note asking only for authentication on the card only … I forgot to add it before sealing the package.

Well, lo and behold, BGS graded my Williams as a 2, which is awesome.  The card has crisp edges, corners and a smooth surface, save for the obvious.  But when the BGS order at my house on Saturday, I saw that BGS added a note to the slab’s label: “Not Williams’ Signature.”

Thank you.  That is all I wanted in the first place.  Knowing what they’ve done for the Williams slab, I’ll be re-submitting the Berra (and the Feller) so they can do the same.  I better not get referred to JSA.

Forget 2009 Topps 206, let’s see the real thing!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been on a binge lately with 2009 Topps 206. The reason I love these cards so much is because they remind me of the real deal for 100 years ago.

Fortunately, I own two copies of the original cards, two of the biggest stars of the period, Christy Mathewson and Nap LaJoie. I received these cards back from Beckett Grading on Tuesday and they are even nicer than they were two weeks ago when I cracked them from their less-superior PSA and SGC cases. The Mathewson is a Sweet Caporal back while the LaJoie features the more common Piedmont back, a design Topps used for the common backs for its 2009 minis. I do have a question for Topps though: Is the company looking to produce this set again in 2010? The original T-206s were distributed in 1909 AND 1911.

Seven vintage cards headed to Beckett for slabbing

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’re already aware of this, but in case you missed it, I have decided to send some cards to Beckett for grading. Not exactly hot news in our industry, but Beckett is running a 50 percent off promo through the end of the month; this seemed like a good time for me to get a few things out of the way. I know some of you feel grading is a sham, and to a certain extent, I don’t care for it either. That is why I’ve been using Beckett Grading lately for slabbing and authentication purposes only. I’ve got some cool vintage cards that I wish were in Beckett slabs. So here is what is on the way to Dallas: 1909-1911 T206 Nap Lajoie (portrait); 1909-1911 T206 Christy Mathewson (dark cap), 1954 Topps Ernie Banks rookie; 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie; 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson (white back); 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie and my 1967 Topps Venezuelan Babe Ruth. I asked for authentication and slabbing only on the T206s, which are in horrible shape; the Banks rookie, which is a sweet card, but has a date stamped in ink on the reverse; and the Ruth, which is definitely Gem Mint as you can see from THIS PICTURE. And I actually want grades for the Yaz (probably a 2.5), Jackie (3-4?) and Clemente (2-2.5). None of these cards is going to net me a small fortune, but they’ll look much nicer now in my graded card display case, which is 99 percent BGS. Brand Loyalty, baby.

Card of the Day: 1948 Bowman Yogi Berra rookie card

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

berrarcImagine owning a rookie card signed by Yankee great Yogi Berra. Well, this is not one of those, although someone may think it is. What you’re looking at here is an authentic Yogi Berra rookie card, one that carries a value of $800 in good condition. And while there are no creases or paper loss to squash the value of this card, there is someone’s version of Berra’s signature on the face of this card that pretty much destroys its monetary value. Continue reading