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Re: fake 1985 chong mcgwire cards in 3rd party slabs????
Hi, you are correct. Several years ago Sports Collectors Digest ran a short article that said PSA had at that time graded more Modesto McGwire cards then were supoosedly made! I asked them if they would follow up on that and find out why PSA would keep grading a card that obviously was counterfeited and they said there was not enough interest in the article!!! Sounds like they were protecting their advertisers! I myself saw problems as far back as 1999 when I purchased a 7 card panel of Modesto cards with the McGwire on it. I thought it was odd that someone would have a nice 8 1/2 x 11 panel of the McGwire rookie when the entire sheet would have 28 cards. Originally I thought maybe they just cut out that panel. But later I saw a guy selling MORE 7 card panels. A nice size easy to reprint! At that point I decided not to buy any more unless I knew the source. At that time PSA would not grade these cards. After a year or so they saw the possiblity of making lot sof money so they started grading them. I saw tons of these cards getting high grades and it was alarming as there are only supposed to be 5000 maximum! And of those how many would be in high grade? Like I said, after a couple years SCD printed an article that said PSA had now graded more Modesto McGwires then were printed!!! That says it all! They did not know what they were doing or could not tell a counterfeit (or reprint?) So basically I view them as close to trash! I do have a full set of 28 in the bag and a full uncut sheet which I bought in 1997 and know it's source. I also have a signed single that I know was signed in 1987. But basically prices have been driven into the ground because of the counterfeits (or reprints) I feel that full sets of 28 may be legit because I THINK that the counterfeits were single printed and not made with the other 27 cards. This is just my opinion as I see lots of singles but not many sets. Anyone else have a view?