Real or Fake? Need some insight

kycardkid

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So, I bought this card at a card shop in Louisville and absolutely fell in love, as Bo Jackson was always one of my absolute favorites growing up and even today. I am a sucker for those "what could have been" stories. Here is the card:

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I've had several dealings with said dealer and know him to be reputable. But it almost seemed too good to be true. I paid $40 out the door which seemed like a modest gamble. I am not incredibly familiar with this set, so I did a quick search of eBay and saw no patches like it within the set, of any player. Which naturally led me to question the authenticity of this particular patch. I have been considering sending it to Beckett. Am I wasting my time? Did I get ripped? Any of you Patch experts out there, feel free to weigh in. Thanks.

-Josh
 

garyg21

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I cannot offer anything as far as authenticity, also Beckett will NOT tell you if the patch is authentic. They will only grade the card, not the patch.
 

RHauch

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Are you sure it is numbered out of 489? That is a very high/weird number to be out of. Could it be #4/89?

It looks correct to me but I don't see a checklist anywhere on this product.

Ron
 

89Giants

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I think its fake, nothing serially #'d that high would have a patch like that. Also where it says "authentic game worn jersey", would say something different if it were real. I opened a box of that product and when I pulled patches it said "team logo patch". Also I pulled a laundry tag and it even said "laundry tag" underneath it. 99% sure its fake.
 

kycardkid

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Yeah, it is numbered out of 489. It looks legit, but I don't have any older patches to compare it to. Most of the patches that I have are from the last 4 or 5 years. I guess if it is a fake, it is a pretty good one. I may still send it to Beckett to get an authentication grade, but either way I planned on keeping it. It would just be nice if it were authentic. Thanks for the replies and insight gentlemen.
 

cjay101

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I am learning about 95/5 being a replacement patch on a base jersey card. It was likely replaced at a time the team logo patches were selling like fire when it came out. There were a LOT of fake patches around back in 03-07 on ebay. My rule of thumb when acquiring multi-color patches like that is that if they aren't numbered to 25 of lower on-card, it's more than likely fake. Good rule of thumb.

Cory
 

tigsfan

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This set was very popular in people removing the authentic game-used jersey piece + inserting a patch (like you have there) to increase its sale.

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As you can see from a card I had years ago, the wording says "Authentic Game-Worn Jersey - Number Patch" and was #42/44. If you don't see that kind of wording on the front, that's the red flag that is as obvious as almost any off sides call. :p
 
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