Monday, May 20, 2013
Fake or counterfeit swap cards
Just a short word about fakes. There are 2 types. "Old" fakes, which are highly sought after and very collectible and modern fakes which are not so good! The old fakes happened from the early deco era and some lovely English named designs were usually the target. A friend has a set of badly tinted and obviously blatant illegal reproductions but they are as old as the cards they were imitating so are, in a way "good" (if I can get hold of him and get a scan I will add them here).
Modern fakes are from unscrupulous sellers who try to "cash in" on popular cards. This includes getting custom decks made overseas with digital art copied from the originals. Be wary of a seller that has lots of "mint condition" cards of popular artists (like the Giordano cats pic just below) and selling them cheaply. The only way to tell is by the Ace of Spades as it will give you the manufacturer and prove genuine vintage cards. If you are suspicious ask the seller, they should be happy to provide you with proof.
Other ways sellers like to "fake" cards are creating colour variations. This is done in a variety of ways eg. leaving cards on the window ledge to fade or washing them over with inks. These are harder to prove as they are usually genuine card stock, just altered to create "rarity". I've included below a scan of genuine colour variations on some old wides, it's easy to see how they could be faked.