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Old 02-18-2008, 11:02 AM
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Posted By: Bruce Babcock



I'm no expert on Exibit cards. Does this card look legit?

It measures 3 3/8 x 5 3/8. I bought it at least 20 years ago. A couple of others I bought at a show, at about the same time (Mays & Mantle), turned out to be counterfeit. I can't remember where I got this one, or if it came from the same source.

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Old 02-18-2008, 07:13 PM
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Posted By: Anthony N.

Bruce- what color is the back? There is an ebay seller a couple of counties south of us that has sold some bogus ones recently, and they certainly were reprinted.

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Old 02-18-2008, 11:19 PM
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Posted By: Paul S

...not sure if it will help much. The one of the left is a '63 statback. The other is a blank back. Notice the mispelling on that one (right) -- obviously a factory font sig. There's a correct sig card too, valued more, like yours. Both of mine are sepia tone.

Anthony, what is the story with the back color?

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Old 02-18-2008, 11:49 PM
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Posted By: fkw

There is a way to date almost all 1939-66 cards.

The "Matthews" with 2 "t" above (on the right) is from 1954-56.

The other one is from 1963 (you said it had 63 stats on back).

The card at top of post is from 1957-61. Hard to tell from the scan ... If it is B&W it is from 1960, sepia it would be from 1957, 58, 59 or 61.

I made a page that breaks it down a bit if anyone is interested (most of the info was in 1980s-90s articles in SCD etc.)
http://centuryoldcards.com/1930/1939-66ExhibitInfo.html

As far as back color on the reprints I believe they have a gray back and the cards will have photos that are not as sharp (rescreened). The most often seen reprints (16 different) and Mathews is not one of the players. (The info on page 153 in the 2008 SCD says the reprints have a white back but I think this is wrong)

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Old 02-19-2008, 08:10 AM
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Posted By: boxingcardman

I bought a set for a fwew bucks to use as autograph items. Depending on the player you may have to look for as many as three different reprints types: white backed high quality stock, gray backed high quality stock, and gray back really crappy quality stock (it is rough and the fronts are badly printed; I was burned on a Mays once).

Also, there is a big run of reprints, labeled as such, currently popping up on Ebay from the earlier Exhibit sets. I suspect that these are being cranked out by the major graders in the hope that panicked collectors will have to slab their exhibits. Just Kidding. But there are a slew of these coming online lately.

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Old 02-19-2008, 11:42 AM
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Posted By: Paul S

The other one is from 1963 (you said it had 63 stats on back).

The last year of stats on the back of the card is 1962, hence I'm assuming it was issued in 63.

Frank -- Thanks for the link. I've been to your site several times but never made it to that page. Helps a lot, as I have many cards from that era.

BTW, are there others out there besides me who feel Mathews gets short shrift in general -- as a player -- if going by the value his cards (not just Exhibit) seem to bring?


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Old 02-19-2008, 12:33 PM
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Posted By: Scott Mt. Joy

The color of the paper on the back is the key to judge exhibits as reprints. They will be Dark Gray and you can also find White versions. The White reprints have the same players as the dark gray but also include the 56 Yankees and 56 Dodgers. I have copies of most and if I can find them I will post some pics.

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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Here's a fake one compared to a real one.

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Old 02-19-2008, 06:30 PM
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Posted By: Bruce Babcock



Here is the reverse of the Mathews card. The front is certainly sepia, rather than B&W. How does the back look to you guys?

Thanks for all of your resposnses.

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Old 02-19-2008, 06:42 PM
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Posted By: Paul S

Bruce, looks good to me. IMO, it has that rubbed-up-against-another-card-in-a-stack that happens over time, as some of my cards also exhibit.

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