Card alterations – FrankenGoudey

We as card graders get to see quite a few different types of altered cards. From amateur jobs to the professional restoration and everything in-between.

Re-backed cards are nothing new. Whether is is a T206 with a rare back combo or re-backing an Old Judge,  joining two different card parts together to form one “Frankencard” keeps graders on their toes.


This particular card is a 1933 Goudey Hall of Famer. As you can see in the image, the dirty clear cellophane tape used to join the two halves together is sticking out on two of the edges. The tape sticking out of one of the edges can be seen inside the red circle.

In my opinion, the card had probably been wet or separated for some other reason and someone inserted tape to hold the card together. If this had been a job to deceive,  I doubt someone would have been so sloppy as to leave the tape sticking out.




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Detecting authentic real photo cards

Trading cards and post cards that feature an actual photograph instead of a printed image are referred to as “Real photo card” or “Real Photo Postcard.”

One way that you can tell if a photo is vintage is from something called silvering.  Silvering occurs on silver gelatin prints from the turn of the 20th century to as late as the 1950s. Most all black and white photos from this era are silver gelatin prints.


If you take a look at the image here, in the bottom left portion of the image, you can see a metallic sheen on the surface of the photo. That is silvering. Not all silver gelatin photos will have silvering, but if a photo has it, you can know that it is vintage.



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