Some card alterations are seen more than others. If you handle cards often, whether as a collector, dealer or grader, you can see trimmed and recolored cards on a daily basis. Other alterations are not quite as common. Power erasing is less common but you have probably seen more than you knew about. Power erasing can be a deceitful alteration and hard to catch at times.
Rebuilding and repairing card stock can be less common but when done by a professional can be very hard to catch.
Today I bring you an example of a filled or plugged hole. Vintage cards, especially pre-war cards can be found with thumb tack holes. Attempts to hide these holes can vary from spooning the area around the hole to filling the hole with an opaque substance like Whiteout. When a hole is repaired by someone with experience, detecting it can be harder, which is the point of the repair. A hole, as innocent as it may have been when a kid put it there, is a major defect and will cause a card to fall to a grade of somewhere between a 1 and a 2. Hiding a hole, or making it “disappear” can increase the value and the apparent grade significantly.
The example here today is a very good repair. At first glance, there is nothing to be seen in the top border. Only after examination under different light and UV light can the alteration be seen. Under different light sources and angles, the surface of the repair does not match the cards natural surface. Under a UV light source, the repair reveals itself as the material used to fill the hole fluoresces.
The picture seen here shows the card under directional lighting source and the altered area appears to almost shine.
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