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    I believe there is something on the front too. Something with the block lettering on top? Maybe the shadowing?




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    The 93 Triple Plays are really tough to identify. Virtually identical to the issued cards, but the Triple Play logos are "ghosty" on back, while the regular cards have sharp definition. Also from the two I have, the red color outlines and name are darker on the regular version, and the number behind the player name is darker gray. I spent a long time looking for a Grace. The buyer I got it from had an unopened clear cello-wrapped pack of promos, so I know these were the promos even though there's no clear identification.

    92 Triple Play previews are clearly marked "Preview" on back, and people assume the 93's are too, but they are not.

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    I pulled my Grace's last night and looked at them closely. Couldn't find any new discoveries, except for this. If you hold the promo version in your hand and tilt it back and forth, the ghosted "Triple Play" logo will disappear at certain angles. If you do the same with the regular card, the "Triple Play" logo never disappears. It's possibly a different type of ink. The "Triple Play" logo on the promo is definitely puffier, less sharp than the regular version. Meant to bring them into work today and scan them ultra hi-res, but forgot them at home. Will try tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Straw View Post
    I believe there is something on the front too. Something with the block lettering on top? Maybe the shadowing?
    The black drop shadow behind the name on front is thinner on the previews. Here's scans of the Ripken card that shows it (tunahead's card). The Triple Play logo is fuzzy as it should be too.

    Regular on top, Preview on bottom



    Preview on left, Regular on right


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    So, playing detective with hi-res scans:

    Triple Play logos on back - Top is Preview, Bottom is Regular Issue. The logo on the preview card is blurry and several pixels thick. When the card is tilted, the logo can seem to disappear at certain angles. The logo on the regular card has very sharp definition and can be seen however the card is tilted.





    Regarding the border thickness of inset player photo on card back:

    I scanned these both at 2400 dpi, then overlaid them. It does not appear that there is a difference in photo border thickness. It does appear that the promo version's shade of red is just a shade lighter on the promo version than the regular issue.


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    My scanner won't even pick up the preview/promo "Triple Play" Logo.

    There are 0 Preview cards on PSA's pop report. PSA refuses to grade any of the Preview cards.

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    Looks like the regular Triple Play issues are oversaturated to me. Even the pictures of Griffey and Grace on the examples shown show it. That would explain the borders too.
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