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    Question about 1991 Topps Desert Shield. Fake?

    Hi all, I recently purchased a raw 1991 Topps Desert Shield David Justice that looks a little different from the examples I already have in my collection and any of the ones I could find online. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks for your help.

    -E-

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    How to Spot a Fake Topps Desert Shield Card

    A true Desert Shield card should have the following characteristics:
    • Desert Shield logo should be 13mm X 15 mm
    • Desert Shield logo should have a rounded bottom
    • Desert Shield logo should be "crisp" and not fuzzy
    • The logo can be either goldish or slightly silver - both colors seem to be legitimate
    • Stars on the Flag should not be fuzzy
    • The card should be a Glow Back (i.e. fluoresce under UV light). The red 40th Anniversary should jump out under UV light.
    • The tip of the bottom-most palm leaf should point between the "R & A" in " O P E R A T I O N"; fake logos have the word " OPERATION" shifted slightly to the left.

    The last point in the list above is one of the 2 most obvious tells of fake Desert Shield card (the other being the glow back).

    Info is from this informative thread I remembered reading on Net54 board. Original thread has links to photos of fake and real logos: https://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=209297
    Last edited by gracecollector; 10-31-2018 at 10:09 AM.

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    Awesome! Thanks for the info!

    Quote Originally Posted by gracecollector View Post
    How to Spot a Fake Topps Desert Shield Card

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