(07-31-2013 02:28 PM)creativemunky Wrote: Ah, I can be of use (finally).
Ok, noted the safe way is to pick up one that is already graded.
BUT, if prices are too high, I can give some pointers.
1: Dont buy one if the Magic autograph is in blue!
Magic did not sign these in blue ink!
For some reason ALOT of fakes I seen had the Magic autograph in blue ink. Once compared to a real one you can see the difference in the signature.
Pay attention to the Magic autograph. The Bird is a little sloppy, but for some reason the Magic signature is a little harder to fake.
2: Take a GOOD look at the Skybox embossing on them.
Most fakes didnt seem to get the full embossing. Maybe the way they faked them? I dunno.
But a safe way to judge is to CLEARLY read the word "Skybox" across the sunburst design.
3: Does it have the Skybox letter?
These were originally issued with a "congrats" letter from Skybox.
Many of these were lost over the years, but some people still have them.
Take it from me, after doing some studying I bought one 10 YEARS ago from the Bay, and just 2 years ago had it graded by PSA (dont trust JSA) and it came back a PSA 9.
(08-04-2013 12:36 AM)scoobiesnackarff Wrote: As others have said avoid those that are not graded including PSA/DNA graded. I've see. A couple PSA/DNA with Magic sig in blue. One is currently on the bay. Go for a straight PSA/SCG.
I had wanted one since 1994 too and finally pulled the trigger on this one.
(08-04-2013 05:52 AM)SHowley2003 Wrote: Beautiful! Congrats. The ones on the bay right now in blue ink are legitimate autographs. They seller got a bunch of the standard insert cards and got them signed in person at a later date. They are real, but their not the authentic/ original piece.