(03-12-2014 05:59 PM)muz0 Wrote: You would need to break out a ruler and measure it. That's what I would do. Got a magnifying glass? That will help as well. That '58 mantle card looks TOO perfect....But you never know!
(03-13-2014 06:04 AM)coimbre 21 Wrote: That 58 Ted Williams also looks trimmed, the left and right borders are too small. To me it looks more like kid did that one instead of a card doctor. Get a 10x loupe (or magnifying glass) under good light you'll see vintage card edges have a porous quality and you will see small fibers protruding from the edges. Trimmed cards will be smooth with no fibers protruding and often you can see a color difference where some of the older more porous edge may not fully trimmed away. If it has been fully trimmed away, try comparing the edge color to one of the other edges which may not have been trimmed or to a few cards from the same year and you can see that the trimmed card edge is much brighter due to the more recent cut. Simple test is to run your finger along the edge. An uncut card will have a slight roughness, a trimmed card will feel way too smooth by comparison.
Most of what I've said here though probably doesn't apply to the amateur job on the Williams since it was poorly cut, maybe with scissors, and if the cut was done decades ago, the edges will have toned to a vintage color.
(03-14-2014 05:25 PM)swjrp10 Wrote: Yep after taking a closer look, williams was trimmed. I took it back into my LCS and the owner just felt awful. Like he was legitimately mad at himself. Apparently it's been in his display cabinet from ten years. It was part of his best friends collection, which his bfs widow sold him after his death (which would explain how one could miss it.)
After apologizing profusely, he let me keep the williams, tossed me this beauty
Along with a box of the new Tristar hidden treasures platinum (that yielded me a Jim Bunning auto ball /25), and some low end packs for my daughter. He would've given me another single instead of the ball, but I figured I'd rather have a shot at a Babe Ruth autographed ball