When you hear that a card may have had some color added, or as some call it in the hobby, re-colored, you may think that has to be the easiest alteration to catch. While a 1975 Topps with orange marker-soaked corners is quite obvious to detect, some color touches can be quite hard to detect. What exactly is re-coloring? A very common example of re-coloring can be found on cards with printed borders such as 1971 Topps. When these black-bordered cards become damaged from wear, the black ink will chip off and wear down to the lighter stock underneath. What’s…

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