HOW TO SPOT A FAKE?
When it comes to Yugioh cards the counterfeiters go to great lengths to produce very good fake copies.
The fakes are produced in many countries and on occassion the flaws are so great they jump out at anyone, for example obvious spelling mistakes in the title and wording of the card.
More commonly is the Silver hologram square on the bottom right of the card. Either the hologram is not there, ie just a silver square OR the card purports to be 1st Edition. ALL 1st Edition cards have a GOLD square NOT a silver square. - Recent update from guide viewer - According to Upperdeck the manufactor; "A 1st edition usually has a gold foil hologram in the lower right hand corner. However, 1st edition cards can also have a silver hologram in the bottom right hand corner - but for the sake of Rule of Thumb - NEARLY ALL FIRST EDITIONS WILL HAVE A GOLD NOT SILVER SQUARE!
Unlimited edition cards will only have silver holograms and will never have gold
holograms. If it is a 1st edition and has a silver hologram, it is not necessarily counterfeit."
The placing of the silver or gold square is also relevant - compare the dodgy card to a card that you know is genuine -
The holographic picture on a super or ultra rare card should be the only part of the card that is "shiny". Often on counterfeit cards the entire card is shiny.
The lettering should be "gloss" silver or gold - NOT a gritty gold. The Lettering is embossed (raised) only on Ultimate Rare cards.
Often basic mistakes are made by the counterfeiter, for example making ALL cards Ultra Rare to cut down on their production costs. Invest in a Yugioh magazine which lists the individual cards against a rough price guide. The guide will show if the card should be Common, Super Rare, Ultra Rare etc. If the card should be a Common card yet you have Gold Lettering - then Bob's your Uncle, you have detected another fake.
Fonts are also often different, very easy to detect side by side with a card you know to be original.
Genuine cards are brought mainly from reputable shops - Fakes ARE NOT. Therefore to be sure your cards are real buy from somewhere like Woolworths NOT a Pound shop or market stall.
If the deal on offer appears too good to be true ie a Buy it Now for £9.99 for 3 God cards or the full set of Exodia - then the deal IS too good to be TRUE - It will be a rip off - avoid bargains like that and ALWAYS check the feedback rating of the seller (checking his/her other items for sale is also a good tip - not many people have 40-50 full exodia sets knocking around!)
For further info re authenticity of genuine upper deck cards check out the "about me" section on my listings for a link direct to Upperdeck.com - I cannot provide a hyperlink from this guide as I am not allowed to. Yet rest assured the link in question covers everything in great detail with full colour pictures for examples and comparision. It should do after all, as the site is run by the makers of Yugioh Cards who are the main losers due to the fakes in circulation.
SEE THE SHINE ON THE MIDDLE CARD - LAMINATED CARD = FAKE
ANY CARD WITH SPELLING TEXTUAL ERRORS - LEFT CARD IS "E-HERO ..." SHOULD BE "ELEMENTAL HERO.."
YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AT SOME OF THE SPELLING ERRORS. THE ABOVE CARDS ARE ALSO ALL MISSING THE NUMBERS BOTTOM LEFT AND THE COPYRIGHT 1996 KAZUKI TAKAHASHI BOTTOM RIGHT.
If you see any obvious fakes on offer on eBay, advise the seller, suggest withdrawing the listing. If ignored or abused as a result, write down the auction listing number and report direct to eBay. Sellers of fakes are ripping us all off and must be stopped.
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