1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey is a big set in terms of hockey card history. Not only is it an extremely popular vintage set, but it contains the rookie cards of two of the greatest players to ever lace up skates: Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard. Because of the set's notoriety and the high prices the cards can get, counterfeits have become a problem. Want to know how to beat the counterfeiters at their own game? Check out these tips and be confident that the 1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey cards that you're buying are authentic.
The first issue you may find is in the look and feel of the cards. A counterfeited card is usually much darker than an original. This is due to a different card stock that each of the cards was printed on. This different card stock also gave the counterfeit versions a slight difference in thickness as well. Fakes are often a little bit thinner than real cards.
Additionally, different card stocks wear differently over time. With most of the reprints being printed in the 1990s, there shouldn't be that much normal wear and tear on the cards. Any man-created damage would not appear evenly. Remember, in the 1950s, hockey cards were not seen as collectibles that would hold future value. Back then, cards were rarely protected by anything more than a shoebox. In addition, the edges on authentic cards is much smoother than rough edges you would find on 1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey reprints.
Finally, you can tell a counterfeit card by the quality of the printing on the card. When it comes to determining fakes on a lot of cards in the industry, it always comes down to photo and print quality. The same can be said for the counterfeit cards from 1951-52 Parkhurst Hockey. Real cards have a very clear photo with well-defined text. On the other hand, the counterfeit cards have somewhat spotty photos with text that is a bit less sharp and defined. This is usually due to the industrial print quality of originals compared to the lesser quality of counterfeit cards.
Want to be absolutely sure your card is authentic? Send them into a reputable grading and authentication service to look them over. If you are making a decision on a raw, ungraded card then taking this advice will help you improve your odds in making sure you are purchasing an original card from this classic set.
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