Sunday, July 3, 2011

PSA "Re-Agrees" to Authenticate Test Cards

PSA has "re-agreed" to authenticate the following test cards for me:

1982 Fleer Test Cards Cal Ripken, Jr.
1982 Fleer Test Cards Dave Ford / Cal Ripken, Jr.
1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue José DeLeón / Cal Ripken, Jr.

Here is my order form now:
Test Card Order Form
Hopefully, I can get them to relabel the Dave Ford card to Dave Ford / Cal Ripken, Jr.  That card was erroneously printed with Dave Ford's name on it but pictures Cal Ripken, Jr.  The 1982 Fleer Test Cards are blank-backed and were hand-cut from a 132-card sheet.  The sheet contained 2 sets of 66 different cards.  I actually cracked my 1982 Fleer Test Cards from SGC holders before sending them to PSA.  It took a bit of convincing to get PSA to agree to authenticate them.  Once they received them, it took additional convincing to remind them they had agreed to authenticate them!  Originally, they had them marked "N9: NO GRADE" but now they are labeled "N0: AUTHENTIC".  These 1982 Fleer Test Cards will be the first PSA has authenticated.  In addition, the 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue will also be the first authenticated.  It seems PSA only authenticates many of the proof cards and will not assign them numerical grades.  I'm not entirely sure why.  Perhaps it is difficult to grade them due to the fact they were never officially released to the public.  In any case, I will be happy to see these cards in PSA cases and will post them here when they arrive!

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