Counterfeit Card Alert: 1970 Topps #712 Nolan Ryan
Posted on 10/13/2022
The 1970 Topps set captures a snapshot of the early career of Nolan Ryan. It highlights his part in the New York Mets’ 1969 World Series title — the only one of his career, which also included stints with the California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. The stats on the back of this card point to his pitching prowess. In his astounding 27 seasons in Major League Baseball, he set dozens of records, including most strikeouts (5,714), double-digit strikeout games (215) and no-hitters (7).
The 1970 Topps #712 Nolan Ryan is one of the Hall of Fame pitcher's more popular cards, and genuine examples can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars at auction. CSG recently received a submission of a purported example of this card, which has numerous problems that point to its counterfeit nature.
The incorrect stock used for this card resulted in its weight and thickness being different from a genuine card. The gloss on the surface of the card is also wrong, and when placed under ultraviolet light, the stock fluoresces in an unexpected manner.
Overall, the print quality is poor, giving the impression that this card is a mere copy of a copy. This is especially noticeable in the image of Nolan Ryan on the front of the card.
The printing technique that was used to create this card sprayed dots of ink on it, which is not how a genuine card is created. As a result, the word METS on the fake appears to have dots in it, while a genuine card does not. Ryan’s name also is not solid black, and it has a fuzziness around the edges, another result of the inferior printing process used here.
|Close-ups of the front of a counterfeit 1970 Topps #712 Nolan Ryan (left) and a genuine card (right) Click images to enlarge.|
The same issue shows up on the back, within the TOPPS 712 circle and the colored jersey of the cartoon Nolan Ryan appearing to be peppered with dark dots. In addition, these dots also show up in places where the background should only consist of the natural stock, such as in the speech balloon next to the cartoon.
|Close-ups of the back of a counterfeit 1970 Topps #712 Nolan Ryan (left) and a genuine card (right) Click images to enlarge.|
This isn’t the first counterfeit that CSG has seen of a Nolan Ryan card. Last year, CSG identified a particularly high-quality counterfeit of a 1968 Topps #177 Jerry Koosman/Nolan Ryan. While the printing process used to create it was exceptionally well done, it was still printed on incorrect stock. To learn more about that counterfeit, click here.
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