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There are card alterations that are extremely difficult to detect. Without the proper tools and training, some alterations are nearly impossible to identify. Professional restoration work is an example of difficult alterations to detect.

1975 Topps Robin Yount rookie card with recolored edges and corners
Detail of recolored corner

Other types of alterations that can be difficult to find if you are not familiar with detecting them are power erasing, pressing and trimming.

But there are some alterations that seem to just be too obvious for anyone to ever fall for them. An alteration so obvious that when you find it, you can’t believe you missed it at all.

When we look at a 1971 Topps baseball card, the first thing many will think is to check those solid black edges and corners. A tiny little touch with a black marker and – magic!

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