A couple of days ago Michael M posted a couple of comments on Webjon in the loveandnewyork thread. Michael had the misfortune of buying a Gillian Anderson autograph card from gbapack, so he had the right to be concerned. He compared his Anderson to some other cards, and here is what he found:
Well, here are scans (front and back of the card). As you can see, it’s
identical to the one that loveandnewyork had listed last year. I purchased
mine from gbapack on 3/10/08. Interestingly enough, I also purchased an
Alyssa Milano/Charmed Conversations card from him around the same time, and it appears to be authentic with a nicely visible watermark.
You can see on the reverse at the bottom, the “F” is missing in “X-Files”.
This may or may not be on the original card.
When comparing it to other Inkworks cards (in particular a Juliet
Landau/Spike card), it is cut to the same size. However, it seems to be a
slightly lighter stock and has a matte finish front and back; other Inkworks
cards have a glossier finish on the back. I also compared it to a Mimi
Rogers/X-Files Connections card from Razor. Along with the matte finish, the
biggest difference appears to be the color of the character’s name written
vertically in bold on the reverse. On the Gillian Anderson card, the name is
in a light or pale yellow, while on the Mimi Rogers card the name is in a
more golden yellow. The same may be true of the names on the front, but the
lettering is smaller so it’s harder for me to judge.
The real clincher (for me) is the autograph itself. You can clearly see that
both “Gillian” and “Anderson” end in hard dots; other examples of her
autograph show smooth lines. More telling are the two dashes, which are
actually dots over the i’s in “Gillian”. Again, other (all?) examples of her
autograph show a hard dot followed by a lighter trailing dash as she’s
quickly moving her pen. This autograph shows a hard dot, followed by a
thick, sold line, ending in another hard dot. And this happens twice in the
At this point, it looks like I just get to write this up as a learning
experience (a $275 dollar one, at that). But if I can share any information
that will save other people their hard-earned money, I’m all for that.
Michael’s analysis is dead on, in comparing his scan to other scans provided to me I’ve seen everything he’s described, from the slightly different font / color in the character name to the missing ‘F’ in X-Files in the copyright on the back of the card. Additionally on the back of the card the letter ‘w’ is missing in the word ‘winning,’ and the Inkworks Authentic Foil Stamp is in a slightly different place. He also confirmed to me that the Anderson card does not have an Inkworks watermark. Like with the Maggie Grace card we will never be able to get Inkworks to confirm this is a counterfeit, but it certainly is.