A few weeks ago Miss Lizzy’s Collectibles contacted me about a questionable Brian Krause autograph from Charmed. She graciously sent the card to me, and I could immediately tell it wasn’t right. . . but it was hard to put my finger on why. The signature was too smooth and dark, but other than that the card looked good.
Non-Sports Card Forum Moderator Anjee sent me her Krause to compare with, and even side by side you can tell there is something off, but it certainly isn’t obvious. While Anjee’s card was in route I picked up a Krause from Ink Vault on eBay. . . here are the three cards together.
As you can see the middle card isn’t quite right. . . The signature is too dark and smooth as you can see, but the most telling difference — which I didn’t even notice until I had the three cards scanned next to each other is the Inkworks seal. On the middle card it’s not quite as bold as it is on the other cards.
Surprisingly I picked up my Krause for under $4 plus shipping, and I don’t think at it’s peak this card sold for over $30. That makes this card a bit of an odd target for a counterfeiter. Clearly they aren’t just after the high end market.
Thank you to Miss Lizzy and Anjee!