theforceuk wrote:The Toy Toni thing makes me laugh as well, origional parts all assembled together and the grading company’s should have known this before any of the collecting experts did. Your just sending your stuff to other human’s who make mistakes, not a supreme being. How they missed the v iron marks at the bottom of the bubble seal is a shocker.
To be fair, every one who ever owned, bought or sold a TT between late 80's and about 2010 missed the obvious iron marks, perfectly centred bubbles and other inconsistencies over the years. In fact, I believe the whole saga only finally came to light because of previous research uncovering lists of purchased unused cardbacks from many years earlier matched known lists of TT figures that meant 2 + 2 could finally be put together to make 4. Grading companies were using what everyone believed to be genuine examples to authenticate further TT's.
If at the time no one knew any differently, those flaws were just considered idiosyncrasies of those particular Palitoy/clipper etc cards. If anything they would be distinguishing features to help verify others were "genuine".
Btw, I hate grading personally but don't think they can be blamed for not seeing that one coming.