Snaketibe wrote:yoda wrote:Looks like it's all good for you from what the guys say, good luck with the bidding. It was the camera pictures and the back at the top looked like a card similar to mine that put me off. But then again I'm not an expert on these and unfortunately my card now seems it looks like a fake. I bought it years ago before I joined the forum so i had no help and I can't return it on eBay.
I'm really sorry to say it Yoda, but sadly the card you show in those pictures is definitely a fake. The giveaways in this instance are firstly the hole punch; yours has a 'Europunch' which is commonly available these days, but was not used on any vintage Star Wars cards. Modern repro and fake card makers use Europunch hole-punchers because they're readily available, but the punch-holes they make are simply too tall and hence also the wrong shape, whereas the exact hole-punchers used during vintage cards manufacture (which were probably incorporated into the card-cutting presses rather than being separate hole-punch units, of course) simply aren't available as they're no longer generally standard sizes. Once you know what a Europunch looks like, you can instantly spot 99% of fake cards out there, as practically all of them have them. Secondly, the card shown lacks the correct sheen from litho printing, and instead appears to have all the muted finish hallmarks of being inkjet printed. Thirdly, the Han Solo image on your card is now a well-known poor quality scan which always seems to be used in Han fakes, despite it looking so washed out in comparison to the real thing. Fourthly, the footer looks white-backed, which is wrong; it should be grey or grey-brown-backed. And lastly, as theforceuk points out, the tape is completely wrong.
I'm really sorry some scumbag managed to con you. You don't remember their username, do you?
theforceuk wrote:yoda wrote:Looks like it's all good for you from what the guys say, good luck with the bidding. It was the camera pictures and the back at the top looked like a card similar to mine that put me off. But then again I'm not an expert on these and unfortunately my card now seems it looks like a fake. I bought it years ago before I joined the forum so i had no help and I can't return it on eBay.
Yoda mate it is hard to tell on these and I’m not comfortable saying something is a fake unless it’s completely obvious and unless you have it in hand it is some times hard to be 100% sure. Good thing about posting on here is a lot of experience collectors will see your Han Solo. The colours on the back look a bit out to me, but the thing that does it for me is the tape for the blaster, they weren’t generally taped like that and the tape doesn’t look 40 years old. Just my opinion and I’m sure some others will add their views.
subzero wrote:Taking the seller to small claims could still be an option if it was purchased within the last 6 years.
Sorry to hear it's a fake, nothing worse than that!
Guys I forgot to reply thanks for the info, I have suspected what you guys have now confirmed awhile back. Those pointers you have given me showing what to look for will definitely help me in the future before I buy again, thanks for that.
I can't remember the seller how far back can I check my eBay history? From what I can remember it could have been well over 5 years ago.