|E95 Philadelphia Caramel (Issued circa. 1909)|
I have been told of a card with printing on the back that matches an E95 card but is in red ink. I have never seen it, it hasn't been verified. I have seen a blank backed E95 Wiltse card on the regulsr card stock but i didn't want to pay 4-figures for it.
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1. In the lower left corner on the backs of the reprints the word "reprint" was added. Any scuffing or erasing in this spot, especially if it is the only spot on the card, is a sign the card could be fake.
2. Original cards have white borders. The white is the color of the paper stock. There is NO printing in these areas except for the text along the bottom. When the reprints were made the producers scanned the entire card, where borders and all and printed the cards that way. The result was that the borders on the reprints are actually a light gray in appearance, not pure white, and under magnification you can see the printing dots.
3. On originals, the text is a finer quality on both the front and back. During the process described in item #2, the edges of the text became rough due to the dot patterns needed for modern printing techniques. Unless you are very familiar with these processes using this item to determine authenticity is difficult.
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Other varieties of fakes can be made using computer scanners and color printers or copiers.