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Old 04-04-2019, 12:29 PM
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Default 54 Jackie Robinson Gray Back - Mislabeled?

The '54 Gray Backs have always perplexed me. They seem to vary somewhat in their shades of gray. Not as straightforward as their '52 cousins.

Picked this up. To my eye, it appears mislabeled. I've sent scans to PSA but it may be a while before I hear back. You can see that in the 3rd scan, it is slightly more gray than the other two cards in comparison, I just can't buy the fact that this is a gray back.

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Old 04-04-2019, 04:31 PM
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It's labeled correctly.

Nice pick up.

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It's labeled correctly.

Nice pick up.

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Old 04-04-2019, 07:11 PM
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IMO, Should be much darker.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:46 PM
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I'm also thinking the back should be darker, but I hasten to add that I have no expertise re these 1954 gray backs. Here are the backs of my two raw Pete Runnels cards side by side for comparison:
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for all the responses.

I've heard from both sides: it should be darker and isn't a gray back. I've also been told it's definitely a gray back - particularly due to the darkness in the cartoon.

Truth is, I don't know. And it blows my mind that this card is either a $200 card or a $1,500 card and nobody can tell which one it is.

PSA has offered to pay shipping both ways to review and potentially reholder. They've already proved that they don't know what they're looking at so that just doesn't really make sense on my end to do that. If they say it's not, and reholder it in a standard (non gray-back slab) then it's a $200 card. But I have people whose opinion on this matter I respect telling me it's definitely a gray back. I'm leaving it as is and it's a part of my personal collection.

I welcome any further input and opinions. Thanks.
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They vary greatly from light to dark. Without having in hand I say it is probably correctly labeled

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I change my mind its probably mislabeled. Though I do feel
They vary in darkness in scans. Not as much in hand
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I have searched through thousands, likely tens of thousands of 54 Topps cards looking for the exclusive gray backs. They are extremely rare and they are very noticeable when flipping through a stack of raw cards if you know what your looking for. So noticeable in fact that you shouldn't have to glace at a card a second time to determine if it's a gray back. There is a huge difference between an aged card that spent time in the sun vs. a gray back. The paper stock was completely different. Pictures don't always pick up the correct coloring, lighting can alter images, monitors settings can be set differently, etc. however, based on the image I'm seeing on my screen I can tell you it's mislabeled. I'd flip past this card without looking twice.
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