CSG discovered the altered card by using its state-of-the-art equipment and forensic technology. Sports cards authenticated and graded by the experts at Certified Sports Guaranty™ (CSG™) go through a process designed to ensure accuracy, consistency and integrity. CSG also backs every card that it certifies with the CSG Guarantee, which assures collectors that a card is authentic and not overgraded.
With CSG’s strict standards and rigorous evaluation procedures, some cards will not be certified, including those that show evidence of alteration, such as the addition of color.
A 1996-97 Fleer Ultra #52 Kobe Bryant card recently submitted to CSG was discovered to have evidence of color added. This is typically done to enhance the appearance of a card in the hopes of getting a higher grade and, ultimately, a higher value in the marketplace.
The experts at CSG detected the re-colored card through the use of CSG’s state-of-the-art equipment and forensic technology. The following images were taken with specialized machinery that uses different wavelengths of light to highlight the areas where the color is not genuine.