3.2.2 Rebacked cards
- Another common alteration is to reback a card. This is a process where the back of an unmarked, playable card is
combined with the front of either a Collector's Edition card or a card that would otherwise be marked. The two cards are shaved down
or peeled in half and then glued together. These
tend to be slightly thicker and tougher than a regular card. If you have a card
where the front is worn but the back is mint, chances are good
it has been rebacked. Take a close look at the edge of a card and compare
it with a real one. Use a magnifying glass if you have one. Sometimes the edge
can be hidden by slight buffing with sandpaper, however a bend test will usually
bring this line back out.
It's not noticeable in this picture, but real cards also have a thin blue line
through the middle. I managed to get the left over front half of a card whose
back was removed. The dark color on the right is the blue part that can be seen
on the edge of a real card.