Note: We don’t place any blame on PSA. We’re human; mistakes happen. Ultimately, the blame should fall on the grader and perhaps the hiring manger.
2021 Topps Through the Years is a 30-card set that features images of popular veteran and rookie Topps cards framed in a commemorative border. Many of the original examples of the cards feature autographs, which by design makes them facsimiles in this commemorative set.
Graders aren’t perfect; that’s understandable and expected, which in a way is part of what makes the hobby so fun and entertaining. Obviously, this Justin Verlander 2021 Topps Through the Years card shouldn’t have been authenticated but that is was makes it unique albeit hilarious.
The existence of this card poses a question:
If you had this card, would you leave it slabbed or have it re-graded?
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That is beyond ridiculous. Anyone grading cards should know what the Through The Years cards are, and even if you don’t, there is ample evidence on the card that it’s not really an autograph. If all they do is look at it, say, hey, it’s a Topps autograph, and deem it authentic, what’s the point?
It should definitely be left as-is. The Through The Years cards are dime-box fodder. This is both a unique (I HOPE!) curiosity and a cautionary tale.
Thanks for the comment. Ridiculous is certainly an appropriate adjective to use here.