|Gold Ink Tiger Woods
Cards Issued in Sets
The gold ink cards first appeared as the 1997
issue as the 62 card set in a black box. The 1998 issue was a 63 card set in
the same black box but with a gold colored sleeve over it. The
manufacturer took the 62 card set and put the 63rd card (Mark O'Meara -
1998 Champion) in a brown manila envelope and slid it under the gold
sleeve and resealed the package. These are a
14 point card stock, about 14/1000th's of an inch. No sets that we know
of were issued without the boxes.
Gold Ink Cards From
The uncut sheets we believe were produced
in 1997 through an unknown period. These were first intended to be used for framing and
to be hung on the wall. These were printed on a thinner card stock from the
set issued cards.
the Set Issued Cards and the Uncut Sheet Cards
The uncut sheet cards are thinner card
stock than the set issued cards. The uncut sheet did not have to be as
sturdy as the cards were not intended to be cut out - only displayed in
a frame as a sheet. Obviously you do not want to take the graded card
out of the holder to measure the thickness. The set issued cards
mic at about 14/1000ths of an inch. The sheet cards about 2 -3 1000ths
less. Or about 20% less card stock.
The back side color differences can be
key to the casual observer. The red in the sleeve on Tiger Woods' shirt
is bright red on MOST of the set issued cards and near orange on the uncut sheet
cards. See pictures below. The gold ink also has a noticeably different
shade: the set issued is more gold and the uncut sheets tend towards a
tan gold color. Combine the red/orange issue with the gold/tan
issue and this will help you see the difference in the two cards.
Graded Gold Ink Cards
We have been told that PSA initially
graded a few gold ink cards from the uncut sheets before they realized
there was a difference. And, we have been told that they no longer will
grade the uncut sheet cards.
SGC does grade the uncut sheet cards, but
distinguishes those as the 1997-1999 card while the card from the 1997
black box and the 1998 gold sleeved black box sets is titled as the 1997
card. During the early stages of grading by SGC, they graded some uncut
sheet cards as the 1997 until they discovered the difference also.
Some grading companies continue to grade
cards as 1997 even though they are from the uncut sheets. Consider this
when making your purchase.