It is important to know whether a card is a fake or a reprint. Below is some helpful information.
To know the differences between authentic cards and the 1948 Bowman reprints, let us compare the original #69 George Mikan card from the reprint George Mikan card.
Original #69 George Mikan Card
Reprinted #69 George Mikan Card
1. Generally, a reprint will have a bright white border, while an original will not.
2. The back of a reprint will similarly have a clean white background.
3. The word 'reprint' is written on the bottom back of the card.
4. With a reprint, the image on the front will be less clear and may resemble a photocopy.