Why do fake cards exist? Well, the reason is simple and no different from all the other fake products in the market. As long as people continue to support these products, counterfeiters will carry on manufacturing. So the question is this, why fake Animal Kaiser cards?
It All Starts With Something That Everyone Wants
Back in the day, Animal Kaiser was an insanely popular arcade game. You could find these machines everywhere and kids have been known to blow their entire week of pocket money on this game. And in certain cases, maybe their entire fortune. The problem was that collecting an entire set of cards was not an easy thing to do. Rare cards are only of a limited quantity and are often sold for ridiculous amounts of money. Back then, an entire set would set you back around $300 to $400 dollars.
And That Something Is Very Hard To Get Or Very Expensive
Some parents find that coughing up this amount of money is ridiculous, and there is no way on earth they will allow their little Timmy to splurge that much on silly animal cards. Hence, they do the next best thing. Purchasing fake cards at a fraction of the cost and allowing little Timmy to have that bit of fun. Knowing that sooner or later, he is going to outgrow his interest and eventually, these cards are going into the bin.
The parents are not exactly wrong, as there is literally little or no demand for these cards today. I am probably one of those few buyers out there picking up cards to complete my collection. My intention is to share this archive with the world if you need to get hit with that whiff of nostalgia.
I Meet Nice People
In my journey to acquire these cards, I met some really nice people who tell me stories of old. And you can tell how excited they are as their eyes sparkle when they remise such memories. Acquiring these cards from them was like picking up a child that they have spent so much time and effort on.
And Those That Are Not So Nice
Unfortunately, I have also come across sellers who have passed off their fake cards as the real thing. Due to the sheer number of fake cards in the market, one of the first questions I always ask these sellers is if the cards are real. At first, these sellers will say that the cards are dispensed from the machine. Upon closer inspection and realising that they are fake, they will come up with other excuses. Like it is my friend’s card. I don’t know anything about them. It is scannable on the machine, etc.
To prevent yourself from picking up fake Animal Kaiser cards, I have compiled a list of these fakes that I have picked up from these unscrupulous sellers. The quality for some of them is downright terrible while others are a bit more decent.
- There Is No Foiling. The Card Is Literally Photocopied
The portion for the foils is literally photocopied. That’s why the coins and the areas where they are supposed to have foiling look terribly dull. These are the lowest quality fakes and you can spot them from a mile away.
2. Embossing Done. But Font For Certain Characters Look Odd
Then there are those fakes that are a little more sophisticated. The bootleggers put in a little more effort to emboss the card and make it shine. However, they can’t seem to replicate a particular font. Take a closer look at the 0 behind the card of an original one.
And the following fakes with the 0 that is a more roundish. And they can’t seem to spell “health” properly.
The foiling for this card looks pretty decent. The dead giveway is still the “0” font if you compare them with the originals.
I hope this entry would serve as a guide to those who are new to Animal Kaiser and a means to identify the difference between real and fake cards. Although Animal Kaiser cards are only a fraction of what they used to cost, a fake card at the end of the day has zero monetary value. Stay safe and don’t get scammed!
The Cardboard Archivist.