The bootleg graphics (on the top picture) look exactly like the ones on the original Variflex decks. Variflex shifted production to Taiwan somewhere in the 80’s, so maybe they made both branded and unbranded decks at some point. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to bootleg such wildly successful graphics. Variflex had a great pro team and produced very decent skateboards in the end of the 70’s and the beginning of the 80’s, but then started to produce rather shoddy completes. You can marvel in the mediocrity in the Living Variflex Museum (of Crap), or read about their history on Skateboard Of The Day.
Thanks to Walter Meus, J.P. Begel and Pat Cash for the pics. Thanks to kilwag for the edits.
Bootleg: Variflex Breaker 1987:
Bootleg: Variflex Joker 1987:
Fake: Variflex Jack The Ripper 1987:
And more fake Rippers:
The original Zuma Skate Club from 1987 (again) on the left, as seen in Art of Skateboarding, fake one on the right: