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Welcome to SMACK an Auction Watch Page. This page is meant to educate and warn buyers of possibly fraudelent memorabilia auctions listed on the internet everyday. You are welcome to have us review and post auctions so that others maybe warned. If you as a seller have been mentioned please feel free to defend yourself. Disclaimer: Anything posted here is an opinion and in no way represents that what is being offered for sale is fake, just questionable. Before You Bid Arm Yourself With Knowledge !

Friday, February 25, 2005

A Study: Vintage Unsearched Wax Packs Coincidence?

In one of the oldest scams in the hobby, some sleazy sellers elect to buy old wax wrappers and place commons in them re-seal them and pawn them off as “Vintage Unopened Wax Packs”. Snooping around last month one of our eBay board members found this seller, treasureseeker52296 and reported their activity. Upon further investigation this is what I found. Of course the person in question is no longer a registered eBay user under that name at least, but don’t be surprised if they resurface under another ID.

The following are the items that our seller purchased over the last 30 days.

[Link]1970’s Topps Baseball Wrappers
[Link] 1979 Topps Football Wrappers
[Link]1977-78 OPC Hockey Set Lot 320 Diff. + 7 Wax Wrappers
[Link]1977-78 Topps Hockey Set Lot of 1300 Mint Cards

These are the types of items they sold.

[Link]1978-79 Topps Basketball Unopened Wax Packs
[Link]1972 Topps Baseball Complete Unopened Wax Box
[Link] 1976-77 Topps Hockey Unopened Wax Box
[Link] 1971 Topps Football Unopened Wax Pack

Coincidence or questionable? You be the Judge.

Here is a classic case where the consumer by doing a little homework and researching the sellers recent activities, would have had a reasonable doubt as to weather or not to bid on unopened wax packs from this seller.


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