Sports Memorabilia Auction Concerns & Knowledge

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 !

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Bogus Honus Sells For $10,000

Unfortunately this week has seen the sale of several high priced bogus reproductions of Vintage cards. Most notably a T206 Wagner which was supposedly found at a Flea Market Estate Sale. In the bottom of trunk which contained an old cigar box with an old pack of cigarettes, containing the most sought after baseball card in Vintage collecting circles.
Item: 5174860303 Seller: ronnie8470 (6)

The item sold for $10,000 to a sniper in the last minute of the auction. Looking closely at this sale there were several things the buyer should have seen which would have tipped him off that this card is a fake.

1. The card was found in a pack of cigarettes called “London Life” which where made in Denmark. The original T206's where placed in packs of Piedmont and Old Caporal brand cigarettes. So how did this card make it’s way over to Denmark to be placed in this pack.
2. If the card came out of this unopened pack, which the seller states it did, it would be in NM/MT condition. So how is it that the corners where rounded?
3. If you look closely at the scans you will notice that the word “Pittsburgh” is printed in one font size. As in this example. A real Wagner would have the P in a larger font than the rest of the letters in the word. ie.
4. In all real T206’s the colored photo is surrounded by a solid black border. His reprint has none.
5. The seller states as an answer to one of the many questions, that he is in need of money. Clearly if you need money you want the maximum amount for your discovery. Then why didn’t he approach one of the many reputable auction houses that specialize in these types of sales? They would have had the card graded for him.

As you can see everything about this sale points to a very questionable transaction.

Our thanks go out to Korey who has bought a new seller of questionable merchandise to our attention
Seller: Bigdaddyscard2005
T206 Hugh Jennings Detroit Sweet Caporal Back Item: 5177026293
To quote Korey “the person selling this item, previously known as kimpossible1430, then kelseysattic, then bigchiefmike2004, then bigchiefmike2000 they are a fraud.”
“I found myself in yahoo chat and they were asking to buy Non marked reprints to sell for big bucks on ebay.”

Kimpossible1430 and Big chiefmike2000 have been busy selling a number of vintage cards on eBay all ID’s are registered in Ohio.

Korey thanks for the heads up and,

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