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 !

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Update Sellers To Be Concerned About

The hobby brings out the worst in people at times, and it is unfortunate to see just how easily unknowing newbie collectors can fall prey to the scam artist. With the reproduction of vintage sets meant to give the general public a chance at owning otherwise difficult to find cards, comes the theives who take advantage of the uneducated consumer.

Seller: genealogycat This person has 1954 Topps Archives cards listed as if they where the original thing. They give no indication that their cards are in fact reproductions from the 1994 Topps Archives Set.
1954 Topps#37 WHITEY FORD item# 5198331767

Archives Card 54 Topps Card
As you can see the 54 Topps issue has no white border at the top. Currently they have eight other Archives cards listed inculding:
1954 TOPPS #90 WILLIE MAYS Item# 5201385654

Seller: wyttygr A new player in the bogus vintage card market who mainly uses one and three day auctions to lure his prey and hide under the radar. This past month this person has sold
1952 TOPPS MANTLE item # 5201780751 final price $355.00
1952 TOPPS ROBINSON item# 5201248439 final price $127.50
1933 GOUDEY BABE RUTH item #5190844903 final price $169.50
1953 TOPPS MANTLE item# 5190843607 final price $ 223.50
Currently selling:
1952 TOPPS ROBINSON item# 5201248439 current price: $127.50

Seller: rkwk112997 Sells graded vintage cards but happened to purchase this ungraded card and is now trying to dump it.
1952 topps mickey mantle item# 5201184884
This person seems to have a shill ID in the name of alans1727 who happnes to have purchased over 16 cards at the original starting bid.

Seller: deal1st New dealer with the usual suspect cards.
Recently sold:
Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps item# 5200535218 final price: BIN $400.00
Currently Listed:
Babe Ruth Goudey - No. 144 item# 5200535742 BIN $250.00
Babe Ruth Goudey - No. 53 item# 5200535999 BIN $250.00
YOGI Berra 1948 item# 5200536511 BIN $250.00
Ty Cobb item# 5201661914 BIN $250.00
Ty Cobb item# 5201661609 BIN $250.00
Ty Cobb item# 5201662144 BIN $250.00

Seller: msmcollectibles Purchased a card on 3/11/05 from a known seller of bad Mantle's junkmanbillyjoe. Guess they are now trying to recoup their losses by duping someone else.
1952 Topps Mantle item# 5201208227
Topps 1953 Mickey Mantle item# 5201218834

Seller: antia2005 Bought this card 1964 Topps Mickey Mantle #50
sold 1964 Topps Mickey Mantle item# 5195724202 final price $67.00
Currently selling:
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig item # 52019735586

Seller: kurri89 I don't believe with a private feedback score of 50% this person sold this:
MICKEY MANTLE 1953 TOPPS final price $154.50

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Memorial Day weekend and remember

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Update Sellers To Be Concerned About

Well the auction of fake sports cards never ceases. Neither do we in our efforts to try and point out the potentially bogus cards out there. For your viewing pleasure:

Seller: Keller 70 on April 20 in a private transaction sporstcards 2002 sold 53 Mantle Item #5187562279.
Feedback was left for keller 70 on May 9th. Today up for auction from our seller is;
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 5196430749.
They also have listed;
1948-49 Leaf Babe Ruth Item #5196436743 .

Seller: vintagecardsltd has had an unusally high assortment of vintage cards on the auction block. Included are:
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Item# 5195991012
1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio Item # 5196375057
1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig Item# 5196374255
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 5196351653
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth # 144 Item# 5196370518
1909 T206 Ty Cobb Tobacco Card Piedmont Item# 5196352863
There are more but you can go look for yourself.

Seller: papaeven A new player to the market. On April 13th this private acution Item # 5185768359 was made by skeebo73 a seller we discussed in our last post. Feedback was left for papaeven on May 5th. To bad we didn't catch this one sooner but I wonder where this card came from.
63 Pete Rose Rookie Item# 5194244870
To quote the seller " My son always liked Pete and I thought I would get him a rookie and now he needs some money to pay for a car and so we have decided to sell this card." I wonder if he told his son that the card is bogus?

Seller: bravesfanten Another new player, no current auctions up but has purchased cards from sportscards 2000 and his sales activities show $4700.00 in sales of vintage sports cards which include a 53' Topps Mantle, 51' Bowamn Mantle, 49' Leaf Robinson, 33' Goudey Ruth as well a many other of the top cards.

Seller: sportscards2000 A supplier who has sold over $2500 in vintage cards in the last 30 days which are now making their way back into the market. Currently selling:
1909 09 T206 Ty Cobb Sweet Caporal Item# 5195698413
1933 33 Goudey Babe Ruth Card # 181 Item# 5196384205

And finally a major supplier of vintage sports cards reproductions who has sold cards to some of the people listed on these pages.

Seller: messanine100 a look at her list of clients is like a who's who of bogus card sellers. Currently offering 17 vintage reproductions. To quote our seller "THESE CARDS LOOK AUTHENTIC AND VINTAGE.THEY HAVE THE APPROPRIATE SIZE ,THICKNESS CARD STOCK AND AGE IS APPROPRIATE.THEY SIMPLY LOOK BEAUTIFUL." Included in her cache are:
Item#5195228660 1949 Bowman George Milken
Item#5195228977 1948 Leaf Babe Ruth
Item#5195231566 1941 DIMAGGIO #71.PLAYBALL
Item#5195231798 1933 Delong Gehrig
Item#5195232096 1895 MAYOPLUG ANSON N300
Item#5195233279 1933 GOUDEY RUTH # 53
Item#5195233642 1939 PLAYBALL TED WILLIAMS
Item#5195234036 1939 PLAYBALL JOE DIMAGGIO
Item#5195234385 1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson
Item#5195234680 1932 us caramel ruth
Item#5195235266 1934 Lou Gehrig Goudey
Item#5195237482 1933 GOUDEY RUTH 149
Item#5195239298 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Ruth
Item#5195239986 1938 GOUDEY DIMAGGIO
Item#5195243718 1933 GOUDEY LAJOIE
Item#5195307332 1933 GOUDEY RUTH 149
Item#5196405668 1915 cracker jack cobb

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Update Sellers To Concerned About

New Players Same Old Scam

The baseball season is in full swing, so are the the sellers of fake sports cards. It seems there is a proliferation of new potential scammers to add to the eBay list of unlicensed reprint card dealers. Without further adieu our list includes:

Seller: charlie412 It seems charlie is selling off his collection of cards that he has bought over the last 20 years. He owns some of the most sought after cards in the hobby. He claims to have purhcased many of these items in large lots. He says he is not a sports card grader so he can't be sure of the authenticity of the items being sold. To quote charlie " This one is going to fool most people! Maybe even one of the weaker Grading companies out there you could send it to."

1951 BOWMAN MICKEY MANTLE Ite# 5193699175
1933 Goudey R319 BABE RUTH Item# 5192929508
1986 FLEER MICHAEL JORDAN Item# 5193706819
1952 BOWMAN MICKEY MANTLE Item# 5194556680

Seller: brainp619 Brain doesn't even bother to list the card as a reprint, clearly a violation of eBay policy, yet the card is still there.

1953 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE #82 Item# 5195589691

Seller: hedged_bet To quote the seller " Although I think this card could be real, I am listing an old reprint. " Must have bet on Steinbrenner's horse to win the Kentucky Derby and is hedging his bet with this fine card.

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps #311 Item# 5194668906

Seller: skeebo73 This person has sold 11, 1952 Mantle's within the last 30 days. Think they'll be back with more?

1952 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE Item# 5195290094

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Monday, May 09, 2005


Buying legitmate vintage sports cards is hard enough, but now it seems that the biggest online auctioneer is allowing the sale of bogus vintage sports cards in tampered PSA holders. A perfect example is this card:

1952 Topps Mantle Rookie PSA 10 Novelty Item# 5194537303

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The seller mkavy123 states " It is a reprint card (not marked reprint) in an altered psa case (label is not marked reprint either).THE SERIAL NUMBER DOES MATCH " The problem is not that a savy collector is going to buy this card, it is that some other scam artist will purchase it and try to sell it as the genuine article either online or ar a show.

Ebay with all it's talk of cracking down on counterfit cards is doing nothing to stop these people. A perfect example of their do nothing policy is this auction which ended on May 9th:

PSA LOT - 52 & 53 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE 51 BOWMAN + RUTH Item#5194432426

The seller kidcardboard openly tells prospective buyers that these cards are fake and fooled him as well as others. With the description alone Ebay should have pulled the auction but instead it allowed it to continue till a final sale was made. I know for fact that this auction was reported by many members of several collectable boards, yet Ebay chose to look the other way. Apparently according to the seller the cert numbers on these cards have been pulled by PSA but other holders with the same bogus cards and numbers exist. Those cards and numbers are:

1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 3 VG serial #11854306
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 PSA 2 Good serial #90331869
1953 Topps #82 Mickey Mantle PSA 3 VG serial #11854307
1933 Goudey #144 Babe Ruth PSA 3 VG serial #11854304

So buyers beware these cards are out there and apparently Ebay will do nothing to protect you .

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