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 !

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 .

Before You Bid Arm Yourself With Knowledge !


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