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, June 20, 2005

Update Sellers To Be Concerned About

Authenticity dislclaimers the grey area where scam artist's try and dupe you with their wares. Here is the rule according to eBay " Sellers may not disclaim knowledge of, or responsibility for, the authenticity or legality of the items offered in their listings.Sellers should take steps to ensure that their items are authentic before listing them on eBay. If a seller cannot verify the authenticity of an item, the seller is not permitted to list it."

This is the number one rule broken by sellers of unliscensed reprints. This is also the number one give away letting you know the card you may want to bid on is FAKE!!!! eBays own expample of such rule violation reads as "I cannot guarantee the authenticity of this item, so please bid accordingly."

Why does eBay have this policy? This is what eBay has to say " The sale of unauthorized replicas is illegal, as well as against eBay policy. Sellers who are unsure of the legality or authenticity of their items should not be selling these items on eBay. This policy helps protect buyers from purchasing counterfeit or fraudulent items, helps protect intellectual property rights owners against infringement and helps create a safer marketplace."

I was one who screamed for a long time about how eBay did not protect the buyer, how they made it easy for the scammer to sell fraudulent items. In reality we as consumers also need to take responsibility for educating ourselves to the rules of the playing field. A hasty buyer is as guilty as the scammer selling bad merchandise. The reason most scam artist's get away with selling their wares is simple, greed. To many buyers are out there hoping to land that magical buy that will net them a huge profit. The scammers know this and they use it to their full advantage. Again I remind you educate yourself, it is not difficult to do. There is plenty of support and informaton available to you on the net before you bid.

Our list this week is as follows:

Seller:
blclawncare Seller NARUED 0 Feedback unauthenticated card and autograph, seller says"Card has never been authenticated since obtained in late 90's and is sold as is & as pictured/described guaranteed". What exactly is he guarantying? Gee 2 for the price of one.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Signed item#5211110965

Seller:
hoss4321 is not a new face to our blog. He has had several items removed in the past. He has stayed low for a while and now is back offering:
ITEMS REMOVED
1909 honus wagner T-206 item# 5210486139
1956 topps mickey mantle #135 item# 5210487187
Sellers dissclaimer "I make no guarantees and this is sold as is all sales are final."

Seller:
partypokerchampion a new seller who claims to be offering you over $7000 woth of Hockey's hardest issues. A few days into his auction he has added this " HI JUST TO UPDATE THINGS, I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THE ORR AND GRETZKY ROOKIE MIGHT BE A REPRINT, SO I AM SELLING THOSE TWO AS REPRINT SINCE THEY ARE NOT GRADED BY ANY LARGE GRADING COMPANY TO COMPLY TO EBAY POLICIES. THANK YOU"
ITEMS REMOVED
GREATEST HOCKEY COLLECTION item# 5209307224

Seller: kelticharmony1114 Not much to say here except according to the seller "This Card is worth Thousands." Such original inuendo.
1953 topps Mickey Mantle item# 5209688064

Seller: blazer4220 Seller NARUED Had this item removed last week and is back with it again.
Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle item# 5210106406

Seller: krsnik33 Seller NARUED 0 Feedback lots of vintage cards. Sellers dislcaimer " The card is ungraded and sold as is."
ITEM 52 MANTLE REMOVED
1952 TOPPS #311 MICKEY MANTLE item# 5200423032
1951 BOWMAN MICKEY MANTLE item# 5210424038
1956 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE item# 52104255172
1909 TY COBB BAT ON THE SHOULDER item# 5210426107
1951 BOWMAN WHITTY FORD CARD item# 5210427305
ITEM 1933 RUTH REMOVED
1933 GOUDEY BABE RUTH item# 5210428440
ITEM RE LISTED
1952 TOPPS #311 MICKEY MANTLE
and for good measure he also adds this unique item valued at better than 30K if real:
First Edition Superman Vol 1 item# 6541001489

Seller: 16gary1472 Another newbie to the vintage market with the same old disclaimer " THIS CARD HAS NOT BEEN GRADED BY A GRADING COMPANY AND WILL BE SOLD AS A REPRINT/UNGRADED. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SCAN AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. BATTER UP"
ITEMS REMOVED
1933 GOUDEY BABE RUTH item# 5210684949
1953 TOPPS MICKEY MANTLE item# 5210680405

Have fun and please remember,

Before You Bid Arm Yourself With Knowledge !

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