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, August 18, 2005

Update Sellers To Be Concerned About

In our last post we emphasized the importance of doing your home work on sellers. With the amount of money you as a collector has at stake you need to be as sure as possible about what you are bidding on. This is why we highly suggest not buying any vintage cards that are not graded by the major card grading services. (BVG/BGS,PSA,SGC,GAI) Even when looking at items that have been slabbed by these graders please make sure that you check the certificate numbers with the grading company.

This weeks list of sellers you need to wary of include:

Seller: bscott703 Update Seller NARUedOur seller has this to say "I RECIEVED THIS CARD ALONG WITH MANY OTHER NICE CARDS , I DO NOT KNOW THE HISTORY ON THIS CARD, AND HAS NOT BEEN GRADED BY A GRADING COMPANY. THIS CARD LOOKS NICE IN MY OPINION,, BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU, ALL THAT COUNTS IS YOUR OPINION SO SEE THE PICTURES OF THE EXACT CARD YOU ARE BIDDING ON AND YOU BE THE JUDGE .PER EBAY POLICY I WILL BE SELLING THIS CARD AS A REPRINT EVEN THOUGH IT APPEARS TO BE AUTHENTIC. SOLD AS IS, NO RETURNS." If you did your homework you see that he has sold 3 1952 Topps Mantle's in the last month. Now how many of these can one collector have?
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 5231954418

Seller: jasta mom Our seller claims card "has never been displayed". Probably true, but if you have followed our blog you know that she more than likely got this card from a notorious seller of bad Jordan's
outdasouth99who has had several 86 Fleer # 57 Jordan's removed and has now resorted to selling them in mystery boxes. Which he claims contain " FIRST HINT ONE CONTENT IS WORTH OVER $700.00 AND IS VERY FRAGILE AND COMES FROM 1986" So you decide if our evidence is coincedence . Update Item Removed
1986 Fleer Michael Jordan #57 Item# 5231740703

Seller: 10adaysportscards This seller claims this " I can not tell if this is a reprint or not, I have never seen one besides this. As for Ebay's Policy I am listing this as a reprint." But upon further review we find this BABE RUTH SPORTKING CARD purchased on 7/17/05 from cheapoldcards who is currently suspended from selling bogus cardboard till he shows up again in a different disguise. 10aday is that how many bogus items you are trying to sell per day?
Update Item Removed
Babe Ruth 1933 Sports Kings Item# 5231277332

Seller: lock6772 This seller is breaking my heart she says " This card belonged to my husbands father who passed away in 1993 due to throat cancer. I am not sure where his father got the card. We only know that if it meant something to him, then he made sure he took very good care of it. His father was a survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and if you know what that is then you know how lucky his father was to even live to the year 1993. We have had this card since his father passed away and the only reason we are even attempting to sell it is the fact that we really just need the money. My husband is disabled and I have been trying to sell here on ebay for awhile but sales have not been that great during this summer, and with 3 kids and bills to pay, you have to do what you have to do." But then she is smart enough to buy PSA graded cards and needs money? Then why is she still bidding? She's made over $1000 in purchases in the last 2 months, and who are the girly mags for? I am sorry if I am ranting here, but this person is the worst type of slime, using all the tricks of the trade.
1933 Babe Ruth Goudey Item# 5230935567

Seller: mandorenee "SELLING BABE RUTH BASEBALL CARD FOR A FRIEND.DONT HAVE TOO MUCH EXPERIENCE WITH BASEBALL CARDS,SELLING AS IS WITH NO RESERVE" Not sure? Then don't sell it till you are. Update Items Removed
1933 Babe Ruth Goudey Item# 5231964983
1954 TOPPS HANK AARON #128 Item# 5231952808
1909-1910 Wagner Carmel Item# 5231959138
Mayo Plug Cap Anson Item# 5231972361

Seller: prosellers1200 "I'M SELLING A VERY NICE 1952 MICKEY MANTLE ROOKIE CARD #311. I BOUGHT THIS CARD SEVERAL YEARS AGO AT AN ESTATE SALE. I'VE NEVER SENT IT OUT TO GET GRADED TO PROVE ITS AUTHENTICITY FOR FEAR OF POSSIBLY LOSING IT. I'M NOT AN EXPERT BUT TO ME THIS CARD LOOKS GOOD. IN ACCORDANCE WITH EBAYS RULES IT HAS TO BE SOLD AS A REPRINT?? SINCE IT IS BEING SOLD AS IS, ALL SALES WILL BE FINAL" If there isn't enough in that description to scare you off, then I don't know what will. So that we get a good handle on this guy he wouldn't send the Mantle to be graded but he sent this to PRO 86 Fleer Jordan
Update Item Removed
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 5232093857

Seller:
!scooter! The usual item description " I found a bunch of older cards at a yard sale,so they will be sold as REPRINTS.I do not know the history of where the cards came from so there is no gaurantee they are real,so bid accordingly." That and the fact the he has purchased cards from usedmart , a NARU ed seller of bogus cards, gives you confidence in these items.Update Items Removed
1941 Playball Joe Dimaggio Item# 5230165949
1933 Goudey Lot Item# 5230169780
1909 T206 Lot Cobb LaJoie Item# 5230238389

That's it for now and remember ,

Before You Bid Arm Yourself With Knowledge!!

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