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, December 08, 2005

Update Sellers To Be Concerned About

The home stretch for the Holiday buying season is here and many are looking for that special gift to give their special sports card collecting someone. Dealers are listing like mad and fair warning so are the thieves. The amount of 1 and 3 day listings that can be viewed during this time is uncanny. The scam artist will try to pawn off many of their bogus goods quickly in an effort to thwart being spotted by concerned collectors who will report them to auction sites Trust and Safety departments.

The folks over at eBay have their hands full since they are the number 1 site the scammers all try their tricks there. I am pleased to say that eBay has been very responsive to reports given to them about possible fraud and have reacted swiftly. Dozen's of cards have been reported and removed in the past few weeks but there are still those that slip through the cracks. It would be easy to say that it is the reponsibilty of the site to protect the consumer but with the thousands of auctions posted everyday that is nearly an impossible task.

It really is the responsibilty of the knowledgable collecting community to report bogus items when they spot them. It is also the responsibilty of the consumer not to act in haste, and be lured into buying something that is obviously to good to be true. Ask questions of the seller, ask questions of the collecting community. As we have said many times in the past there are numerous places where one can get free 1st hand advice from savy collectors. The eBay community discussion boards is one place and the PSA collecting forums is another. There are numerous other places so don't be lazy do a google and find place's to ask questions .

Sellers to be leary of this week include:

Seller: eaveslovesthetide With a feedback rating of 6 this sellers brings us 20 of the most sought after sports issues in the hobby. Saying "Up for auction is a 1955 Topps Hank Aaron card, this card is being listed as a REPRINT since it is an ungraded card, however at the present time I am going throught a divorce and need the money, and trust me the cards are the last thing to go." To make things worse they are all on 1 day auctions. No why would some one who needs money due to a divorce list 20 cards with a book value of well over $30,000 for one day and not recieve maxium exposure and bidding time?
1955 Topps Hank Aaron card Item# 8735027958
1954 Topps Hank Aaron RC Item# 8735029309
1963 Topps Pete Rose RC Item# 8735030170
1952 Topps Willie Mays RC Item# 8735032699
1968 Topps Nolan Ryan RC Item# 8735034667
1957 Topps Bart Starr RC Item# 8735036543
1949 Leaf Jackie Robinson RC Item# 8735038536
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 8735040506
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 8735041858
1956 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 8735042700
1957 Topps Mickey Mantle Item# 8735043159
1955 Bowman Mickey Mantle Item# 8735043796
1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Item# 8735044790
1951 Bowman Willie Mays Item# 8735045549
1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig Item# 8735047767
1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan Item# 8735049647
1986-87 Patrick Roy O-Pee-Chee RC Item# 8735052370
1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee RC Item# 8735053200
1985-86 Mario Lemieux O-Pee-Chee RC Item# 8735054616
1966-67 Topps Bobby Orr RC Item# 8735055660

who--dey Tells us "This Is a 1933 goudey chewing gum card of lou gehrig this card is in soild condition and worth BIG BUCKS a very nice card to add to any collection" Yes it's a big card, in that condition why isn't it graded?
Lou Gehrig 1933 Goudey $4000 Item# 8734505083

Seller: scottbemo Buys a BCCG 86 Fleer Jordan on 12/5/05 but has this one for sale ungraded and the high bidder is from the same state as the seller, who has done only one tranaction on eBay with guess who? This seller of course and last month a seller from the state was NARU ed for selling ungraded Jordan's from where? The same state of course.
1986 FLEER MICHAEL JORDAN RC Item# 8735010413

Seller: da-bears45 This is a good one they tell us "I just bought these cards from seller e_s_p_n_3 here on e-bay and he gaurenteed me that they were real. I honestly dont know so I cannot make any gaurentees. So bid accordingly. I blew up the scans so you can decide for yourself. They are both in poor to fair condition. The Mickey Mantle has a crease in the top center making a downward v into his hat.Selling as reprints, No refunds" They don't know? '52 Topps Jackie Robinson #312/Mickey Mantle #311 Item# 8733938322

Seller: ronaldm1023 0 Feedback has sold within the last month a '52 Topps Mays , a '52 Topps Mantle , and another '52 Topps Mays . They all where purchased originally buy him in 1952. One would think that a collector who is that old would be smart enough to get these graded to get maxium dollars for his sales. This week he brings these to the table. Just how many of these do they have?
1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle #101 Item# 8732665323
1953 Topps Mickey Mantle #82 Item# 8734253138

To all of you who read our blog please have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season. We will try to update as best we can. Please also remember our motto!

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