Saturday, January 30, 2010

How Long Before The Scams Look Perfect?

Its been close to six months since the fake rookie premiere autographs have swarmed the net, and I have to admit, its getting a little bit harder to tell which are fake and which are real. PSA has already taken to grading the fakes as real, which means that they A) cannot or will not disqualify a fake B) believe the actual cards to be real and C) dont care because they make money.

Thats not all.

Take a look at some of the Rookie Premieres that have already started popping up on the net. Adrian Peterson, a favorite target of these ass hats, has remained closer to fake than real, but Calvin Johnson is getting more closer to real than fake.

Notice the progression, things arent as obvious anymore. This situation is VERY bad, and it looks to be getting worse. Even the price has dropped considerably because no informed collector is willing to take a chance anymore. These used to sell for hundreds, now they can sell as low as 150.

The lesson is, if the autograph (compared side by side with a certified one) doesnt match up 100%, stay away. Look at tilt of the signature, start and stop points, and pen thickness. Also look at the rest of the sales, if there are a ton that are up, why believe that seller is the one guy who has sold 100 Peterson red inks in the last 30 days. Its just not feasible.

Remember, if you dont watch your own ass on these things, no one is going to do it for you. I am always happy to help with any questions you have.


  1. As a collector of on-card autos... Yeesh. Might have to stick to certain releases and companies I sorta-kinda-trust or just start pullin' them myself (ha! right).

  2. It just doesn't make sense why they continue to produce autograph cards that aren't certified and stated that the card is in fact an auto card on the back of the card.

    I have to blame the company that printed the cards in the first place more than the scumbags that sell the fakes.

  3. I'm starting to get the word out as well too. I did list you as a point of reference along with a couple other bloggers as for people to hit up on the questions. This crap has to stop with the fakes. I don't even want to buy autographed cards hardly anymore unless I see it signed by the athlete themselves.