Spotting Bogus Sports Cards
Collecting memorabilia is nothing new to the sports enthusiast. With the advent of the Internet and online auctions, accessibility to collecting has taken on a whole new dimension. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you can find just about anything you maybe interested in collecting, online. Anything from cards to autographs, bottle caps to jerseys, it's there and online, if you want it.
Unfortunately, with this easy access comes a price. The Internet provides a level of anonymity for thieves that has never before been seen. Unscrupulous vendors can now reach into your pocket from around the globe. Who is going to protect you against these new-age cyber villains? The only real defense you have is to become educated. We need to be able to spot a bogus sale when we see it.
Adhere to the rule that, if it's to good to be true, it can't be real. For starters, learn to tell if what your looking at is a great sale price, OR a price that is just too good to ever be for sale AT THAT PRICE.
Don’t get me wrong as I too do know that we as collectors are always looking for a great deal and do find them here and there if you look hard enough, but you need to look at the collector/dealer who is selling said particular item, and you can most always tell they are on the legit side just by that presentation the deliver along with many other products that blend in with the items that are listed for sale at a great deal.
One telltale sign of a bogus seller online is that you basically see only a handful of sports items, then right smack in the middle of their front page they are offering up for pennies on the dollar a "Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card" OR a "Mickey Mantle Rookie card" for literally HALF its valued price which is a considerable amount of a discount.
Learn to spot the telltale signs of a bogus seller, and you'll save yourselves hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and a lot of aggravation.
Things to look for that may indicate a bad sports-card item.
• Seller has listed the item as a private auction. A seller will typically do this so that knowledgeable collectors won't be able to warn bidders about the possibility of fraud.
• Seller has private Feedback. If a seller is honest why are they hiding their feedback?
• Seller says item was purchased at an estate auction.
• Seller says, I am not a collector, or I know nothing about cards, so I will sell this as a reprint.
• No refunds, all sales are final. (Reputable dealers stand behind their products)
• I took this card around to several card dealers and they told me it was real.
• The card doesn't say reprint anywhere, so I can not guarantee it's authenticity, but according to eBay rules, I must sell it as a reprint.
There is no such rule on eBay. The actual rule reads, "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 satisfy themselves that their items are authentic before listing them on eBay. If you cannot verify the authenticity of an item, do not list it." Also watch out for fuzzy or badly darkened scans - this may indicate the seller really doesn't want you to look at the card.
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