Monday, January 29, 2018

What to do?

While checking out the Twitter this morning, I noticed that someone who I happen to be following liked a tweet, therefore said tweet showed up in my timeline. No big deal, right? Annoying as it may be, it happens all the time. The liked tweet was from someone that I have not heard of before, in which they mentioned finding a couple of vintage cards that they had forgotten were in their possession. One of those cards just happened to set off my internal alarm bells, so much so, that I felt the need to write this impromptu post:

Anyone who remembers my series of Sportlots posts from a couple of months ago shouldn't be too surprised as to why this card jumped out at me, what with the tell-tale rounded corners, and lack of any other edge wear. I don't want to come right out and say that it's a fake (even though it is), but it is certainly highly suspicious, to say the least.

So far none of the commenters have said anything about it, and I'm not going to say who, but one of said commenters is someone that should have been able to spot it for what it is... unless of course, he did, but isn't comfortable saying so.

So, it leaves wondering, is it my place to tell someone whom I've never had any interaction with, that their card is a fake highly suspicious? Or do I just let it go? The latter of which, I don't think I can do, because I know if the roles were reversed, I would want someone to voice their concerns. And since were not following each other, I can't contact them via direct message, so if I did say something, it would have to be visible to everyone else, which could potentially cause them some embarrassment... which is something I really wouldn't prefer to do. Any advice, or thoughts, would be most welcome.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. Hmmmm. A direct/private message would certainly be ideal. Maybe send a DM to the person you were following asking if they can pass on a message or get you an email address?

  2. I like the idea above. Going through a third party can't hurt. But yes, you're spot on. They deserve to know, and I'd certainly want someone to tell me.

  3. I saw the card cards me through my timeline as well. I don't follow him either. The cad certainly looks suspicious.

  4. Maybe send a message to the person you think should know better and see if they agree? Maybe that would give you a little extra confidence to send a note to the mutual acquaintance?

  5. It's a tough call. The only time I really step up and reveal the tough truth is when it involves close friends or family... and sometimes a student. Today one of my students had a booger about to fall out of their nose, so I told her she might want to grab a Kleenex and she got the hint. Couldn't help but wonder why her friends didn't say anything earlier.

  6. Thanks for all your input guys. I sent one of our mutual followers a direct message in which I asked them to pass along a message(with my email address) to this person, almost two days later and I still haven't had a reply from our mutual follower.

  7. such an obvious fake. I'm not an expert by any means regarding authenticity of older cards. To have such rounded corners with clean white borders and bright coloring is enough to set off bells for me. it's not even a good fake. you did the right thing Jon. I'd certainly want to know.

    1. I know that this style of fake has been around for a while now, but I'm still surprised to keep seeing people getting duped by them. I don't know if I actually accomplished anything though, as I never did hear back from the person that I tried to contact them through.