Friday, December 15, 2017

Golden Willie

I hadn't planned on posting anything today, but after it's arrival in the mail yesterday, I just couldn't resist doing a quickie to show off this recently won 2013 Panini Golden Age Willie McCovey Museum Age:

I really like the look and feel of this swatch, and having not seen this one before, I was surprised to be able to pick it up for so very little. With this card, I now have 17 of the 40 relic cards from the 2013 edition of Golden Age.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mission accomplished

For anyone who may have missed it, I am very happy to report that just a couple hours after last night's post, Sportlots finally decided to take some action by removing all of hock2015's listings. I don't know if anything can be done for the people who have already bought from this "dealer", but at least quite a few others will not be getting taken.

Before I go any further I wanted to give thanks to Michael Reese, who also took the time to contact Sportlots about this matter. Michael was also kind enough to share this reply that he received:

"Yes, all auctions from this seller has been pulled and put on hold until we can confirm one way or another if these are legit cards. It’s not possible for me to accuse them as such based on images, but agree that these are very suspicious. I will get to the bottom of this and they won’t be listing anymore until we can confirm.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention."

I know some of you might be getting a little tired of reading about this, and honestly, I was getting a little tired of talking about it, but I do believe these posts served their purpose... which was simply to get a few people on board who were interested in trying to prevent some of our fellow collectors from being the victim of fraud, and you know something? That is exactly what we did!


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Really?

I know I said wasn't going to bring it up again, but after seeing hock2015's newest batch of counterfeit's on Sportlots this morning, and all the subsequent bids being placed shortly thereafter... I just couldn't let it go.

All of today's listings, not surprisingly, look like they came out of the exact same mold as the last group. And of course, they're all the biggest names, and key rookie cards. So in an attempt to keep showing how bad these, here's just a small sampling of what was listed today:













I don't really know what I hope to accomplish by dedicating yet another post to this matter. I guess the best I could hope for, would be if just one of the people who have bought from this person to see one of these post's, show their card(s) to an honest seller (card shop, card show, etc.) for them to assess -- and once they find out it's a fake -- contact Sportlots, who will then finally remove this seller from the site.

It also wouldn't hurt if these posts inspired more people to contact Sportlots, and ask them to take some kind of action, before more people end up getting duped.

And one final thing, many thanks to Jeff, of the Fan-Attic Sports Cards Blog, for helping spread the word by adding links to my previous two posts (which are here and here) in a post he did last night.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bookstore Bonanza #2

Last Friday was the first opportunity I've had to get out and do something fun in what feels like month's. Since I'm a rather boring person, "fun" meant hitting up the bookstore, two thrift stores, and Walgreen's (I was looking for something that was supposed to be carried there, but apparently isn't in this part of the country). Today's post will cover the bookstore portion of that trip.

In case anyone missed the first post in this bookstore series, you can check it out here to see what's what. For anyone that did read the first one, you shouldn't be too surprised to hear that this will be another all VHS post. So if that's not something you're interested in, I won't be offended if you decide to skip this one.


This is one of those movies that I have been meaning to see for like twenty years now, but just hadn't ever gotten around to it.


 I have seen Farewell, My Lovely a few times, but I had yet to see the second (and final) of Robert Mitchum's Philip Marlowe pictures.


 I can't remember if I ever saw this picture or not, I guess I'll find out once I start watching it.


 Had never heard of this 1986 TV movie before, should be good though.


It would've been physically (and mentally) impossible for me to have not bought this!


 Familiar with it, but haven't seen it.


Believe it or not, this is the first time that I can recall seeing this anywhere on video (or DVD). This is one of those movies that I identify with television, as it seems like there was a time when it was airing on TBS like every week for what seemed like years.


Never heard of this one before either, but I'm always up for an 80's romcom.

For anyone who may be interested, I will be covering the thrift store(s) portion of this outing sometime in the next couple of days, and as crazy as it sounds, there will actually be a couple of non-VHS related items... just a couple though.


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Monday, December 11, 2017

A rare contest win

A month or two ago, John, of Johnny's Trading Spot, started showing some of the cards that were part of a rather large vintage collection that he had recently acquired. There was also a contest that was going to coincide with this series of posts, in which entries were earned by leaving comments, that would later be entered into a randomizer.

I don't how many comments I left during the month(?) long contest, but knowing that the randomizer was going to be involved, I figured my chances were pretty slim as the randomizer doesn't seem to like my name all that much. So, when that contest was nearing it's end (spoiler alert: I didn't win that one), and John announced that there would now be a separate contest that would be won by guessing how much was paid for the entire lot without going over, I jumped at the chance to control my own destiny and got my guess out there first... and surprise, surprise, I was the closest!

I didn't know exactly what I had won, but I actually won something. After a very short wait, my prize package arrived, and here's what was inside:

There's some star power... and I actually needed two out of the three.

Needed a couple of these 72's too.

My attempt to build the '73 set is sort of on hold, and I don't really have an accurate list of what I have at the moment, so I don't really know if any of these are new to me or not. Either way though, getting a vintage Clemente is always a good thing.

It looks like McGruff took a bite out of Harmon.

 Here's something I really wasn't expecting, a Gary Carter rookie!

 Not one of my favorite sets, but the Yaz is a neat card to have.

 Having never seen it before, I really dig the '78 Niekro/Ryan strikeout leaders.

My first card from the 2017 Stadium Club, and not a bad first player to get, cool photo too.

Thank you again, John. Not only for the cards, but also for holding a contest in which the winner was going to be determined by something other than having their name tossed into the randomizer, it actually made me feel like I had a fighting chance for once :)


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

At least we tried

Today's post is a quick follow-up to Wednesday's piece about the blatant counterfeits that I came across on Sportlots.

I never receive a reply to my initial message regarding these counterfeits from Sportlots, however, Fuji (who, after reading my post, decided to try and help rid the site of these fakes by sending a message too), did receive a response, and was kind enough to post it in the comments section of the previous post. For those who might not have seen it, here you go:

"I agree, these all look very suspicious. I struggle what
I can do if I don't know for sure and don't want to accuse
them without better proof.

Thanks for the info.. maybe I will just put out an fyi to
them just to let them know I'm keeping an eye out.


***** Update from the seller *****

In 2006 I bought out a closed baseball card store to
turn it in to a computer shop , these cards were left
behind due to illness , they became my property due to a
court order , I then sent many to Heratige Auctions in
Texas to be pieced and none came back reprints or fake .
I also a year ago sold many to Dave & Adams Cards on the
internet , they too bought every one I sent . I will
refund any payment of which a customer isn't happy with
for any reason , but I don't think any or many are fake
and I'm not a card guy and wouldn't know anyway , if
there are any complaints I will stop selling immediately,
just let me know . I will send them to the experts like
you suggested."

First things first, the reply from Sportlots is very disappointing, but not overly surprising either. In a world where greed is king, Sportlots obviously isn't interested in losing it's percentage of whatever this seller's cards end up selling for, just for the sake of protecting it's user's from these "very suspicious" cards.

Secondly, it's absolutely astounding how many red flags I see in the seller's response! Since I'm trying to keep this short, I will say that the "I'm not a card guy and wouldn't know anyway" line, is the one that stuck out the most... as that's one of the most common ways people selling fake's try to distance themselves from any first-hand knowledge of fraud, which will often be proceeded by something like "I found these cards in a box that I bought at an auction" or "I found an old shoebox full of cards in the attic of a house that I'm renovating". I will also quickly say that it's curious that they're supposedly selling these everywhere online except for eBay, you know the one place where you will most likely receive the most money from selling your highly desirable vintage cards.

Since there really isn't much else that can be done, and I won't be bringing this up again (at least when it comes to Sportlots), I figured we might as well take a look at a few more of hock2015's "very suspicious" offerings:








This is the one I really don't understand, I mean why are there even counterfeit Post cards out there? There's no shortage of the original's, and for the price that this one was currently at the last time I checked, you could easily buy an authentic one.

This Pete Maravich rookie is especially lame, as EVEN if someone were to try and explain how all the cards shown in these last two posts were somehow stored in such a way that only the corners ended up getting rounded (without any wear to the rest of the edges), then how would you explain a tall boy occurring the exact same wear pattern? If they were in a stack, Pete would have suffered considerably more damage!

So I guess the only way to wrap this up is to say that I feel bad for all the people that are going to be ending up with these cards, but at least we (thank you again, Fuji) tried to help them out. And to anyone who may be buying cards on Sportlots from this point on, just be mindful that the site is now apparently okay with seller's listing counterfeits "very suspicious" items.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Unplanned

After the amount of time I spent putting together yesterday's post, today was supposed to be my day off from "writing" anything, but I came across something (or rather multiple something's) while perusing the Sportlots auctions this morning, that I just couldn't ignore. So because this is being so hastily thrown together, I will apologize in advance for any typo's or any thoughts that aren't fully formed.

This is the first card that caught my attention this morning. Notice anything odd about this '62 Mantle? If not, check out two more 62's being sold by the same seller, and pay particular attention to the corners:


Notice a pattern yet? If not, here's a few more:



I would hope that everyone has figured out by now that these are all counterfeits/reproductions, as it would be virtually impossible for a genuine '62 to have acquired corners rounded in this fashion without sustaining wear to any of it's other edges.

A couple of years ago I came across a website of a company (I can't remember what the company's name is) that was creating reproductions of pretty much every card of note from every major sport, and of course, there wasn't anything printed on the card to identify them as such. The thing is, all their repro's had these exact rounded corners (although these could've been made by someone else). Ever since seeing those cards on that site, I have been very aware of this style of reproduction, and have encountered them many times on eBay, but never on Sportlots... until today. And from from past experience, I know that eBay doesn't care if their user's get bilked, so it will be interesting to see the route Sportlots takes.

The thing that really bugs me though, is that looking at the prices that the above cards are currently at, there are clearly multiple people that are under the impression that they are real. For example the first Mantle shown, is (as of this writing), sitting at $78... which is insane, especially since you can buy a genuine '62 Mantle in pretty darn good shape for that amount of money, or less.

For s**** and giggles, let's take a look at some of this seller's other "roundies":







Since they are not listed as such, I have no way of knowing if this seller, hock2015, knows that these are fake or not. This is just a sample, as they have quite a few more listings (including tobacco cards, Goudey's and a Pete Maravich rookie) that you can view by clicking here. I am also unsure if all their vintage cards are fake or not, because there does seem to be a few that appear to be the real thing, although those could have just been cooked up by a different counterfeiter. With someone selling this many fakes, I would just assume everything else as well.

I debated whether or not to do this post, but just in case the email that I sent to Sportlots falls on deaf ears, I just wanted it to be known that I didn't just sit by idly and not try to do something. It really irks me to see people that might not know too much about vintage cards getting taken advantage of.

If you use the site, and have any similar feeling about this, I would encourage you to send off a quick missive as well. Multiple voices speak louder than one.


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