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Obvious Fake "Authenticated" Item
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 6

I have never been a huge fan of the whole certification/autograph craze that has swept the hobby over the past few years. I don't own any PSA, GAI, JSA, or other 3rd party authenticated autographs - which is not to say that I have not bid on them and will not eventually own some.

With all the forged and questionable autographs being bought and sold, I can certainly understand the value these types of services can provide. They provide a level comfort that a knowledgeable person thinks the autograph is authentic, and can allow your autographed item to command a higher sale price in the marketplace (eBay or auction house). But we have to remember that it is an opinion - and it's up to the consumer to decide if it's trustworthy.

The crazy part about using these services is that the price is different for authenticating autographs of different players. If you have a multi-signed item, it can cost hundreds of dollars - good luck ever getting me to take this route.

A long time collector sent me a heads up about a PSA/DNA authenticated and encapsulated 1988 Swell Bronco Nagurski (shown below), and I thought I should share it with everyone here. Somewhat recently, this item was posted on eBay (item #180092222011).

The seller was contacted by Brian Nagurski of Nagurski Enterprises. He is Bronco’s grandson. He informed the seller that the signature was a “FAKE”, as his grandfather was bedridden with a stroke and unable to sign such a legible signature during 1988 and beyond. Nagurski died shortly after these cards were printed. The seller, to his credit, ended his listing early!

It is acceptable that these companies sometimes make mistakes, as they must get sent SO many items to "opinionate". This one is really tough one to accept, and I know it would make me think long and hard before sending something to get graded/authenticated. This is on all of us, as collectors are the ones who can hold them accountable...

In a future blog post, we can explore the troubling changes in the hobby over the past few years:

  • Grading/Authentication craze
  • Forgeries
  • The insert insanity from the manufacturers
  • Obscenely high prices for in person signings


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