I am truly amazed. I remember when the movie "Safe at Home" came out in 1962. I was a huge fan of Mantle and Maris and that historic 1961 team. It has been over 50 years since that movie was released, along with the 8 different lobby cards Columbia created to promote the movie.
In all those years, I never saw even ONE example of any version of those lobby cards authentically signed by Mantle and Maris.
That is why I am amazed that no less than TWELVE examples of the SAME lobby card "signed" by the M&M boys and of course, "authenticated" by GFA, have sold on ebay in the past two months.
Are collectors that naive? When you search ebay now for Mantle signed items, an overwhelming number of them carry that ugly red GFA sticker.
The cancer is spreading. I do not understand how collectors continue to purchase these obvious forgeries.
I keep thinking that some day the bubble will burst but as long as there is a market that will continue to buy this junk, the forgers and authenticators that are behind this scam will continue to prosper, and continue to produce these. And Ebay does not care. That is the saddest part of this whole deal.
I keep thinking that they will screw the wrong person some day, and then it will unravel for all of them. But it is getting worse, before it gets better. As for the bids, I suspect many of them are part of the "the circle of deceit" and are shill bidders.
Obviously, knowingly selling forgeries is a crime. And since eBay is the engine that drives this bus, aren't they aiding and abetting or in some way culpable here?
The key word is "knowingly".
eBay doesn't know anything. For every person who says "GFA=Bad" there are people who say "The people who say 'GFA=Bad'=Bad".
eBay doesn't have to decide who's telling the truth, nor do they have the expertise required to (nor are they required to have said expertise).
When the Feds, as with Operation Bullpen, say "these COAs are fraudulent" and prove that in court, eBay bans those COAs and removes items that are paired with them. That's all eBay can reasonably be expected to do.
Those "Safe At Home" items with forgeries of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris are coming off the production line fast and furiously.
The primary seller of that crap is Ebay seller Gofsu2010, who has probably sold more GFA (Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (Stephen Rocchi and John Goraczyk) "authenticated" forgeries than any other Ebay seller.
Every three or four days Ebay seller Gofsu2010 lists a new batch of GFA-certed forgeries; looks to me like he may have a direct pipeline to the forger of these laughable Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris forgeries.
These are simply laughable penned by a dopey, amateur forger, and they sell; they don't sell for nearly what authentic Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris autographs would sell for, but.....
The people that sell that crap have EBay on their side in my opinion; by Ebay doing NOTHING to stop the selling of this garbage on their auction site, they encourage the selling of those GFA-certed forgeries.
Ebay is filled with wannabe autograph collectors who are delusional and scammers who know how to play the game and the cards that Ebay has dealt them.
The primary sellers of this crap are:
Ebay seller Gofsu2010
Ebay seller Rbisportsinc
Ebay seller Ranger191
Ebay seller Pan4life14
Ebay seller Silly_shelly
Ebay seller Alihamed
Ebay seller Dbvint123
Ebay seller Sportsstuff
Ebay seller Dc22td
Ebay seller Djmick7
Ebay seller Honestabe232323
Stephen Rocchi must be real proud of himself being discussed in the same circles as Chris Morales, Drew Max, Ted Taylor, etc.
while we all know that the TPA's do make mistakes, when it comes to Maris and Mantle, they are very good. I challenge one of the "collectors" to send one of these GFA certed pieces of crap to JSA or PSA and see what happens. it has zero chance of passing. Every one of them is a hideous forgery. WAKE UP!!!!!!
I seriously doubt it is incompetence, Chris.
I have to agree with you there, Terrier!!!!
Here is what a Mickey Mantle "Florida forgery" looks like under 50x scope.
Note the dot pattern in the image. In my opinion, this pattern indicates the photo was produced on a high resolution inkjet printer... not a lab produced photograph.
Did this type of printer exist in Mantle's lifetime? I do not believe it did.
And it certainly did not exist in Maris's lifetime. You think the Maris "signed" photos were produced similarly?
I do believe the new Roger Maris "signed" items (especially on those Safe At Home posters) were probably hand-penned within the last year; probably as recently as six months.