A hoard of thousands Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams signed photos have flooded the market over the last few years. All authenticated by Global Authentication Inc., with COAs signed by former GAI executive Mike Baker.
The hoard has driven down prices on these legendary Baseball Hall of Famers by 50-percent or more, and it's not rare to find one for well under $50.
Every baseball expert we asked is emphatic that they're forgeries. And they've had that same opinion since the hoard came out of Florida in 2008.
If the experts are right—and I don't doubt that they are—not only are thousands of collectors stuck with these worthless photos. Thousands more have unfairly suffered a catastrophic drop in the value of their genuine Mantles, DiMaggios and Williams due to the flood of fakes.
Why Do So Many Think They're Forgeries? Let's find out!
If you're a regular collector like me, it's hard to tell good Mantles from decent forgeries. DiMaggios and Williams are easier, but I'd never buy without an expert opinion. So I thought it would be a great education for those experienced in these autographs—experts and experienced collectors—to show us why they're so widely considered forgeries.
I've included a few of the GAI authenticated photos to start with. Feel free to upload more. Ask questions, share your knowledge...and help make collecting these Hall of Famers safer for everyone!
This crap still shows up on Ebay.
These forgeries of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider are all over the place (COA from GAI....The MIke Baker Collection).
This set of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider forgeries are listed by Ebay seller davea1270.
Does GA give refunds for bad GAI items? I have always wondered how the company being taken over and renamed has affected past certed items.
This crap that GAI certed will continue to infect the hobby forever.
Look at this piece-of-crap Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio forgeries listed by Ebay seller Miahurricane2433.
Here is a piece of crap listed by eBay seller bbcardconnection that is ending in 1 hour. 19 bids up to $150 right now. I'm sure this will probably sell: