Here in this thread I am going to show various examples of Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio forgeries listed and sold on Ebay with COAs from Steve Rocchi, lead "authenticator" for Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA).
Please note that in the 5 1/2 years since GFA started, I have yet to see even one authentic Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, etc. autograph with a GFA (Rocchi) COA.
Before I show the aforementioned, immediately below are links to two important threads on Stephen Rocchi and Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA).
There have also been a ton of Mantle/Koufax forgeries on baseballs.
In my opinion, forgeries are at an all-time high on Ebay.
The main reason that forgeries are at an all-time high is because they are an easy sell, especially on Ebay.
As most of us here know, forgeries are meant to have the appearance of looking authentic, and of the people that purchase autographs, only 20% are the true hobby; the other 80% are fans, wannabe autograph collectors and impulse buyers.
Sellers of forgeries know that the 80% will bid and purchase their forgeries.
Those 80% who purchase forgeries, have no idea what they are looking at.
As a matter of fact, those same people who buy forgeries probably purchase authentic autographs by chance and they still have no idea what they are looking at.
Selling forgeries on Ebay is easy, because, as we all know, Ebay does not care, and that's why fraud is so rampant on Ebay.
Throw in a few lies, print an impressive COA and it's an easy sell for the sellers of forgeries.
In this case, the "impressive" COA is from Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (Steve Rocchi).
The people who buy forgeries with COAs from Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators are impressed and swayed by the "Forensic" aspect of the GFA COA.
Those 80% who purchase autographs/forgeries, have no idea what they are looking at.
Selling forgeries on Ebay is easy, because as we all know, Ebay does not care, and that's why fraud is so rampant on Ebay.
First we're going to look at numerous Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio forgeries listed and sold by Ebay seller Coinfinder58.
Ebay seller Coinfinder58 writes "As of September of 2011, the sports memorabilia authentication companies have used collectors and dealers as their authenticators. These authenticators highly respected in the industry have for their collecting and selling expertise have had little or no formal training in forensics and document examination. Stephen’s background in law enforcement along with his years of experience in authentication, working with well trained forensic and document examiners, combined with today’s latest technology can produce consistent scientific proof that signatures are authentic or counterfeit."
Read that last line again "Stephen’s background in law enforcement along with his years of experience in authentication, working with well trained forensic and document examiners, combined with today's latest technology can produce consistent proof that signatures are authentic or counterfeit."
Now that's laughable and a bad freakin' joke!!!
Just like the "autographs" below; all are laughable.
Let's look at some examples of Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio forgeries on various images listed/sold by Ebay seller Coinfinder58 and other Ebay sellers with COAs from Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA).
Let's make one thing clear: These are obvious and no-brainer forgerie
Listed by Ebay seller Jilliamereck0.
Listed by EBay seller Kona20122012.
Another set of mass-produced forgeries of Mantle and & DiMaggio.
Not even hand-penned; produced by a machine.
This "Showcase" crap has also been sold by AtAuction.com, Ubid.com and Military Exchange Auctions (selling forgeries to our brave military people).
Typical "lipstick on a pig" that we see on Ebay, AtAuction, Ubid and Military Exchange Auctions.
Machine-penned forgeries dressed up in cheap matting and framing.
Listed by Ebay seller Carddood.
How many hundreds of times have we seen the below image with laughable forgeries of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams with a worthless COA from Stephen Rocchi and his Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators group.
This forged Mickey Mantle baseball is listed by Ebay seller Fireprobatman.
The moron who forged this Mantle penned on a "1994 World Series" baseball.
Here's a forged Mickey Mantle cap with a worthless COA from GFA.
Typical set of Mantle/DiMaggio forgeries with a worthless COA from GFA.
This one is listed by Ebay seller Damiamoble-0.
Mickey Mantle forgery sold by Ebay seller Lorbarr0 for a whopping $45.00 with worthless COA from GFA (Stephen Rocchi).
Ebay seller Jem-properties is selling Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron forgeries with a worthless COA from Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators.
The Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider forgeries below are listed by Ebay seller Mccauleyjr2006.
I've posted a few threads on Ebay seller Mccauleyjr2006 who has sold dozens of GFA certed forgeries.
The below Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio forgeries with a COA from GFA are listed/sold by Ebay seller Pan4life14.
The below Mickey Mantle/Ted Williams forgeries are listed by Ebay seller Rmghobbies.
Here's another image that contains Mickey Mantle/Ted Williams forgeries.
These are listed by Ebay seller Garri_bren.
Here's another example of a Mickey Mantle forgery certed by Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (Steve Rocchi).
The below Mickey Mantle forgery is listed by Ebay seller Salci_jewelry_watches.
These Mickey Mantle forgeries are listed by Ebay seller Ginah1103.
The below Mickey Mantle & Ted Williams forgeries are listed by Ebay seller Sportsstuff87.
These Mickey Mantle forgeries are listed by Ebay seller Rbisportsinc.
The below Mickey Mantle forgery is listed by EBay seller JoeJohn2300.
The below Mickey Mantle forgery is listed by Ebay seller Joeylpa.
Here's another image that contains Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays forgeries with a COA from GFA (Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators).
The below Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays forgeries are listed by Ebay seller Westerntraders2020.
The below image which contains a Mickey Mantle forgery "certed" by Steve Rocchi and GFA, is listed by EBay seller Init43.
The below image with that Mantle forgery has been "authenticated" by all of the phoney authenticators like Ted Taylor, Drew Max, GAI, etc.
Check out this set of Mickey Mantle and Jo DiMaggio forgeries listed by Ebay seller Stevew6.
These are simply putrid and obvious forgeries, and of course, these forgeries come with a COA from Steve Rocchi (GFA).
The below Mickey Mantle forgery is listed by Ebay seller Bgbhbgbh.
Here's another image of Mickey Mantle with a GFA-certed Mickey Mantle forgery.
This Mickey Mantle forgery is listed by Ebay seller Lenbone8464.
Here's another example of a Mickey Mantle forgery "authenticated" by Steve Rocchi of Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators.
The below Mickey Mantle forgery is listed by Ebay seller Roccsoliddealsnsteals.
This set of Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider and Willie Mays forgeries is listed by Ebay seller Jtuya with a worthless COA from Guaranteed Forensic Authentics (also known Guaranteed Fake Autographs).
This, again, is the same crap (forgeries) John House, CEO of AtAuction has been selling for years.
The below Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams forgeries on that particular image is listed by Ebay seller Bluto.
The below Mantle and Williams forgeries on that image have been "authenticated (cough, cough)" by GFA (Guaranteed Fake Autographs/Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators), GAI (Mike Baker), Ted Taylor (TTA/Stat Authentic), Drew Max (Authentic Autographs Unlimited), etc.
The above "Mickey Mantle," "Joe DiMaggio," etc. signatures are all obvious and no-brainer forgeries.
I will be adding more images that contain GFA (Steve Rocchi) certed forgeries of Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio.
The above forgeries have been selling for the last five years on the websites AtAuction.com (John House, CEO), Ubid.com and the Military Exchange Auction.
That's another story for another day (very soon).
The below Mickey Mantle/Ted Williams forgeries sold by the Military Exchange Auction website.
I've been rereading this fascinating discussion that Tony Podsada joined. For those reading it for the first time, Tony is the apparent source of the GFA certified items being discussed.
Worthwhile reading for every collector—baseball especially.
I totally agree, Steve.
It is my intention not to let this thread die.
I will be posting one comment a day, exposing a GFA (Stephen Rocchi) certed forgery.
Sold by Ebay seller Mermichadel.
As long as these GFA-certed forgeries continue to sell, I will continue to expose them.
Here's another GFA (Stephen Rocchi) certed item that sold on Ebay.
The below laughable forged Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams baseball was sold by Ebay seller Codyscollectibles_0 with a worthless COA from Stephen Rocchi and John Goraczyk.
Forged Mickey Mantle photo sold by Ebay seller Silly_Shelly (consistent seller of forgeries on Ebay) with a worthless COA from Stephen Rocchi and GFA.
Sold for a whopping $32.00.
My latest Blog on Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators:
Here is Part 2 of my Blog on Stephen Rocchi/John Goraczyk and Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators.
Reports came out Friday morning that a vendor at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland was "busted" (that was the term used in the reports) for selling counterfeit memorabilia at the show.
I heard from a number of people that it was you, but I haven't spoken to anyone who said they saw the bust firsthand. No one I know well knows for sure.
Since you became a member here a few years ago to participate in this discussion, I thought I'd ask you directly. Was it you? Was it your booth? Was the memorabilia from you? Does it have nothing to do with you?
If you'd like, fill us in or clear things up.
I doubt if he will reply, Steve, but certainly worth trying.
I think you're right, but if it wasn't him this is an opportunity to state that. It doesn't mean it was him if he doesn't, of course.
I, too, would love clarification (although I am 99.99% certain that I have it).