This 1967 Red Sox Team signed baseball is being advertised as "the finest example on earth". If I were making a statement like that, I would want it to be associated with an item that contained authentic signatures. That is not the case here, despite the fact that PSA/DNA has deemed this ball "authentic".
You have to look no than the two keys, Yaz and Tony C., to realize this ball has several "clubhouse" signatures.
Here is the laughable Yaz:
Now look at the Tony Conigliaro:
Here is the PSA cert:
For comparison, here are authentic Yaz and Tony C signatures from the same time period:
I realize that all the TPA's make mistakes, but there is no excuse for this ridiculous opinion. In addition to the two keys, there are other clubhouse signatures on the ball that are not identified as such.
This ball is currently being listed on Ebay for almost 10K, and on Steiner Sports for over 15K.
It is entirely possible that someone with cash to spare, and who is a huge Red Sox fan, could splurge and go for this because of the PSA cert, and the Steiner name and reputation.
My message to not just PSA/DNA but all legitimate TPA's. You are doing no one a favor by putting your name on something that you are not certain, based on years of education and studying, is authentic. You all need to get better!
Terrier, everyone knows that I am pro-TPA, but I have no clue as to how this happens.
Sloppiness or lack of knowledge?
probably a little of both, but they are preying on the uneducated, taking their money, and the product is not a quality product. My concern is that if highly respected TPA's like this continue to perform poorly and it gets to the point where their current opinions are not trusted, what happens to the items that were certified by them in the past, when they had better authenticators? its a downward spiral that will affect the value of collections.
For me, mistakes like this are more disappointing than anything else.
they just got some inperson stuff that was real easy to tell they were real and deemed them not real while the others said it was real
psa is sucking
Someone should contact PSA about this.
I was wondering the same thing, but wasn’t aware that the problem extends to sports autographs. As far as Beatles autographs are concerned, the issue appears to be a lack of knowledge. There’s no excuse for not recognizing forgery styles that have been around for years. It’s obviously also important to make an effort to be aware of the newer ones.
PSA lacks alot of knowledge.
Ballroom, I totally agree. If you, as an authenticator, collect money for your opinion, and you are not up to date with trends, changes etc, you should not offer an opinion and should not take the cash.
This ball is a train wreck. I have about 30 Red sox team signed baseballs, including one from 1967. This ball that is being advertised to be the "finest on earth" and listed at 10 to 15K, in reality is worth about $250.00 at best. It's a joke.
I agree. If you can’t put in the effort to have a reasonable rate of accuracy, at least have something in place to allow mistakes to be corrected. That rarely seems to happen, and collectors take the loss.
The one thing I have noticed is that PSA will never admit or acknowledge a mistake, which is the wrong thing to do.
They should be honest with collectors.
I’ve noticed that as well. It seems to be a rare occurrence. In some cases, you’ll have people coming to you for a refund or compensation.
So many of these signatures look to be in the same hand, how did they let this get through!