Buyers Beware of The Mick/Don Mattingly "Signed" Photo

I get sick of seeing eBay sellers post this as being "signed" when in reality it is a reprint. I myself actually got burned on this in the past. 

Here is the "signed" photo to be cautious of: 

As you can see below, this is the exact same "reproduction" as above, yet this seller calls it an "Autograph"

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mickey-Mantle-And-Don-Mattingly-Signed-Phot...

Don't ask me why, but eBay sellers constantly list this as being a legit "signed"/"autographed" photo. It is a fairly rare photo, and yes authentic ones do exist, but this "reprint" pops up far more often.

Here's another example of a moron seller thinking this is authentic hand signed, when it is the same reprint as above:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mickey-Mantle-Don-Mattingly-Signed-Framed-P...

As you can see, the "signatures" above are all the exact same.  Same spot. Same angle. Same Location. (Duh, they're reprints of ONE legit autographed photo.)

Here is an authentic:
Another authentic that is missing Mattingly's sig:

Just a heads up if you ever come across this piece!

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Tags: Don, Mantle, Mattingly, Mickey

Comment by Erich Jerozal on May 28, 2013 at 11:52am

actually saw the bottome one on ebay the other day.

 

Comment by CEE GEE on May 28, 2013 at 12:07pm

those bottom ones are sweet !!...those top ones are sick massproduced....

Comment by Null on August 7, 2013 at 7:42am

Here is another eBay seller harrybumbles listing this REPRINT as an "authentic signature":


http://www.ebay.com/itm/MICKEY-MANTLE-DON-MATTINGLY-AUTHENTIC-AUTOG...

Comment by wascher on August 7, 2013 at 7:54am

Someone should snag up the bumbles one lol, he guarantee's it to be THE authentic autograph or he'll give your money back PLUS 100.00 ... (YA RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I GUARANTEE THE AUTOGRAPHS TO BR REAL AND AUTHENTIC, OT YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR MONEY BACK PLUS $100.00 CASH.  I PURCHASED THIS ITEM ALONG WITH OTHERS FROM AND OLD EMPLOYEE OF YANKEE STADIUM AND MADISON SQUARE GARDEN..
THESE ARE  A GENUINE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPHS WITH  AUTHENTIC PICTURES..  IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT, I WOULD NOT HAVE THEM UP FOR SALE

Comment by Null on August 7, 2013 at 8:11am

Judging by his spelling errors (can't even spell Mantle correctly), I'd say he's not the brightest seller on eBay, which would explain why he can't tell it's a reprint... 

Comment by Null on March 10, 2014 at 9:38am

Here is another infamous Mattingly/Mantle "signed" photo (that is actually a reprint). This is being sold by eBay seller macus34

Not sure why no one can tell these aren't actually signed!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271421379128?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&a...

Comment by Null on March 20, 2014 at 2:10pm

Yet another eBay seller who thinks this is really signed, this is listed by eBay seller msk340 with a BIN of $300 for a reprint. YIKES:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Signed-Authentic-Mickey-Mantle-And-Don-Matt...

Comment by Tyler Johnson on March 25, 2014 at 3:15pm

Its hard to tell if this is a "reprint" if you have only seen one (the one your looking at) if your not looking at it in person.  The Mattingly looks like it could be a printed sig but Mantle looks the same blue marker thats on all of his prints.

Thats a tough one, Im glad you pointed that out because I would not have know just by looking at the photo of the photo

Comment by Mike P on March 25, 2014 at 3:18pm

This is another reason why I stay away from flats altogether.  Copying machines are too good at what they do nowadays.

Comment by Null on March 25, 2014 at 7:29pm
These are easy to spot because I've seen so many and it's the same one 99% of the time. Same grey mattingly sig in same spot, same blue Mantle with a smear by the "t". I've been burned on this one before which is why I can spot them and point them out.

Once you receive one in hand it's easy to tell the sig is "apart" of the photo. Real sigs are easy to spot by the "light" trick. I'm sure some people by this for hundreds, receive it, and never have a clue it's a reprint, but anyone with autograph knowledge would be able to tell. But yes, from a photo that "metallic shine" is rarely capable of being seen which is a risk you take when buying a flat from an image online.

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