A little over a month ago I sent an email to Ebay about obvious shill bidding.

Of course, Ebay never responded.

This has been going on for months with Ebay seller Stevew6.

Ebay seller Stevew6 is a consistent seller of GFA-certed forgeries.

But along with his selling of GFA-certed and other assorted laughable forgeries, there is shill bidding activity in his auctions and it is obvious.

Let's look at some of the shill bidding within the auctions of Ebay seller Stevew6.

Here are his Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris forgeries still active on Ebay


Now the bidding.  

You will have to click on all of the images that show the bidding to get a closer view.

Check out bidder l***y

As you can see, bidder l***y only bids on auctions from Ebay seller Stevew6.

Next auction by Ebay seller Stevew6.

Mickey Mantle forgery on a baseball with a laughable COA (to go along with the laughable Mickey Mantle forgery) from Stephen Rocchi and his Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators group.


Now check the bidding from bidder l***y

You will have to click on all of the below images to get a better view.

Joe DiMaggio/Ted Williams forgeries listed by Ebay seller Stevew6.


Now the bidding.

Below is a link to other shill bidding from the auctions of Ebay seller Stevew6.

Ebay refuses to act on it.


So, does Ebay now permit shill bidding?

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Comment by terrier8HOF on September 19, 2015 at 2:10pm

its disgusting, 500 bids, on 65 different items, all with the same seller. duh!!!!  They do not care. They allow pathetic forgeries certed by Guaranteed Fake Always, shill bidding etc etc.  All of which puts more money in their pockets.  It is Coach's Corner with a larger audience.

Comment by Christopher Williams on September 19, 2015 at 2:13pm

Terrier, and that's only for a 30-day period. 

Comment by Christopher Williams on September 19, 2015 at 2:18pm

During another 30-day period, bidder l***y (shilling for Ebay seller Stevew6) bid 894 times on 92 items.

See below.

You may have to click on the below image to get a better view.

Comment by terrier8HOF on September 19, 2015 at 2:22pm

its a great time to be a slimy piece of crap on ebay........the flood gates are open.

Comment by Christopher Williams on September 19, 2015 at 2:45pm

It sure is, Terrier.

Comment by Joe W. on September 20, 2015 at 3:00pm

If someone's morals are so low they would knowingly sell bogus products then why would shill bidding be a shock. Ebay is so big and just a corporate giant that it takes time, if they ever get to it, to stop this type of activity.

When a buyer just blows big bucks without do some research, they are just asking to be taken. IMO.

Both parties are guilty. One of criminal intent. The other of stupidity.

Comment by Christopher Williams on September 20, 2015 at 3:13pm

+1, Joe W.

Comment by Ian Baldock on September 20, 2015 at 4:58pm

Its just one of those wink wink things those bast know its going on but profit overrules all.

Comment by James McCay on September 28, 2015 at 8:03pm

Excellent work and great investigating everyone (especially Christopher!!!)! This is all we can do is bring things like this into the light and hope that the FBI gets interested and starts investigating eBay. There are certain sports card sellers (where I bid on Certified Autograph Inserts) and these certain sellers ALWAYS get more than anyone else for the cards I'm interested in. I don't just get outbid, I get crushed because with shill bidders involved- the financially very well off get into a bidding war and are too ignorant to even THINK they are bidding against a FAKE BIDDER! It's sick, disgusting, and eBay is doing nothing because they make more Final Value fees with shill bidders!

ALL EBAY CARES ABOUT IS MAKING MONEY. Once you understand that: I mean truly comprehend that in the core of your being, then you realize you have to figure out a way to get everyone to work together to take down eBay because going after anyone lower won't do a thing positive because eBay will protect them and do anything in their power to bury the facts if anyone gets close to proving outright fraud which eBay commits daily in many different ways.

But sadly this is not just about eBay. It's the whole country of ours that no longer belongs to us in any way, shape, or form.

It makes me sick that I have to sell on eBay to pay my medical bills because Medicaid, Medicare, and Food Stamps ALL lowered my benefits in the couple of months or terminated benefits all-together all costing me money out-of-pocket that I DO NOT HAVE! I have no family left (my mother's in a Nursing Home with no brain literally {severe Alzheimer's}, and my father died five months ago). My "friends" since childhood all basically abandoned me because they have their own problems and once they learned how sick I truly was; they ALL ran like roaches when the lights come on!!!

The insurance companies that Medicare works with ALL started automatically denying any medications that cost over $100 a month. Then they come up with crazy diagnoses that are required to get these medications. Then if you get your doctor to write the prescription for one of these crazy diagnoses (since in my case they can't prove I DON'T have it), the insurance company denied paying for it anyway. Then they have appeal processes that are nothing that a total waste of time. I know, I went through three different appeal processes and their excuses get so absurd, lesser people would get a gun and go to the insurance company and you'd see it all over the news at night wondering how people can go so crazy. NOW YOU KNOW!

So we can't win no matter what we do because we all let the big shots going all the way up to the US Government & White House control us for so long that they mastered it and have a plan for no matter what we do! We have become slaves to our Government and when Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance companies realized this was happening over the last couple of decades- they learned from the Government and followed suit. 

I don't have answers anymore, not for this hobby and not for the Government who do whatever they want to us without us being able to do anything that will truly change things. The best we can hope for is a reprieve for a few months, then we are back to square one. I've been through that already!

I haven't given up by any means, I'm just stating facts from the major problem to major problem I've been forced to deal with over the past year especially and for every one step I get forward- I'm knocked back two! That is NOT progress, but the powers that be convinced the majority of US citizens that it is! So no one is working together to fix anything.

We are in big trouble everyone. I'm too sick to fight anywhere near like I used to and I hate that more than anything. I feel useless and everyone takes full advantage of that. Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance companies all see my illnesses (in records they force me to tell them, or they just get from the Government) and automatically just start cutting things even if it might KILL ME! They are doing this to the elderly just as badly if not worse. This needs to be stopped and I don't know what to say or do anymore.

I feel horrible for the generation after mine (I'm 48). THEY ARE TOTALLY SCREWED and are almost all headed to be SOCIOPATHS! Sorry I had to vent, but this has as much to do with eBay and our hobby as it has to do with the Government that overtook it's people and do whatever they want to us with no repercussions. This is also why people are going crazy in record numbers across the country fighting every and any Government entity like the police.

I honestly hope no one here is dealing with anything like I am, but if you want to talk maybe we can help each other.

James McCay        


Comment by Christopher Williams on October 1, 2015 at 3:59pm

Hi James,

Sorry to hear you're still feeling bad.  I continue to pray for you to get better.

And thank you for your nice comments.

It is frustrating for all of us.

It is definitely okay to vent here.  I do it all of the time, James.

Be well.


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