Ebay Removed My Derek Jeter 1997 Topps Autograph Card Listing Policy

Below is the story.

This just happened today (November 2, 2013).

A little while ago, Ebay removed my Derek Jeter "1997 Topps Rookie Of The Year" autograph card.

This is the second time this has happened to me.

It happened to me once before on September 21, 2013 when Ebay removed my Derek Jeter "2001 Fleer Monumental Moments" autograph card.

Below is a link to the discussion I posted on AML when it occurred the first time.


First, below is the message I received from Ebay.

After reviewing your eBay account, it appears that you have violated eBay's Trademark Violation - Unauthorized Item policy. As a result, we've taken the following actions on your account:
- Selling privileges have been temporarily restricted. You won't be able to list new items for 7 days.
- Violating listings have been removed. A list of items that were removed can be viewed at the bottom of this message.
- We have credited all associated fees except for the final value fee for your listing(s).

The listing that was removed appeared to violate eBay policy or a rights owner's trademark. Please remember that you are responsible for the quality and authenticity of the products that you offer on eBay. It is against eBay policy to list any counterfeit items.

For more information please see our Replica, counterfeit items, and unauthorized copies policy:

To ensure that we comply with the law, we take precaution when it comes to the sale of items that are being infringed to avoid having possible issue in the future. Whatever changes you make to a new listing will be taken into consideration, but this doesn't guarantee that it will not be removed if it was reviewed again. We acknowledge that you?re a responsible seller with no negative intentions and this reminder was never to question the authenticity of your item. We also want to make sure that there will be no confusion or hesitation with your buyers and they?ll be at ease when browsing through your items, which in return, helps you become a more reliable and trusted seller.

Please consider the following the next time you list an item:
- Your listing was brought to our attention by members of the community, who expressed concern with the authenticity of your item.When we receive a report we will investigate and make the most appropriate decision, keeping the interest of the community in mind.
- It would also help to include a proof of authenticity from one of eBay's approved authenticators.

You as sellers are responsible for making sure that yor items are authentic. Keep in mind that we're unable to authenticate your items, so you have to be able to stand behind your products and all the information you provide in your listings, including pictures.

During this restriction you can still:
- Send email
- Obtain shipping addresses
- Leave Feedback
- Perform other administrative tasks

After 7 days, your account will no longer be restricted. However, please be sure your current and future listings follow these guidelines, keeping in mind that additional violations of this policy could result in the suspension of your account.

Below are photos of the Derek Jeter "1997 Topps Rookie Of The Year" autograph card. Please note that this is a Topps-Issued autograph card.

So why is Ebay targeting me?

They hate the fact that I continue to expose the sellers of forgeries on their website!!!!

Someone is sending me a message to stop???!!!

But more importantly, and in my opinion, there are people on Ebay's EMR team who are targeting me. I have a good idea who they are, but, of course, cannot prove it.

Could it be the fact that I continue to expose forgeries certed by one of Ebay's "Trusted" Third Party Authenticators?

I know the names of some of the members of EBay's EMR team, and I know two of them who want me to stop.

So while EBay and the certain dirtbags on their EMR team remove my authentic and legitimate listings (and ban me for seven (7) days), Ebay continues to profit from the sales of forgeries.

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Tags: 1997, Autograph, CEO, Derek, Donahoe, Ebay, Jeter, John, Topps

Comment by Rich on November 2, 2013 at 2:14pm

Yeah, not only is Ebay clueless (and generally indifferent, as long as the cash keep flowing in), they're stupid enough to listen to the wrong people while letting piles of actual crap sell without any action.

Comment by terrier8HOF on November 2, 2013 at 2:26pm

that pile of garbage they sent you as an explanation should be renamed the "hypoCRITICAL" oath.

They should listen to their own words.  Christopher I believe very strongly that your suspicions are valid, especially the one relating to the "trusted" TPA. Keep fighting the fight, we will be there with you.

Comment by Christopher Williams on November 2, 2013 at 2:28pm

Thank you, Terrier.

Whoever removed my auction and banned me for seven (7) days thinks I am going to stop?

Are they serious!!!!  I am going to pile on now!!!!

Comment by Christopher Williams on November 2, 2013 at 3:08pm

In a weird way, it's very flattering that Ebay has targeted me.

That means I'm doing something right!!!

Comment by wascher on November 2, 2013 at 4:00pm

Again??????????  And a 7 day banning on top of it??   Its almost comically obvious if it wasn't so disgusting at the same time.

Comment by Ian Baldock on November 2, 2013 at 4:02pm

Something is really wrong at ebay I have reported terrible eagles forged guitars and they don't remove them. Yet an official topps signed card is not accepted? WTF!

Comment by Christopher Williams on November 2, 2013 at 4:04pm

You're right, Wascher.  It is "Almost comically obvious."

While the scammers on Ebay run amok, Ebay continues to harass the good guys.

Way to go, John Donahoe, CEO, Ebay.

Comment by terrier8HOF on November 2, 2013 at 4:07pm

as infuriating as it is, it still is a badge of honor!

Comment by Christopher Williams on November 2, 2013 at 4:08pm

I totally agree, Terrier.

I must be doing something right.

Comment by terrier8HOF on November 2, 2013 at 4:22pm

I think its interesting that they are targeting Jeter's that you are selling.  Gee, I wonder if its related to the fact that you exposed those "trusted" TPA Jeter forgeries that were all over ebay last year?  Coincidence?


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