Before I continue, below are links showing hundreds of examples of forged Mickey Mantle baseballs, photos, etc. found on Ebay (the most dangerous place to buy autographs if you're a casual collector or impulse buyer).
As we all know, Ebay is a haven for sellers of forgeries.
Forgeries are a huge business on Ebay.
80% of the people who buy autographs on Ebay, purchase forgeries.
Here are more forged Mickey Mantle items sold on Ebay.
These were sold by Ebay seller Jpwilliams2222.
First we have a forged Mickey Mantle/Billy Martin photo.
These are your typical "Florida" forgeries.
Forged Mickey Mantle photo.
Simply a laughable forgery.
Here's another Mantle forgery sold by Ebay seller Jpwilliams2222.
The worthless COA is from GAI.
As we all know, GAI went bankrupt in 2009 after "authenticating" thousands of forgeries in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.
Someone wasted $142.50 on this mass-produced crap.
Here's another mass-produced Mantle forgery sold by Ebay seller Jpwilliams2222.
Again, a worthless COA from the now-defunct GAI.
Someone wasted $165.50 on this piece-of-crap.