While perusing eBay listings today, I ran across the seller "patriotsfan10" who seems to have been a pretty regular customer at R&R and Heritage...and now they need to ban him!
This cretin has made a habit of buying complete historic letters of famous Americans and then cutting them to bits so he can sell one and two word segments on eBay!
Just look at a typical description:
"You are bidding on a word clip handwritten by John Hancock. This is a rare, unique gift for those who admire John Hancock and/or American History! Why pay $7,000-12,000 for a Hancock letter when you can purchase authentic handwriting by John Hancock right here for just a small fraction of the price?
This Hancock handwritten clip consists of the following: " Intitled "
The handwritten clip is **Guaranteed Authentic** - it was clipped from a letter to the General Assembly completely written by Hancock as Governor of Massachusetts in 1782 (immediately following the Revolutionary War). We personally cut the handwritten clip from that very document. The document was purchased from R&R Auction (rrauction.com) and was originally part of the Hancock-Chase collection housed at the National Museum of American History. Please note that you are NOT bidding on the Hancock letter to the General Assembly.
You ARE bidding on the following items (all of which are pictured below):
This vandal has also destroyed letters and documents by James Buchanan, George Pickett, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Rutherford B. hayes, Grover Cleveland, Franklin Roosevelt, Franklin Pierce, and who knows whom else!
Now, I can understand breaking up a lock of hair, a block of wood, or a tattered flag, and on one or two occasions we've offered a few words in George Washington's hand (a letter that was cut-up years ago), but for anyone in this day and age to go out, buy a historic letter and chop it into tiny bits to sell on eBay is just criminal.
If anyone knows who this greedy, ignorant jackass is, I'd like to know so that I can refuse his bids. Please let me know by email, or better yet expose him here!