I just wanted to post these here to see what Fudd the Lowly Mantle Collector can do to help stop the flood of forgeries into the market place. The goal is that we can all start educating ourselves before we buy. To see what a beautiful signature the Mick had, and to learn to distinguish it from the obvious forgeries at first glance. Something TTA, STAT, DREW MAX, GAI GLOBAL (Baker certs) My Favorite Players Reborn (Tony Podsada) & Christopher Morales can't seem to do....at all? You will almost never see a signature in this photo album collection that would match or come close to anything that has been certed by any of those guys. Maybe you'll find 1 in a 1000 if you're lucky. To tell the difference between what an original hand signed Photo by the Mick looks like vs. an obvious Fake at first glance is easy. Give it a try. It's Fun!

As has been told many times, The Mick made more in one signing than his dad did in 1 year. He felt obligated to his fans to give them a "work of art". He did this by signing on just the right spot for the particular photograph he was presented. The size of his signature was determined by how big the sweet spot was. He knew EXACTLY how to fit his signature in so it looked perfect. A thing of beauty really. Please note that these are not all the same signature over and over, but merely a sample from my collection. What I do know is that these are consistent with the WAY Mantle signed and structured his Autograph as we know it. Good luck! FUDD





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Comment by CEE GEE on October 7, 2011 at 10:56am
This one is just a barrel of laughs...wow
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on October 7, 2011 at 11:06am
It's not a barrel of laughs if you're the victim who bought it. I know many of these things are ridiculous and laughable, but unwary consumers are getting screwed left and right. That's why we need to keep getting the word out. You folks are doing a great job of that. Keep it coming.
Comment by CEE GEE on October 7, 2011 at 11:16am
true Steve...its actually for sale on the Good ol Signature dreams site...
Comment by CEE GEE on October 7, 2011 at 12:12pm
Something this thread has been lacking for a while...an authentic Mickey Mantle example....this is actually my piece...
Comment by Christopher Williams on October 8, 2011 at 6:11am

I just found this on Ebay from seller "mikezinc."  A Mickey Mantle FORGERY on a litho with a COA from "TTA (Ted Taylor)."  Of course, it won't last long since as we all know Ted Taylor's "TTA" and "Stat Authentic" COAs are on Ebay's banned list, but you have to read what the seller writes about "TTA."

First he writes "Don't be fooled by the many fakes on Ebay, this autograph is guaranteed authentic for life."

Then he writes "They are used by practically every major auction house in the country along with being recognized by eBay as a certified authenticator. " 

As we all know, it's a 100% forgery and Ted Taylor (TTA) is on Ebay's "Banned COA" list.


Comment by Christopher Williams on October 8, 2011 at 8:02am

Another Ted Taylor (TTA) certed masterpiece from Ebay seller "troyinternational."  Look at this awful Mantle forgery on a cap.   And why would Taylor (TTA) put his hologram on the front of the bill of the cap instead on the underside of the cap.  Although that really doesn't matter, it's a horrible forgery.  The seller probably purchased it for between $100 and $200.00 and now he has a "Buy It Now" of $2,000.00. 


Comment by VolFins on October 10, 2011 at 1:35pm

I recently purchased a Mantle ball, but after seeing this I don't know if I've been screwed or not. I got it from Hollywood Collectibles through Hall Of Fame Memorabilia. Any problems with these two places ? Please tell me what you think, going to add the pic. I have NO clue how to tell the fakes so I would appreciate your input. Thank you !

Comment by Rick Meyer on October 10, 2011 at 1:46pm
I say fake. You can see where the pen stops and starts by the ink clotting. No natural flow to it.
Comment by terrier8HOF on October 10, 2011 at 4:28pm

I have to agree with Rick....the second "M" is brutal.  Sloppy and no flow.

Comment by Steve Zarelli on October 10, 2011 at 4:50pm

I would not be so sure this ball is fake. It's a bit sloppy in places, but it has some positive characteristics as well. It is not the standard issue fake we usually see. I would not be shocked if this was a real "in-person while walking" type signature.


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