Selling Babe Ruth signed baseball "replicas" on Craigslist

Came across this today.. here is the original link - text and some pictures are copied out below:  

http://cleveland.craigslist.org/atq/3604251688.html

"Hello and welcome to our add for Babe Ruth museum quality replicas ! these baseballs are hand designed exactly to the replica ball it is hand crafted to ! these baseballs are the exact wieght as the originals, exact amount of strings and exact logo's for the 1930's and up ! 

These baseballs are exact replicas of exisiting autographs these are not half way these are dead on and exact they are impossible to tell the diference ! 

the baseballs are 150$ each and can be shipped to your address or we can meet in a public place ! these baseballs take 6 - 8 hours to hand craft these are cheap looking factory made reproducations these are museum quality reproductions ! 

WE ACCEPT CASH AND PAYPAL ONLY ! 

Multiple Baseball order leads to cheaper prices ! not just babe ruth available others to choose from if you can imagne it we can master it ! these baseballs are only being offerd to the public for a short time as we mostly work exclusivly through a high end vaule customer and began our journey in this bizniz by duplicating actual balls for the owner ! being most ruth balls are 20,000$ they dident want to keep such a vauled item on display ! 

Buy your professional copy today and show it off like a gold bar 

ive added a couple pictures of what i have available ! ive added al capone as well as cy young to just show you anyone is available upon request ! 

please email me with your name and number as well as interest thank you !!!!"

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Tags: Autographs, Babe, Baseball, Ruth

Comment by Rich on February 21, 2013 at 5:57pm

That sounds like one of the worst "deals" I've ever seen.

Comment by Dan Gregory on February 21, 2013 at 6:59pm

"Show it off like a gold bar" - has gold suddenly dropped to 1 cent per ounce?

Comment by Jeffery Kite on February 21, 2013 at 9:49pm

Ummm, I can go to the little league park, find a dirty old baseball, and scrawl "Babe Ruth" on it myself for free. :) Looks like someone got burned by an old Greg Marino forgery and is trying to recoup some cash!

Comment by Tom Schwartz on February 22, 2013 at 4:37am

Not too thrilled to see something like this, but I suppose technically the seller isn't doing anything wrong if he's upfront about the fact these are replicas. The problem is once these hit the "estate sales" and ebay without the disclaimer attached, they start wreaking havoc.

Comment by Scott Paul on February 22, 2013 at 5:44am

"Museum quality reproduction" is that like "genuine artificial?"  Technically I thought under the Hobby Act of 1972, or whenever it was, reproductions were supposed to marked as such.  I do know many contained little stickers that were easily removed.  Granted the ad is within the letter of the law but it is clearly aimed at market where people do not always read carefully.

Comment by Ryan on February 22, 2013 at 6:14am

I almost wonder if these are forged balls left over from "Operation Bullpen"... 

Comment by Tom Schwartz on February 22, 2013 at 6:59am

Thought I would google the inscription and found this -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Babe-Ruth-Replica-1934-Signed-Inscribed-To-...

Again, not thrilled about it, but they are listed as replica. Just seems like the main market for these would be scammers who will try to flip them for a quick buck to unsuspecting buyers.

Comment by Richard S. Simon on February 22, 2013 at 7:23am

These types of baseballs are being offered all the time on ebay offered as repros. But it does suck.

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