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Hank Aaron OLD Score Board Autographs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Poulos Mar 2. 1 Reply

There's recently been a LOT of 1994 (or before) Hank Aaron Topps card Classic/Score Board "autographs" popping up on eBay. Some loose with no LOA & no case, some with the 1-inch thick acrylic SB…Continue

Tags: #HankAaron, #forgery, #authenticity, #autograph, #scoreboard

Buying Autographs On eBay If Cheap Enough - Rules To Guide You.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe W. Jan 6, 2016. 57 Replies

Autograph collecting Advice on eBay for collectors with moderate hobby experience.But this is not for new/newer collectors because there is far too much you need to learn BEFORE you ever think of…Continue

Tags: Rules, Suggestions, Help, Forensics, Authenticators

Panini Saves The Day! - They Sent Me (14) Boxes of Cards That SAVED My 2015 Donation

Started Dec 27, 2015 0 Replies

I have to give an enormous amount of credit to Panini Sports Cards (Sheri specifically) for sending me (14) boxes of good assorted sealed sports card boxes (that I received on 12/24/15) to add to…Continue

Tags: children, Panini, cards, sports, donation

eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED

Started this discussion. Last reply by KEVIN J THOMPSON Feb 16, 2018. 27 Replies

I was trolling eBay looking for crooks today and before I get into my main topic, I have to say that SHILL BIDDING is way up over the last year than I've EVER seen on eBay in 18-years! To those…Continue

Tags: AGC, Authenticators, junkwaxbuyer, shill, grading

 

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James McCay commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Derek Jeter Forged 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Cards--Where Are These Coming From?
"I WOULDN'T DOUBT THAT SCOTT OLSON HAS HIS HANDS IN ON THIS! He's from North NJ and had a sports card shop for many years. I busted my father selling MUHAMMAD ALI FORGERIES for SCOTT OLSON & CHUCK WEPNER twice!  Scott Olson &…"
Apr 18
James McCay commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Derek Jeter Forged 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Cards--Where Are These Coming From?
"Excellent article and exceptional work Chris!!! Back in 2015 when my father died I was sent over (20) 1993 Topps Derek Jeter RC's (with several Bowman RC's too) . These were in Beckett's Price Guides for years at $25.00 each. I threw…"
Apr 18
James McCay commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Derek Jeter Forged 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Cards--Where Are These Coming From?
"Excellent article and exceptional work Chris!!! Back in 2015 when my father died I was sent over (20) 1993 Topps Derek Jeter RC's (with several Bowman RC's too) . These were in Beckett's Price Guides for years at $25.00 each. I threw…"
Apr 18
Jason Poulos replied to James McCay's discussion Hank Aaron OLD Score Board Autographs
"It is real...no doubt"
Mar 2
James McCay posted a discussion

Hank Aaron OLD Score Board Autographs

There's recently been a LOT of 1994 (or before) Hank Aaron Topps card Classic/Score Board "autographs" popping up on eBay. Some loose with no LOA & no case, some with the 1-inch thick acrylic SB case with the red bottom & metal plaque, others even have a Paul Goldin LOA (bigger than the card folded in half) with Hank Aaron's name on it. Now I know that Hank signed most of his full first name before the 2010's. Sometimes you wouldn't get a full "k" but you'd get a full "Han" and a line…See More
Mar 2
James McCay replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Kellertr3 Sells Forged Signed Mickey Mantle Baseball COA Mail Order Concepts
"MAIL ORDER CONCEPTS, MAIL ORDER COLLECTIBLES are both Tim Flatt (the guy who bankrupted Signature Rookies then STOLE thousands of the most expensive redemption autos owed to US).  Tim Flatt never sold an authentic autograph in HIS LIFE by Mail…"
Dec 23, 2018
James McCay replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Collectiblecentral2 Mickey Mantle Autographed Photo Ugly Forgery Sold For $181.38
"Joshua, I hate to be the devil's advocate here, but while everyone else is kissing butt. YOU ARE WANNABE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTOR or you would have known better than to buy ANY AUTOGRAPH with a COA you cannot trace right back to the person that…"
Dec 23, 2018
Christopher Williams replied to James McCay's discussion Play-Ball Authentics FORGERIES on eBay AGAIN...
"I have NEVER observed one authentic autograph with their COA. Everything I saw with their COA was pure garbage."
Nov 7, 2018
Geoff Gerian replied to James McCay's discussion Play-Ball Authentics FORGERIES on eBay AGAIN...
"I found this site by doing a google search for “play ball authentics” and I’m wondering if EVERYTHING that has a play ball authentics hologram sticker on it is a fake, or is it a legitimate company?"
Nov 7, 2018
KEVIN J THOMPSON replied to James McCay's discussion eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED
"i stii have never bought anything from him on ebay, before the ebay it was called mail order, you are missing the point that I know him personally, wheter your an expert or not you can still get screwed, but i totally believe him when says he…"
Feb 16, 2018
Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager replied to James McCay's discussion eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED
"I’m not aware of any authenticity concerns about Probstein. "
Feb 16, 2018
Rick Meyer replied to James McCay's discussion eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED
"This thread is two years old. Probstein  was mentioned only as shill bidding. Don't see that they were called out for selling forgeries."
Feb 15, 2018
Michael Lebowitz replied to James McCay's discussion eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED
"Hi- appreciate this post. I do have a question on Probstein. I though he only sels things with certs from PSA, JSA SGC etc. Whether or not those guys are accurate is a whole nother issue but where is the info that he sells forgeries come from. I buy…"
Feb 15, 2018
Rick Meyer replied to James McCay's discussion eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED
"I read that mess. You said you did business with him for 20 years. I don't really care.  i remember this thread when James wrote it 2 years ago. I'm not a fan of James one bit but I looked at the auctions at the time and everything…"
Feb 15, 2018
KEVIN J THOMPSON replied to James McCay's discussion eBay Shill Bids & New VERY QUESTIONABLE eBay Autograph Authenticator UPDATED
"I have never bought anything off him from ebay. I kniw the guy personally, maybe if you would have  read better, you would have seen where I said that"
Feb 15, 2018
James McCay replied to Michael Kasmar-AutographPros.com's discussion Celebrities & Other Stars Who Sell Their Own Autographs
"Thank you for posting this info, this is one of the best ways to get your items signed and know they are authentic these days.   I collected autographs TTM in 1989 right after I did my first large baseball card donation with The Leukemia…"
Feb 15, 2018

About Me

What kind of member are you? Industry professionals must use their real names and identify themselves as such. (Check as many as apply.)
Collector, Other Professional
What brings you to Autograph Live?
I'm a FREE Sports Memorabilia Forensic Document Examiner since 1999. I'm not an "authenticator", I'm far above that.
Who can we thank for telling you about Autograph Live?
Ken Goldin
What do you collect, or want to collect?
Sports, History/Politics, Modern Hollywood and Stage, SciFi, Space/Aviation/Military
Tell us more about your collection, specific areas of interest, etc.:
I enjoy buying items that no one else wants because the seller doesn't bother to put all available details about the autograph. Since I'm a Forensic Document Examiner I know what to buy. I donate any profit I make from my hobby to hospitalized children every year since 1989.
What is your level of expertise?
Advanced Collector
What is your favorite autograph in your collection?
Albion K. Parris 1828, signed in Senate office. Letter recommending a man to the US Navy. This man's SON died in the Civil War & a Brian Piccolo signed 8X10 given to me by Brian's uncle for introducing him to Gale Sayers at the Ernie Davis Awards in 1989.
Why do you collect?
Fun and to donate.
You can ask anyone living or dead for their autograph. Who would it be?
Carl Sagan

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eBay Charity Selling Autographs

Posted on February 14, 2015 at 12:30pm 11 Comments

I posted a HELP message yesterday (which I quickly removed and I'll explain why) after working with eBay ID- helpinghumans EVERY DAY for ten days. They are (or were) a decent charity doing the right things for the right reasons donating 70-80% of everything they made (minus eBay/PayPal fees and other expenses) selling donated autographs on eBay. Donating 70-80% is VERY HIGH for a legal charity of any kind large or small (especially knowing that eBay/PayPal likely charges them 15% total of…

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