November 11, 2013

Questionable Karen Allen Indy Jones Autograph.

Filed under: counterfeit and questionable cards,Topps — webjon @ 7:17 pm

A Blowout cards forum tipster pointed out this Topps Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull Karen Allen autograph doesn’t look quite right . . . is it even on a sticker?

May 30, 2013

A horde of questionable Walking Dead cards have popped up. . .

Filed under: counterfeit and questionable cards,General — webjon @ 4:11 pm

Questionable is an understatement, if you look at the cards in these scans all of the autographs are identical, and are located in the same spots. Perhaps a walking got a hold of a color copier or something. . .

Whatever the case eBay seller jahallstar has a horde of these things. . . Buyers on NSCF have purchased some of these as well as other autographed items for sale from this seller and have confirmed they are not legitimate. Cryptozoic has been notified so hopefully these will be pulled from eBay — if not keep your eyes out for these cards.

It sounds like when viewed in person these cards are obviously not right. . . And note the blank autos do not have a hologram on the back.

Jon

February 23, 2013

If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably fake. . .

Filed under: counterfeit and questionable cards — webjon @ 11:23 am

A Blowout Cards forum tipster pointed out the Donruss George Bush autograph shown here. The autograph just doesn’t look right, and this particular set was ripe for fakes as base cards look the same as the autograph cards — at least from the front. I’d bet if you asked the seller this card isn’t numbered, and the back of the card doesn’t confirm its autographed, perhaps why this card is only at $37 with a short time left on eBay. Hopefully the buyer figures this out when they get the card and realize that there isn’t an unnumbered George Bush autograph on the checklist.

The seller is also selling fake Adam West and Lou Ferrigno American Pie buyback autographs. . . The number of fake American Pie buyback autographs is staggering.

Be careful out there, and know what you are buying. . .

Jon

February 19, 2013

BGS now requiring JSA authentication for certain non-sport autographs.

Filed under: counterfeit and questionable cards,General — webjon @ 6:18 pm

Late last year Beckett quietly started requiring certain cards go through JSA authentication before they will grade them. This is certainly a welcome addition to the process, as readers of webjon know — lots of counterfeit non-sport autographs exist and a bunch have been graded and slabbed by BGS.

It looks like this service will cost the consumer an additional $30 — yikes, but worth it when dealing with cards that sell for hundreds of dollars. I’ve been unable to find an official list of what cards will require additional authentication. Although I’ve been able to uncover a forum post on beckett.com that lists the following cards:

Jessica Alba – Dark Angel
Angelina Jolie – Tomb Raider 1 & 2
Several – Harry Potter
Chris Farley – Star Pics SNL
Katie Holmes – Batman Begins

We’ve talked about all of these, except Alba, on webjon. . . seems like Beckett owes all of the webjon.com tipsters a bit of gratitude.

While it is nice to know that BGS acknowledges an issue, it seems to be that they should be actively addressing the counterfeit cards they’ve already graded. Having fake slabbed cards out there damages the credibility of the slabs.

Nice work, guys!

Jon

February 6, 2013

Questionable cards still lurking. . .

Filed under: counterfeit and questionable cards — webjon @ 7:04 pm

A tipster on the Blowout Cards forum has alerted me to a few questionable cards on eBay. . .

First up Stan Lee from Rittenhouse Archive’s Spider-Man set:

If you look through the webjon.com archives you’ll see that this card is an exact match to a card sold by confirmed Spider-Man counterfeit seller loveandnewyork.

Next up Alicia Silverstone and Arnold Schwarzenegger from Fleer’s Batman and Robin widevision set:

These two have also appeared on webjon.com previously as well.

In general I don’t post a lot of repeat offenders on webjon.com anymore — if I did every 2nd or third post would be about fake Adam West and Lou Ferrigno American Pie buybacks — so remember to do your research when buying a card you aren’t familiar with.

Thank you to the tipster, and good luck everyone!

Jon

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