Looking For A Good Laugh? Check Out Coach’s Corner

Its been over a year since I wrote about Coach’s Corner auctions, but I think its my duty as a blogger to keep reminding people of all the fake crap that floods our beloved hobby.  I was just watching a video of a product being opened, and to the right I saw an ad for Coach’s Corner.  This auction site is filled with one counterfeit item after another.  I seriously don’t see how they are allowed to stay in business.  I would say that 99.9% of all the COA’s that come with their signatures are totally bogus.  Its a great place for people to pickup fake junk to take to a show and pass off as the real thing.  I just don’t understand why people don’t question things like this.  Instead they move along like mindless little robots believing whatever they’re told.

When Babe Ruth autographed baseballs are only selling for $500.00, its a major red flag.  This place just makes me so mad!!!  Someone please shut them down!!!

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This is total garbage!

Man arrested in apparent sports memorabilia fraud

Source – News-Record.com

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 

(updated 1:15 pm)

ASHEBORO — A Thomasville man is in jail after getting more than $80,000 in cash and items through what authorities are calling fraud.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested Brian Keith Combs on Monday after a three-week investigation. Combs, 33, of 1025 Ball Park Road in Thomasville, is being held in the Randolph County jail on charges of financial card fraud, financial identity fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $250,000.

The sheriff’s office said it got reports that a local man was using the Internet to defraud people throughout the country. The sheriff’s office did not immediately provide specifics about the nature of the alleged crimes, but did say deputies found sports memorabilia when they searched Combs’ house. The sheriff’s office said the operation had collected more than $80,000 in cash and merchandise.

Among the items discovered were a baseball jersey autographed by Mickey Mantle and a U.S. Open golf shirt signed by Tiger Woods.

The sheriff’s office said federal officials also are investigating.

Dealer to be tried on fraud charges

Source – pennlive.com
Materials to alter items found at L. Paxton Twp. warehouse, police say
Thursday, September 18, 2008 

BY MATT MILLER
Of Our Cumberland County Bureau

Investigators found an “assembly line” for fraud when they raided the Lower Allen Twp. warehouse of collectibles dealer Roger Hooper, a Cumberland County detective said Wednesday.

Hooper had a machine for resealing vintage packs of sports cards, which have more value if they’ve never been opened, Detective Earl Bock said.

Thousands of loose cards and piles of stale chewing gum were in plain view, he said.

It was obvious that Hooper was compiling his own packs and passing them off as unopened originals, Bock said during Hooper’s preliminary hearing before District Judge Charles Clement Jr. on fraud charges.

Hooper said he never tampered with collectibles or knowingly sold a forgery. “To my knowledge, everything was legit, 100 percent legit,” he said.

His lawyer, Corky Goldstein, insisted the criminal charges aren’t warranted and that the allegations should be dealt with in a civil lawsuit.

But Clement ordered Hooper to be tried in county court on counts of engaging in fraudulent business practices, theft by deception and dealing in proceeds of illegal activity.

The charges stem from Hooper’s dealings with a Virginia sports memorabilia collector and with a Carlisle man who helped Hooper sell items on eBay.

The investigation isn’t over.

“Reams and reams” of complaints from other of Hooper’s customers poured in after a July article in The Patriot-News outlined his legal troubles, Senior Assistant District Attorney Daniel Sodus said.

David Herrell of Harrisonburg, Va., said that Hooper conned him out of approximately $5,000 during a 2006 auction by selling him fake autographed items and packs of supposedly virgin football cards that had actually been opened.

Expert appraisers verified the frauds, Herrell said.

He said Hooper was “rude and dismissive” when he complained. “He told me to put it on eBay and sell it as is,” Herrell said.

“How do we know that you didn’t open the packs?” Goldstein asked.

“I wouldn’t have the first idea of how to go about resealing them,” Herrell said. “I’m a collector, not a fraudster.”

Goldstein said an earlier probe of Herrell’s claims by the state auctioneer licensing agency didn’t prompt any penalties against Hooper.

Ned Kerstetter of Carlisle said he allowed Hooper to sell items through Kerstetter’s eBay account.

Kerstetter said he received a flood of complaints that the items, including packs of coins and sports card packs, weren’t as advertised.

Hooper wouldn’t satisfy many customers, Kerstetter said, so he drained his own savings and retirement accounts and borrowed money to give $50,000 in refunds.

He said he sued Hooper three years ago and that suit, which prompted the criminal probe, is pending.

Hooper testified that he did sell on eBay in 2000 or 2001, but said that his account was shut down without explanation.

The machine that Bock claimed was used to make bogus sports card packs was actually for sealing items in plastic for shipment, he said.

He said the piles of sports cards, chewing gum and wax sealing material the detective saw were from card packs that had been damaged by rodents or the elements.

Hooper said he usually sells items “as is,” gives potential buyers time to examine them and offers refunds if complaints are made promptly, which wasn’t the case with Herrell and some customers who complained to Kerstetter.

“Did you misrepresent anything that was sold?” Goldstein asked.

“No, sir,” Hooper replied.

Fraud is an inherent risk with collectibles, Hooper said, and even he gets scammed sometimes.

“When you’re in this type of business, it comes with the territory,” he said.

eTopps Fraud

I am surprised this hasn’t happened sooner.  eTopps as put out an alert stating that they have disocovered that people have been scamming customers buying and selling eTopps cards.  If you look at an auction page of an eTopps card you will see that they all look about the same.  If the seller doesn’t have the card in their hands they will just use the stock photo from Topps.  Some sellers have been stealing photos from Topps and other auctions and selling cards that they don’t have.  All they have to do is a little web design to make the page look like a real auction.  One of the best ways for you to avoid getting scammed while buying an eTopps card online is checking out the card’s ID number.  On all authentic eTopps auctions the card’s ID number will show up.  For more help please read the full alert from eTopps by clicking here.

Are You Sure That Card Is A 1/1 Don’t Be Fooled!!!!!!!

Pulling a card out of a pack that is numbered 1/1 can be one of the highest momments of a collectors life.  Just knowing that you beat the odds is exciting enough but now you have a card that is the only one like it in the world.  Cards that are numbered 1/1 can hold a large value which is why people try and make a non 1/1 numbered card into a 1/1 card.  People have found a lot of creative ways in which they will take a high numbered card or low numbered card and say that it is a 1/1. I have created this guide to inform people on how to stay away from cards that say they are 1/1 but aren’t.  Below is a list of the many ways people create a 1/1 card that isn’t a 1/1:

  • Jersey Number – Say a card is numbered 10/100.  The seller could say that the card is a 1/1 because the player’s jersey number is 10 and thats the only one like it.
  • First One Made – People may say that a card is a 1/1 because it was the first one made.  For example, a card numbered 1/100.
  • Last One Made – People may say that a card is a 1/1 because it was the last one one made.  For example, a card numbered 100/100.
  • Statistic – Someone may claim a card is a 1/1 because the number matches a statistic from their career.  For example, height, weight, birthday, debut, etc…
  • Math – By doing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division people may claim a card is a 1/1 because just by doing math and using the numbers the answer may match up with the players birthday, jersey number, or statistic from their career.  For example, a card numbered 12/20 being considered a 1/1 because 12 + 20 = 32, and 32 is the player’s jersey number.
  • Only One They Have Seen – Some people may say a card is a 1/1 because it is the only one that they have seen.
  • High Grade – Cards have been considered 1/1 because the seller thinks that it would get a high grade.

    As you can see people have become very creative when taking a non 1/1 card and trying to turn it into a 1/1 card.  I hope this guide will help you avoid these people that are selling cards like this.  The only way a card can be a 1/1 is if it is stamped or written on by the company it was made from.  People are always coming up with new ways to consider cards to be 1/1.  Please be careful when buying a card that the seller says is a 1/1.  Read the description carefully and check the sellers feedback and you should be just fine.