New eBay Purchase – Alexander Cartwright

eBay and the card blogosphere is addicted to the new Allen & Ginter.  It doesn’t matter if you hate it or love it, collectors are talking about it.  Last week I decided to browse eBay to see if there was anything being pulled from A&G that would go great in my collection.  I came across this Alexander Cartwright silk insert #’ed/10 and made the seller an offer.  I like to collect cards of older players/figures and thought this would fit in.  MLB recognizes Cartwright as the inventor of the game.  ’09 A&G has more cards of him than any other product I’ve seen.  He doesn’t have any relic cards and only has a few cut signatures.  This is one card that will stay in my collection forever.

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Serial Number Scammers & More

Last night SCU reported about a Brady Quinn 2007 LCM Freshman Fabric rookie jersey/autograph that had been up for sale on eBay.  The problem with this card is that Donruss never made any autographs like this.  Scammers are now creating counterfeit sticker autographs.  One of SCU readers suggested a way that someone might go about removing a crappy autograph from a sticker to replace it with a forged one of a better player, and then over at VOTC they created a video giving it a try.  After watching that video it really makes you think twice about buying another sticker autograph online.  This just makes on-card autographs look even better.  Congrats to SCU and VOTC for doing such great detective work.

Digging a little deeper I found this auction run by the same person who sold the Quinn.  This Yogi Berra ’08 Sports Legends auto #’ed 1/1 doesn’t look to have the “shiny” border like the other autographs #’ed 1/1 from this product.  At first I thought it might be the scan, but then another red flag popped-up when I looked at the back.  The serial number is hand written with a marker, not stamped like the other 1/1 autographs.  The final nail in the coffin would be the fact that the person with the high bid on the Berra has their I.D. kept private just like the Quinn auction.  The only other hand-numbered 1/1 autograph from Sports Legends that I could find was this Jerry West.  At first glance it looks to be from a different seller, but you can see they recently changed their I.D. and are located in Baltimore, MD.  The Berra auto is located in Elkridge, MD which is not that far from Baltimore.  I’ll report the Berra to eBay and hope they take it down.

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This is what an authentic 2008 Sports Legends autograph #’ed 1/1 should look like.

1 of 25 & 1/25 …………. Notice The Difference

Have you ever seen sellers using these different types of numbering when trying to describe a card?  Many new collectors can make a critical mistake when reading the description.  If a seller says “1 of 25” it probably doesn’t mean that there are only 25 copies of that card.  What it means is that the card you are looking at is part of a 25 card set, and the card they are selling is #1 in the 25 card set.  If you are looking to purchase a card that is serial numbered to only 25 copies, the seller should have it descibed as “1/25”.  This isn’t always used to scam buyers, but sometimes it can.  Most of the time it is just a miscommunication between the buyer and seller.

Tricky Lights

Refractors and parallels are an important aspect of the hobby today.  Having a parallel numbered 1/5 versus 1/500 can have a huge affect on the price tag.  If you plan to purchase one over the internet it is strongly advised that you get a scan of the back of the card.  Many sellers try and use lights to make the card look like a different color.  For example, if you turn a card a certain way it may change from a white color to a green.  This can happen a lot with card from the Leaf Certified Materials sets.  The card below is serial numbered to 100, but when you look at the picture, it has a green tint to it making collectors think that it is a Mirror Emerald insert numbered to 5.  

This can happen with a lot of products.  The color of a card can change with any chrome like card.  Bowman Chrome cards  can really look different when they are scanned.  Sometimes regular chrome cards can look blue and gold refractors can look orange.  If your not too sure about what color a card is, always ask for a picture of the back so you can make sure what the serial number really is.

Decided To Dig A Little Deeper

I decided to e-mail the seller of that Yogi Berra 1952 Bowman PSA MINT 9 baseball card to see if they could give me the PSA serial number so I could look it up.  They e-mailed back with this number: 31012159 

Looking that number up on PSA’s website takes me to a 1939 Play Ball Frenchy Bordagaray #75 graded a 7.  Thats just a little different than a 1952 Bowman Berra MINT 9.  This person is totally trying to scam people and hoping for somebody to place a bid for $10,000.00.  The serial number doesn’t even match up.  What an idiot.

UPDATE:

I e-mailed them back letting them know the serial number was wrong.  They said sorry and gave me this number: 31044872

Checking the PSA database its a Dwyane Wade 2003 Topps Pristine basketball card graded a MINT 9.   

2008 Finest Football Has Autographed Rookie Numbering Error

Source – Beckett Media

Because of a production error in 2008 Topps Finest Football, the autographed rookies are not sequentially numbered as originally solicited.  In an effort to correct this error, consumers can send these particular cards to Topps to have them sequentially numbered. Each card will be numbered and have a 3M Authentication Sticker placed on the card’s back. Sequential numbering for each subject will start at the number 1 and continue numerically as cards are received.

In addition to getting your card numbered, Topps will also include a free pack of hobby football cards.  All cards will be accepted until March 31, 2009. Cards should be sent to:

The Topps Company
ATTN: Consumer Relations
401 York Ave. 
Duryea, PA 18642

Following is the subject list and its corresponding sequential numbering.

 

118      Darren McFadden – 40

109      Matt Ryan – 40

125      Jonathan Stewart – 40

103      Colt Brennan – 40

104      Brian Brohm – 40

105      Joe Flacco – 40

119      Rashard Mendenhall – 40

110      André Woodson – 40

117      Felix Jones – 40

102      John David Booty – 40

106      Chad Henne – 150

141      Limas Sweed – 150

121      Ray Rice – 150

123      Steve Slaton – 150

126      Kevin O’Connell – 150

130      Dexter Jackson – 150

131      Jerome Simpson – 150

136      James Hardy – 150

137      Jordy Nelson – 150

143      Devin Thomas – 150

145      Chris Long – 150

146      Vernon Gholston – 150

150      Glenn Dorsey – 150

148      Keith Rivers – 400

101      Erik Ainge – 400

112      Jamaal Charles – 400

113      Tashard Choice – 400

122      Dustin Keller – 400

134      Early Doucet III – 400

138      DeSean Jackson – 400

139      Malcolm Kelly – 400

149      Jake Long – 400

140      Mario Manningham – 750

147      Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – 750

129      Earl Bennett – 750

144      John Carlson – 750

116      Chris Johnson – 1200

111      Kyle Wright – 1200

108      Anthony Morelli – 1499

115      Mike Hart – 1499

128      Donnie Avery – 1499

124      Kevin Smith – 1999

142      Eddie Royal – 1999

107      Joshua Johnson – 1 99

135      Harry Douglas – 1999

133      Andre Caldwell – 1999

114      Matt Forté – 1999

132      Keenan Burton – 1999

120      Allen Patrick – 1999

127      Adrian Arrington – 1999

Counterfeiting Tool – Serial Number Machine

Some people will do anything to try and make a card look real.  That includes spending a nice chunk of $$$$ on a machine that can make serial numbers for you.  These machines usually are used for making business cards, crafts , and various other things, but there are a lot of counterfeiters that use these machines to place their own serial numbering on cards.  Sometimes it can be hard for a counterfeiter to get the exact font that a major card company uses, so the best thing you can do is compare the card you are thinking of buying with another to see if the numbering matches up.  Its also not a good sign if you look at the seller’s feedback and see they bought something like this.

Q & A – Can you help me with this Carson Palmer jersey card?

Question: Hello, I have a 2006 Playoff Prestige Prestigious Pros Carson Palmer Jersey. It is an orange or red parallel, I’m not sure which one. It is not numbered on the back though. I have seen more of this color and with no numbering on the back. I’m wondering if those are fakes too?
I hope you can help, Thanks.

Answer: After doing some research, it looks like a lot of the 2006 Prestigious Pros jersey cards from that set aren’t serial numbered.  I really doubt that the Carson Palmer card you have is a fake because it isn’t a rare card that is worth a lot of money.  People that make counterfeits usually make them of rare cards that are going to sell for a lot.  Thanks for the question. 

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.