Pawn Stars Featured In 2012 Leaf Pop Century

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One of my favorite shows to watch is Pawn Stars on the History Channel.  I enjoy learning the history behind a lot of the items featured on the show, plus the negotiating is fun to watch.  I know there have been some parts of the show that are made just for television, and who knows what happens to some of the items when they say “lets go do some paperwork”, but I like it.  Not too long ago, Brian Gray of Leaf did an autograph signing with the stars of the show.  Fans will be able to look for their autographs in 2012 Leaf Pop Century, due out at the end of June.

Leaf has really packed ’12 Pop Century with some great celebrity autographs such as Britney Spears, Sarah Palin, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Lee, Donald Trump, Harrison Ford, and Ichiro.  Every box has (5) cards, each one being autographed.

Leaf has been up to a lot of things lately.  I’m excited to see what their “Peck & Snyder” product will be about.  Peck & Snyder was a sporting goods store that eventually turned into Spalding.  Their “postcard” size advertisement featuring the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings started the card collecting hobby.  Who knows what Leaf will do with this set.  They are also working on a product that is a tribute to the original 1990 Leaf set.  It will feature buyback autographed rookies of Frank Thomas I think.

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Pawn Stars and the Lou Gehrig Jersey

Watch this video and then read my response.

Above is a video of Tom Tresh who frequently posts videos on YouTube explaining to collectors about recent scams that have taken place within The Hobby.  Let me say that he does a great job of researching in order to prove his points.  Just like this video, most of the time the counterfeit items he talks about are in some way connected with Coach’s Corner (breeding ground for scammers), STAT Authentic (the least reputable company anyone could trust to certify their items), and various other terrible company’s that will certify anything that walks through their door.

To start off, let me say that I’m a big fan of the show Pawn Stars.  Its fun to watch what comes through the door and learn about each unique item.  I think people need to realize that reality television isn’t 100% real.  If it was, it probably wouldn’t be that entertaining.  You would have to be crazy to believe that each deal that looks to go through on that show actually does.  Nothing in life, especially in the sports collectibles business is ever that clean-cut and perfect.  The Lou Gehrig “autographed” jersey is a perfect example of that.  It sounds like this jersey is still with the original owner who brought it into the shop.  That means they never bought it on the show, probably because they don’t trust any of those COA’s either.  Most likely they needed to fill in a spot on the show where they looked like they purchased something.  Seeing that they never purchased it should show that they care whats real and whats not.  When you have a reality T.V. show, millions of details will slip through the cracks that won’t be aired to the public.  It would be nice if The History Channel followed-up on some of these transactions, but thats not going to happen.  On the show, they end each transaction with an hand shake but rarely do you ever see them do the paperwork.

If your a collector of anything, I suggest you watch the show.  Just remember that its entertainment and not everything you see on television is real.  Many episodes have featured counterfeit items and they explain why they think certain items aren’t real.  There is a lot of good information on this show, but sometimes you need to watch out for stuff like this.  This is why the blogosphere exists.  Its hear to help out collectors and make them realize they can’t take everything for face value.

UPDATE:

I’m now getting reports that the jersey is still in the shop.  I can’t believe they would trust STAT Authentic if they bought it.  I’m not sure what to believe now 🙂  What do you think?

’67 Topps Pete Rose On Pawn Stars

One of my favorite T.V. shows to watch is Pawn Stars, which you can find on the History Channel, Monday nights at 10:00 p.m.  I find it really entertaining and educational.  Last week a guy walked into the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and tried to sell five Pete Rose 1967 Topps baseball cards.  As soon as I saw these things I knew they weren’t real.  The guy who brought them in was pretty upset when he couldn’t sell them.  After this show aired last week, it sparked some interesting conversations over on FCB and other sports card forums.

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