Collecting baseball cards is an American pastime just like the game itself, but sports memorabilia has expanded well beyond cards and has become a big business. The market for genuine vintage memorabilia has changed dramatically over the last few decades. From a market that consisted of a very limited supply of genuine articles, it is now flooded with tens of thousands of vintage items (including bats, balls, jerseys, helmets, pictures, magazines, posters, lithographs, autographs, record albums, and other items), many of which are simply counterfeit.
Protect Yourself From Sports Memorabilia Fraud
Don't trust a signature
Don’t trust the authenticity of an item based on a photograph of the athlete signing. Many times these images are stolen or stock photography, rather than an actual photo of the player signing the collectible.
Compare prices of similar signed memorabilia to avoid buying forgeries. If an autograph is valuable and being sold at an extreme discount, it’s likely that the item is fake.
Research the seller
As with any other business transaction, check out the person you are dealing with.
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