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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

PSA Authenticating Invisible Autographs

Let me let Jim Caravello tell this story: "I recently won the Ernie Banks Game Used bat in the American Memorabilia Auction from the 50's. The bat I purchased is unsigned - the way I like my gamers. Its an incredible piece of wood and I couldn't have been happier in winning the auction. It had a COA from Taube and Malta, game used examiners. Then I received a letter from American Memorabilia with another COA on the bat - this one from PSA / DNA authenticating the autograph on my Ernie Banks bat!! What autograph! I pulled the bat down from my rack again - there is no auto - I checked the Auction Catalog again and it didn't mention that it was autographed. The bat has no auto, yet I have a full COA from PSA / DNA on the autograph on the bat!!! What a Joke!! I guess if I sign the bat, the auto is real?!?" No comment is necessary from me.Here is the link to the bat in the American Memorabilia catalog: http://www.americanmemorabilia.com/Auction_Item.asp? auction_id=16475&aucsearch=banks% 20bat&aucperiod=&auclisttype=&auccat=&tfm_orderby=&tfm_order=.
Now it seem PSA-DNA is authenticating invisible autographs. Another cursory examination I guess. (I had to comment :) ).

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

More Crooks Go To Prison

Phillip and David Scheinman pled guilty in Federal court on August 12 for selling forged sports memorabilia. They owned and operated a store in Las Vegas called Smokey's Sportscards. They were prominently featured on TV when the FBI raided numerous establishements in Operation Bullpen. The raid on their store made TV news all over the country. They also sold on ebay. The father-son combination will be serving at least one year in Federal prison.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

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Go to my forgery alert page for lots of interesting info about the hobby.

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Muhammad Ali autograph forgeries stopped

Los Angeles - Muhammad Ali settled a lawsuit against several sports collectibles dealers to block the sale of artwork and other memorabilia relating to the former heavyweight champion, including a Qur'an given to him by a former president of Egypt.An injunction issued after the lawsuit was filed in 2003 prevented the sale of hundreds of lithographs which bore forged Ali signatures, along with other items, Ali's attorney, Ron DiNicola, said on Thursday in a statement.Among the items were the Qur'an Ali received from former Egypt president Gamal Abdul Nasser, and a walking stick from Mobutu Sese Seko, the former president of Zaire.The lithographs were copies of an artist's rendering of Ali's knockout of Sonny Liston in 1965. Handwriting and memorabilia experts determined that the signatures on the lithographs were forged, the statement said.
All the items were offered for sale without his knowledgeAli also inspected the items and confirmed that he had not signed them. All the items were offered for sale without his knowledge or permission.As part of the settlement reached this week, the lithographs will be destroyed and the companies will return to Ali the memorabilia in their possession. The parties agreed that other terms of the settlement will be confidential.Named in the suit, and included in the settlement, were Grey Flannel Auctions, B&E Collectibles, of New York; and roadway Ricks Strike Zone, of Florida.DiNicola said the memorabilia is expected to be included in the display of Ali memorabilia at the new Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Centre in Louisville, Kentucky, which is scheduled to open in November.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

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