If it's too good to be true, it probably is
Since the release of 2007 Exquisite Football, there have been 3 Adrian Peterson Viking head logo patch rookie autos that have made their way onto eBay. The first was posted with a letter of authenticity from Gregg Kohn of UD, and the other two were not. The second was actually tough to determine its authenticity until a message board user posted the before and after pictures of the original card without the fake patch. The third one was a pretty laughable fake, and was posted this past week on eBay. It sold for over 2,000 dollars, and it made me cringe to see that someone would spend that much on a card without actually looking into it.
As you can see from the pictures, the fake Viking head has a non-mesh background surrounding it, while the real one has a mesh jersey piece behind it. While studying the jerseys worn by the players on the field and at the 2007 rookie premiere, it’s pretty easy to see that the real logo one matches what is actually present on the real jerseys. The fake one may have been taken from a replithentic jersey, or from a shirt. It was not taken from anywhere on an authentic jersey, that’s for sure, and yet it still fetched top dollar. Also, the colors on the fake seem much lighter than the real one, as the purples almost look blue. You can also see that the stitching on real one is much thicker and raised.
Basically, when looking at a patch card of this magnitude or a patch card in general, there are always a few things you need to consider. Because sets like Exquisite and National Treasures have so many patches that can set of red flags on a legit card, be sure to do your research before bidding. First, always check the other auctions of the seller who is putting up the card. If they have a ton of patches that look ridiculously amazing, a red flag should immediately pop up in your head. Secondly, if the auction is a “private listing,” you can be rest assured there is a reason for it. Lastly, if the logo is perfectly centered with no surrounding jersey, that is a tell tale sign. Its very tough for the scammers to insert non-patch material into a window and make it look convincing, which usually forces them to cover their tracks by using a complete logo patch. Also, if the patch is from a commemorative jersey or all star game, make sure the player even played in that game. Yes, they can be that stupid sometimes.
Sadly, when examining the trends of people who take advantage of other’s lack of information, we can see that they are starting to adapt their practices. They are no longer solely using cheap cards and turning them into expensive cards. They are taking expensive cards and turning them into cards that take in the price of a small car. They feed on the fact that most people just assume that no one would ever purposefully damage the most expensive card of 2007, and that leads to the examples above. In this assumption, they have found a large pain point among the high end collectors of the hobby, mainly due to the fact that many of these collectors believe that as long as the risk is high, a scammer won’t try their luck. As this example warrants, the risk on this card was in the stratosphere, and yet the chance was still taken. What this means is that nothing is sacred anymore, and that one should always live by the golden rule, no matter the price of the card.
"If its too good to be true, it probably isn’t real."
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