Kevin Keating, collector of autographs from baseball players since he was a kid, recently released the book, “Waiting for a Sign” about his experiences.
Clean Sweep Auctions is hosting an auction that is filled with a variety of vintage cards, as well as plenty of autographed items from all sports.
The annual spring training report is in from David Moriah. This year’s scene was in Arizona, where some sparkling new stadiums reside and the teams still make signing autographs a priority.
As a child chasing autographs during the All-Star Game weekend in 1963, there were plenty of opportunities in the players’ hotels. But one encounter with Casey Stengel left a lasting impression – and even some ink in a local newspaper.
Authenticators and sellers targeted by the FBI for forgeries and frauds are still finding their way onto online marketplace sites, including eBay. Check out the lists of who’s not allowed on eBay and other who should be on the list.
The line “If you build it, they will come” is from”‘Field of Dreams” but it also applies to corporate events and the legendary ballplayers they attract. And even while they are paid handsomely to be there, that doesn’t mean they will cater to the fans.
‘Operation Bullpen’ author Kevin Nelson pens the final installment in his series on the famous forgery ring: Of all the hundreds of thousands of counterfeits produced by the Operation Bullpen gang, none has ever invited so much comment or ridicule as the Mother Teresa baseball, arguably the most famous autograph forgery ever made.
Winners include Ron Keurajian, a contributor to SCD, for his work on the book Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide, released in 2012.
The signing habits of Mantle, Williams and DiMaggio on the show circuit and with memorabilia companies was all forgers needed to have a “story” as to why they would be in possession of hundreds of signed photos, for instance, of these superstar players – none of which were genuine.
The art of autograph forgery isn’t limited to simply placing a signatures on an item. As ‘Operation Bullpen’ author Kevin Nelson details, forgers were craftsman who did their homework to deceive collectors, playing on an appearance of vintage to sway buyers.