Unique sports awards and Hall of Famers’ game-worn jerseys lead Grey Flannel’s June 5 Summer Games Auction, with highlights including: 1947 Mel Ott Giants jersey, Jim Brown Rookie of the Year Trophy and Larry Holmes Heavyweight World Championship Belt.
The rumors were out there that Mickey Mantle used a corked bat sometime in his career, but no bat surfaced with such evidence to date. Now Grey Flannel is offering a 1964 gamer from Mantle that has x-ray proof it was a corked bat.
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.
Attention to detail, three major stars and “chase” cards proved to be a winning formula for Topps in its battle with Bowman in 1953. The portrait artwork is another high selling point for this set.
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.
SCD columnist remembers Robert Creamer, the famed author who didn’t realize the value and importance of his own work. Read how a stop at a fundraiser led to a lasting relationship.
T206 Walter Johnson PSA 8, 1957 Topps Ted Williams PSA 9 among high-grade singles offered by Greg Bussineau. Plus a great set break of 1938′s Horrors of War.
Goudey sets, Gold Borders, Cap Anson letters, multi-signed programs Eddie Yost jersey and hundreds of other lots are featured in the current Huggins and Scott auction that ends Feb. 7.
PSA/DNA sees hundreds of signed items on a daily basis, so they know what counterfeiters and the unaware are trying to pass into the marketplace. The company has released the Top 5 sports and celebrity signatures who are most likely to end up in the “not good” category.
Greg Bussineau wrapped up 2012 with a $1.1 million sale that featured high prices for rare singles, complete sets and key cards needed for those PSA Set Registry sets.