Cincinnati TV Station Tackles Charity Auction Fakes

Not long ago, we wrote about the large number of fake autographs now being funneled through smaller, local auctions across the country.

WXIX-TV in Cincinnati just completed an investigation into one fundraising event that attracted over 3,300 donors and involved 162 local charities.  A major part of the evening involves a fundraising auction that features sports and rock ‘n roll memorabilia.

At the Cincinnati event, like many others, the auction items aren’t obtained directly from the celebrities or athletes.  They’re purchased at a low rate and then sold for what organizers hope is a substantial profit.  That money is what helps the charities operate.

Unfortunately, little research seems to go into the process of who is supplying the memorabilia.  In the case of the Rusty Ball, Coach’s Corner was one of the companies supplying certificates of authenticity for the items. Reporter Hagit Limor traveled coast-to-coast and came away with some bad news for buyers.

Watch her story below.

Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

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