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Editor’s Blog: PSA 10 Gretzky Rookie, Libel Suit, More Bogus Jerseys

Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie cardAfter selling off Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series gear, SCP Auctions is preparing for its spring catalog sale.  In an email Thursday, the company said it would be offering  the single finest PSA graded 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card in existence.

The card showing a teenage Great One as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, is the only PSA 10 graded so far.  No word on a minimum bid or pre-auction estimate.

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Autograph Magazine reports that University Archives, James Spence Authentication (JSA) and R&R Auction have filed separate lawsuits against the publisher of an online autograph blog.

The three companies are suing Stephen Koschal for libel and deceptive and unfair trade practices.

Koschal’s Autograph Alert is an ongoing criticism of authentication done by those companies and others.

According to the magazine, the three companies have been unsuccessful in their attempt to serve the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs are asking Florida’s 15th Judicial Circuit Court to declare a violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and award monetary damages, attorney’s fees and costs.  They’re also seeking injunctions to stop the site from posting “misleading and/or defamatory statements about the plaintiffs”.

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counterfeit jerseys seized in HawaiiSpecial agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have been busy the last two weeks.

Agents seized hundreds of counterfeit NFL jerseys and apparel in Hawaii and Texas.

On Monday, raids were conducted in the Dallas area and resulted in over $500,000 worth of non-sanctioned gear and more than 135 items were intercepted last week in an operation targeting vendors at two popular Honolulu-area swap meets.  The raids took place while fans were in town for the Pro Bowl.

The merchandise seized  included AFC All-Star, NFC All-Star and NFL game jerseys.

While most jerseys are sold to fans wanting a cheaper alternative than the authentic Reebok models, some are used for autographs.


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Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

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