They won’t acknowledge or comment on an active investigation, but it’s no secret the FBI is continuing to put the sports card and memorabilia industry under the microscope.
Allegations of fraud are nothing new in the hobby, of course. Operation Bullpen cleaned up one major forgery ring in the 1990s. There’s no doubt that hobbyists are probably a little safer today thanks to the advent of grading and authentication services.
One arm of the FBI is often called on in cases that involve autographs, signed documents and related material.
The Questioned Documents Unit (QDU) provides forensic support to by conducting forensic examinations on evidence collected during an investigation. This is accomplished through written reports that contain results of examinations and technical information relating to the evidence and by providing expert testimony concerning information and opinions contained in the reports when required.
They were a big part of Bullpen, utilizing ultraviolet light and other tools often used in criminal cases to catch the crooks.
Watch the story from KING-TV in Seattle: