Seedy Autograph Element Talks Tough Online

One would think that with an FBI investigation apparently still going on, anyone dealing in fake autographs, doctored trading cards or other shenanigans would be nowhere near a computer.

But one would be wrong.

There are still plenty of fast buck artists working their way to wealth by passing off junk.

The phony autograph trade is an easy one to get into and apparently an easy place to make a buck–if you don’t get caught in an ever-widening net.

There are also those out there working for the scam artists, discrediting those who would dare to shine a light on a seedy element of the hobby.

Kevin Nelson, author of Operation Bullpen, which chronicled the 1990s FBI investigation of the same name, shares some details from the front lines for a story in Autograph magazine.