eBay reportedly pulled one and three-day listings for Junior Seau autographs in the hours after the long-time NFL star apparently committed suicide.
No doubt conscious of the negative reaction when dozens of new listings arrive on the auction site after a celebrity death, but also hoping to stop quick buck artists capitalizing on the tragedy, eBay send emails to some sellers after pulling their auctions.
“– Due to the tragic death of Junior Seau, eBay has temporarily suspended the 1 & 3-day listing formats for items that bear his signature,” read an email received by one seller who posted on the Blowout Cards forum. “Please understand that this action is out of respect for Mr. Seau as well as the for safety and integrity of our members who wish to purchase items that include his authentic autograph.”
“You may relist your item in the 5, 7, and 10 day listing formats,” eBay stated. “Please be aware that these listings will be monitored and the signatures may be reviewed for authenticity.”
The move isn’t something eBay has made a practice of doing, so it’s likely that the intense publicity is what has eBay fearing an influx of scam artists hoping to sell fakes before being noticed.
Dozens of autographed Seau items sold between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening, with full size single-signed helmets selling briskly at nearly $500 each and some jerseys selling for slightly more. Mini-helmets were purchased at the $150-200 level. Signed trading cards and photos were going for $50 and up. Over 300 Seau autograph auctions were listed on eBay as of early Friday.