If you think fake autographs are only a problem in North American sports memorabilia circles, think again.
Soccer stars are bigger than life in Europe and there have been a few scandals in recent years regarding dealers once thought to be reputable.
Signatures of Ian Rush, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen, were “systematically” forged and sold by two men in the U.K., a jury at Chester Crown Court was told this week.
The trial continues with the men accused of selling hundreds of fakes in two stores and on eBay. The case took months to investigate.
Read about it in The Daily Post.
Leaf Trading Cards is sponsoring this weekend’s “A Team of Dreams” celebrity softball game in Dyersville, Iowa, and corresponding sports collectibles show. The game itself will be held on Saturday morning, Sept. 14, at the actual ball field used in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. The collectibles show, with its star-studded lineup of ex-big leaguers signing autographs, will by held on Saturday afternoon at the nearby Mystique Casino in Dubuque.
“This is a very special event that Leaf Trading Cards is proud to be a part of,” said Leaf President Brian Gray. “There is such a great lineup of former major leaguers and Hall of Famers who will be participating in it that we decided to produce a special 16-card set to commemorate the day.”
The players who are scheduled to play in Saturday’s game and sign for cash at the show include Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Doc Gooden, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Paul Molitor, Jim Palmer, Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter and Frank Thomas.
Five-card promo packs of Leaf’s 16-card set commemorating this weekend’s festivities will be handed out free of charge to attendees of both the celebrity softball game as well as the collectibles show.
For more information on both the “A Team of Dreams” celebrity softball game as well as the sports collectibles show, see the MAB Celebrity Services website: http://www.mab-celebrity.com/
The marquee item is a game-used Jeter glove. The Rawlings model is signed by Jeter in silver Sharpie and has his ‘game used’ notation written on it as well. Jeter’s name is stitched into the glove.
The current high bid is over $22,000. You can see the auction, which includes numerous other pieces of memorabilia and fan experiences here.
Steiner also recently posted several new game-used and game-worn Yankee items from this season in its online store including a Mariano Rivera road jersey.
This is expected to be the future Hall of Famer’s last season.
This won’t be the prettiest ‘holy grail’ you’ll ever see but it won’t set you back as much as the minty ones that make headlines on the rare occasion when they come up for auction.
It’s a 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski card–the key to the first NFL set issued–that features four punch holes, rounded corners and some creases. Bidding is winding down and the ‘Authentic’ graded Bronko sits at just over $300 as of Friday morning. See the card–and the auction–here.