Two New Jersey collectors pooled their money to buy two 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie cards from a dealer late last spring. But an authenticator had bad news for them. Not the real deal. Now they want their money back.
Reprinted or counterfeit baseball cards don’t seem to be quite as much of an issue as phony autotgraphs but don’t tell that to a couple of guys in New Jersey. They spent $4500 on two 1951 Bowman Mantles from a card store several months ago and attempted to have them graded. Turns out they weren’t exactly "vintage".
The dealer wouldn’t offer a refund. Now, Timothy Tarrant Jr. has filed fraud charges against the dealer, a retired sheriff’s dectective who says he was selling them for someone else.
The original owner? An employee of the newspaper printing the story. Got all that?