The mother of an Ohio man who prosecutors say organized a massive online autograph fraud ring has been sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Rose Panezich, currently a Las Vegas resident, pleaded guilty to a count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity on Tuesday. She’s one of several people who have admitted to their roles in the sale of phony autographed sports memorabilia over a period of several years.
WYTV in Youngstown, OH was in the courtroom and reported that the woman shipped those items to eBay buyers all over the country. Her son Cliff, a former college baseball player, is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Several Ohio men have already pleaded guilty in the case.
MLB did a nine-minute segment on the T206 Honus Wagner card and other big ticket vintage cards being offered by Goldin Auctions. You can watch the segment below.
The company’s 2003-04 1/1 LeBron James Exquisite rookie card also got a bunch of media attention Tuesday. Cleveland.com reported on the expectations for the card, which is considered the most coveted LeBron rookie cards in existence and could bring $200,000 or more when the auction closes.
The jersey worn by Mike Piazza when he hit the home run that lifted New York’s spirits in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks was sold at auction earlier this year.
That famous jersey will go on display at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York beginning Wednesday and stay there through March, according to this story in the New York Daily News.