An Oregon man who used Craigslist to peddle fake autographs complete with fake letters of authenticity is heading to jail.
Chad Richard Baldwin, 41, put forged LOAs from PSA/DNA and James Spence Authentication together with forged autographed baseballs from the likes of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris and sold them to unsuspecting buyers. On Thursday, he was sentenced to 26 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution to two victims in the case.
The fakes, apparently, weren’t very convincing. A Washington man who bought a Maris ball from Baldwin for $300, saw it had been written in pencil and traced over.
Last August, we wrote about the search warrant executed at Baldwin’s home in Gresham.
He was already a convicted felon, having served time for robbing an armored car in 1997.
His big mistake this time was selling a ‘signed’ baseball to a police informant, according to this story on OregonLive.com.