As you can imagine, I am in heaven the way Adrian Peterson has been playing as of late.
Not only do I have a lot invested in his success as my favorite player, but I am pretty convinced I know his autograph better than PSA or JSA. So much so that I have caught fakes they have authenticated as real. Not only is that a bad situation, but it only becomes more of a detriment now that his autograph is becoming more popular than it already was.
The worst card you can buy of Adrian Peterson is his 2007 Topps Rookie Premiere autograph. The reason being, back during the 2007 rookie premiere, Topps either brought a ton of extra cards for the players to sign and never destroyed the unused ones, or a certain hobby villain went to the printer that did the overnight job and had them run some extras for him. As a result, HUNDREDS of fake autographs of all the rookies who attended the premiere have shown up on eBay, ESPECIALLY Peterson, and also Johnson and Lynch.
This ultimately led Beckett to stop grading these cards, and has led to my personal war against the purveyors of the ones I know to be fake. Thanks to the fight put up by a number of sources, Topps has started to serially number their RP auto cards. Some of the fakes had gotten so good, that its easy to see why people would be fooled. Lucky for me, I know better, and I also want to help all of you. I own a real copy, and there arent many. So my advice is to not waste your time on these. Just stay away.
For reference, these are all real. They also go for considerably more money because people who know authenticity bid on them:
If you must buy, here are the different fakes that are out there, and they all look like one of these:
Fake RP Auto Version 1 – 5 year old with a crayon type. Peterson’s auto has the wrong marker thickness, wrong letter slant and wrong start and stop point.
Fake RP auto version 2 – getting better! Pen thickness is more correct, but letter slant and shape is still incorrect.
Fake RP auto version 3 – Still wrong. Pen thickness is off again, but letter shape is more correct. Slant is incorrect.
Again, let me stress, its better to avoid these cards all together. It is not a good idea to bid on them if you dont know real from fake 100%. You can always email me if you would like per the link above.