Stay Away From These SPAs

While I was out, Heel posted on the makeup of what an SPA scammer is all about. He mentioned a guy, ufjumper7, who is starting to make waves as quite possibly the dumbest faker in recent memory. Usually, scammers use two accounts to complete their fakes, one to buy and one to sell. Obviously ufjumper didnt get the memo. Must not have had a cover sheet, I guess.

Over on FCB, a good break down of his purchases versus sales was discussed, further cementing what Heel originally posted. Here are some of the examples:

LeSean McCoy BEFORE – 1 color patch, same sig, same number.

LeSean McCoy AFTER – Ridiculous patch, same sig same number.
Mark Sanchez BEFORE – 2 color patch ( a good patch ruined), same sig, same number.
Mark Sanchez AFTER – Logo patch, same sig, same number.
Matt Stafford BEFORE – 1 color patch, same sig, same number.
Matt Stafford AFTER – 4 color patch, same sig, same number.
Also, as I failed to mention in the original draft of this post, the guy has bought close to 30 versions of redemptions from the guys who havent signed yet. I think its safe to say what is going to happen with those.
Is this really what we have come to? Scammers arent even trying anymore. I hope this guy gets crapped on by a dog today, a nice runny one, that would only be a portion of what he deserves.
h/t Wheeler

Im Telling You To Pull The Trigger On Your Patch Targets NOW

At this point, collectors are going to face a conundrum. It’s a big one, because it may cost a lot of money either way, and that may not be in the plans for some people. Here is the situation, mainly that with some of the ridiculous patches that have been featured in Ultimate Collection Baseball, National Treasures Football, the upcoming SPA football and Exquisite Football, there is no way to buy a patch after the main release and not have questions on authenticity. All of these cards will feature JUMBO swatches, and when I say JUMBO I mean huge and easy to fake. When you have swatches that big, and the populace is used to seeing amazing stuff, the assholes who fake cards are primed for a field day.

Now, don’t tell me they wont go after these cards because of the cost, because they will. People have faked at least 5-10 Peterson Exquisites, so there is nothing stopping them from dropping a grand if they think they can make money. Also, don’t tell me that Panini has their fucking kodak shit, because that does absolutely nothing until the card is already purchased and in your hands for over a month. Because of this, you will have to pay early and you will have to pay a little more because the products are new. Ill tell you, once the 1993 World Series patches start showing up in Ted Williams jumbo patch cards, you will see how good you feel about the one you bought.

Im not saying that having these amazing patches is a bad thing, it just causes some problems if you are buying off ebay six months after release or more (that one is 100% fake if you couldnt tell). After about six weeks, the scammers have let the card prices die down and start buying up the cards. After about 8 weeks, they have the fake patches in hand and are working on the cards all while vigorously licking their dog’s balls for entertainment (that’s what they do, im not kidding).At 10 weeks, the cards are up, and there is now blood in the water. At about 20 weeks, it becomes hard to tell which is real and which is fake. At that time, all the people who were waiting for the price to come down start buying again, and it puts a smile on all the dog ball filled mouths of the scammers.

If you know what to look for, im sure you can avoid having any problems. However, if you don’t, be sure to send out some feelers or at least sniff the cards for any hint of dog. Drop a line on a message board or send any blogger an email, including me. Id be happy to help you out.