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.