I think if there is one type of fake patch that seems to continue to make its way into cards, its the Maryland flag patch that the Ravens wear on their jersey. Because it has a busy design and multiple colors thanks to the makeup of the flag itself, the patch is a favorite of fakers since the team moved to Baltimore. What people fail to recognize, is that the abundance of these patches in cards, especially the 2008 SPA and Exquisite sets, is not because they were actually made that way.
Of all of the Joe Flacco and Ray Rice cards on eBay, there just arent that many legit flag patches, but that doesnt stop people from chasing them like crazy. They are so abundant, that it prevents the informed people from even considering a buy, even if they are real. In fact, people are so used to seeing those patches that when a card like this goes up, people go effing nuts, despite the fact that this patch was never on a Ravens jersey to begin with. Check out the Wiki entry on this, there is no Ravens logo patch anywhere on the jersey, and yet, someone still felt it necessary to pay what they did for this obviously fake card.
As I mentioned in the SCU Scam School, I make it a point to avoid the Ravens logo cards like the plague. Its a very similar practice for the Titans’ sword logo and the Vikings head and chest logo as well. In fact, I would even go so far as saying that the Titans’ sword logo has reached similar status as the Ravens’ flag patch logo. There have been so many Chris Johnson SPA and Exquisite cards with that patch, that I actually laugh at the people who still buy.
Again, this is where literally 5 seconds of research would have avoided the problems present in the purchase of these cards. honestly, I am still shocked that people dont check before hitting the bid button. Do they really just think they know better? Its been many years since patch faking has become prevalent, but the buyers still do not cease to amaze me with their inability to do their own research.