New FAKE Topps Rookie Premiere Predicament

UPDATE: Topps has confirmed via Twitter that these cards are the player issue cards issued by the company to the players for trading amongst themselves at the premiere. They are *most likely* real autographs, but it is still in your best interest to think twice before purchasing.

A very unique situation was just brought to my attention on blowout regarding a crop of the 2009 Topps Rookie Premiere autos. It seems as though there is a number of cards on eBay that are posing as real, but are most likely not real. Topps has become infamous for letting the blank cards make it out the back door and into the hands of people that shouldn’t have them, which only makes this situation that much more likely. This year, the cards will be serially numbered to avoid problems, but im sure the scammers will find a way around that as well.

Here is the deal. Take a look at this card, and then take a look at this card. Can you spot the difference just by taking a quick glance? I couldn’t. Then someone called to my attention that the cards are missing some pretty essential language above the autograph. Now you see what I am talking about. From what it seems, a very skilled forger has gotten ahold of the cards, signed them, and sold them, but did not have the ability or the know how to add the most important language on the card. Yes, these do not say “TOPPS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH ISSUE.” Now, this could just be the way these were produced, and some of them may have been created by a third party and signed by the actual player, but they don’t seem to be real Topps cards.

The weirdest part has to be that Moreno that is certified by PSA. Not graded, but certified authentic. PSA has a terrible track record, sure, but they get it right a good portion of the time. Im wondering what is actually going on.

Here are a few more:

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez 2

Matthew Stafford

This is a pretty interesting development, ill have to do some more research and asking around, and then ill have more on what these cards actually are. I am so freaking glad that this is happening all over again.

The Fake Rookie Premieres Are STILL Out There

Its been a while since I have posted on the ridiculous fake rookie premiere autos that are out there, and I feel like it may have faded from the consciousness of the people who arent smart enough to recognize fakes when they see them. If you are going to buy a rookie premiere auto from 2007, 2008 or even 2009, in most cases, it isnt worth your time. Especially for the 2007, asshats like Kevin Burge have secured hundreds of blank cards out the back door from Topps, or by some other means, and have sold them as real with terrible fake autos.

Because there are so many fakes out there, they actually out number the real ones by 100:1 for some of the bigger targets. Since I have started covering these cards, Topps has vowed to serially number this year’s RPA’s for their base sets, something that should all but eliminate the fakes, and again make it safe to buy. Funny enough, there have been multiple instances of Beckett and PSA grading the cards as real, leading to major conflicting issues from the people who know they are fake and the uniformed buyers who purchase them. Its gotten so bad, that I have even gotten in verbal arguments with dealers at card shows because they are THAT sure that they didn’t get had by some guy who bought it off eBay.

So, for the millionth time, here are what the fake ones look like, as well as what a real one looks like for each. Since Adrian Peterson and the 2007′s is a prime target, im going to focus a lot on those. Also, red ink duals and quads are also a big target for these idiots because they bring extra money. If you see a red ink these days, its probably fake. Yes its that bad.

Here are the fakes, if you see any that look like this, they arent real. None of them.






Here are some real ones, very, very tough to find. They also sell for A LOT of money, so that’s a good way to determine the fakes from the reals.




Compare them side by side if you dont think I know what the fuck I am talking about.

The one on the left is real, check out the “28″ and the slant of the signature. Look at the streak in his pen, and the start and stop points for the line across the “A” in “adrian.” The one on the right is the final incarnation of the fakes and the most advanced. Almost indisinguishable unless you know what to look for.

All in all, I guarantee you the real ones speak for themselves. Also, the real ones were signed ALL AT ONCE at the 2007 rookie premiere, so they will look pretty much IDENTICAL. If you have one that doesnt look anything like these real ones, its fake.

If you have a question, send me an email, and I can let you know my opinion. Otherwise click here to see all the posts I have done on this subject.