I have talked before about how many fake rookie premiere autos are out there for football. For 2007 especially, I wouldn’t even recommend buying ANY of them because the fakes actually outnumber the real ones. Because its becoming widely understood that these fakes are tainting the worth of the potential ill-gotten profits, the douchebag scammers have tried to find other ways around it.
The first is using player issue cards as a way to show that there may be a reason for the auto being off. For the 2007-2009 rookie premiere, Topps gave each player a handful of cards to sign and distribute as they wish. These “player issue” autographs can be more valuable, but that isnt the reason they are being used. For many of them, stickers were applied instead of actual signatures, and the scammers will use this as a reason that their fake is the one that is real. They arent.
This card is 100% fake, and if you know Calvin Johnson’s signature, it doesn’t look anything like the one on this bad example. There are others that are up, but this one is the most obvious.
The second way that scammers try to slip one past the goalie is to try to legitimize their fakes with a third party authenticator/grader. I have already expounded numerous reasons why grading and authentication is a money making cash cow and not worth anyone’s time, but this is case and point.
If you check out this card, you can easily see that something doesn’t look right with the autograph. Its graded a 10 by everyone’s favorite grading company, but there is one LARGE problem – ITS NOT FUCKING REAL. This card will forever be considered real by all the uninformed collectors out there, solely because of the slab it is encased in. Funny enough, this isnt the first time this has happened either. Beckett has actually stopped taking submissions on the rookie premiere autos because its hard to tell the fakes from the legit ones when you have no clue. The problem is, they are PAID to have a goddamn clue, and someone is going to get taken because of this fact.
Bottom line, unless you have an expert eye, stay away from the old rookie premiere autos. These ass hats have faked so many of these cards, that their skills have gotten good enough to fool even me. Its not worth the pain to spend money on the fakes, but if you would like to purchase one, get opinions before you do. Message board users and myself are always willing to help out.