I have said for a long time that when it comes to fakes, the OBVIOUS solution is education by the companies and the news sources that many collectors unfortunately value for their information. Because so many people are scared of frightening away new and old collectors from this hobby that has a STARK WHITE AND ULTRA CLEAN reputation, no one ever tackles this subject. Well, this is one of those situations that many people just never understand.
TThey see a card numbered 1/1 and they automatically write off any doubt solely because of the serial number. Well, guess what, the scam artists know this tendency and they abuse it. Because 1/1s have become commonplace rather than a chase element, they have become significantly easier to buy at a cheap price to alter. This means there is that much more money to be made, and when that happens, there will be a ton of people who will try to take advantage of it.
Check out this Adrian Peterson card. In addition to the seller having a few other cards that are similarly laughable, this one poses the biggest problem because it is a 1/1 plate. What most people dont understand is how easy it is to split the plate cards on the side seam, take out the patches, and put these fake ones in there instead. You can tell the far right patch isnt real because of the stitching and color of the swatch, and the two logos being there doesnt make it any less laughable. When you see the others this guy is trying to pass off, it becomes a point of education more than anything. He may not be the person who did these originally, but the body of evidence speaks for itself.
Funny enough, this actually happens a lot, especially with Triple Threads cards because of many 1/1s are put into the product every year. Triple Threads is the worst product of the year almost exclusively, and you can easily do a search and see that this is just one of the many reasons on the laundry list as to why.
Let me reiterate that you are the only one who will be looking out for you, so ALWAYS check out the seller’s other items – BOTH selling and sold, and dont hesitate to ask opinions of others. Its ALWAYS safe to walk away, as doubt should never be a part of any sale. It just isnt worth it in the long run.