NSA Takes Scam to a New Low

I have mentioned fake patches, fake autographs and scams in general on this site for the last four years. It seems like when it comes to taking advantage of uniformed collectors out there, these scammers come out of the woodwork in droves. When there is money to be made, there will be bad apples that take advantage of people who don’t know any better.

NSA is a “company” that has tried to capitalize on collectors’ obsession with game used material. I put company in quotes because what they sell is barely meets expectations to be a tradable commodity. They are likely a garage based group of douchebags who think that they can continue to feast on people who don’t know their ass from their elbow.

Normally they are right, as eBay has shown little interest in squashing this bug, but I think their recent idea takes the cake:

NSA cluster of encapsulated Ben Roethlisberger “GU” swatches

NSA cluster of encapsulated Michael Jordan “GU” swatches

NSA cluster of encapsulated Tim Tebow “GU” swatches

Obviously, these are not really game used, and even if they were, WHO CARES? If you search youtube for NSA jerseys, the video evidence is absolutely hilarious. I think they should be shut down, but I don’t think that will happen. Lets just hope that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t know better.

It’s a cheap attempt to make money, and if there is anyone out there who is going to buy in, its their own fault.


8 thoughts on “NSA Takes Scam to a New Low

  1. I watched a few videos a while back where people were cracking these things open & the jersey piece just fell out.

    Honestly, my 5 year old cousin’s little league jersey is closer to authentic than the crap used to make these. How in the hell does Ebay let them get away with this? I almost forgot, it’s all about the money. A+ job Ebay! Let the scammers keep on scamming!

  2. I can’t believe this stuff is real and people are even allowed to sell this!

  3. If you look at the seller reciews, almost all feedback is left by same buyer. Probably either a friend or a fake account

  4. And people buy these things, they bring them into stores like mine, I do all possible not to laugh at them and they leave the hobby. Thanks for pointing this crap out. Too bad people can’t leave comments on auctions so the public can be dialed in.

  5. The dirty little truth that nobody wants to admit is that there is pretty much NO WAY for the end collector to tell if a given piece of memorabilia is authentic, no matter where it comes from.

    After all, a swatch supposedly from the jersey of a superstar looks exactly like a swatch from the jersey of a scrubeenie…

  6. LMAO! That is hysterical! I can’t believe people are selling that. Almost makes me want to buy one and piece the jersey back together and sell it as a 1/1 on ebay.

  7. I investigated these crooks a couple of years ago. They use cheap BRAND NEW Sports Authority bought jerseys. They are from Tampa, FL (which pisses me off because I used to live there & would have kicked some butt) & they make these “cards” out of their house. One of the two guys told one of his eBay dealers to tell me “we are not afraid of you”. All I was asking at that point was I wanted to see a copy of the Letter Of Authenticity that comes with ALL REAL GAME-USED jerseys. If they were real – why would they automatically insult me? The jersey swatches are taped to the folded paper inside the cases. Come on now… And the prices: $10 for a Derek Jeter/ Cal Ripken DUAL PATCH CARD!!! Who in their right mind would think that is authentic?

    I have to say that no one is saying what experts have been trying to beat into every collector’s head “IF IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS”. Collectors have to take some responsibility and educate themselves or reap the rip-offs.

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