Let the Sports Illustrated commercials for champion’s gear commence! Your Baltimore Ravens are Super Bowl champions! With that, as I explained a few weeks ago, there will be some astronomical shifts in the value of the cards for the guys who played exceptionally well. Obviously Ray Lewis and Jacoby Jones will get a bump, but Joe Flacco should take the cake. Being that he was a first round pick in 2008, and has come under fire for his play this season, a Super Bowl win has put his cards into the stratosphere.
Here is the issue.
FYI: Im not implying that all of these are fakes, or that the sellers are responsible, but these are all too tough to tell real or fake 5 years after release:
Flacco (and Ray Rice for that matter) came into the hobby when Exquisite and SP authentic were at their best. Not only that, but the fake patch scammers were also at their best. Unlike today, where Panini has the rookies wear 35 jerseys at the premiere so they can put a logo in every card, it wasnt as bad back in 2008. Because the Ravens have the best patch in football on both shoulders of their jersey, you can understand why the scammers wanted to put it in as many cards as they could.
Both Flacco and Rice were cheap enough at the time that you could easily buy a ton of their cards and insert the fake patches into them. I would go as far as saying that a huge portion of the patch run for Exquisite now has a fake patch in the card. Many of them were authenticated by Beckett to prove the a legitimacy that wasnt true. It was that bad. Dont believe me? Take a look at the stupidity present in this search. Its almost impossible to find a one color Flacco or Rice these days. All of them were bought up and altered back during the offseason of 2008 when the cards were at their cheapest – and even more over the course of the last 5 years. Even though Beckett and the grading companies MAY have learned their lesson in authenticating the card and not the patch by now, they didnt know anything about anything back in 2008. You cant trust anything anymore.
Here is what you need to know. The targets of the scammers were the 2008 Exquisite Rookie Patch Autos and the 2008 SP Authentic Rookie Patch Autos. For some reason, National Treasures didnt feel as much of the craziness, most likely because Exquisite was worth so much more. Obviously, I wouldnt touch any of the cards if you see those Ravens sleeve patch. Graded, ungraded, authenticated, it doesnt matter. Even if they are in a BGS slab, it doesnt make them trustworthy. I wouldnt touch anything above a 3 color.
It really is sad that we have gotten to this point, but it is what it is. As long as YOU educate YOURSELF, you wont have any problem staying safe.
Here is a link to SCU Scam School, in which I discuss the situation further.