Thursday, June 29, 2017

Blowout Cards FORUMS: THE WORST SPORTS CARDS HOBBY SITE EVER!!!

Blowout Cards FORUMS: THE WORST SPORTS CARDS HOBBY SITE EVER!!!

If you want to hang out with the most immature children (many born before 1960???) this site is for you! If you are a dealer who has never done a single thing to improve this hobby for the future, yet berate anyone who does: this site is for you. This is the first and last time I will ever devote a word regarding this TERRIBLE website in case any decent collectors come across LIES about me on Google from this website. THE TRUTH AND THE FACTS ARE HERE and what is not, I gladly invite you to contact me directly. My same email addy of over TEN YEARS is below... I berate no one unless they senselessly attack me first: without any provocation. So please, there's never been any reason to be afraid of me, I LIVE TO HELP HONEST COLLECTORS!


    It's time is long overdue that I tell the truth about this website. But if they are allowed to continue the way they have been, they are contributing GREATLY TO THE END OF THIS HOBBY! This site harbors the WORST of the WORST eBay dealers who are MAD AT THE WORLD because they are not making even 10% of the profits they were making off of collectors since around 2001. So they turned their anger and delusional thoughts on collectors on eBay by OVERCHARGING Shipping & Handling OR FAR WORSE (to pay their eBay and Paypal fees) because in their twisted minds they feel eBay and Paypal SHOULD COST THEM NOTHING, so they are the sellers who start with a S&H fee of $3.50-$4.00 (for a 3-ounce package OR LESS where postage is $2.61 MAXIMUM) as of 2017 (which costs them a TOTAL of under $3.00 for up to EIGHT cards in top-loaders including all eBay allowable fees), plus many add an additional fee (some are HIDDEN fees Which they only ADD AFTER AUCTIONS END, but is never mentioned in their listings!) of .50 cents to $1.00 for each additional card you win. 

THIS IS A DISGUSTING PRACTICE AND IS STILL AGAINST EBAY'S REASONABLE S&H FEE RULES. But eBay TOTALLY STOPPED ENFORCING THOSE RULES AGAIN (they first did this in 2010-11) SEVERAL MONTHS AGO (because they only make profit from SELLERS!). You can call and report these sellers and file complaints against these sellers (wasting 30+ minutes of your time on the phone with eBay), but NOT ONE OF THESE SELLERS ARE EVER PUNISHED IN ANY WAY. So eBay made even bigger Narcissists out of these jerks! MOST OF THESE JERKS HANG OUT ON THE BLOWOUT CARDS FORUMS FOR MANY HOURS EVERY DAY! Then they will gang up on anyone who has devoted their lives to helping collectors - BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE DOES! This is why I do what I do for free no matter how much these idiots think they are upsetting me! What a bunch of clowns...

If just one of these people had a backbone, they'd contact me by email directly and we'd have a mature one on one conversation so they could find out THE TRUTHFUL FACTS! BUT THEY DON'T WANT THAT! These are all low self-esteem people who gain esteem by putting others down no matter how wrong they are. They are the CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News going after Donald Trump- just like they go to the WORST WEBSITE to go after me... Before one of these morons takes this OUT OF CONTEXT (like everything else), I'm not comparing myself to Donald Trump in any way, shape, or form. But he's being put down WRONGLY by idiots in a similar way that I am.   

I was blocked in 2013 from ever being allowed to sign up (or ever post- I snuck two in within 4-YEARS...) for Blowout Cards Forums, because I BUSTED Blowout Cards on eBay for OVERCHARGING S&H when eBay used to care and Blowout Cards was punished! Since I could never DEFEND MYSELF, all of these sellers ganged up on me because I was doing everything I was able to do TO STOP THEM from breaking Ebay's Rules (which is what eBay's Founder stated he wanted all members to do: POLICE THE SITE BECAUSE EBAY DOES NOT POLICE THEIR OWN SITE.). 

In other words eBay does not ever look for fraudulent listings or sellers who blatantly breaking their rules: THEY COUNT ON ALL THEIR MEMBERS TO DO THIS FOR THEM. The shame is that almost no one does this. So if you are looking for someone to blame for ripping you off on eBay: LOOK IN THE MIRROR! I don't wish to be mean to buyers, but you MUST REPORT ALL THE REALLY BAD SELLERS YOU COME ACROSS, because if it's only myself and a small handful of others; eBay WILL NOT CARE! So I had to use an alternate method to post a message on their board on 6/28/17 using a pseudonym.

This was my post:

"I agree totally with Ron Loblaw" (the ONLY person defending me on BlowoutCards Forums: I'm shocked they haven't blocked him yet as another Cardcop faker, which they still might. I've seen others disappear after defending me also)! 

It's too obvious that everyone is on the "HATE or KILL this guy" bandwagon only on blowoutcards forums (I searched Google thoroughly and there's not one bad thing mentioned other than on these boards specifically- but tons of good things about him on Google??? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?), yet not one person provided one shred of evidence that he did anything wrong on these boards. 

And again on the flip-side there's plenty of proof of all the good things he's done for the hobby. Instead of automatically believing the big mouths on this board, I emailed him directly and he showed me unquestionable proof of all the good he's done for everyone in this hobby going back to 1989. How many of you have done this?

Is it possible a few narcissist eBay sellers were busted by him and they've been bad mouthing him only on these boards for so long that it's an automatIc preconceived notion that everything he does or says are crooked fraud and lies? 

I think anyone who questions his integrity should simply contact him and have a mature discussion. He's likely to change your mind too (unless he busted you for fraud on eBay already). 

John"
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"HeltonFan" on Blowout Cards was me, which I of course I used an ID that would be easily linked to me (because people on those boards are DENSE)- I mean it took them over TEN posts before they knew it was me??? I wanted to ask questions of these members to see if ANYONE could engage in simply answering any of my direct questions. Yet NOT ONE of these child-like immature morons on that site answered ONE question I asked in my post PROVING their group mentality.  Nearly all posted such childish remarks, they are not even worth repeating: WHY IS THAT? I mean my direct email is and always has been cardcop04@gmail.com, SO CONTACT ME DIRECTLY! This is at least my FIFTH time inviting direct contact, yet NO ONE ever contacts me direct because they feel safe hiding behind the Blowout Boards where they LIVE! If you actually saw how many USELESS posts most of these people bashing me and others post, you'd assume they do live on these boards and are all immature children... I though Sports Card Forums were to identify HOBBY PROBLEMS, find ways to fix them and everyone does what they can to help. 

WHAT KIND OF WEBSITE (Blowout Cards Forums in particular) ONLY ALLOWS ONE SIDE OF THE STORY AND SO MANY CHILDISH, HURTFUL, AND LITERALLY DISGUSTING POSTS I WOULDN'T EXPECT TO HEAR ON THE STREETS OF BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN WHERE I HUNG OUT AS A KID IN THE 1980's?

So I'm going to answer and/or correct all of the vicious statements by everyone who posted on Blowout Cards Forums (just search Cardcop in their Forums and you'll see all the HATE they have for me without any evidence AT ALL!!!)- following my post.
Most short, one sentence posts are ignored here because those are just FOLLOWERS who don't have the mental ability to have an independant thought.
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ACTUAL OTHER MEMBER POSTS ARE IN BOLD.

This was quoted: Originally Posted by tonedef2oo8 (one of my biggest HATERS for absolutely no reason):
  
"He has time to blog but not return cards he demands full refunds on that are for his fake charity work.". 

My Blogging is done very sporadically (maybe once every three weeks on average, ONLY when I'm physically able). I HAVE NEVER "demanded" a REFUND FROM ANYONE. I speak here like a professional; like I speak to anyone on eBay, UNLESS you say something VERY OFFENSIVE to me first. Then NO HOLDS ARE BARRED, but I still don't use "curse" words because in case you weren't aware (because you weren't born yet) there's such a thing called INTERNET ETIQUETTE that I memorized in 1997 and followed ever since online. Sadly, Internet newbies talk on the Internet like they are talking to their crook friends on the street which is disgusting. 

When I buy a card that is listed as NM/MT or NM/MT+ and receive it with a CREASE, this just wasted my precious time (and later in this response you'll understand why my time is precious; if you have an average brain that is). The ONLY cards that I buy to keep for myself for now are cards that I saved money from cards I SOLD first (so to all of those with comments like "he has no money to eat, but he buys sports cards" THAT IS ALL TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT!). The other 99.9% of everything I buy is to add to my card donations. Here's some fairly recent proof:


I'll explain my illnesses after the doctor's written diagnosis (and I have MANY MORE I'll send you directly by email if you request it- I do have some right to privacy, right?) which you can confirm on WebMD. If you can't understand my explanation AND WebMD's explanation, you are TOO DUMB TO EVER GET IT, so stay out of it then, PLEASE! There are far too many people who became so engrossed in "technology" that their brains had no room left to learn anything else. These people LIVE online, not learning ANYTHING but posting on message boards or blogs all day long and they do nothing else so how could they possible understand what's going on with ANYTHING ELSE? Yet a complex hobby such as sports cards and all the fraud being committed without one Price Guide that truly educates anyone since 2005 is a VERY BAD THING!!! So I do my best to help those who have been hurt by card companies or big sellers. 
The average IQ is 100, my IQ after (5) tests over a 20-year period is 130. I mention this only because far too many people in the USA today are simply MORONS! I'm far from that and I'll take "The Pepsi Challenge" one on one with anyone in-person any day.     


I removed my SS#, ID numbers, and DOB for obvious reasons.

My actual diagnoses in normal speech is General Myasthenia Gravis (MG) w/Hyperthymusism, Degenerative Disk Disease (with SIX massively herniated/ruptured disks in my neck C1-C4 and lowest back L4, L5/S1), and Fibromyalgia causing severe nerve pain all over my body 24/7, but most severely in both calf muscles in both legs which started in mid-2001. These are just my severe (or worse) pain & fatigue diseases and Hyperthymusism blocks all meds from working right if at all. The ONLY pain med that helps just a little is the VERY HIGH dose of Methadone which has no side-effects on me (it affects me like Tylenol effects a normal person)! I showed certain symptoms of all of these diseases all throughout my life, but no one ever diagnosed anything before because the symptoms would eventually go away and they'd call it "growing pains". But all medications never working right on me isn't explained by "growing pains". I worked with doctors for 16-years of my life as an EKG Interpretation Technologist, so I know how doctors think better than most. If they can't pinpoint a diagnosis, they'll use a generalization diagnosis to keep their patients "believing in them" even thought that diagnosis could be totally wrong. There'sa saying in the medical field amongst Medical Professionals that goes like this "If you go to TEN different doctors, you will get TEN different diagnoses.. Sadly for the most part that is 100% correct, or at least a good part of their diagnoses will be different.   
NONE OF THIS REGARDING MY MEDICAL PROBLEMS HAS CHANGED THE SLIGHTEST BIT SINCE 2006: CONTRARY TO THE MORONS ON BLOWOUT CARDS FORUMS WHO INCORRECTLY STATED THAT MY "ILLNESSES KEEP CHANGING". And they should be VERY ASHAMED of themselves making fun of a very disabled person. But the Millennial Generation doesn't know what empathy is because they grew up on a machine and think like a machine: cold as ice! Those older than that generation there's simply no excuse for other than greed, so they all belong in prison (and many of them have been there before) but most of you are too lazy to look up who you are giving your money to. 
A seller of FAKE National Convention 1/1 cards on eBay with a big Gold sticker on the cards (of all companies, and all recent years) that I went after brought up a stupid case I was involved in almost 25-years ago (where I did nothing wrong and proved it by taking a polygraph at the prosecutor's request). So I did a FULL background check on him. Turns out he was busted in Operation Bullpen with hundreds of Greg Marino forgeries in his possession at the time of his arrest, and he had just been named as co-conspirator in the O.J. Simpson Las Vegas arrest which caused his prison sentence. He was O.J. & crew's limo driver (and drug dealer and pimp) who did not come forward at the time because he knew he'd go to prison. Once I found that in less than 15-minutes with only his name, he BACKED RIGHT OFF. All I could do was report him to the National Convention (NSCC) people.  

I was told in 2009 when these diseases progressed BADLY making me totally homebound and mostly bedridden (all are progressive diseases and all are INOPERABLE - general anesthesia will stop my breathing due to my MG) that I am Terminally Ill and that these diseases should kill me by age 50 (THREE DIFFERENT NEURO-NEUROSURGEONS TOLD ME THIS!). I'm 50 NOW. 
But I have high hopes, NOT FOR MYSELF, but that I can still do good things to help perfect strangers, especially the sick children I help who never had a chance to live life at all. I lived a wonderful (broke but wonderful because I NEVER cared about being rich which TRULY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!).  This is why I never feel sorry for myself (and do not want that from anyone else), but with the majority of "MAD AT THE WORLD" sellers on eBay, when I get a damaged card I'd rather get a $2.00 refund, than waste all the time it takes to prepare a labeled bubble envelope all because these sellers think they can sneak a CREASED CARD past a 30-year collector (and a 17-year Certified Autograph Insert only collector). TI have to walk it two blocks to my corner outgoing mailbox which I can't always do, or my mailman will take the outgoing mail when my mail is delivered around 3PM EST. YES MY MAIL IS DELIVERED LATE WHICH WON'T GUARANTEE MY OUTGOING MAIL WILL PROCESS THAT DAY WHICH ONCE CAUSED ME TO LOSE TOP-SELLER STATUS BRIEFLY!  

As far as the Post Office being screwed up, if you don't know it now you rarely get mail, or don't care. But if you buy and sell on eBay and CARE about your buyers (sadly most sellers COULDN'T CARE LESS, no matter how they pretend in emails) you know fully how bad the Post Office has become as far as misdelivering mail, losing mail, etc. over the past five years, most know it's been this bad for two years. I KNEW OF THIS PROBLEM OVER FIVE YEARS AGO BECAUSE I READ THE POST OFFICE EMPLOYEE MESSAGE BOARDS. The Post Office was firing competent employees like crazy to deny their pensions, AND to rehire morons for half their pay! Then there's the REPLACEMENT delivery people (when your GOOD regular mail person is on vacation or had days off) who are TOTALLY WORTHLESS and very poorly trained. My old postal Supervisor once told me "We deliver 1,500 pieces of mail to your area, if we LOSE 3-4I think that's pretty damn good!".  

AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I'M LONG WINDED IN MY POSTS??? Because MORONS ASSUME the opposite (or taking everything OUT OF CONTEXT to make themselves look good to the CARDCOP HATERS!) of what I'm saying instead of keeping their DUMB mouths shut AND FIGHTING ALL THE FRAUD THAT HAS GROSSLY INCREASED OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS: like the person who said on the BlowoutCards Forum in question: "Wow, he's a 17-year collector like that's a record or something.". I'm paraphrasing here, but he said something VERY similar! 
I NEVER SAID I WAS A 17-YEAR COLLECTOR??? I said I was a 17-YEAR Certified Autograph Insert ONLY collector!!! Before that I was a general card collector since 1987.
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ONE PERSON may or may not have defended me! ID mcgahee21nfl - eBay ID goldbarcards said:  "All I can say is that I genuinely feel terrible for this guy. I wish we could do something for him to help him turn his life around.". NOW'S YOUR CHANCE, SO CONTACT ME!
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NickM posted at 3AM: "When cardcop dies, will anyone miss him besides bill collectors and the staff at the free clinic?" Nice... also interesting that he posts no personal info whatsoever so anyone can trace who he is (other than Blowout Cards)!
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JMG318 postedat 6AM: "This guys done a lot in his lifetime. Pushing through these diseases and being a medical assistant. Haha . Dudes a clown and I'd be willing to bet he's a pill head."

Yes, I have done a lot in my lifetime and I'm very happy I did, because if I didn't (like most people like yourself) I'd likely would have taken the Kevorkian way out a LONG TIME ago because it is extremely difficult living with severe-excruciating pain AND fatigue 24/7 knowing I wasted my whole life until I became so sick!

Put your money where your mouth is knucklehead! But I know you won't... 
I voluntarily went to Queens County Neuropsychiatric Institute seeing psychologist Phil Clancy and Psychiatrist Dr. Shriver from 2005-1013 (until they cut off my Medicaid and could no longer go) so I couldn't get addicted to any medications that were very strong narcotics which I needed to live with Chronic Intractable Pain (look it up!). As I already stated (and ONLY anyone who has ever had to live with Chronic Intractable Pain can back me up on this, so PLEASE DO) once the RIGHT pain medication has been found and you've been on the same high level for 13-years like I have, it has no more affect on me than Tylenol has on a normal patient's headache. If you took less than 1/2 of my morning dose: YOU'D BE DEAD IN 15-MINUTES! But it doesn't affect me like that at all. I feel no difference from the time I take the full first daily dose (of two) even an hour until 12-hours later after I take it. It simply keeps my pain from going to EXCRUCIATING in most cases. 

Hydrocodone (5, 10 or 15mg), Oxycodone (5 or 10mg), Morphine PO, IM, OR IV, Hydromorphone, or Oxymorphone has NO EFFECT ON ME AT ALL, nor did it BEFORE I went on the med I'm on now! Only super high doses of Fentanyl worked. My last Pain Management QUACK put me on a total of 2mg (not mcg) per day! I got out of there ASAP and found the GREAT doctor I've had now for 5-years. 

Scum degenerate DRUG ADDICTS who use pills or medications made ONLY for Chronic Intractable Pain patients should be strangled by Pain Patients until dead as their punishment. It is because of ILLEGAL use by these scum that make life so hard on patients like myself and others like me who have to go through HELL (like 21-days of full withdrawal, not the pussies who complain about 4-5 days of alcohol withdrawal, or 7-days or heroin withdrawal) to get a doctor who simply cares about his patients vs. caring about getting on the DEA's "radar" which might cause them to not be able to buy their wife a Lamborghini Testarossa for the holidays this year! 
I FIGHT FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT PATIENTS WITH THE LITTLE TIME/ENERGY I HAVE LEFT AS WELL, OF COURSE FOR FREE- BUT THAT'S A LOSING CAUSE BECAUSE ONE PERSON CAN'T FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT! AT LEAST I GIVE PEOPLE FAR LESS SICK THAN I AM RESOURCES OF HOW TO FIGHT! 
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 gpenko826 (my 2nd biggest troll, who also shows no discernable info to track him) posted these all on the same thread after my 6/28 1AM "JOHN" post:

9AM: "Everyone needs to stop what they're doing immediately and read his most recent posts. He claims, in one looooooong post that :

- He PERSONALLY got Pacific's BB license removed and sent them to bankruptcy
- He discovered that every single item in Pacific Private Stock was fake
- He was appointed as a columnist on Tuff Stuff, but it got bought out before it could be official
- He has e-mailed Topps and eBay about every single reprint card found in the listings
- Beckett removed grading and fraud guides because they are in on the conspiracy
- Almost all PSA/DNA and JSA items are fakes and they know it
- He's personally investigating Hits memorabilia for... reasons?

It's honestly a look into the maw of madness. I almost feel bad for him - he's a dangerously sick individual that probably needs to be hospitalized before he truly hurts himself or someone else..."

AND at 9:19AM: "I am legit obsessed with this blog now. 2 more things that stand out:

1) He was banned from eBay because he kept trying to report sellers for overcharging for S&H. Do you understand how many times this guy would have had to pester those poor eBay reps to get banned for it? He was legit just searching through "sports cards" and reporting every single person that he felt was "overcharging" for shipping!

2) He claims repeatedly that he lives on around $1200/month thank to disability and some vague illness (the one he keep changing the name of and the date he was diagnosed), yet he is apparently spending THOUSANDS on sports cards? He talks of tons of different boxes and packs he's broken, and all of these redemptions he's owed, yet he has no money for food?"

AND he woke back up at 4:02PM:

" I mean, it's not unheard of, but...

He's had this disease since either 2004, 2006, 2008, or 2009 depending on which post you read. And it became fatal in 2011 to the point where he couldn't get out of bed or stand up. Except that he could type 1000+ word posts, break wax, e-mail and call Topps and eBay daily, and donate cards to hospitals. And it depends on which disease he claims to have, as that has changed at least 3 times.

This guy is a tenure-worthy case study for any psych professor out there." 


AND 4:08PM:

"I literally spent my entire lunch hour reading his blog and came up with these other gems:

- put Playoff and then Donruss/Playoff out of business PERSONALLY
- started the crusade against scams in 1992 when he brought down a Topps Gold theft ring
- was told by eBay customer service reps that he was a "hero" but they couldn't say it out loud because they'd be fired
- was told by the president of Playoff (the one he got fired) that he was basically a saint
- was the one who got Fleer to send out thousands of free autos to collectors when they went bankrupt
- tried to convince Beckett to give him a free issue of a price guide because it would help their reputation in hobby to do so and he would give them free press
- repeatedly harassed and threatened Chris Olds at Beckett, then slammed him when he wouldn't return an e-mail or hire him.

I could literally go on and on for days.... it's fascinating!! It's like A Beautiful Mind, except with cards and not beautiful...

The best, tho, is this alleged quote from Beckett:

"You do the things we could never do and we could never tell the necessary truth like you do because we are afraid of losing advertising dollars" "
??????????????????????????????????????

This one needs SERIOUS needs professional psychiatric help that I cannot provide. He took EVERYTHING OUT OF CONTEXT, even though much of what he stated is true and I can prove it. I'm not proving it to this nutcase who's obviously got a sick fixation on me. However, IF ANYONE WISHES TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS NUMBERED ONE BY ONE DIRECTLY BY EMAIL, I'll be glad to answer EVERY question and provide IRON-CLAD proof of the things I have.

James  My email again: cardcop04@gmail.com
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And one more:

Triggwildcat (eBay ID Chrius_kskvk42sh, COMC ID Chrisyork33 from Greenboro, NC) posted at 1:09PM: "How can someone "terminally ill" still be alive for that long except for some type of miracle. If he has been since 2009 that he has had this disease, then it would seem doubtful that he would have survived this long"

This is a medical dictionary meaningTerminal illness is a disease that cannot be cured or adequately treated and that is reasonably expected to result in the death of the patient within a short period of time. This term is more commonly used for progressive diseases such as cancer or advanced heart disease than for trauma.

Terminal illness simply means for my specific diseases that the diseases that I have will eventually KILL ME way before I would have died of anything else. I was told I will likely die by age 50 in 2009 (when I was 42). There is a 70% chance that my Thymus Gland tumor will eventually metastasize (become cancerous- which will spread FAST because it's under the sternum in the center of the chest next to the heart AND lungs), and there is an even greater chance that I will stop breathing in my sleep from the high dose medications I need to live now. Again, I CAN HAVE NO SURGERY AT ALL BECAUSE GENERAL ANESTHESIA WILL STOP MY BREATHING FROM my Myasthenia Gravis!

Maybe it is a miracle that I lasted this long, who knows??? But many people are far better off for it that I'm still here volunteering to help ANYONE who asks for my hobby help. I became a Forensic Document Examiner in 1999, and did two hour+ examinations in the last two weeks and was told that I was correct in both of my detailed explanations. THIS IS ONLY FOR FREE TOO! And I'll still help anyone who asks. Plus I tell every seller of Ebay forgeries that they are selling FORGERIES! 
If they don't like that they get the TRUTH from me, good! That means I'm doing my work right!!! If no one was ANGRY with me for life and wished I was dead then I wouldn't be very good now would I? 

VERY Sincerely and I wish everyone the best (unless your goal is to hurt as many people as you can to improve your life because you're too DUMB to do anything but sports cards for a living!),

James McCay
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Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 UPDATES: eBay ILLEGAL Reprints, eBay Forgeries, New Fake GU Company???+++

                               First 2017 Update

     Sorry for my absence, I have a Facebook Page very similar to this one. It's under James "Cardcop" McCay. I suggest reading that page for never info as it's silly doing both pages. But this page will stay and serve and past educational material THAT BECKETT NEVER PRINTS! 
     There is an entire sports card collecting Generation now who did not have Beckett to be educated from. Beckett removed READER'S WRITE: STUPID! And Beckett removed the one page right before the price guide that had info on HOW TO SPOT FAKES, How To Grade Cards, How to Price Lower Grade Cards, and other educational info especially for newer collectors. THIS SHOWS HOW LITTLE BECKETT CARES ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS HOBBY! ALL Beckett Monthly guides are USELESS and are not worth looking at unless you GET THEM FREE!  

     The number of sellers on eBay with worthless ILLEGAL Expensive Vintage Card Reprints all for an average of $5.00 each (w/S&H included) have MULTIPLIED BY A MINIMUM FACTOR OF TEN over just the past six months or so (since I started trying to get all of these sellers BANNED from eBay!). Truth is eBay DOESN'T CARE anymore if people sell any kind of ILLEGAL items as long as they get their seller fees! THEY REFUSE TO REMOVE ANY ILLEGAL CARD AUCTIONS IF A BUYER/SELLER WITH 1,000+ FEEDBACKS AND POWER-SELLER STATUS with ZERO Negative/Neutral feedbacks reports these ILLEGAL card sellers by wasting 30-45 minutes of their own time for the good of the hobby. Then the eBay Specialist will state "You are right, eBay will not tolerate card reprints that are covered by copyright and/or licensing rights and these cards will be removed and the seller will be punished." EVEN THOUGH THEY STATED THIS TO ME (on a legally tape recorded conversation by myself) ABOUT SELLER: 12bettyc5881 TWO FULL MONTHS AGO, eBay has DONE NOTHING AT ALL!!! All of their Vintage Topps card FAKE Reprints (that DO NOT state Reprint anywhere on the cards) are being bought in GREAT NUMBERS by crooked sellers (which proves how many crooked sellers there are in this hobby, which I stated on a message board in 2011 and was given HELL for it!). 

     Just go to eBay and put this exactly in their item SEARCH box as I stated it after the colon: (Reprint,RP) (Michael Jordan,Wayne Gretzky,Carl Yastrzemski,Ted Williams,Mario Lemieux,Gary Carter,Billy Ripken) -  THEN CLICK ON EACH CARD THAT APPEARS TO BE AN ILLEGAL REPRINT OF A VINTAGE CARDS FROM TOPPS OR FLEER, and click "SEE OTHER ITEMS". 
In 90% of these ILLEGAL CARD listings, the sellers are also selling MANY OTHER ILLEGAL REPRINT CARDS which you will clearly see when you see all their current items. Then you can look at their (200) most recent feedback and see how many of them are MORE Illegal Reprints. THEN YOU WILL GET THE IDEA OF HOW MUCH OF A PLAGUE THIS IS IN THE HOBBY AND WILL EVENTUALLY DEVALUE ALL THE ORIGINAL VINTAGE CARDS! Why? Because the crook sellers are now experimenting with "AGING" cards and I saw one seller whose FAKE REPRINT AGED cards looked just as good as ORIGINAL VINTAGE OLD CARDS! Then more and more of these will be sold on eBay and more and more will be sold at Card Shows to novice collectors "cheap" because these novice collectors think they are buying thousand dollar+ cards for a few hundred. THIS COULD VERY EASILY KILL THE VINTAGE CARD HOBBY FOREVER! Why? Because the more these SCUM sellers see that eBay is doing NOTHING to these ILLEGAL card sellers  and the card companies are doing very little and the licensing agencies (MLBPA, MLB Properties, and MLB) and doing little: sellers of these ILLEGAL cards with get better and better at making REPRINTS that are so good, PSA and BGS won't be able top tell the difference either! 

     THIS CAN HAPPEN IN LESS THAN A YEAR IF ALL COLLECTORS AND DEALERS DON'T START BOMBARDING THE CARD COMPANIES (who have licensing rights to the cards being reprinted) like Upper Deck owns the license for Fleer vintage cards like 1986-87 Michael Jordan's first fully licensed basketball cards worth thousands (if real) so you need to contact them: QA@upperdeck.com same goes for Reprinted Billy Ripken white-out cards which you see a lot of on eBay. 

Here's a list of (15) BIG ILLEGAL Reprint Sellers all with 99.9% feedback or better and all BIG LONG TIME SELLERS w/thousands of selling feedbacks (this is what happens to dealers when they GO BAD!): 

iamrs1943, vinyllicious0162, jackscollectables2, lady2udiva, mhsmil, 12bettyc5881, mikesmemorabilia2011, ethanator1088, cards311000, mugger63jeff, jrcantu69-2008, loo_kevi, srv93012, kokopelli1305, dechen3 

     It is best to call Topps at their NYC Corporate Headquarters (212)-376-0300 and ask for their Quality Assurance Department regarding FAKE ILLEGAL Vintage Topps cards on eBay. Then give them as many eBay ID's selling MANY different Topps Reprints. Keep in mind that Topps has made their own reprints over the years, but most of them have a Gold foil stamp on the front of those cards. Last time I called Topps QA, I got a woman's voice-mail, so leave a message! If everyone reading this reports FIVE different sellers, eBay will be FORCED by Topps to remove ALL of these ILLEGAL REPRINTS which serve no purpose other than FRAUD!

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There are really AWFUL Full Time sports card sellers on eBay these days- mostly thanks to eBay not giving a damn. These are so many eBay BAD dealers like tntnothnj and shackem - they sell DAMAGED cards (with creases!) listed as NM/MT on a REGULAR BASIS (look at their feedback)! Then they try to blame the buyer when you complain. If you leave honest/accurate negative feedback, you should see the whopper responses they leave like shackem says "LEARN TO READ!" on an item he put no picture for which was damaged??? 

They refuse partial refunds (because if the item sold fairly low they'll just pawn it off on someone else DAMAGED and unnoted because MOST BUYERS NEVER COMPLAIN! Why, I'll never understand that! Like when you already promised the card to someone as a gift (like a child) you deserve a fair partial refund (like asking $4.00 for a $15.00 CREASED card that said NM/MT), and eBay is ABSOLUTELY NO HELP. 

But you can file a complaint with PAYPAL when you get a non-listed damaged card and Paypal offers choices of partial refunds you may want! BET MORE BUYERS DIDN'T KNOW THEY DID THIS! Well now you do, but I wouldn't abuse the Paypal policy. Always try to politely work it out with the seller, as soon as the seller gets obnoxious- go for other help. 

Don't strike back against nasty people, that gets you nowhere and may affect your refund. Even for sellers that say "NO REFUNDS" eBay will force a FULL REFUND INCLUDING RETURN SHIPPING for a full refund, but only if the item is the wrong item, damaged or something similar to that.  

Try eBay for help, if that doesn't work: GO TO PAYPAL FOR HELP. Then you also have a last resort. Go to your Credit Card for HELP (if you paid by credit card through Paypal)! You will have to explain the problem in detail to the Credit Card who knows nothing about sports cards, but once you get them to understand; they can reverse partial or full payment to the seller, even eBay sellers. Make sure you tell your Credit Card that eBay doesn't help buyers anymore because all they care about is sellers because they ONLY get fees from sellers!

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                                        HITS MEMORABILIA

There a company making "game-used" patch (mostly, some are plain jersey cards too) cards, some are 1/1, some have CUT Topps sticker autographs (which look AWFUL as they are cut crooked???). This company Hits Memorabilia has been making cards for several years and I'm in the middle of investigating them.  None of their cards are licensed by anyone- so they'll NEVER be listed in Beckett even though Beckett lists other cards with NO Licensing like Upper Deck FB and some Panini Baseball (because they pay so much for advertising - are you seeing how CROOKED AND USELESS Beckett is yet?). HITS boxes contain (3) cards for around $100. A GREAT RISK IF YOU ASK ME, even if all the game-used items are authentic! 


MANY are Spring Training items which are NOT "game-used" as the entire hobby decided with Beckett in 2001 and why REAL "game-used" card state on the card backs "Used in an Official Major League game". Anything else is JUNK as far as my very educated opinion goes. I mean, I only caused Pacific Trading Cards to lose all of their baseball licensing just a few months after they got it (after fighting to get all the baseball licensing for DECADES) by putting ALL fake game-used jerseys and bats in 2001 Private Stock. This bankrupted Pacific by 2003-04. I did this all by myself. 

SO DON'T THINK FOR A MOMENT THAT YOU CAN'T FIX THINGS IN THIS HOBBY BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE PERSON! If I listed every positive thing I changed in this hobby from 1992-2004 alone you'd be shocked and it's HUNDREDS of things!

I just can't help myself. I have to SLAM former Tuff Stuff's ON YOUR SIDE writer (they almost replaced him with ME - but then SCD bought out Tuff Stuff and that fell through): T.J. Schwartz. He tried his hardest to try to STOP ME from ever getting started in fighting Corporate hobby fraud online for free. He did at least three articles in Tuff Stuff never naming me, but talking about how I was a VIGILANTE and I'd never accomplish anything, and blah, blah, blah. That FAT, LAZY, GREEDY Card Shop Owner only cared about getting his boxes of freebies from every card company for never saying a negative word about any current card company. Yes, he did a bit of good work, but nothing anyone with a little free time could have EASILY done. He did what was EASY always! I ONLY DID WHAT WAS HARD!!! And I proved him so totally wrong and he never apologized which shows the scum he truly is. 
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THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE AUTOGRAPH FORGERIES ON EBAY THAN THERE ARE NOW! DO NOT BUY AUTOGRAPHS FROM EBAY, AT THIS POINT THERE IS A 90% CHANCE YOU WILL BUY A WORTHLESS FORGERY! I INCLUDE ANYTHING "AUTHENTICATED" BY PSA/DNA and JAMES SPENCE IN THIS LIST! 
Stick to ON CARD Certified Autograph Inserts (CAI's) from BIG well-known card companies like: Topps, Upper Deck, older Fleer (pre-2004), older Playoff (pre-2001 other than 2001 Donruss baseball that are all ON CARD), older Donruss (pre-2002), older Score (pre-2002), older Pinnacle: whose autographs are 99.99% AUTHENTIC.

I came up with this number because out of the tens of THOUSANDS of different players or celebrity Certified Autograph Inserts made over the decades (since 1990) only FOUR have more than half of that player's autographs signed by someone other than themselves. These are the ones I caught: 1995 Press Pass VIP Nascar common driver, 1997 UD Legends Football Donnie Shell. And there are only two others: 1994 Signature Rookies ERRICT RHETT (that they offered replacements for) and one other that I can't think of right this moment.

There are isolated incidents where players kept a stack of (100) or so of cards they were supposed to sign, but never did and gave away to friends. Some of these found their way into the hobby and CROOKED dealers or collectors attempted to sign these cards themselves. But knowing that the minimum most players sign for any card set is 2,000-5,000 cards, 100 is a small amount. I was HOPING that when Beckett made BECKETT AUTOGRAPHS Yearly books they add all this info to their books and they added NOTHING INFORMATIONAL that isn't in all their other price guides. I HAD BEEN PUSHING BECKETT TO MAKE A BECKETT AUTOGRAPHS BOOK SINCE 2000, AND EACH YEAR I ADDED MORE SUGGESTIONS! They finally made one in 2013 and the LAST ONE in 2014 (which were originally $69.99 and were $20 each with FREE S&H three years later!) and neither have ONE of my suggestions like: Ink color variations, marking ON CARD autographs as OC, noting major changes in autograph quality with some players, RARE known inscription cards, etc. Plus there are so many Certified Autograph Insert interesting stories they should have told in those books but told NONE???    

I'll add more to this post as I'm able... 

Monday, November 14, 2016

2016: SHOULD BE THE YEAR OF MAJOR SPORTS CARD and AUTOGRAPH CHANGES & RANDOM THOUGHTS

2016 Can't Be Worse Than 2015, Can it?
 
I guess I'll start with what's been happening with me and the hobby most recently:
 
 I keep getting phone calls from the same Asian woman who works for BECKETT Marketing. She called twice in 2015 (March and Sept.) I politely told her both times EXACTLY WHY I'll never pay for any Beckett Magazine again. She gave up after my explanation. Then she calls me a few days ago (Jan 8th 2016) and again, the same exact Asian woman. This time she said "we listened to your complaints and we have been making changes." So I told her to send me a copy for free so I can see these changes for myself. She made me hold while she asked her Supervisor. She comes back and says "we can add a complimentary 13th issue to any subscription you make" and I said "WELL THEN IT'S NO AND BECKETT STILL DOESN'T GET IT!".
Beckett did so much harm to the hobby by buying Beckett from Dr. Jim Beckett and then making all kinds of changes "THEY THOUGHT" would save them money yet keep their subscription base the same. They obviously don't know the first thing about this hobby because one of the first things they did was hire CHRIS OLDS whose the most boring person I could imagine running Beckett Baseball. He's not only boring, on his YouTube box breaks for Beckett I literally yawned more than once watching him. He's the WORST PERSON imaginable to open boxes to show new products to collectors because he never gets excited when he pulls very expensive cards (because he doesn't get to keep them) which shows how little he cares about other collectors. All of their Price Guides ARE WAY OFF the true values of all cards in this hobby (both ones that should have gone up & ESPECIALLY CARDS THAT SHOULD HAVE GONE DOWN DRASTICALLY AND NEVER DID!
 
BECKETT MEDIA HAS BEEN FOR SALE (AGAIN) SINCE 2008, AND COULDN'T FIND ONE INTERESTED BUYER! No surprise from me!, they made themselves USELESS as a Price Guide and useless as a neutral entity providing the TRUTH about what is going on in the hobby (especially about MAJOR screw-ups CURRENT card companies have made)!
 
ANY CHANGES BECKETT THINKS IT MADE WAS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, AND THE ONLY PLACE THEY SHOULD START IS BY SENDING A FREE COPY TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD ANY SUBSCRIPTION IN THE LAST 3-YEARS (MINIMUM) AND SEND THEM A FREE COPY OF THE PRICE GUIDE THEY BOUGHT THE MOST IN THE PAST! (this Asian woman knew about guides I purchased going back to 2008!).
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WHY CERTIFIED CARD COMPANY STICKER AUTOGRAPHS WILL BE WORTH FAR LESS THAN NOW IN 5-YEARS OR LESS.

 
I NEVER understood why anyone would pay anything for a STICKER autograph when there are already, or will soon be On Card Autographs of the exact same player. We all know the only easy to pull autographs in most products in all sports are rookies. This is because card companies have far greater & easier access to rookie autographs AND they are the cheapest autographs for card companies to buy on average. Plus rookies are far more likely to return all items sent to them to be autographed ads rookies to establish a good relationship with card companies until they are making Multi-Millions dollars a year in their sports.
 
Card companies LOSE a lot of money if they send cards to be autographed and they are never returned. This happens far more often than any card company would ever admit. In the late 1990's and early 2000's card companies often had to buy a whole new set of printing plates if they wanted certain player autographs in their specific brand product because the player never returned the cards they were supposed to sign, OR they were lost in the mail. Those plates cost $5,000 for one set of four in 2001. The price couldn't have changed too much lower since 2001 since the technology is basically the same as 2001. THIS IS THE ONLY REASON CARD COMPANIES STARTED USING TONS OF STICKER AUTOGRAPHS ACROSS THEIR PRODUCT BRANDS! They first came up with lame excuses to make collectors & dealers alike that this was done for THEIR benefit and to eradicate Redemption cards which we all now know was a TOTAL LIE!
 
I had the very unique opportunity in 2001 to be invited to tour the Playoff facilities after befriending Ann Blake (former Playoff owner and one of the company starters) in March, 2001 right after I caused Pacific Trading Cards to lose ALL their baseball licensing for making ALL fake "Game-Used" bat and jersey cards in 2001 Private Stock Baseball. She & I spoke on the phone for 1-2 hours daily as she picked my brain for so many long-standing problems that not one of her current employees had a clue how to answer. This is what happens when card companies hire hobby know-nothings to deter theft which is what most card companies were doing by 2000.
 
After my full tour of Playoff, they had a party for the mail-room ($5.00 an hour) employee who came up with the idea to use Staples (or whatever stationary supply Super store) holo-foil return address labels for autographs. Right after the party I pulled this celebrated idiot aside and told him "You have created a way for card companies to get autographs that benefits ONLY them, and in several years these sticker autographs will be worth far less than On Card autographs which is the only way REAL autograph collectors collect autographs.". I told him how ignorant his idea was and how card company greed is the only reason they adopted his idea. I'm sure that dampened his "party" (and I'm happy I did that because no one knows his name or what he did even a year after he invented that idea). I always refused to "kiss" anyone's anything in this hobby since 1992 when I started fighting hobby fraud and I always spoke my mind to the person responsible as often as I possibly (whether a small dealer crook, or a CARD COMPANY OWNER crook) could unless card companies wouldn't let me speak to the responsible party.  
 
The PROBLEMS that sticker autographs started from the very first product they were ever in: 2001 Score Select Football which was supposed to be one of Playoff's Medium-Premium Football releases; which turned out to be THEIR WORST release of 2001, period. They sent me two review boxes (my first voluntary job for Playoff before they hired me). The first autograph I pulled out of Box #1completely rubbed off totally in one light swipe of my thumb. The ink was totally dry, but the ink literally disintegrated into tiny pieces??? That first box was missing the "GUARANTEED" FB Low Serial Numbered RC. The next box had the #'ed RC, but was missing the again "GUARANTEED" (which was printed right on the outside of the box) RC Autograph!
After Playoff have nearly every employeebusting many boxes of this product each and notingwhat was MISSING, they relealized that 66%-75% of all boxes were missing one of the "GUARANTEED" hits.
Then I dicovered that about 25% the FINAL SCORE inserts were missing the Serial Number on the backs. The highest any number of these FINAL SCORE cards made was 16, which were Serial Numbered to the number of WINSthe player's team won during the 2000 season. I still have a Peter Warrick FINAL SCORE with a blank space where the Serial Number was supposed to be! This is when the Bengals SUCKED and only won 2 or 3 games in 2000. But because these were so rare, BECKETT never listed any of these cards (back then they NEVER listed any cards that existed in numbers of 25 or less). So whenever this happens, no one knows what unnumbered cards would be worth (the rarest of all) so most people simply forgot they even existed. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET CARD COPMPANIES & PRICE GUIDES THINK FOR YOU! Plus it's TEN TIMES worse now since Beckett is the last Guide left and they've been USELESS since Dr. Jim Beckett (he's a doctor of statistics) sold out in 2005 a FILTHY RICH man right before the hobby collapsed worst than it have ever been. You can say a lot of things about Jim Beckett (both positive and negative), but he knew when to dump his company regardless of how it effected every collector; that's for sure!!!     
  
Back to sticker autographs... next sticker autographs caused players to unnaturally shrink their autographs to fit the SMALL size of nearly all stickers. This in the long-term either created two different autographs for many, many players; or caused players to shorten their autographs FOR GOOD. Now I'm not blaming playersin nearly all sports scribbling their initials for at least the last 5-years, but stickers were part of the reason!

Then there were a decent amount of WRONG PLAYER autograph stickers being placed on cards and upside-down autograph stickers. Plus the LARGE nunber of crookedly placed sticker autograph and the large number of players who couldn't stay within the lines of the stickers, so you'd get part of one autograph on a sticker, and part of another. Then there are the FREQUENTsticker autographs where the ink went off the sticker on large letters like the first letter of each name (first and/or last or both). THESE ARE UGLY AND TRUE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTORS WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS JUNK!
 
I've been trying to get Beckett to do a Certified Autograph Insert (CAI) ONLY Price Guide since at least 2001 by sending an e-mail to every Beckett employee I had an e-mail address for (I sent an e-mail to at least six employees every year since 2001). Yet they totally ignored me, even thought I sent this request with all the correct reasons WHY such a Price Guide is NEEDED with updated reasons every year, AND ideas for what should be included in an Autograph Insert Only Price Guide (like putting O/C for On Card autos/and STKR or something similar to identify sticker autographs, plus noting all CAI Variaions like the onceVERY popular 1996 Leaf Signature Series Carlos Delgado Blue/Black Ink variations) since Certified Autograph Inserts (CAI's) have been the HOTTEST Inserts from 1996-present (and much earlier in football with the Pro Line autographs- especially 1991 & 1992 which I credit Bill Barron with starting the CAI craze). It's never been easy getting Football autographs as compared to baseball. So when Bill Barron released 1992 Pro Line with an autograph per box (w/Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Muhammad Ali, & Ali/Cassius Clay combos plusso many other HIGHLY SOUGHT after ON CARD autos ONLY) it ignited the whole hobby into loving CAI's and wanting MORE & MORE in every sport!!!
Then they finally did a yearly one in 2014 & 2015 and it was VERY EXPENSIVE!!! Considering the Executives at Beckett Media, I wouldn't take the chance buying either of these guides because chances are HEAVY that they out nothing in those Guides that I don't already know! I asked SEVERAL Beckett Writers for a Complimentary copy to no avail, and every collector I asked about these Guides never bought one. So I can't even find out if one is worth buying for over a YEAR asking dozens of collectors AND dealers about these books??? NO ONE KNOWS BECAUSE THEY NEVER BOUGHT ONE! So why can't Beckett send me a Complimentary issue? If they did it right, they'd get one heck of a positive review from me and non-stop promotion. Boy they are ignorant...
 
That has not changed to this day. In fact, autograph collectors who NEVER collected sports cards before started collecting On Card CAI's in a BIG way and their buying is still increasing every year. As much as this hobby shrunk since 2005, interest and prices of On Card CAI's have only gone up in a BIG WAY!  
 
I know all of the Forgery Certified Autograph Inserts because I caught the majority of them myself. Here are a couple of examples: 1995 Press Pass VIP Nascar LARRY PEARSON (about half are an OBVIOUS forgery version- Wal-Mart boxes had two of these autos per box and I pulled two Pearson autos out of one box with totally different autos in '95!), 1997 Upper Deck Legends FB DONNIE SHELL (a woman signed 2/3'rds of his autographs & the difference is STRIKING, but the card has a LOUD background so you need to look close: the perfectly rounded "D" version is the forgery).
 

 
 
Upper Deck promised to destroy all the forgery versions multiple times, yet these crooks kept releasing them, even in 2011 UD College Legends FB as "buy-backs". Anthony West was 100% responsible for promising to detroy these and lying to me more than once. So I flew to CA and spent hours with Jean Sargis (their Para-legal) on the Executive Floor up the black spiral staircase in their front lobby where I later learned NO NON-UPPER DECK EXECUTIVE WAS EVER ALLOWED UP THERE! We were pulling out the forgery versions TOGETHER while all Upper Deck Executives were at the Hawaii Trace Conference in 1999. Ironically Upper Deck lent THE LYING CROOK Anthony West to the FBI as their "autograph expert" for Operation Bullpen.
 
It's scary that I know more about this hobby than ANY card company Executive, the FBI, and any other CAI expert because I studied everything there was to know about these cards from 1990-present from EVERY angle and interviewed hundreds of hobby experts including: Sy Berger, Lloyd Pawlak, every Pacific Executive except Mike Cramer (who they wouldn't let me speak to), Richard McWilliam, Anthony West, Ann Blake, Dawn Ridley-Nash (NFLPA liscensor in 2001, who I recently busted for taking bribes from Playoff to derail my theft case to bust Playoff for multi-level fraud in 2001! After being on Facebook for MANY years with 500+ Connections she just TOTALLY DELETED her entire account PERMANENTLY when I accused her of turning a blind eye when she promised to help me get an "Inventory List" of what Playoff claimed was "stolen" but was EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM ONLY which INSTANTLY would have exonerated me which was totally within her power to bring to light after 3-YEARS of waiting), Ken Goldin, Donald Frangipani, Tim Flatt, James Spence, PSA/DNA, and that list goes on & on. I never left any stone unturned.
 
Ironically T.J. Schwartz who did the "On Your Side" article for Tuff Stuff every month for many years did everything in his power to try to STOP ME from fighting hobby fraud when I started online in late 1997. I liked what I THOUGHT he was doing; but he was never fighting hobby fraud he was just trying to drum up more business for his CA Card Shop "PORKY'S" which was named for his weight (I kid you not). All he ever did was bust really small companies committing fraud (mostly ones ALREADY OUT OF BUSINESS!) or crooks that wouldn't effect REAL card companies in any way: WHICH IS WHERE ALL THE REAL FRAUD WAS OCCURRING AND HE KNEW IT ALL ALONG! He called me "Cardcop" as an insult in his article on month, but I liked that name so I took it and have been known as Cardcop online ever since. I got so under his skin that he mentioned me (never by name) but clearly by repuation in at least three different monthly 1998 "On Your Side" articles. I just proved how worthless he was and in 2000 I was set to REPLACE HIM, but then SCD bought out Tuff Stuff and my replacement didn't happen. It was actually for the best anyway because Tuff Stuff had MANY restrictions as to what I couldn't say, and that's NEVER how I work. I tell the TRUTH ONLY, or tell stories based on strong rumors from several different angles that could never be disproven (because I was always correct enough). 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Can The Youngest Sports Card & Autograph Collecting Generation Destroy This Hobby For Good?

YES, That's a BIG 10-4!

Much greater than 50% of all under age 30 (or so) collectors in this hobby never had a Price Guide to give them even the slightest bit of hobby INSIDE INFORMATION, "Reader's Write" in Beckett was gone years ago (where if you knew enough things about the hobby, you could learn more by what Beckett DID NOT say to answer a collector question- than by what they did say!) and Beckett's only purpose that they have served in this hobby for over TEN years was to promote EVERY product, every card company told Beckett to heavily promote and that was their SOLE JOB! You see Beckett has always WORKED FOR THE CARD COMPANIES, but never more-so that after 2004. Mike Payne who was the President of all of Beckett in 2001 told me in an e-mail "You do things we could never do- because we are afraid of losing advertising dollars from card companies that we couldn't go on without." I'm paraphrasing of the top of my head, but everything in that statement I just typed was discussed between Mike & I at least once in 2001 with the exact meaning of that statement. That was him admitting that Beckett worked for the card companies and not for collectors at all anymore- AND NEVER AGAIN!  

Most dealers became so jaded and greedy that they'd never dare tell anyone anything that they considered to be "hobby secrets", so where in the world were these below 30 collectors going to learn anything conducive to being a smart collector who know what products to stay away from, and what to collect? THIS GENERATION HAD NO ONE!!! So this created an environment where they decided to come up with their own interpretations of what goes on in this hobby and 90% of it COULDN'T BE MORE INCORRECT! In short, this created an entire generation of hobby egotistical DUMMIES who listened to no one who tried to help them for free by sending LONG explanation e-mails after people like myself saw them being ripped-off by BIG Full-Time eBay Sports Card sellers who nearly all OVERCHARGED for Shipping & Handling which has ALWAYS been against eBay's Rules! Then to stop this, eBay made all bidders and winners of items ANNONYMOUS! So the most educated buyers/sellers on eBay could no longer warn this UNEDUCATED generation which was the worst thing eBay ever did. It also made it quite difficult to spot SHILL-BIDDING which occurs FREQUENTLY in the Sports Card area on eBay since they made bidders mostly ANNOYMOUS!  

Since I embarked on ridding this hobby of as much fraud as I possibly could- all by myself in 1997 online, I knew for a fact that I would have a rather large following even though there was no such thing as: Labels or web site/page Tags yet to help put your pages in Search Engines. This had to be done manually for EACH PAGE which was a long boring process or if you were rich you'd have to pay someone to do your work for you. I always believed that money means NOTHING at all when you are fighting a just cause because if you have that fire in your belly to fight the good fight- there's not enough hours in a day to work on doing the fight of your choice and I enjoyed fighting Card Company & Price Guide fraud more than most could ever understand.. I KNEW this had been occurring since I started in this hobby as a full-time collector in early 1987. So I spent over 14-years gathering as much inside info from every angle in this hobby so that one day I'd know this hobby far better from every angle than any other single person that existed. I hit that point in early 2001.
 
After the first two years of having my web site "Sport's Collector's Scoop" on AOL's FREE Web Site service, I had a mailing list of close to (200) hard-core, very educated collectors who wanted to know anytime I uncovered anything new as far as previously UNKNOWN wrong-doings by anyone that would directly negatively effect collectors who I put on my e-mailing list. Most times it went out Monthly, but anytime I uncovered something important, I'd send an UPDATE to the whole group.

 You need to understand that the only people who PAID others to set-up and run web sites for them in the 1990's was relatively obscure web sites like: small bakeries, specialty retail shops, and stuff like that. I was the very first person to have a web site devoted to fighting fraud in any hobby run by just one person 100% FOR FREE and I did it only to HELP ALL COLLECTORS, especially children that most hobbyists (and Price Guides, Card Companies way before anyone else, etc.) seem to have totally forgotten about; which is simply SHAMEFUL!

Until everyone gets on board to FIGHT all Card Companies/Price Guides starting with the worst (as of November 2015) - Topps, Beckett, Upper Deck, then Panini: everything will continue to get worse and worse for collectors and our hobby will be GONE FOR A VERY LONG TIME until a baseball year like 2001 comes along again (free of steroids this time) if that's even possible which I'm not sure it is.

James McCay -my direct e-mail since 2004: cardcop04@gmail.com
 

Monday, July 6, 2015

SECRETS EBAY NEVER WANTS YOU TO KNOW!

SECRETS EBAY NEVER WANTS YOU TO KNOW!

I've been wanting to cover this topic for quite some time now, but my discovery of this secret had nothing to do with myself (since I haven't been on eBay for a year or more) and my eBay Member helpers weren't involved in this specific fiasco either. So I waited to totally protect the person who reported this NIGHTMARE to me with absolute proof (copies of eBay e-mails, copies of the CROOK seller's eBay e-mails, etc.).
 
This story starts with a semi-expert female Tiffany collector and her grown children who chipped in to buy a $500.00+ Tiffany item from an eBay Seller. The children also did all of their homework before buying this Tiffany item for their mother's birthday. This is a very honorable woman whose been more in her life than anyone deserves because quite frankly this world is full of scumbags who couldn't care less about anyone but themselves and they are more an enemy to decent people in this country that the IRS, the Government, and the 1% of Super Rich people COMBINED. I say this because 99% of the time these SOCIOPATH scumbags have had a lifetime of practice stealing from people, so the average person would never have a clue that they were being scammed until it was way too late. If you think you are immune: YOU ARE JUST AS IGNORANT AS YOU ARE EGOTISTICAL AND DESERVE WHATEVER HAPPENS TO YOU! Fraud is at an all time high in all areas of collectibles and you all need to wake up and accept this as fact!     
 
I have been investigating fraud at all levels in the sports card and memorabilia hobby at my own expense to help others since 1992 with as much vigor as if I was being pain a Million Dollars per investigation, but I do every one for free. I know no one else does this, but then again I never met anyone like myself before and neither has any hobby expert (as per their words if they took the time to get to know me).
 Either I do something to the absolute best of my ability, and/or will learn everything I can possibly learn before doing any investigation- OTHERWISE I WON'T DO IT AT ALL. I admit there are several things I REALLY wish I could fight since 2005 but my illnesses just won't allow me to and that bothers me every single day.
 
So this woman gets her Tiffany gift and red flags are seen. So the woman starts questioning the buyer and the answers don't fit, or change with time. Then the seller lists ANOTHER ONE of the EXACT SAME Tiffany item (which was SOLD OUT by Tiffany for a LONG time) that she was given as a gift from her children that bought it from this same eBay seller.
Of course the buyer files an eBay Buyer Protection case at this point. Anyone would have been confident that they had an iron-clad case against the seller, BUT NOT ON EBAY!!! eBay tells her she needs a letter FROM TIFFANY (not a Tiffany expert, or Tiffany Retail store) but from Tiffany itself ONLY! Tiffany sellers who are experts likely know that Tiffany will not issue letters stating one way or the other whether their items are authentic. But why would an average knowledgeable Tiffany collector know this?  
 
This woman did not know that: as why would she? This is not something Tiffany advertises, nor is it something eBay advertises anywhere either. It's something collectors ONLY find out AFTER THE FACT the hard way.

 I call this FRAUD, plain and simple!

It turns out that eBay has UNWRITTEN RULES as rules that TRUMP their BUYER PROTECTION POLICY (and Seller Protection Policy too!) in all collectibles categories!

If you pay more than $500.00 on eBay for anything that can be construed as a collectible and it turns out to be FAKE: you are ON YOUR OWN! eBay's Buyer OR Seller Protection Rules or Policies no longer apply.

SO IF YOU ARE A COLLECTOR OF ANYTHING; THIS APPLIES TO YOU AND YOU HAD BETTER READ CLOSELY OR YOU'LL BE STUCK WITH A WORTHLESS PIECE OF JUNK AND YOU'LL BE OUT $500.00 (or your children will as was in this case).
 
I have never been more sickened by learning such information, NEVER! The ONLY WAY you may be able to get around this and force eBay to enforce THEIR RULES is if you are willing to pay an attorney THOUSANDS of dollars to win your $500 back??? This of course is something only the top 1% of the USA population might do, but then again even the ridiculously rich in most cases are not stupid enough to spend thousands to win $500??? It just doesn't hold water, which is EXACTLY why eBay does this!
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I have a Sports Card and Autograph story that falls right in with this Tiffany story, but on the other end of the spectrum.

First I need to say that I do not think anyone should be allowed to sell ANY autographs on eBay unless they are On Card Certified Autograph Inserts from established card companies since their Authenticity rate since 1990 is over 99.99% AUTHENTIC! No one can claim an Authenticity Rate anywhere near that number.
I personally would allow Steiner and Tri-Star Autographs to be sold on eBay because the have spent decades building a reputation for selling autographs that they have only personally obtained in-person at private signings. They don't sell autographs they bought from others (at least that's what I know) if it's proven otherwise for either company- then I'd make sure those autographs would NOT be allowed to be sold on eBay.   
 
Now I'll quickly explain WHY I said this.  It is far too easy to forge autographs: I've forged autographs and sent them to PSA/DNA or James Spence (or someone in my group has with other members present) and they were Authenticated as real EVERY time!!! I feel safe to say that there are as many Authenticated forgeries on the market as there are real Authenticated autographs. Is 50% Authentic a justifiable reason to pay as much (or more) for an Authenticated autograph vs. an On Card Certified Autograph Insert from a large card company? Well that's what's happening on eBay for over a year now!
 
Too much time has passed since Operation Bullpen from the FBI out of San Diego was fresh in people's minds and a whole new generation of IGNORANT BUYERS are buying forgery after forgery on eBay simply because they are TOO LAZY to do just a little research on Google!

ANY AUTOGRAPH COLLECTOR (other than ONLY On Card Certified Autograph Insert collectors like myself) NEEDS TO GO TO GOOGLE and type "Operation Bullpen FBI San Diego" and read until your eyes can't take anymore. Then wait a couple of days and start where you left off until you read the ENTIRE Operation Bullpen report!  OR you can go to Amazon and buy: Operation Bullpen Paperback – October 15, 2006 by Kevin Nelson  -

eBay has ANOTHER UNWRITTEN RULE for sellers of autographs and any collectibles. Regardless of whether you accept returns OR NOT (which is a "CHOICE" EBAY give every seller). If the buyer complain that they want a refund, eBay will AUTOMATICALLY GRANT THAT REFUND! So why does eBay give sellers a choice to check off as to whether they want to accept returns or not? TO GIVE SELLERS A FALST SENSE OF SECURITY, that's why!
 
eBay doesn't know, nor do they care that there are many buyers on eBay (mostly the young generation who learned FRAUD from the last generation) who buy MINT cards purposely so that they can switch it for their damaged card and then they will request a return. When the sellers says what ALL their listings say: "WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS", they simply contact eBay, open a case saying they received a damaged item (a lie), and eBay will AUTOMATICALLY ISSUE THE BUYER A RETURN. To add insult to injury eBay makes the seller pay the return shipping fee for the lying buyer!!!
 

THE SICKEST PART OF ALL OF THIS IS THAT NO ONE HAS ENOUGH MONEY, BRAINS, OR ABILITY TO START AN AUCTION ONLY SITE THAT FOCUSES ON COLLECTIBLES ONLY WITH RULES THAT BENEFIT EVERYONE EQUALLY TO GET ALL OUR COLLECTIBLES OFF OF EBAY WHICH WILL BANKRUPT THEM???

COMC is a joke if you need to sell because you need money, like many do for medical bills thanks to F-------- USELESS OBAMACARE AND BUDGET CUTS TO THE DISABLED AND ELDERLY!!! If you cash-out of COMC THEY GET 40% (if you are owed $100- you only get $60??? Come on now...)!!! I have a very high level of INTEGRITY AND HONOR, so I can't sell my items through crooks on eBay by consignment (WHO ALL SELL AUTOGRAPH FORGERIES THEN BLAME THEIR CONSIGNEES), I don't need to mention any names. So what option is there??? NONE!
 
I live on Social Security Disability (since 2003- I "WON" it in 2006 after 3-yrs of fighting) which hasn't increased yearly in SIX YEARS! Then my mother stole over $10,000 from me to gamble with (she's the worst gambling addict I ever thought existed & ONMLY on slot machines). HER ENTIRE HOUSE IS OWED ON LOANS FROM GAMBLING!!! Sure the Government try to make it LOOK like they raise SS & SSD by $40-$60 a year, but then my Food Stamps are LOWERED by EXACTLY THAT AMOUNT OF MY INCREASE EVERY TIME OR THEY RAISE MEDICARE PREMIUMS TO THE EXACT AMOUNT! Do they really think we are that stupid, NO they just know we are too sick to do anything about it.
 
Try living on $1,180 a month in this economy. I am legally homebound and 99% bed-ridden and thanks to 'budget cuts" I can't get any help from the government (city, state, or federal) at all. I can't stay on my feet for more than 5-minutes or I will collapse. Try being 6 ' 7" tall & 255 pounds and collapsing with no strength in any of your limbs. Each time I fall it's life-threatening. Plus I have no family, my mother's mind finally snapped after living with severe mentally illness and she's in a Nursing Home with no mind left, and my father who abandoned us when I was 18-months old passed away in April, 2015. So now I have literally no family left being an only child OF an only child. Not that my family ever did much to help me, but it was more important just knowing they were there- even though they were little to no help. And forget about "friends" when they realize how sick you truly are they are GONE- that was 2007.
 
Just know I'm still fighting for all collectors no matter how sick I get. Maybe this will eventually inspire SOMEONE to do what I did when I was healthy from 1997-2004 online with a website fighting hobby fraud when I won EVERY case I investigated at one level or another. Don't forget I put TWO card companies OUT OF BUSINESS by myself (Playoff and Pacific) for fraud most wouldn't believe and had NO ONE helping or guiding me. Think what you could do if you get a group of a dozen or so hobby experts who are collectors only- fighting only for collectors?

PLUS YOU HAVE ME TO GUIDE YOU!!!

James McCay - cardcop04@gmail.com
 
   

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NEW: TOTALLY FAKE "AUTHENTICATOR" - Matthew A Moser in OH. You MUST READ THIS!!!

As most of you know I'm very, very sick. Not in the- "I feel like crap now, but I'll be better soon.". But in the- "I've felt as bad an anyone reading this has ever felt and it just keeps gets worse!". I've been legally HOMEBOUND/99% BED-RIDDEN since 2009, and there is absolutely nothing any doctor can do to help me. In fact the way the USELESS FDA Rules stand and keep getting worse for intractable pain patients like myself, they are making life FAR HARDER ON ME (and tens of thousands others) THAN IT NEEDS TO BE!
Yet I still have a fire lit in me to stop as much hobby fraud as I can BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE is doing it right or effectively because they are afraid to lose what little money they are still making off of this hobby. I HAVE NEVER NEEDED TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF THIS HOBBY (because I had professional skills in a few different areas having nothing to do with Sports Cards & Memorabilia), SO THERE NEVER WAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH ME AS THERE IS WITH NEARLY EVERYONE ELSE! Which I must say sickens me.

I busted a NEW 100% FRAUDULENT Authenticator who started this year (2015) encasing autographs in PSA/DNA like cases.

Here one:
 
The HGAcard.com (look at their website) is completely worthless, useless, and a complete waste of your time because the website is missing EVERYTHING a true authenticator would want to put on t5heir website if they were legitimate. Like their TRUE hobby experience, his site mentions NONE!
If you've already put your trust in this moron like the eBay seller who tried to sell this card above on eBay for over $40.00- you threw your money out the window and now implicated yourself in a fraudulent venture.
 
HGA (Historical Grading and Authentication) is nothing but a scam. If anyone spend an hour (it took me three hours because of my physical disabilities) looking into this seller, they would have found the exact same things I did:
 
1) The "authenticator" who told me by e-mail that he "has been an autograph expert since the early 1990's" is only 25-years old right now which he also admitted in another e-mail a few days later. SO HE'S BEEN AN AUTOGRAPH EXPERT SINCE BEFORE HE WAS BORN!!!
 
2) The "authenticator" lives with his parents (Chris & Candice both in their mid-50's) in Whitehouse, OH. I have the exact address, but he only puts a PO Box on his website (BECAUSE HE IS A CROOK!). 
 
3) I contacted one of his big eBay sellers and asked a couple of questions. His seller told me Matt Moser (Matthew A Moser to be exact) is the person he had his cards authenticated by, and that he has been using Matt Moser for about two years. Before 2015, he ran Grade My Cards according to his seller (which ironically Moser denied). He also gave me Matt Moser's phone number: the one Moser gave the seller which is a cell phone. Why didn't he give his seller his home address land line (which I have as well) WHERE HE LIVES WITH HIS PARENTS? Because again, he is a CROOK!
 
As far as I'm concerned: CASE CLOSED with Matthew A Moser & HGAcard.com (or Grade My Card). They are all worthless CRIMINAL enterprises just to make money.
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I've said this before and I'll say it again; DO RESEARCH ON ANYONE YOU ARE THINKING OF USING. Right now I wouldn't recommend ONE authenticator or Forensic Document Examiner for that matter because there is no licensing required for either, so they people think they can just start a business because there is ABSOLUTELY NO 100% TRUSTWORTHY WATCHDOG IN THIS INDUSTRY.
 
The only autograph you can trust are established CARD COMPANY On Card Certified Autograph Inserts. If you buy ANYTHING else, you are on your own & there is a 75% chance that you will buy a FORGERY if it is not a CARD COMPANY On Card Certified Autograph Insert which have a 99.99% AUTHENTICITY RATE since 1990!
 
James McCay aka Cardcop
Forensic Document Examiner since 1999 (only for free).
Hobby fraud investigator since 1992 (only for free).
 
I have also donated close to 3-MILLION sports cards &
autographs to hospitalized/underprivileged children every
year since 1989.
 
 
   
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MANY 2015 UPDATES: Topps & Panini Redemptions +++

PANINI POINTS INSTEAD OF REDEMPTIONS

Well by now most know that Panini turned to a POINTS system (instead of REDEMPTION cards) to choose from cards they put up on a special website. At first I thought this may be an improvement UNTIL I found the OUTRAGIOUS SHIPPING & HANDLING FEE they charge to ship your card to you. It's over $4.00 to ship one card! That's certainly not worth it if you are trying to redeem 400-points or less since nearly all of those cards can be bought on eBay for $5.00 or so.

Plus Panini has been sending absolute CRAP replacement cards for older actual redemption cards they have owed to collectors. I was owed (4) FOOTBALL redemptions that were owed to me for well over 4-months and they send me four worthless common player STICKER basketball autographs. PANINI KNOWS THAT I HATE STICKER AUTOGRAPHS AND USED TO GET ME ON CARD REPLACEMENTS IN THE PAST (considering that 75%+ of all my redemptions since 2011 had to be replaced!).
No matter how many people tell them that they WANT THE REDEMPTIONS they sent in a good majority of the time and have no choice but to accept whatever card companies pick for you: they should go above and beyond to help you get a replacement you would prefer in order to keep this hobby alive!!!

Now just like Topps, Panini doesn't care at all about collectors anymore!

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Topps is just as bad as ever with replacing redemption cards if you are LUCKY enough to get that done AT ALL!

 
Topps hasn't sent MOST actual redemptions owed from late 2011-late 2013 at all because: THEIR EMPLOYEES AT DURYEA, PA STOLE MOST OF THESE REDEMPTION CARDS! Both a CS Supervisor and regular employee told me this whole story personally by phone in 2012-13: it has also been told to other collectors and dealers by DIFFERENT C.S. employees until Topps told them to SHUT UP about this truthful story.
 
In the process of this clusterfrack Topps had all their Executive e-mails and phone extensions BLOCKED from any contacts OUTSIDE OF TOPPS communications! There are only two reasons for them to do such a thing: the Executives don't want to be bothered, or other Topps Managers want to hide these facts from Topps Executives. IN ANY CASE THIS IS BY FAR THE WORST SCREW-UP IN THE HOBBY IN AT LEAST A DECADE AND NATURALLY COLLECTORS GET SCREWED MORE THAN ANYONE!!!
 
About a year ago a Topps CS Manager told me- "don't accept replacements for cards you really want, we'll be replacing those autographs with the actual card you are owed when the season ends for the athlete."  That turned out to be just another of Topps' lies that are more often spewed by Topps than the truth since 2011. 
I've been waiting for two 2013 UFC Knockout ON CARD Autographs: Alistair Overeem and Antonio Nogueira. UPDATE- 5/13/15 STILL WAITING!
In very early January 2015 on Topps Redemption card UPDATE: http://toppscards.tumblr.com/  they stated that they are working hard to get these UFC autographs completed and shipped. WELL I STILL DON'T HAVE EITHER OF MY UFC AUTOGRAPHS AND THEY FINALLY UPDATED THAT STATEMENT IN EARLY MARCH AND THE PLAYERS LISTED THAT TOPPS OBTAINED WERE NOT THE PLAYERS I HAVE BEEN OWED FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS!
 
Then I received a BADLY damaged Blake Bortles Topps Finest STICKER Auto/PATCH card #/50 from a pack. There was a bubble under the sticker almost the size of a dime. COME ON NOW, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO QUALITY CONTROL?  This is the SECOND time in a year that I got a badly damaged $100+ Topps card right out of a factory sealed box. The first one I just donated because I was so stressed out by Topps that I couldn't handle it at the time. But I wasn't giving up on this Bortles. Topps was lucky I gave up on the damaged Eddie Lacy/Gio Bernard DUAL Auto/PATCH card numbered to /25. I don't even own a Lacy autograph now because of this screw up by Topps and I won't buy one because 95% are STICKER AUTOGRAPHS and the ON CARD autographs are TOO EXCPENSIVE!. It had a bad dinged corner AND a terribly scribbled Bernard autograph that NO ONE would be able to identify as his autograph??? 
 
So I spent like $7.50 sending the Bortles to Topps by Priority Mail/Insured to Topps because I DO NOT TRUST TOPPS AT ALL ANYMORE! A few months pass and I called Topps and after several tries I got MINERVA. REMEMBER THAT NAME BECAUSE THIS IDIOT IS NOW IN CHARGE OF ALL TOPPS REPLACEMENTS! She was confused right off the bat. It took her 15-minutes to find that I even sent them this card for a replacement (luckily I sent it INSURED w/TRACKING) and got a call back a day later. Then she said "I'll have to send you a replacement because we don't have any Bortles autographs to send you." WHAT HAPPENED TO TOPPS HAVING REPLACEMENTS FOR ALL CURRENT YEAR PRODUCTS TO RESERIAL NUMBER WITH A NON-DAMAGED CARD??? That in itself is very scary and makes me think Topps is in far more trouble that I ever imagined!
 

THE SAME IS HAPPENING AT PANINI, THEY DON'T HAVE EXACT CARDS TO REPLACE FOR YOU FOR DAMAGED CARDS YOU PULLED FROM CURRENT YEAR PRODUCTS JUST LIKE TOPPS!!! THIS IS SCARY SINCE THIS HAS BEEN BOTH COMPANY'S POLICIES SINCE BEFORE 2000! 

 
So MINERVA asks me what I would prefer so I told her- any ON CARD AUTOGRAPH or AUTOGRAPHS of established players of retired semi-stars or better, or Hall Of Famers from products like Topps Museum, Gypsy Queen, or Topps Tier One from any year that equal the $150 value of the Bortles card.
I don't think I could have possibly made this any easier for MINERVA because every product has about 5% overage on Autograph Inserts after all boxes are finished being packaged. In short, if there are 400 autographs made of any particular player, they have at least (20) leftovers and times that by the (50) or more different players I would have liked and they have at least 1,000 ON CARD autographs laying around just from overage from each product from each year! Plus Topps has around 50% of all redemptions left-over after the expiration date has expired. So Topps has tons of Museum and Tier One autographs from 2014 on back and she could find $150 worth of cards from those products for my replacements??? OF COURSE SHE COUILD HAVE, but she knows nothing about OUR hobby and is a MORON in general, period!
 
So she tells me "I have to talk to my manager and I'll call you back." Guess when that was? NEVER! I had to call her back after waiting a month. Then she says "I have a 2013 Bowman Sterling Carlos Correa/Springer dual auto #/35 worth $150, do you want that?" I said yes considering how little I trust Topps, I'll be glad to get anything at this point, so send me that card."
 
So I waited and waited and FIVE WEEKS LATER after hearing nothing, I call MINERVA back again on 3/17/15. I was told she was not working today. So I told the CS employee that I want to speak to her boss. he said "she is the boss".
 

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST MORONS I'VE EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH AT TOPPS IS THE CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERVISOR!!! 

 
So I explained all the problems I had with her spanning over 6-months and whenever she says she will do something, SHE NEVER DOES. So the guy takes my phone number (with over 2-hours left in the day at Topps) and says the Manager will call me back. UPDATE-AS OF 5/13/15 NO ONE EVER CALLED ME BACK!
 

If all of this doesn't scare you away from buying new Topps product boxes, then you deserve whatever happens to you!

 
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PRESS PASS IS GONE FOR GOOD (bankrupt) AND I GOT SCREWED OUT OF A TRE MASON GOLD RC AUTOGRAPH THAT I WAS OWED FOR 8-MONTHS! So I e-mailed the only executive left at press Pass and told him my whole story. if he had a heart he would have sent me something for the $15 I paid for that card. But he never even responded, but the e-mail did go through correctly and I e-mailed him very soon after the end of Press Pass was announced. THE BOTTOM LINE: NO ONE CARES ABOUT ANYONE ANYMORE NO MATTER HOW MUCH GOOD THEY'VE DONE FOR THIS HOBBY MAINLY TO BENEFIT HOSPITALIZED  CHILDREN. If they don't care about people who've dedicated their lives to helping others for nothing in return, then they don't care about anyone! I GUARANTEE THIS EXECUTIVE IS STILL GETTING HIS PAYCHECKS OR AUTOGRAPH INSERTS IN PLACE OF HIS PAY!   5/13/15 UPDATE- NO ONE EVER CALLED ME!
 
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Something very scary has been going on in the Certified Autograph Insert area on eBay since Feb. 2015. Cards that have been in PERMANENT COLLECTIONS for a decade or almost two are all of a sudden being put up for sale AND auction on eBay in numbers far greater than I've ever seen before (at least for the last TEN YEARS). I'm talking about especially; superstar ON CARD autograph/jersey cards from the very early 2000's that almost never found their way onto eBay in the last several years. Plus it's not just certain cards, it seems like many collectors are giving up on collecting and are getting rid of their very best/rare cards in their collections. Short term this will cause the prices of these cards to drop eventually as long as this lasts (and I think it will). So if you are a gambler, now's the time to start looking for cool Certified ON CARD Autograph inserts you couldn't find for years.
I already saw the effect of this as a friend just sold a very rare/expensive Auto RC Insert. It was a 2001 Elite Albert Pujols RC autograph #/100 which was the Holy Grail of RC Autograph Inserts for a decade. Low Beckett=$900, High Beckett= $1,200 (and those prices haven't changed in MANY, MANY years).I thought she'd get at least $800 for it. The bidding started at $599 and it only got two bids and ended at $655. The card has a very minor corner ding, but few of these cards don't have any corner damage due to the entire holo-foil front that has handled by the players.  
 
If you saw the way many players ship cards back to card companies you wouldn't believe it unless you saw it. WELL I SAW IT. I've literally seen players send (400) cards in an (800) Count box back to Playoff totally loose with absolutely nothing to keep the cards from bouncing all around the inside of the box from left to right and back again. So this literally destroyed the first 20-30 cards on each side, plus can ding corners on nearly every card in the box depending how many times a Post office employee drops the box.  When Playoff would send (400) cards to a player, they'd send them in a box that fit them as snugly as possible or they'd add black foam padding on each side to stop the movement of cards during shipping. But some players get careless, don't use the padding to ship cards back and collectors wonder why they pull autographs with dinged corners. This is also the reason that rarely some autographs had to be replaced entirely. Plus some players man-handle cards while they are signing them. ALL OF THESE FACTS WOULD BE GREAT TO PUT IN A AUTOGRAPH INSERT ONLY PRICE GUIDE, DON'T YOU THINK? If you agree, then e-mail EVERYONE at Beckett and tell them you want a Certified Autograph Insert Only Price Guide!!!
 
5/13/15 UPDATE - I bought a 2001 Fleer Legacy Albert Pujols RC Autograph in MINT Condition for $150.00 which I may get graded by BGS. This is the Pujols Autograph RC I always wanted because it's the ONLY one where he signed his last name clearly with the "o"! Plus it's a nice white background card where the autograph jumps out at you. It's just a really nice looking card. It's serial numbered higher than most of his RC Autographs, but so what??? Not many people care about the difference in serial numbers anymore as a new breed of collector has taken over the hobby:

ON CARD CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH INSERTS ONLY COLLECTORS RULE OUR HOBBY!

I predicted this over 16-years ago and it finally has come to pass. If the people at Beckett had half a brain, they'd make an AUTOGRAPH INSERT ONLY PRICE GUIDE. But I've been telling them to do this since at least 2000 and they never did, so I don't expect them to do anything intelligent ever anymore which is why I haven't bought a Beckett Price Guide in years. 
 
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FINALLY:
 
PLEASE KEEP REPORTING SPORTS CARD SELLERS WHO ARE CHARGING .50 CENTS OR MORE FOR EACH ADDITIONAL CARD YOU WIN (whether they mention it in their listings or not)! This is totally against eBay's Reasonable Shipping Fee rules and these sellers MUST BE NOTIFIED BY EBAY THAT THEY ARE BREAKING THESE RULES. You need to tell eBay this or the seller will not stop overcharging! The only way to do that is for at least THREE different buyers to complain about the seller using those extra fee profits for paying their eBay/PayPal fees! That's the one rule that eBay NEVER let sellers get away with.
 
So this is how you need to explain it to eBay (AND YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND AS A SELLER):
 
Since it's a FACT that using eBay's PRINT SHIPPING LABEL service is by far the cheapest way to get postage ($1.93 for a 3-OZ package, and only $2.25 for a 6-OZ package), and being that quality bubble envelopes (poly or paper) are .25 cents each RIGHT ON EBAY w/FREE Shipping, plus all other expenses don't add up to more than $3.00 total ($2.25 +.25 +.30 for cases/penny sleeves +.05 for tape ) 

There's absolutely no justification to charge more than $3.00 TOTAL shipping (NO MATTER HOW MANY SINGLE CARD ITEMS ARE WON) in the Sports Card area if the package weighs less than 6-ounces (which 99.9% do). 

My friend had a seller tell him that he didn't have a printer and that's why he charges $4.00 S&H (TO START) and then charges .50 cents for EACH ADDITIONAL item the buyers win! THAT'S THE LAMEST EXCUSE I EVER HEARD! Plus you need to know that this seller actually SELLS (not lists and doesn't sell) over (100) items to DIFFERENT BUYERS a week, had a sports card store for decades. YET HE DRASTICALLY OVERCHARGES FOR SHIPPING & HANDLING ON EBAY BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE A PRINTER TO PRINT HIS OWN SHIPPING LABELS AND SAVE EACH BUYER AT LEAST $1.50 IN SHIPPING FEES! Have you ever heard anything as ridiculous as this before?
Maybe you should know that an HP 1010 printer at Best Buy costs around $35 (with all taxes included), and comes with FREE ink cartridges. Then you need to set your printer print setting to DRAFT and you'll be able to print at least five times more labels. In addition, replacement ink cartridges (you only need BLACK) cost less than $10 each (with FREE SHIPPING) right on eBay!
 
Plus so many bidders stay away from sellers who charge ANYTHING for additional cards won, so calculating in just ONE lost bid and that's .25 cents you lost on ONE CARD!!! Many buyers will buy a few extra cards just to justify paying the $3.00 S&H fee, so that's THREE MORE BIDS YOU ARE GETTING WHETHER THEY WIN THE ITEM OR NOT (another free .75 cents). Are some sellers that ignorant and hard-headed that they can't see how much money they are LOSING by overcharging for S&H???
 
Even most sellers who live on BLOWOUTCARDS message boards are finally agreeing with me that charging those extra per card fees are senseless as they lose bids, get lower seller ratings, and get angry buyers so why risk any of that (and that's without ANY ONE of them mentioning that it's AGAINST EBAY'S RULES AND THEY CAN BE SUSPENDED FOR OVERCHARGING S&H!)? This was the attitude on a thread where just a few idiots out of dozens (flydisco being the main ignorant JERK instigator) thought I was currently on eBay which I haven't been for many, many months now. When I want something on eBay, I have a friend bid for me- so I don't need to be on eBay! Then there's the couple of morons who said "cardcop's been dying for 15-years now." I pity anyone who makes comments like that about a truly terminally ill person (like myself)- one day they may say something stupid to a very ill person face to face and I hope they wind up sicker for life than the person they made the stupid comment to.
 
BTW- I've been terminally ill since 2009 when I was told my illnesses (main ones are severe General Myasthenia Gravis with Hyperthymusism blocking all medications from working right if at all) will only get worse and I'll be lucky to make it past 50-years old (I'm 48 now). I've been homebound and 99% bed-ridden since 2009 as well. I'm in severe-excruciating pain with severe weakness 24/7-365 and no I have no family, and offline friends prefer "out of sight, out of mind" with someone as sick as I am. So I've been terminally ill for almost 5-years now. If any of these morons knew the first thing about any of my illnesses (or cared) they'd never post such comments. The sickest thing is that the worst of these people believe in god... what would your god do to you for making fun of a terminally ill person? INSTANT DEATH sounds about right to me...