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"Collectors should be especially concerned with jerseys, photos and single signed baseballs that have a hologram with GAI/Global Authentications on them."
Fake Sandy Koufax autographs and unlicensed collectibles are flooding the sports collectibles industry via the Internet and charity auctions at an alarming rate, warns Harlan Werner, longtime agent for Sandy Koufax.
“Third party authentication companies do their best and their services are opinions, ” said Werner. “Each company uses experts to review the item and render their opinion. Having worked for Sandy for nearly 30 years, I am quite confident that we have a better understanding of his autograph than any third party.
"Collectors should be especially concerned with jerseys, photos and single signed baseballs that have a hologram with GAI/Global Authentications on them. Along with the flood of fake autographs, there are numerous unlicensed items that have infringed on Koufax’s trademark being sold through online auction sites.”
Werner and his company Sports Placement Service Inc., previously represented Muhammad Ali and he assisted the FBI in the late-1990s to help stop the flood of fake Muhammad Ali autographs being sold into the market place, which was documented in the book , OPERATION BULLPEN.
To an extent. I think all of us have had to feel our way through the hobby. After a while (sometimes a long time), you develop better instincts and, or course, better knowledge. There are safe avenues in this hobby - figuring out what they are in relation to your interests is the tricky part.