Friday, February 19, 2016

Early 2016 Nominees for A#$ Hat of the year

I don't know about you all but I despise custom card makers and reprinters on EBay who don't indicate on their cards they are not real or they are reprints. Then go on to give a description that is vague at best and misleading at worst. There is a special place in collector's hell for you my friends.

Ass Hat #1
 
aalop1 (EBay)

This guy, probably a guy, is selling "rare" and "unusual" cards that he has only vague information on, or at least he claims so. This vague description is probably enough to  cover over accusations of impropriety. First up,
 

Here is his description.

STAN MUSIAL 2015 ROOKIE CARDS LLC SAMPLE PRINT--STUDIO TEST RUN Very Rare!
This is about as strange and obscure an issue that you will find--if you can find it.  THIS ISSUE, a stunner, REVERSE SIDE SAYS "STUDIO CREATED SAMPLE." HIGH QUALITY. 

Perhaps a test run of his printer? Who knows.

Next up this beauty,

His description,

BROOKS ROBINSON Unique Edition-Spot the Winner GAME CARD MINI #5 Test Issue RARE

This is about as strange and obscure an issue that you will find--if you can find it.  This is an extremely rare and unusual game card of BROOKS ROBINSON, a stunner.  Nothing like it on Ebay. Rumored to be part of a test run. Date manufactured is unknown. Shine an ultra-violet light on the back of the card to see which target is the winner! Measures 2.75" by 1.5 ".  Only one on eBay?
Now this one,  good luck finding this tobacco company.


BEATLES 4 CARD SET MINI ONLY 3 SETS MADE THUOC LAO TOBACCO Each Card #'d 1/3
Then there are the Ass Hats that sell unmarked as such reprint cards.

Ass Hat  Nominee #2
homer07  (EBay)
This person sells so many reprints including these babies,
Here is his description,


RARE 1967 REPRINT ROGER MARIS YANKEES TRADED TO CARDINALS BLANK BACK +1968 last

REPRINTS NEXT BEST THING TO OWNING THE ORIGINALS AND A HECKAVA LOT CHEAPER

homer07 (32025 )

This is a 2-card reprint lot. Great history on the blank back. The 1968 turned out to be Roger's last card. Great additions to any baseball collection.

 1967 Topps proof card featuring #45 Roger Maris with the Yankees as opposed to the Cardinals. Maris was traded from the Yankees to the Cardinals prior to the 1967 season, but not before Topps had printed proof cards featuring him with the Yankees. A small quantity of these blank-backed proof cards were cut from sheets by the legendary Topps art director and hobby pioneer Woody Gelman for the benefit of collectors. In the early 1970s, Bruce Yeko's Card Collectors Company had a very small supply (probably a couple of dozen or fewer, all of which were almost certainly acquired from Woody Gelman) that he offered for the then-king's ransom of $1 each (which was a fortune for a 1967 Topps card in the early 1970s). For some reason virtually all 1967 Topps Maris-with-Yankees proof cards are very poorly centered.  SOLD FOR $1,645
Then there is this one,  not sure he is responsible for this one but wouldn't surprise me. Now I have to buy a high graded card to make sure it isn't a reprint.

 
Here is a link to an article on Cardboard Connection about Top Scams Scams. See # 2 and #5.
 
There you have it, 2 nominees for Ass Hat of the year.

2 comments:

  1. Yeah... I've actually bought one of these custom cards before without doing my homework. It was a tough lesson, but I'm a lot more careful now. I don't have any issues with custom cards, but these guys who hide the truth to deceive customers are definitely shady.

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