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Not All Copies Are Worthless

February 8, 2012 9:13:05 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Art, Autographs and Lobby

It is no surprise that a copy of the Mona Lisa - albeit, one that was painted at nearly the same time and perhaps in the same studio as was the original - is worth something. Even considering that the copy is purposefully different - the lady with the mysterious smile appears younger and perhaps more at ease - value accrues to an object that has an interesting story, regardless of the authenticity of some other…read more

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Top Celebrity Car Collectors

February 4, 2012 3:26:33 PM UTC by darryln1023 in Automobiles and Lobby

Ever wonder what type of collector finds cars as their passion? First people that come to my mind would be people in the automotive industry, race car drivers and so on. Well, it reaches well beyond that with any collectible and cars are no different. The one great fact about the "passion" is you never know who is drawn to what and why. Check out the Talk Show Host, Comedian, Musician, Actor and Fashion…read more

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The Super Bowl is here and so are the Fakes!

February 2, 2012 6:08:37 PM UTC by darryln1023 in Apparel & Accessories, Lobby and NFL

It's that time of year where counterfeiting makes as many headlines as the big game itself. Once again, millions of dollars worth of fake Super Bowl merchandise is being confiscated but millions still falls through and makes it's way into the market place. Customs and border protection can only do so much. If your buying you better do your homework and make sure you are getting what you are…read more

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A New Take on the Heisman Curse

February 1, 2012 3:37:40 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Autographs, Lobby, NFL and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

Have you ever had a piece of memorabilia stolen? Damaged? Or... and think about this... copied by someone who eroded the value of the original by selling the fake? Stuff happens. If it's valuable to someone, it's a target for bad actors. This is at least as true for memorabilia as it is for any other asset. Just ask John Cappelletti, the 1973 Heisman Trophy winner who went on to have a distinguished career…read more

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If It Looks Too Good to be True...

February 1, 2012 4:28:43 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Autographs, Lobby, NHL and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

...then it probably is. You've heard it a thousand times, and it's still the best way to determine that a collectible is probably fake. It holds true this week in Indianapolis, where the Feds are wallowing in seized counterfeits. And it holds true in the NHL! Last week in Ottawa, the counterfeiters were out in force. But, luckily for the serious collector, so was the Coalition to Advance the Protection of…read more

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A One Stop Shop For Counterfeiting Information

January 30, 2012 1:53:50 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Autographs, Lobby and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

This CNBC series on the "largest underground industry in the world" representing nearly 7% of all trade is a must-see for authenticity enthusiasts like us Collectors Proof members. The information is broken down very helpfully into merchandise, fake pharma, cyber crime, particularly dangerous counterfeits, and law enforcement's attempts to clean the whole mess up. Wallow in it here - but know that you will want to shower afterwards... http://www.cnbc.com/id/37824347

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Do Fake Autographs on Counterfeit Jerseys Become Valuable?

January 26, 2012 2:12:53 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Lobby, New England Patriots, New York Giants and NFL

No. Of course not. That's why you never see something like that at a Super Bowl. Wait... yes, you do. Last year, it was Operation Interception... the sting that netted over 15,000 counterfeit jerseys (among other items). This year, officials are expecting things to get even worse. Is a problem that gets worse every single year being taken seriously? We at Collectors Proof…read more

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How to Spot a Fake Super Bowl Ticket

January 24, 2012 2:23:04 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Lobby, New England Patriots, New York Giants and NFL

It's that time again. For those of us lucky enough to be going to the big game, there are some precautions you should take when purchasing your tickets. In addition to the always-appropriate "if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is..." maxim, take a few minutes to read up some other simple ways to identify the fakes...…read more

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UPDATED - If Information is Power...

January 18, 2012 10:05:55 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Autographs, Lobby and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

Further action on SOPA has been postponed in the House by its main sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith. Power to the people! Support for the bill began eroding Wednesday afternoon in an accelerating fashion as the scope and energy of the negative reaction to it began to take shape. Read on... http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/sopa-action-delayed/2012/01/20/gIQAFxYhDQ_story.html…read more

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A Poignant Look at One Sports Writer's Run-in With Counterfeiting

January 18, 2012 3:48:27 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Lobby, MLB, Sports and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

Matt Doran is a sports writer in Connecticut. Read why he would never buy a Ted Williams autograph and why he generally dislikes the autograph business. I'll let his blog post speak for itself. It will resonate with every member of Collectors Proof. http://blogs.thehour.com/sportsminute/?p=2546

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