Fradulent Game Used Jerseys Still Raising Questions

September 13, 2012, was what seems like a long time ago now. I was on the plane back from Hawaii. Most people were still buzzing about what they saw at the National a month before. The best part of the baseball season was underway. “JerseyGate” was brought up, and forgotten by most collectors.

3 months later, we still don’t have any answers.

The New York Daily News posted a story back in September giving the details on how a fraudster sold fake game used jerseys to companies in order for them to make trading cards. The fraudster says he knew they were fake, the companies knew they were fake, but they purchased them anyway. He names all of the biggest manufacturers in Upper Deck, Topps, and Panini America.

The story also mentions in an interview with the suspect a certain incident he had with Upper Deck where he was selling them fake game used Derek Jeter jerseys and how they were “inviting fraud” because they were “unwilling to pay market price.”

Many collectors originally made a stink about the whole issue, but the card companies just wiped everything under the rug as if nothing happened at all. Consumers were never given a statement by any of these companies, so the question still lies…where are these fraudulent jerseys now? What steps have they taken to ensure this doesn’t continue? We’ve heard nothing.

I, for one, no longer personally collect game used jersey cards. After reading about the rampant corruption and fraud within the memorabilia industry I just stick with autographs, and even those have their own issues as well. At this point, what part of the industry isn’t a sham?


December 2012 Sports Card Releases

December is that holiday season and of course you are wanting to know what is coming out. Santa or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate this time of year only happens once, and you want sports cards. Well here are the newest releases coming out this month…


2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball – December 19, 2012 – $280 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball – December 19, 2012 – $72 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.


2012/13 Panini Limited Basketball – December 14, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012/13 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball – December 19, 2012 – $160 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.


2012 Bowman Sterling Football – December 28, 2012 – $280 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Football – December 12, 2012 – $155 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Black Football – December 19, 2012 – $200 at DACW – 9/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Topps Strata Football – December 21, 2012 – $77 at DACW – 9.5/10

Topps Strata football is a new Topps product featuring acetate cards with built in patches and autographs. It also has a full base set but everyone will be looking at these cards to fit into their collections.

2012 Panini Crown Royale Football – December 21, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Limited Football – December 26, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.


2012/13 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey – December 11, 2012 – $86 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012/13 In The Game History of Hockey – December 20, 2012 – $223 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.


2012 Panini Black Friday – Be There.

After the wildly successful Black Friday promotion from Panini last year, it is only natural they would bring back the promotion for collectors once again this year. And because of that success, if your local card shop sells Panini products, they are probably going to get involved this year if they haven’t in the past.

All the big hits and rewards of going to your local shop for Black Friday has returned this year with the Panini Black Friday packs. With a great looking base set, an awesome insert set, and some sweet surprises for collectors, one can see why it will be successful once again.

So get out to your local card shop before these packs dry up once again this year. You won’t want to be left in the dust.

See other Black Friday 2012 deals here.

2012 Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sports Card Deals

Black Friday 2012 is coming up, and you want to get a great deal on sports card for either yourself or that collector in your family. Or maybe you just want to get me present for providing you all these free contests and all this information in one place. *wink* But we have compiled a list of some of the best 2012 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sports card deals across the internet.

This page will be updated as more information comes in. Bookmark this page and make sure you check back periodically. If your business is not listed, please email me.

Card Shops:

Dave & Adam’s Card World

DACW is once again providing a huge sale on sports cards across their inventory with both high end and low end going on sale. Prices on 2012 Exquisite, Fleer Retro, Bowman Chrome, and more are on sale. FOUR new deals every hour for 3 DAYS!  It’s going to be a party once again so make sure you check them out as EVERYONE will be doing the same thing, making some of the deals hard to get, but worth the time.

Blowout Cards

Door buster deals throughout the day from 6am to 4pm EST! Various contests for free stuff on their forums and some eBay themed promotions as well, just like past years which have been HUGE successes. Tom has promised it will live up to the hype it always creates, so it is definitely worth a shot.

Atlanta Sports Cards

In addition to the low prices they will have on just about every product, they will be giving away a ton of free items like memorabilia, boxes, and gift cards with just about every purchase! Sounds like a great set up to me!

Group Breaks:

One of the premier group break sites on the internet is having their own celebration of Black Friday with every group break being 16% off! If you spend $20+ with them, you will also be entered into a free group break! That sounds like a sweet deal for group breaks to me! Just added! $1 group break doorbusters starting at 10am PST!


LiveCaseBreak is holding a Black Friday promotion where every spot in a case break you buy in from Friday until Sunday, you will be entered to win a number of free cards. Everyone is guaranteed a prize it seems, so why wouldn’t you want free cards for Black Friday with your order?

Company Promotions:

Panini America

Panini’s Black Friday promotion will be returning to stores again in 2012. For the earliest information, check out this link from Panini. I will probably end up with a giant write up about it when all the details are released depending on my schedule.

CheckOutMyCards is one of the leading sites in people selling their single cards online and they will be holding a Black Friday sale as well. COMC will give you .10 for every item purchased and shipped on Black Friday. You can also get free shipping on orders of 10+ cards. Sellers also get a bonus of .25 per item sold, towards their next processing shipment, that is put on sale for Black Friday. Sellers and buyers win here. Check them out.

2012 Topps Five-Star Baseball Checklist Released

Attached to this post is the 2012 Topps Five-Star Baseball checklist.

Click here to check out the 2012 Topps Five-Star baseball checklist and see what kind of cards you should expect to pull from this huge product about to be released on Tuesday. $500 get you a box of this product with 5 autographs. Check the above link for more information on the product.