Sunday, January 31, 2010

More eBay Shenanigans

Look at THIS card, then look at THIS card.

I watched, and even bid on the hand-numbered version the first time it was listed, about 3 months ago. It was the first time I had ever seen that card, and I really wanted it. The fact that it was "hand-numbered" only made it more appealing. It ended up selling for $125, which was about $100 more than I was willing to pay. The day after that first auction, the card was re-listed by the winning bidder at $200, and Buy It Now.

Fast forward to this morning.... I am trolling eBay, drooling over all the sweet new Markakii found in '09 Ultimate collection, and happen to stumble across TWO more Markakis/Brooks Heritage dual relics. Both of the new listings are NOT hand numbered, and most likely will NOT sell for $125.

This is yet another reason to avoid eBay, and purchase your cards elsewhere. eBay does a horrible job policing it's listings, and there's quite a bit of counterfeit bullshit for sale these days.

EDIT: It looks like Sooz may be right. She left a comment stating that perhaps just the gray swatches are numbered. I found THIS listing that backs up her claim. Why would Topps do that? Perhaps they are trying to make plain gray swatches more appealing?

3 comments:

  1. It's not eBay's job to police the listings, except to remove fraudulent items when asked to by the manufacturer.

    Topps needs to step in if this becomes a widespread problem, but it's really a case of "let the buyer beware."

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  2. Maybe the gray jerseys are numbered? Have you tried contacting Topps about this?

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  3. From what I can see, all the Dual Relics are supposed to be hand numbered, so if anything maybe the first example is a fake? Although the chipping on the 42/60 makes me wonder...

    These aren't autos, so I don't know why Topps couldn't just stamp them to avoid confusion.

    Verification word - Ilingness: the feeling you get when trying to decipher if an ebay card is legit or not.

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