I was surfing on E-bay this morning and came across a Terry Sawchuk 1951 reprint resembling a Parkhust production. One thing about the Parkhurst reprints produced in the mid 90's is that they clearly were identified as reprints. It makes me angry that companies can produce cards that can closely resemble the real thing with no attempt to mark them as reprints. The one I ran across this morning even had a blank back like the '51 Parkies. I've seen so many bogus items offered on E-bay and have attempted whenever possible to help bidders out who were headed for misery. I suppose a lot of these times it's a case of unknowledgeable sellers, also.
Agree with you all the way, so much junk on eBay and people still pay $1000 on it. If you are going to buy, please research first. I use to report all fake OPC Gretzkys I saw but it became to much work!
Reprints are an issue but I had a thread on here quite awhile ago that was to the other extreme!
I was trying to sell my Orr RC on eBay. They kept removing it with no explaination. Even telling me they would suspend my account even I kept trying to list it? I came to the conclusion that some jealous collector who had some sort of issue with me was reporting it as fake in which it was not! I have since sold privately and I beleive the purchaser has gotten it graded as he said he was going to. It would have been probably a 6 with an outside shot at a 7.
It was so frustrating! So what I have to say is if your not 100% sure of its authenticity then buyer beware and you may be serving an injustice rather than trying to do some good.
Similar to Rob's post, I tried to list a raw Mario Lemieux TOPPS rookie a couple of times and it was pulled from eBay for being suspected as fake. I'd like to meet the person who is convinced topps hockey cards have been reprinted as fakes from the mid-eighties. I'm sure they'd give me a whole perspective on cards I've never considered.
I think there are people that like spending hundreds of dollars for cheap Orr counterfeits because they think one day, they are going to find the real deal in mint condition for $125. Living the dream...
Some day there will be counterfeit Topps hockey cards from the 1980's- 90's, because by that point they will be so rare from everyone throwing them in the trash. Now days, think green, put 'em in the recycling bin.
Donald I agree with you about the reprinted Orr I see many on there & it is down right scary.I have also seen sellers selling cards as reprints & bidders paying hundreds of dollars for the reprint.I think in my opinion Ebay should not allow any kind of auction that involves a reprinted card.Just my two cents.