So I bought this "original" Russian team postcard circa '72. The scans of the signatures looked fine, so I jumped in and bought it (I know a bit pricey, but considering a lot of these guys are gone or unavailable), it seemed like a half decent item:
I know, he sold 4 of them, should have been a dead give away. But I've been searching for a signed team photo for a while. Oh well, I got the item today; it's basically on glossy photo stock, perfect corners/perfect sheen etc...the signatures have no indentation in the paper whatsoever. The seller claims this thing is original, says it's from Tarasov's private collection...whatever that means. He says I can rub off the signatures to prove they are authentic - which to me, doesn't seem right because they could have been printed over top the press print on the back (which cannot be rubbed at all) - so it all appears to be a scan.
Sigh...I contacted the seller basically outlining he said it's an original, I told him why I think it is a fake...he steadfastly claims otherwise, probably because I mentioned "fraud" in my message.
Long story short, he says he'll refund my money (I have to pay to ship back), which I believe him...but he keeps saying send it back, I'll sell it to some other collector.
So what can you do when you have something that looks like a clear case of fraud to prevent others from falling into the same trap? I've tried calling eBay's hotline...useless. Do I basically have to start a claim to get this guy off of eBay?
A litle help...thanks.