College’s Authenticity Expert Weighs in on Phillies Memorabilia
Is That Signed Phillies Ball Real or Fake?
Friday, October 16, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, PA –
Phillies Phever has once again gripped the Philadelphia area, as young and old
fans alike scramble for Phillies gear, signed merchandise, and memorabilia in
the hopes of a repeat perfect season. But how do you know that signed baseball
off of eBay is the real thing?
Ted Taylor, adjunct professor of business
communications at Chestnut Hill College, and the co-owner of STAT Authentic LLC,
an authentication and appraisal company, has some tips for fans who want to make
sure that their memorabilia is real.
“There is a lot of fake autographed merchandise on the
market right now, says Taylor. “About 80 percent of items presented to us for
authentication turn out to be fake.”
Here are some tips Taylor suggests when looking to buy
or purchase Phillies merchandise or memorabilia:
- Be wary of anything that doesn’t have a
third-party authentication. Major League Baseball is authenticating items sold
at the ballpark, so this is a safe bet for merchandise purchases.
- Most items on eBay without certification of
authenticity are suspect, as well as some that claim to have it. Before
purchasing, find out who certified it, as most reputable authenticators have
websites with background and contact information.
- The Phillies players signatures most frequently
forged are Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Cole Hamels. Ryan Howard was signed to
an exclusive autograph contract, so authentic merchandise signed by him should
have a certificate of authenticity.
- Watch out for 2008 Phillies team signed baseballs
being sold in auctions and on the web, as these may have some legitimate
signatures and a mix of “clubhouse signatures”- where substitutes sign the ball
instead of the player.
- Be cautious about team signed balls that show up
right after an event (such as the current NCLS). This is another time where
clubhouse signatures run rampant in the auctions.
Ted Taylor is a life-long
collector of sport memorabilia, and wrote the weekly “Collectors Corner” column
in The Philadelphia Daily News for 12 years,
in addition to a column in Sports Collectors
Digest. He is the founding president of the Philadelphia Athletics
Historical Society (1996-1999), and is the author of “Philadelphia Athletics by the Numbers: Let’s Give
Taylor is available to speak more on this topic. Please contact Lisa Mixon,
Media Relations Manager at 215.753.3664 if you wish to speak with him.