The PA address is the online support area but the bidder support is located in boston mass., as of this writing at the 617-746-9800.
I had an excellent chat with bidder support about the number of "forgeries" & non-authentic pieces of memorabillia that was being sold thru a multitude of auctionzip vendors. I was surprised that they were not aware of some of the more infamous ones including a complete list of COAs banned from being resold on ebay. They seemed genuinely concerned. AuctionZip is not unlike auctioneerslive or a number of offers from IOFFER to Always At Auction sites that have no idea (we hope) that what is being sold more often than not are "forgeries". They have a COA so they must be genuine.
How often have you heard this; It is the Bidders responsibility to Research, Inspect, Determine Authenticity, Genuineness, Age, Condition & Value or any other determinative factor. [continued below]....
..... Our Company may attempt to describe the merchandise in our Catalog, Advertising, on the Internet and at the auction but makes NO Representations, Guarantees or Warranties on any item Sold" ?
Too often I suspect while being true perse, it also provides these "auction houses" with excellent cover at the same time to not ensure what they are selling is genuine. Why don't they do this? Excellent question. Because, they don't have the requisite skill set just like many buyers on determining if something is authentic or not - as it's all about the signature (not the COA).
However, there are patterns to some COAs and some authenticators whose calls are horrible. Thus to simplify this as it could be futile to make everyone a keen authenticator here is a list of COAs that have been banned from EBAY along with some additional ones that you should consider staying far far away from.
Many of the ones below you will find an abundance of at many of the auctioneers websites so you can do yourself a favor and save yourself some money and avoid having it removed from EBAY when you try to flip it for a profit or invent some silly explanation that it came from granpa's attic.
Being generally concerned is one thing but being aware is another. Not all of these have hit this auction site but a number of ones in the first two sections certainly have. Not all of these have hit this auction site but a number of ones in the first two sections certainly have.
Any Scoreboard COA that has a sticker on it. They never used stickers nor did Mickey Mantle ever sign a bat for them. There are thousands of forgeries regarding SB COAs floating around these days. Believe it or not there have been SB blanks. By Blank there is no name written in.
MFP (my favorite players) & MFP Reborn, Myst-O-Graph, YMC Sports, Autographed Legends and CSC Collectibles (which is also on EBAY's Banned List).
ACE Authentic (Autograph Certification Experts)
Coach's Corner Sports Auctions LLC
Christopher L. Morales
Forensic Document Services
J. DiMaggio Co. / J. DiMaggio Company
Legends Sports Memorabilia
Nathan's Autographs / N.E. Autographs
Pro Sports / Pro Sports Memorabilia
Rare and Signed.com (UK Based)
R.R.'s Sports Cards & Collectibles
SCAA / Front Page Art / Angelo Marino
Slamdunk Sportscards & Memorabilia
Sports Alley Memorabilia
Sports Management Group
Stan's Sports / Stans Sports Memorabilia
TTA Authentic (formerly STAT Authentic)
Blank COAs and LOAs
COAs and LOAs as stand-alone items
COAs and LOAs from anyone listed on the FBI's Operation Bullpen website
& if you can't decipher the Bullpen ones here is a list to assist as the following group was arraigned in 2000 as part of bullpen;
This group also includes a number of authenticators and distributors:
1. Wayne Bray
Authenticator and Wholesaler, dba: a. Sports & Celebrity Authentic Autographs
San Marcos, California and b. WW Sports Cards
San Marcos, California
2. John Marino
Assisted Forgers and Wholesalers, dba: a. Front Page Art Greg Marino
3. Mike Moses
Forger, Wholesaler, and Authenticator, dba a. Sports Management Group
Aliso Viejo, California b. Universal Authentic Memorabilia
San Clemente, California c. Sports Alley
Laguna Niguel, California Robyn Moses
4. Reno Ruberti
Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Universal Authentic Memorabilia
San Clemente, California Karen Ruberti
5. David Tabb*
Forger, Wholesaler, and Authenticator, d.b.a. a. Hollywood Dreams
Santa Ana, California b. Classic Memorabilia
Santa Ana, California c. Hollywood Collectibles
Santa Ana, California *Tabb was the subject of two television investigative reports regarding the sale of forged memorabilia in the lobbies of theaters in California and Arizona.
6. Ricky Mitchell
Forger and Wholesaler
7. Mike Lopez
Forger and Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. International Sports Marketing
8. Mike Bowler
Distributor and Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Catch a Star
Oceanside, California b. JMC Distributors
Oceanside, California c. J & M Sports Cards
9. Ricky Weimer
Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Rick's Collectibles
10. Sheldon Jaffe
Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Shelly's Cards
11. Richard Laughlin
Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Framed Images
San Juan Capistrano, California
12. Michael Tapales
Wholesaler and "Runner", d.b.a. a. Prime Time Sports Cards
Buena Park, California
13. Carmen "Chip" Lombardo
Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Home Field Advantage
Del Mar, California
14. Jon Hall
Retailer, d.b.a. a. Del Mar Sports Cards
San Diego, California
15. Lowell Katz
Retailer, d.b.a. a. The Beautiful and the Unusual
Long Beach, California
16. Bruce Gaston
Retailer, d.b.a. a. La Jolla Sports Cards
La Jolla, California
17. Frosty Golembeske
Retailer, Wholesaler, d.b.a. a. Frosty's
18. Anthony Marino
Wholesaler d. b. a. a. Pro Sport Memorabilia
19. Scott Harris
Wholesaler, d. b. a. a. Universal Authentic Memorabilia Mary Lou Harris
Wholesaler, d. b. a. a. Universal Authentic Memorabilia
The Government's investigation in San Diego is continuing and it is anticipated that many others will be charged with fraud and tax evasion;