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Guilty: The conmen who made a fortune selling sports fans fake autographs of Ronaldo, Gerrard and Owen

on Wednesday, 02 April 2008. Posted in Autograph forgeries

Guilty: The conmen who made a fortune selling sports fans fake autographs of Ronaldo, Gerrard and Owen
Two businessmen accused of ripping off their customers by forging and selling sports stars' signatures were today found guilty.

Michael Schuhmacher autograph study

Written by Markus Brandes on Monday, 28 May 2007. Posted in Autograph forgeries, Sport, In the media

published in Autograph Collector April/May 2007

Michael Schuhmacher autograph study
Michael Schuhmacher signature study written by Markus Brandes

Businessmen 'systematically forged' sports stars' autographs

on Thursday, 07 February 2008. Posted in Autograph forgeries

written by Fred Attewill and agencies, theguardian.com

Two businessmen "systematically" forged autographs of famous England rugby and football players and sold them to sports fans, a court heard today. As well as fake signatures of Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson and footballers David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen, the pair also conned fans with "poorly made" replicas of England international caps which were sold as genuine.

Operation Bullpen

on Wednesday, 05 April 2000. Posted in Autograph forgeries

Federal Bureau of Investigation Internal Revenue Service U.S. Attorney’s Office April 2000

According to long-time memorabilia collectors, the market for genuine vintage memorabilia has changed dramatically over the last decade. In the late 1980s, the market consisted of a very limited supply of genuine articles (e.g., vintage balls, checks, old books, letters, and the rare cut). These items were almost exclusively traded among a select group of collectors through a well-defined network. However, the market is literally flooded with tens of thousands of vintage items (including bats, balls, jerseys, helmets, pictures, magazines, pieces of papers, posters, lithographs, record albums, and other items) that are simply counterfeit.
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