Saturday, October 21, 2006

Michael Jordan Autographs?

Everyone knows Jordan is signed exlusively with Upper Deck for autographed memorabilia. However, on eBay you always see items supposedly signed by Jordan without UDA Authentication.

Does anyone know if Jordan signs at golf tournaments or other charity events? If so does he sign premium items like basketballs or jerseys? I would think no. Upper Deck pays him a ton of money for exclusivity so why would he go around signing basketballs and jerseys for people who are just going to throw them up on eBay?

Let us know your thoughts on this.

16 Comments:

At 10:21 AM , bigtruck260 said...

Well, I read the book on Operation Bullpen - and it was pretty interesting. Jordan has complete disdain for forgers and those who sell fakes. During Operation Foul Ball, he was very connected to the case, since it blossomed in Chicago and focused on his signatures. He said that he hates signing for UD, but it is the only way to keep fans from wasting money on fakes. He does not sign in public anymore, because he feels that it promotes fraud...people take pictures of him signing and then use it as "proof" when selling fakes. I would not buy a Jordan signature unless it came from UD...same goes with Lebron.

 
At 3:04 PM , Chris said...

Bigtruck hit it right on the nose. Mr. Jordan does not like signing. If you see a Jordan autographed basketball or jersey on Ebay, and it isn't from Upper Deck, then you can be 99.9% sure that it is fake. All of those Jordan/LeBron signed basketballs that you see on Ebay (and ones that were already sold) if they aren't UDA then they are fake.

 
At 2:44 PM , Thomas said...

Can someone explain or tell me the story about the Jordan/LeBron items with GAI authentication? If Jordan/LeBron only sign for UDA, then does that mean that most or all of their items w/GAI are fakes?

 
At 2:46 PM , Anonymous said...

In my opinion, yes they are fakes. Honestly about 50% of the stuff I see with GAI authentication looks to be fake. Anyone else care to comment?

 
At 3:04 PM , Thomas said...

Does anybody know how to add a new topic to this blog? I want to get any opinion on PSA and GAI. I came across an auction I almost won on eBay but didn't (140041491660). The seller had a pic of the LOA from PSA but the ball pictured on the LOA did not look anything like the pictures of the ball described. If GAI is 50% real then does anybody know how accurate is PSA/DNA??

 
At 3:28 PM , ALLAuthentic.com said...

Hey Thomas we actually have a pretty big thread already on GAI, you can see it here http://allauthentic.com/2006/03/is-gai-authentication-service.html

 
At 4:10 PM , Chris said...

I'm a Derek Jeter, period, and every Derek Jeter autograph item that I browsed that was authenticated by GAI was a horrible fake. And ask yourself this, what are the odds of finding Mr. Jordan and Mr. James together to autograph a basketball, and even if you had an autograph of one or the other on a basketball or jersey, are you going to carry around that item until you spotted the other one to autograph your item? Now let's get to the real point of all this. The main reason these crooks stay in business is because the wannabe collectors bid and buy their fake autograph items. It really is as simple as that, plus the fact that all of the auction sites do not care. It makes money for them and it's all they care about. They don't care about the fact the over 70% of the autograph items up for bid are fake, and that might be a low estimate. It's sad but true.

 
At 7:27 PM , Anonymous said...

Chris, exactly right... whats the deal with GAI authentiating a TON of fake Jeters, I see them all the time. Something fishy going on.

 
At 7:37 PM , Graphman said...

Something to think about is this, GAI charges only 10.00 for their opinion, and from $20 to $120 for the certificate. So the deal is, if your item fails, you get charged only $10.00. How are they going to make money doing this. PSA charges full price, pass or fail (and I am not backing PSA either). Something to think about, post your thoughts.

 
At 10:02 AM , bigtruck260 said...

I have a HUGE Cardinals memorabilia collection. Several of my signed items have a GAI sticker..but they were witnessed by GAI, not "opinionated" - and they are real. I have seen items by both PSA and GAI that were deemed real, but look nothing like the players' actual sigs - usually Pujols. The whole idea of professional opinions are hit and miss, but I wonder sometimes if some larger businesses slide a few Franklins under their fake items...most notably. high dollar items like Jordan/LeBron signatures. I also wonder how many Greg Marino Mantle signatures have fooled authentication companies...

 
At 10:28 AM , Graphman said...

Exactly right, Im sure they are passing stuff for the big guys for extra cash, especially GAI.

As far as Mantle and Greg Marino's fakes, I am interested if anyone has any examples (scans, photos) or Mariano fake mantle autorgaphs. What what I have seen, very limited, his Mantle looks horrible. Anyone have any scans, I would like to see his work. I am willing to bet there are some on ebay now? I would never buy a Mantle if it was not from UDA, although I understand he signed a ton at cards shows etc.
Any thoughts??

 
At 10:29 AM , Graphman said...

Exactly right, Im sure they are passing stuff for the big guys for extra cash, especially GAI.

As far as Mantle and Greg Marino's fakes, I am interested if anyone has any examples (scans, photos) or Mariano fake mantle autorgaphs. What what I have seen, very limited, his Mantle looks horrible. Anyone have any scans, I would like to see his work. I am willing to bet there are some on ebay now? I would never buy a Mantle if it was not from UDA, although I understand he signed a ton at cards shows etc.
Any thoughts??

 
At 8:18 PM , Graphman said...

Prime example of a complete fake, with GAI authentication. Can someone explain Check it out 160044841086

 
At 3:38 AM , Anonymous said...

There never has and never will be anyone that NEVER signs in person. I got 3 Jordan's autos at an event he was at in 2006, so yes, he does sign in person at particular times.

 
At 12:07 PM , Anonymous said...

thats a total bogus comment that"jordan doesnt sign autographs"i was attending a golf tornament that jordan was going to be part of and i was part of the silent auctions that were donated to the event.after the event was over when jordan and his 2 sercrity guys were leaving the ballroom i grabed my 2 daugthers and 2 basketballs and 1 jersey(that i brought for the exact reason)and approached jordan in the parking lot.he signed all 3 items and on my youngest daughters basketball with her request he sign"air" jordan which i have never seen ever,uda or anything but he made a clear point to sign that ball"to kelly"he didnt personalize anything else.he also took pictures with all of us after

 
At 2:37 PM , Anonymous said...

I have been to several Golf torneys and Jordan my sign 1 peice per 500 people.

He signed a jersey for me the last Wizards home game before he retired. I asked him every game that year, and he did it just to shut me up.

So I would never trust anything signed by Jordan that is Not UDA.

As far as GAI, I think they have 12 year olds grading their stuff. I know for a fact that both PSA and GAI have gone down hill. I only trust James Spence for my authenticator. I just saw a John Riggins on Ebay with a GAI, and the loops on his signiture were way off.

 

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