Mr. Zipper

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  1. This is the evolution of many collectors. Going from accumulation to targeted collecting. The problem is, even once you are a more seasoned and selective collector, the accumulation from decades ago is still sitting there. This is where I am now. I am thinking of trying Facebook Marketplace to unload some long boxes.
  2. I believe these would be easy to detect in hand. From the dryness, color and feel of the paper to the toning on the staples, etc etc... it would be nearly impossible to create a replica that could fool experts -- or even most astute collectors. As someone mentioned, even the cut doesn't look right. These are the kind of fakes you may see crop up in disreputable antique shops or flea market vendors. They get the kind of buyers who may just take the bait thinking they are getting an under-priced gem. A con often requires a greedy buyer who thinks HE is putting one over on a naive seller.
  3. This is from page 1 of the forger's handbook. I've seen it 1,000 times. When confronted: Assert you make a lot of money/have a high profile profession Brag about your wealth and attractive partner Tell accuser to mind his own business and stop living in parent's basement. Prolific use of profanity and emojis Of course, the alleged "wealthy and successful" fake seller also has the writing and grammar skills of a drooling cretin.
  4. An "authenticator" who does not authenticate the three most popular signatures in the genre. Interesting approach.
  5. Yet this bottom-feeder has turned a stack of ten-for-a-dollar comics into hundreds of dollars in the past year.
  6. My initial reaction was that the Stan signed Wolverine 4 was likely authentic... very ugly but probably ok. Frankly, I think a forger would tend to do a neater job forming the "an." I believe there were a lot of backroom deals for bulk submissions, so it's probable the person did not pay the full retail signing fee for this. As odd as it may seem, a lot of people did bring him books to sign that he did not write or edit. I don't get it... especially when dollar bins are full of books or reprints of books he did write... but it is what it is. Of course, the so-called PGX authentication will cast doubt on this... and the sloppy sub-prime signature... not a desirable item IMO. If you gave it to me for free, the first thing I'd do would be to crack it out of the heinous slab.
  7. The disgusting reality is that forgery sellers know how to target casual buyers, like those looking for holiday gifts. The worthless fraudulent COAs and shiny stickers are often all a casual buyer needs to see to think that they’re getting the real deal. Kitchen table forgers don’t make their money from experienced collectors falling for their fakes… their bread-and-butter are casual and impulse buyers.
  8. $40 for a signature that bears almost no resemblance to an authentic example. Who says crime doesn't pay?
  9. I believe the Kirby on FF 13 is good. Bear in mind, just a few years ago, Kirby was an inexpensive signature and generally not the target of forgers. It has only become so in the last few years as his signature skyrocketed. I believe this is partially due to the realization among many collectors that "KIrby" signatures previously thought to be authentic -- 1990s lithos, books, etc. -- are now suspected to be proxy signatures.
  10. Thye guys doing Stan Lee on dollar bin books are kitchen table forgers -- ebay hack bottom feeders. The really skilled forgers are doing Beatles Albums, Babe Ruth baseballs, etc.
  11. A forger has to learn a signature, and because it is learned and repeated exactly the same way every time, they have no natural variation. "Cookie cutter" fakes. This is how and why you are able to identify specific forgers. Could also be some sort of trace job as mentioned by someone else.
  12. I hate to tell you, but the signed cast posters with "studio" holograms are all fake. The "movie premier cast signed poster" is a huge scam that has been going on for years. Marvel Avengers Cast Movie Poster with letter and holograms Fake Autographed Premiere Poster Crisis?
  13. In my opinion the Cap 102 signature is authentic.
  14. BINGO. I always ask if I can take it out. If the answer is, "No," I politely hand the book back and walk away. Simple. Just happened to me at a show with a book priced at $80. How do I know there are not rusty staples, cut coupons or any variety of things that could make it a $5 book? #WalkAway