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Home arrow Forgery News arrow Expensive autographed Upper Deck baseball card called into question

Expensive autographed Upper Deck baseball card called into question Print E-mail
Written by Markus Brandes   
Saturday, 25 February 2006
LOS ANGELES – Kevin Demitros thought he had purchased the grand slam of baseball cards.

It was one of a kind, containing the signatures of four of the first five members inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner. The 50-year-old airport planner for Milwaukee paid a whopping $85,000 in an online auction for the prize, figuring it was a “retirement investment.”

He had little time to savor his new addition.

Weeks after buying the card, Demitros watched an HBO special on fraud in the sports memorabilia industry and saw a scan of his card being scrutinized by someone convicted in connection with a federal forgery investigation. The man claimed two of the card's autographs were fakes.

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