Even a beginning collector could buy a PSA graded card with the utmost confidence.Even today, the vast majority of baseball card collectors will rarely question the authenticity of card that resides within a “PSA” case.The cards used in the scam are higher dollar mid-hi grade examples that are high in demand.Below is a list of cards most commonly found in the scam: Obviously, having the card in hand is the best and easiest way to determine if the holder and card have been compromised, however typically nowadays when cards are bought, a picture or scan of the cards is all collectors have to go off of.PSA designed the edges of the holders to “frost” when opened.
The scam, which originated in California, involved selling high dollar counterfeit cards in legitimate PSA holders.
In the baseball card industry, scams, counterfeits and rip-off artists have always existed.
From the early 80s, when counterfeit 1963 Pete Rose rookies flooded the market to more modern sophisticated methods, counterfeiters are always looking for a way to make a dollar.
However, each card from this scam shares the same bar code (ex.
every 1954 Topps Hank Aaron card will have different cert numbers but the same bar code).
The first scan was actually sent to me by one the scam artists in California.