Take a closer look at your sports memorabilia and collectibles. Was that baseball really signed by Derek Jeter? Is that NFL jersey a counterfeit? While sports fan are known for loving fun and games, “Counterfeiting is not a game… It is most certainly not a victimless crime either,” according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana, quoted in an article on msn.com.
Another recent report about counterfeit sports memorabilia talks about how to spot counterfeits and says counterfeiting is definitely a growing problem, and that each year “the industry for fake sports memorabilia is expanding along with the popularity of the NFL.” Sports fans need to know that there’s a significant chance that the memorabilia and autographed souvenirs they’re buying, wearing or displaying in sports display cases could be fakes.
In fact, before this year’s Super Bowl, the FBI and the NFL worked together to seize $19.5 million worth of fake sports collectibles and memorabilia as part of continuous crackdown on counterfeit goods – a crackdown that continues to take place right now. Counterfeiting seems to be running rampant today. What can sports fans do to avoid buying counterfeit collectibles and memorabilia? Here are a few things to look out for:
• Is there a certificate of authenticity that comes with the item? Look closely at the tags on the items to make sure they’re legitimate. The NFL, MLB, NHL and other official leagues feature their logos, holograms or licenses on the items they sell.
• Another good recommendation is that if you didn’t witness a player autographing your item yourself, never buy autographedsports collectibles and items without certificates of authenticity.
• If you’re buying off of a website, watch out for overseas companies selling counterfeits. Carefully read the website text and notice any improper use of the English language – this is often an indicator of an unregulated overseas company, many of which are known for producing counterfeit sports memorabilia.
• And, another good piece of advice: Remember that you get what you pay for, and if you’re paying a cheap price, you’re probably buying a cheap counterfeit.
Now that you know what to look for and what to avoid, it’s time to “keep things real” and to protect our investment and great memories. When you find and buy those “real” souvenirs and sports collectibles, you’ll want to show them off to your friends, family and co-workers. We’ve got a variety of sports display cases in all shapes and sizes, and they’re all made of high-quality plastic, and they’re manufactured right here at home in the great U.S.A. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional collector, or if you’re just having fun and holding on to some great memories, sports display cases can protect your sports memorabilia and souvenirs. Let’s all help fight sports memorabilia counterfeiting, and let’s work together to keep things real!