Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Don Larsen, the Perfect Yankee

The World Series resumes tonight with game 6. While it has been an enjoyable series, I am rooting for Kansas City to win. Not that I am a Kansas City Royals fan, but they are a spirited, scrappy team and smaller market teams need to win once in a while to keep baseball interesting.

Hard to believe that at one time, the World Series would have been over for weeks by now.

Don Larsen was a journeyman pitcher who likely would have been largely forgotten by now if not for one extraordinary feat. It was 58 years ago that for one day he was The Perfect Yankee.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

eBay: A forger and scammer paradise

Derek Jeter souvenir ball with replica signature sells for $241.35.

eBay is as bad or worse than it has ever been. It is flooded with scammers selling obvious and mass-produced fakes. Many of these fakes are accompanied by worthless COAs from supposed "forensic experts." It would be a full-time job for a staff of ten people just to highlight some of the fakes that are sold on eBay every day.

Amid Derek Jeter madness, this souvenir ball with an obvious replica signature sold for $241.35. Even from the eBay picture, you can easily tell it is pre-printed and not real pen lines that would be overlapping each other.

I can't believe people drop this kind of money on something they obviously know nothing about. On top of it all, it was being sold by a zero feedback seller.

eBay truly has become a scammers' paradise.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fantastic Four #1, Italian Edition... or I Fantastici Quattro

Here is the Italian Edition of Fantastic Four #1, printed by Italian comic book publisher Editoriale Corno in 1971. It reprints the U.S. #1 from 1961, but with a different cover.

The cover art was probably sourced from the same art used on a Marvel T-shirt that was commonly seen in advertisements in 1960s Marvels.