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HIJACK12
08-04-2009, 03:58 AM
Ok boys and girls,

so I asked a seller on eBay about an item I'm interested in purchasing. It is an autographed jersey with a COA from a company called GAI. I asked if I could see closer pictures of the COA just to make sure it was legit.

His reply was simply "no". Should I be worried this item is fake? I don't want to pester the seller in any way because the item doesn't have any bids right now so he could easily take it down, and like I said above I NEED this item.

Maybe he's worried I'm trying to forge a COA like it.

Is GAI typically good COA company?

The seller has 4100+ Feedback 99.8% being positive.

What do you guys and gals think? I don't want to post a link, because I don't want to draw more people to the auction.

Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks!

#50 Tyler Hansbrough
08-04-2009, 04:13 AM
personally I would want to see it. nothin against the seller, I like to know its real. especially with the stuff some people try to sell on the bay these days

jbark223
08-04-2009, 04:14 AM
FAKE if the price is too good to be true its a FAKE i would not buy it

Bondsaway
08-04-2009, 04:44 AM
GAI is one of those cheap grading companies that seem to grade anything no matter what a 10! You'll find plenty of those cards in boxes at walmart, kmart target. never seen a GAI graded card less than a 9

jbark223
08-04-2009, 04:48 AM
maybe its not fake but maybe not in good shape lol never heard of that company before thanks for the advice bondsaway

sfknights
08-04-2009, 04:52 AM
A C.O.A. is only as good as the dealer you buy it from. I wouldn't buy it unless it was checked by a legit grading service.

RFulch40
08-04-2009, 04:49 PM
GAI is a pretty good company for authenticating. They were the only company to authenticate items at the National in Chicago in 2006, give or take a year. He is right about grading cards, they aren't great for that. But all you would need is a GAI number and you should be able to look that up online. If the seller gives you that and it matches, I would buy it.

jdub1617
08-04-2009, 05:24 PM
I would say GAI is in the top 3 in authenticating autographs in the country. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions of whose best, some people hate GAI, but overall GAI is more well known and respected than almost all except PSA. Now with that said, just cause a top company authenticates it doesnt mean it's real.

tboculosis
08-04-2009, 05:25 PM
GAI have been grading cards and authenticating autographs for a while. I'd rate them a notch below JSA and PSA/DNA. But they are a reputable authentication service with a tracking number system so you could look up the item. Then again, fakes have passed even PSA/DNA, so just go ahead with your instincts on some items.

Vegas
08-04-2009, 05:38 PM
GAI have been grading cards and authenticating autographs for a while. I'd rate them a notch below JSA and PSA/DNA. But they are a reputable authentication service with a tracking number system so you could look up the item. Then again, fakes have passed even PSA/DNA, so just go ahead with your instincts on some items.

I agree the post above 100%. I prefer to buy items that are authenticated by PSA/DNA or JSA, but GAI is a reputable authentication company and is well known in the hobby. They have recently gone through bankruptcy, but they are still in business and are getting back on track.

I would however ask for the COA number and then verify it on GAI's website. If the seller won't give you the cert number, then I would stay away from that auction.

Lastly, if the item is a high dollar item, I would suggest buying one that comes with authentication from one of the major memorabilia companies (Upper Deck, Mounted Memories, Steiner, GTSM, Schwartz, Tri-Star, etc). These companies actually witness the signatures (in most cases) on the items, whereas PSA, JSA, and GAI are merely giving you their professional opinion on the signature.

jroemer
08-04-2009, 05:41 PM
if the seller wont let you see a pic, then dont get it. gai is reputable but bottom line is somethings up. if a seller is selling a good item with no bids **** want to get it sold and do anything for it. if its cheap enough buy it and if its bad ur ut a few bucks but if its kinda expensive dont

jroemer
08-04-2009, 05:42 PM
lol they blocked out he'll

HIJACK12
08-04-2009, 06:38 PM
UPDATE: He gave me the GAI ID number and it checks out. I think I'll be picking this one up guys! It's not a high dollar item, so if it's fake it's not the end of the world.

cincyfan
08-04-2009, 07:10 PM
UPDATE: He gave me the GAI ID number and it checks out. I think I'll be picking this one up guys! It's not a high dollar item, so if it's fake it's not the end of the world.
out of curiosity, wat was the item u picked up :)

neverfinished94
08-04-2009, 07:38 PM
i personally dont care for GAI.

HIJACK12
08-04-2009, 10:22 PM
out of curiosity, wat was the item u picked up :)

I haven't bought it just yet :winking0071:.

cincyfan
08-04-2009, 10:23 PM
I haven't bought it just yet :winking0071:.
lol, the suspense is killing me :)