View Full Version : Authentic Pathe Freres Ruth on ebay?

09-30-2011, 01:19 PM
An ebay auction for a Pathe Frere Babe Ruth recently ended on ebay here: Link (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nice-Babe-Ruth-Premium-Giveaway-Card-Pathe-Freres-Phonograph-Company-/260861924718)

Anybody know if this card was authentic? I assumed it was not authentic for a few reasons, but I could be wrong. First, the seller, obviously, had very low feedback. Secondly, the stock of the card seemed to be cardboard while I believe it should be more like a photograph? I also messaged the seller and asked for dimensions of the card, but never received a reply.

Finally, the same seller also sold an 1888-89 Cap Anson Spalding World Tour cabinet here: Link (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1888-1889-Capt-Anson-Spalding-Baseball-Tour-Cabinet-Card-Super-Nice-/260861456087). This card went for nearly 11K in a Heritage Auction here: Link (http://sports.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=716&lotNo=81067). However, besides the reverse not being correct, when I examined the Heritage card with the ebay one, every defect on the Heritage card seemed to be on the ebay one, so it seemed like the ebay one just used a scan of the Heritage card. Since this card seemed to be a fake, I assume the Ruth card was also counterfeit.

09-30-2011, 01:26 PM
I thought that thing looked familiar....that was my card pre-upgrade a few years ago. Those bastages..It's a scan of my old card...(fake)...fyi, these are not on photo stock but are on cardboard stock. Also, they come with 2 different backs I have seen, as can be seen here...check out the very bottom of the stats on back for the differences...



09-30-2011, 05:42 PM
Thanks, Leon. Never knew there were two variations of the Pathe Freres or the cardstock.