Beware: Fake BGS Graded Slabs

Beckett Grading Services (BGS) has confirmed the existence of counterfeit graded card holders. 

A social media post on November 12, 2020 terrified sports card collectors and sent them scrambling to check their slabs.  

So far, it's believed the cards inside the holders are real, but the BGS cases are fake.


BGS later confirmed that one of the holders was fake, but oddly left their public comment vague.

A card collector on Instagram posted another fake BGS slab. This time with a 2018-19 Panini Prizm Silver Luka Doncic Rookie card.

The collector detailed how to tell a real BGS slab from a fake one.


Another 18-19 Prizm Silver Luka Doncic in a fake slab surfaced in late November 2020 from eBay consignment seller DCSports87.


And another fake slab involving Luka. This one from eBay seller MVP_529.

Beckett is a company used to controversy.

Greg Lindberg, the founder and chairman of the investment company that owns Beckett, was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison in 2020 for his scheme to bribe an elected official in North Carolina. 

In 2019, Beckett's Vice President Jeromy Murray and Regional Sales Manager Derek Ficken were forced to testify in a case between Upper Deck v Leaf Trading Cards. A former BGS & current Leaf employee was found to receive an unusual amount of "Black Label 10" grades.

Company President, Sandeep Dua, was accused in a 2015 lawsuit to have severely mistreated employees. 

The lawsuit alleged Dua's non-stop bullying and unethical conduct caused an employee to suffer a mental breakdown in August 2014.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Marshall - November 23, 2020

Great article. I am glad I stumbled on it. I think I have found another Luka on Ebay this morning. I reached out to the seller to point them to this article.

I think another key difference on the fake labels is the measurement between the final value of the Surface or Corners to the start of the serial number. It seems to stay > 40% the width from the end of the surface value (9.5) or corners value (9.5) and the start of serial number for real slabs. This value drops below 40% on the fake slabs. This obviously only holds on cards with the values printed on the label. Since I do not have enough cards to make more measurements and I am basing it on slabs I can get images of on ebay, it is obviously difficult to get a good sample of known fakes.

Here is the item:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-19-Prizm-125-Luka-Doncic-Fast-Break-Red-Bgs-9-5-Rookie/164193385329

Thanks again for the article,
Marshall

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