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Is it safe to shop for sports collectibles online?

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People who shop online for sports collectibles are often susceptible to purchasing fraudulent items, according to CardboardConnection.com. Brandon Steiner, the CEO and founder of Steiner Sports, estimates that only about 35 percent of the people who purchase signed sports collectibles online receive authentic items.

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Steiner Sports specializes in selling authentic, hand-signed sports collectibles. SteinerSports.com places such collectibles up for auction, allowing people to place online bids on them.

People should stick to shopping for sports collectibles that are authenticated by reputable third-party authenticator services, such as the Professional Sports Authenticator and the James Spence Authentication. Such companies do occasionally make errors in judging an item's authenticity but offer a money-back guarantee.

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