From $27,000 Death Photographer Scheme to $150,000 Shocker, Michael Jordan Exploits Seem Endless as 1YO Fraud Gets Uncovered

Published 10/05/2023, 12:27 AM EDT

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Michael Jordan memorabilia has always produced historic numbers in the market. With game-worn jerseys, shoes, and cards being sold for more than a million, His Airness continues to be a major influence. However, it has taken a hit on his name and the reputation of trustable organizations due to frequent scams over the past few months. Viral news on Michael Jordan’s game-worn jersey scam came to light a month ago. Though it was surprising, that has now helped authorities find another scam that took place a year ago.

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Interestingly, both these scams were done by the same person. Moreover, the latest one took place in Australia, Melbourne. Let’s take a deeper look at it! 

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The Chicago Bulls icon’s game-worn jersey was sold for a whopping $27000 at Grey Flannel Auctions on August 8 this year. Instantly, the authenticity of the jersey was questioned after doubts were sparked. Tony Ranze, a famous photographer, had his own foundation, which ran the authenticity of the $27,000 game-worn jersey. Later, it was found out that Ranze passed away nearly 16 years ago in 2006.

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Moreover, this was an independent organization and it had nothing to do with Ranze. The owners of the $27,000 jersey decided to go to MeiGray, a trusted photo-matching agency who confirmed that it was a game-worn jersey from the 1996 Finals. However, the photos used to find the authenticity are where the scam took place as it was photoshopped. This led to finding another scam that took place a year ago. 

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In June 2022, an exorbitant card trade worth $150,000 took place at a McDonald’s in Melbourne, Australia. The trade helped a long-time card collector to bag a 1986 sealed Fleer basketball box, which surprisingly had the dealer’s number in it. 

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Sadly, the collector found the scam only a day after the trade. As per reports from ‘Action Network’, he did question the scammer, Juan Garcia, on his Instagram, but he deleted his account for his benefit. The authorities in Australia reopened the case recently will be looking to track down Garcia as soon as possible.

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A scammer on the loose

This series of events has raised many more questions. There are several unofficial trades like this that happen on a day-to-day basis. Now, with these scams hitting the news, more such incidents might come out soon.

Well, it’s not going to be easy to find the scammers behind all these fraudulent activities, considering their quickness in deleting their identities. The best remedy might be to take precautious steps before a trade or an exorbitant buyout.

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What are your thoughts on this card trade scam? Share your take in the comments below. 

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Written by:

Rohan Dharmalingam

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Rohan Dharmalingam is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for a decade now and specializes in covering trade rumors and reports on the ever-changing trade market. The wizardry of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry made him fall in love with the game like millions worldwide.
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Pragya Vashisth

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