Those in the know realize the impact the October 1999 raids conducted during Operation Bullpen had on the hobby. The number of forged autograph items was astounding.
One of the key players in the forgery ring, Greg Marino, told FBI investigators that he around the clock penning fake autos. perhaps signing as many as 1 million autographs.
The end result of some of these items? A lot of them wound up in FBI files and storage rooms. Some were destroyed.
Unforunately, many came to rest in the hands of unsuspecting collectors. A lot of them are probably still sitting on shelves all over North America, their owners blissfully unaware they own a Marino, not a Mantle.
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