|Mastro leaves court*|
The fact that the card was trimmed, and was the first serial numbered graded card of PSA, ever, which essentially put PSA on the map and created the now multi-million dollar industry of card grading, leaves ONLY two possibilities of what actually transpired way back in the early 1990's.
1. PSA Was Duped - Think about it. One of the very first cards they EVER graded, is a doctored piece of cardboard worth no more than a designation of "Authentic", and truly how can we even be sure of that. The card that set the standard for all future pre-war cards to follow is a sham. Not only is it a sham, it's a sham that was graded by the company that literally created the grading card industry.
So, with a show of hands, how many of you choose to believe Option 1? And now, Option 2? What you choose to believe is really what this comes down to because, we may never know the truth and there simply is not another option.
The other part of this story is that of shill bidding. To know it happened once, one can safely assume, surmise, ponder - that it happened numerous times. Is MastroNet the only sports memorabilia auction house to use such practices to artificially inflate the value of sports memorabilia for higher revenue percentages? I don't know. But it certaily isn't out of the realm of possibility.
So everyone that owned the "The Card" made money, so what's the big deal, some may ask. Let's ask Ken Kendrick, the owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks and current keeper of "The Card" if and when he chooses to sell it.Talk about getting left holding the bag. Who knew that all the previous owners were playing a 30+ year game of hot potato?
* Photo credit (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune, 10/9/13)