Friday, February 15, 2019

Real or Fake?

Let's take a break from the Vintage New York Yankees card lot and focus on something different today. It's a 8 x 10 photo of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra signed by Berra.'s not cards.

I come from a large family. I have 5 siblings. Each is married or has a significant other and since I'm the youngest of the 6 kids, I have many adult age nieces and nephews. For Christmas we draw names instead of giving gifts to everyone.

My family knows I love all things baseball, so my sister got me this 8 x 10 autographed photo of Yogi Berra. The photo features Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra, but is signed by Yogi Berra. Well, at least there is a COA claiming that it was signed by Yogi Berra.

It was a nice gesture, but when it comes to autographs, if I didn't see it being signed then to me it's not real. There are just too many fakes out there.If it's pack certified or Upper Deck Authenticated, then I'm okay with it, but I have a hard time even accepting something that has been PSA certified authentic.

Here's the photo. It's a cool photo. If I had to guess I would say it's from the late 1950's. It's at Yankee Stadium. What's not to like about it?

Here's the back of the photo.

Here is the COA from a company called Where It All Began Bat Co. based out of Cooperstown. I looked into it and the company still exists, but I couldn't find any autographed photos or memorabilia on their web site. The COA is dated 7/13/02, which was two weeks before the Hall of Fame induction ceremony that year.

Anyone ever heard of Where It All Began Bat Co.? What do you think about the Berra autograph? Real or fake?


  1. Never heard of Where It All Began Bat Co... but compared to the two Berras sitting in my collection, your autograph seems good. That being said... I'm not an authenticator.

  2. Looks good to me. Yogi signed a lot. If someone was gonna forge it, why not go nuts and have Mick sign it too.

    1. I was going to say almost exactly the same thing, especially the part about Yogi signing a lot.