Major League Baseball to mark memorabiliaBy Mark Chervenka
Major League Baseball marks memorabilia
In response to growing scandals over fake and forged sports collectibles, in 2001 Major League Baseball began marking baseball memorabilia before it is taken out of the stadium.
Members of the Arthur Andersen firm now apply official stickers with serial numbers to baseball memorabilia. The program began with two hundred "milestone" games in the 2001 season in which a significant race, player or team record or other important event was expected to occur. All official collectibles from these games carry the stickers.
Sports collectors were shocked in 2000 by Federal investigator's reports of nationwide fraud in sports memorabilia which accounted for over $100 million in sales. According to the FBI, as much as 90% of sports memorabilia in the market may have been fake.