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Long-time sports memorabilia collector becomes fraud victim

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Collecting sports memorabilia is big business these days — but how do you know if you’re getting the real deal? Before you buy a fake, FOX6′s Contact 6 says it’s important to know what can happen.  Baseball is America’s popular past-time, and like most sports, baseball has generated a memorabilia business worth billions.

“I consider myself very knowledgeable about what a real one and a fake one is,” Mark Mench said.
Mench has been an autograph collector for 30 years, and is very confident he can spot a fake. However, his batting average took a hit recently.

“A Steve Prefontaine autograph you almost never see. So, he advertised for things that almost everyone would be interested in who collects what I collect,” Mench said.

The “he” Mench is referring to is Carl Myer.

“The way he fooled me is because – how he spoke. He knew dealers, he knew the business, he knew basically everything I knew about autographs and I`ve collected 30 years,” Mench said.