Fraudulent eBay seller?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by EyeEatWheaties, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. EyeEatWheaties

    EyeEatWheaties Cent Hoarder Supporter

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  3. EyeEatWheaties

    EyeEatWheaties Cent Hoarder Supporter

    nevermind... the bar codes are different... just a coincidence that the cert numbers are similar the 45 looks like it was turned in to a 15
  4. giorgio11

    giorgio11 Senior Numismatist

    This is Harlan J Berk out of Chicago, 31 N Clark St. These people are fine folks, have been in business for years and are totally on the up and up. I have bought from their store many times when in Chicago on business trips. Tom DeLorey who used to publish "Collectors Clearinghouse" in Coin World still works there, as does Bob Greenstein. Tom DeLorey is one of America's most respected numismatists. I don't know Harlan J Berk personally but I wager he has sterling credentials as well.
  5. mpcusa

    mpcusa Online Dealer of Mpc

    Looks a little suspicious to me as well :(
  6. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    Harlan Berk is a quality dealer with a stellar reputation (unlike many eBay sellers). I have a great deal of difficulty believing anything is amiss with their offerings.
  7. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    Do you read the replies in a thread before you post? Just wondering...
  8. sgiorgis

    sgiorgis Student of Numismatics

    Welcome back to the Forum, Giorgio11! Missed You! :)
    Steve
  9. giorgio11

    giorgio11 Senior Numismatist

    Jeez. The two coins are DIFFERENT GRADES, people! Somebody obviously sent in a roll or two. Some people should think before they type.
  10. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    Or just read the damn thread.
  11. coinman0456

    coinman0456 Coin Collector

    That is one Dealer who's reputation is unquestionable .
  12. EyeEatWheaties

    EyeEatWheaties Cent Hoarder Supporter

    It's cool. I buy a lot off of eBay and I do my best to be wary. I'll put bids in mass and check back the following day. There have been occasions, more than once where I didn't win by a bid and then look down at the bottom of the page, where eBay sends you that - "IF YOU LIKED THIS ITEM THEN MAYBE YOU WILL LIKE THESE" and saw the same coin I didn't win relisted. I'm sure some sellers schill bid the coins if they think it's going to close too low. As I said I am wary and now, I post to call out these sellers I suspect. THIS WAS NOT ONE OF THEM

    I had to look at the listings several times. Even the 64/65 is a bit blurry on both listings, the coin has the same greenish hue, cert number is blurry just like how they turn a 1944 into a 1914..... Thats why it I started off my initial post, " Not sure why someone would do this" .....anyways. I couldn't find a way to delete the thread.
  13. ziggy9

    ziggy9 *NEC SPERNO NEC TIMEO*

    Not only is Mr. Berk's reputation unquestionable he has further impressed me with the YN program that he sponsors through the ANA. My son will be recieving a nice collection of ancient coins over the next year or so thanks to Mr Berk donating all the coins for the program.

    Richard
  14. stroligep

    stroligep New Member

    I'm not doubting the coin dealer's rep, but it seems that they should understand the value of better pictures. Anytime I see a blurry or low quality picture I get suspicious. Doesn't mean I won't buy the coin, but it is a strike against the seller.
  15. Lagaidh

    Lagaidh New Member

    So... is it common here for folks to bîtch about how others post?

    Honest question. I'm trying to get a feel for the place.
  16. BadThad

    BadThad Calibrated for Lincolns

    Whoa....somebody got one heck of a deal on that 65 VDB!!!!
  17. 19Lyds

    19Lyds Member of the United States of Confusion

    Don't you just hate it when you go and do something that at first looks like its a scam only to have it turn out just boneheaded dumb?

    And then all the minions get worked into flutter even though you and others have pointed out the inaccuracies of the post?

    Look for the "EDIT" button to edit your post.
  18. coinman0456

    coinman0456 Coin Collector

    It's called " Foot N Mouth " disease . The positive side of things is , that anyone who read this thread , now knows that if MR.Berk's initials is on a holder , any top tier TPG"S holder , you know it's the real deal . Unquestionably . To further credit him, he is one of the foremost astute Dealer's of U.S. and Ancient coinage.
  19. mill rat41

    mill rat41 Member

    I'd also like to vouch for HJB. I recently started going to their store in Chicago and have always been treated well. What I like about them is that they keep their website updated with most of the coins they have in stock. Cleaned / problem coins are clearly identifed and everything has a price on it.
  20. EyeEatWheaties

    EyeEatWheaties Cent Hoarder Supporter


    naaaaaa.... I thought about for a second and thought it a little educational. The best point in this thread is that if the seller notices it that maybe he will post better pics. Fuzzy pics is a first warning sign for me that the coin isn't all it should be. See comment below...

    a real PCGS slab for sure! I would think that 65RD-VDB would sell in a heartbeat for $120 or $150 for that matter at his B&M store, baffling.. but hey good for us eBayers - more crappy pics please.. :)

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