Need help and advice identifying Mad Men business cards—was I scammed?

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SquidMan

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I just received a batch of what was sold to me as production-used Sterling Cooper business cards from Mad Men, with a Screenbid COA, from eBay. However, all other Mad Men business cards currently on eBay, all sold with their own COAs, look different from the ones I received: those look like legit vintage cards with professionally embossed glossy type on matte cardstock, while mine are flat inkjet printed onto photo paper that's glossy on the printed side and matte on the other. Mine seem cheaply made and, frankly, seem fake—why would the production create business cards that are printed using two totally different methods?

The thing is, these came with a Screenbid COA, and was the reason I felt confident buying them in the first place. Here it is:

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I have no idea how to verify if it's legitimate, would anyone here be able to help? Could it be a fake reprint of a COA? Or maybe a real COA accompanying replicas of the business cards?

In either case, do I have any recourse through eBay if these are indeed fakes?
 

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SquidMan

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Supporting evidence of my suspicion—someone online posted the business cards they got directly through Screenbid, and the COA has the name of the props written on a sticker attached to it, rather than printed directly on the COA like mine:

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Could anyone who has had experience buying from Screenbid please let me know if they ever print the lot # and name of the prop onto their COAs, or if that's never their procedure?
 

SquidMan

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I would mail Screenbid. Ask them both about the COA and the cards.
I did, and strangely enough, when I emailed the primary email address on their website for inquiries, I received an alert from my email service saying that my message could not be delivered to that address because “recipient server did not accept our requests to connect”. I then emailed their secondary address but have not yet gotten a response.
 

Monkey67

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Word on the street is that screenbids is being a bit shady at the moment. I’ve sa few others having issues with them over items not be correct. Plus the store hasn’t been replying to them to help solve any disputes. Can’t say everything is true. Just they seem to be a bit of a hot ticket button at the moment.

personally I haven’t had any issues with them over the years.

Good luck and I hope it resolved for you swiftly.
 

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SquidMan

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Word on the street is that screenbids is being a bit shady at the moment. I’ve sa few others having issues with them over items not be correct. Plus the store hasn’t been replying to them to help solve any disputes. Can’t say everything is true. Just they seem to be a bit of a hot ticket button at the moment.

personally I haven’t had any issues with them over the years.

Good luck and I hope it resolved for you swiftly.
Interesting, I had not heard that. But yeah, I've gotten no response at all from either of their publicly available email addresses.

The plot thickens, though: I found some other people online who have received glossy, "fake" looking Mad Men business cards, except unlike me, they received them from Screenbid directly. It seems that all of the Mad Men cards that were sold through Screenbid before 2018 were embossed text on matte cards, and the ones sold since 2018 have been like the flat glossy ones I received. So if it is indeed a scam, it wasn't the eBay seller who is the scammer...

Any chance that Screenbid pulled some shady tactics and printed their own replicas of the cards to pass off as originals? :cautious:
 

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