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fake million dollar billfake nose & moustache16 pounds of siliconefake nose & moustache

       Artificial turf, counterfeit money, fake noses, fake moustaches, fake...  um... other body parts...  and...  fake baseball games?    
         All of them are out there, and while some of those things may in varying degrees provide some entertainment value (some of them  
   obviously more than others), there's nothing funny or worthwhile about fakes and fraud in our quiet little backwater of a hobby.  

         Every genre of collectible antiques -- art, silver, glass, furniture, sports memorabilia, you name it -- is plagued at least occasionally 
   by fakery and fraud.  Sometimes it begins innocently enough, with reproductions or knock-offs made for sale as such to collectors who 
   can't afford the often exorbitantly priced originals, but which wind up being offered for sale as originals, by dealers who may themselves 
   be ignorant of their wares' repro origins, or in too many cases by unscrupulous dealers fully aware that what they have is not the real 
   McCoy.  
         The relatively young but explosively expanding hobby of sports memorabilia collecting is fraught with fakery, particularly in the area 
   of vintage baseball cards.  Happily, the tabletop baseball game hobby has been relatively free of these sorts of shenanigans.  Board 
   games, with their many parts and pieces, are a complicated, labour-intensive thing to reproduce -- and few games command prices 
   high enough to justify the time and trouble of faking one.  Unfortunately, there are exceptions.  

         Multiple examples of at least twenty different baseball cards have sold on multiple occasions for more than $100,000. each, 
   topped by the famous circa 1910 T206 Honus Wagner, with dozens of other cards regularly selling for more than five figures.  The 
   astronomical prices earned by the most desirable baseball cards extends to a handful of old baseball card games and individual cards 
   from those sets.  The cards by themselves are fairly easy and cheap to fake -- monochrome images on pasteboard -- and even without 
   their boxes and other playing pieces, the originals are much in demand among well-heeled card collectors as well as game collectors. 
 
         It often takes an experienced eye to discern the difference between one of these antique game's original cards and a modern 
   reproduction meant to deceive a gullible buyer.  Collectors should be wary and well informed when considering the purchase of cards 
   purporting to originate from the 1906 "Art Series" editions of Fan Craze (designated "WG2" and "WG3" in the American Card Catalogue),   
   1913's Base Ball ~ The National Game ("WG5"), the Tom Barker Baseball Card Game of 1914 ("WG6"), All Star Card Base Ball from 
   1914 ("WG4," known to card collectors as "the Polo Grounds game"),  the Great-Mails Baseball Game of 1923-24 ("WG7"), and The 
   National Game ("WG8") of 1936 made by S&S Games Co.   Complete sets of each of those games routinely fetch four figures at auction,   
   in many cases well more than five, with some individual cards from some of those games frequently going for well over $1,000. by 
   themselves.  There are other, even older, baseball card games with comparable market value, but those cards are elabourate, 
   multi-coloured affairs, much more difficult to reproduce and their reproductions easier to detect.   Have some hands-on familarity 
   with examples from these sets, and buy only from a trustworthy source, if you're thinking of forking over a substantial sum for 
   any of those, or for any high-priced baseball card.  The card hobby is infested with sophisticated fakery.  We recommend the 
   collecting community at Net54 for both a primer and advanced details on what to look out for and beware of.  

  Four Wagner cards from five different sets: 
Fan Craze, 1906T206 WagnerAll Star Card Base Ball, 1914Baseball ~ The National Game, 1913, and Tom Barker Baseball Card Game, 1914
   Wagner appears in, left to right, Fan Craze (1906), the T206 series of tobacco cards (1909-11), All Star Card Base Ball (1914), 
   and, at far right, the nearly identical Baseball ~ The National Game (1913) and Tom Barker Baseball Card Game (1914).  
Honest reproductions of baseball card games are usually marked as such, and in their own original form are not to be lumped in with outright fakes. Larry Fritsch Cards has for years been producing honest, handsome repro sets of many of the games cited above, but scammers have often tried to palm them off as originals, usually after altering the cards to erase printed evidence that the cards were latter-day reproductions.
   Card backs from original and repro editions of Baseball ~ The National Game: 
Baseball ~ The National Game, National Base Ball Playing Card Co, 1913Baseball ~ The National Game, Larry Fritsch Cards, 2000sdetail -- Baseball ~ The National Game, Larry Fritsch Cards, 2000s
   Left to right, card from original 1913 set of Baseball ~ The National Game ("WG5") made by National Base Ball 
   Playing Card Co, card from 21st-century repro set by Larry Fritsch Cards, and detail from Fritsch edition, 
   forthrightly identifying card as "reprint."  Note also the diagnostic difference in the corner shaping.  
Batter Up Baseball Card Game
      Batter Up Baseball Card Game, Ed-U-Cards' 1949 original version 
  (shown at far left) of their hugely popular 1957 Baseball Card Game, 
  was reprinted by an unidentified entity sometime in the late 1990s 
  or early 2000s.  Nearly identical to the original in almost every other 
  detail, the repro version (near left) is easily identified by the absence 
  of the small print indicating "trade mark" just below the game's title 
  on its flip-top box, and of course by the presence of the UPC bars on 
  the box's bottom flap.  
Baseball Pinball Game -- Marx, circa 1960
    Another repro often mistaken for the original 
  is Schylling's 2001 remake of Baseball Pinball 
  Game.  Although there are significant, obvious 
  differences between the boxes and backsides 
  of the remake and the game produced around 
  1960 by Marx, both are freqently offered for 
  sale on-line without the box or without photos 
  of the backside.  The Marx game, seen at left, 
  displays "Base Ball" in a font divided by a 
  red hairline, nine stanchions supporting the 
  "warning track" scoring area, and averages 
  about $15.-$20. at auction.  The Schylling 
  repro, at right, has "Base Ball" in a subtly 
  different font decorated with blue dots, six 
  outfield stanchions, and averages about $5. 
  at auction.  
Baseball Pinball Game -- Schylling, 2001
  Here's some garbage that made us do a double-take and had us briefly beflustered, but which quickly revealed itself as totally bogus: 
 
  fake lids  fake lids
  These fake antique game-box lids showed up on eBay in January 2018.  The least little bit of research would have demonstrated that 
  they are not authentic.  All anyone needed to know was that an original Big Six box is a big 22 1/2 x 16", while an original National League 
  Ball Game box is a just slightly smaller 5 1/2 x 4 1/2".  The second pair displays similarly wild inconsistencies in size, and several other 
  details in all four lids make it further inarguable that all four are outright fakes.  Yet someone deluded themselves into paying more than 
  $320. for this set of worthless decorations.  Well, okay, as decorative pieces, not entirely worthless.  Maybe eight or ten bucks for the set.  

      One disturbing, if not terribly costly, development was a reproduction set of 
  Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game, originally made in 1962 by the Olympic 
  Card Company.   Heirloom Games and Out Of The Box Publishing turned out   
  a rather too-faithful repro set of the 1962 original in 2005, unfortunately 
  declining to mark anywhere on the cards or the box that it was a repro.  The 
  two versions are identical in every respect, so the repro is indistinguishable 
  from the original.  The lone and feeble upside to the situation is that neither 
  original nor repro generally sells for more than about $10.-$20.  Presumably 
  well-intentioned in reviving the obscure Harry's, Heirloom / OOTB gain no 
  advantage beyond basic sales from having made the duplicates, but it was 
  grossly irresponsible of them to make the reprint identical to the 1962 issue.  
  Uninformed or unscrupulous vendors frequently peddle the repro issue as 
  "vintage," and as a result, the market value of the original has nose-dived.  

      At right, a complete example of Harry's -- an authentic 1962 original, 
  or a 2005 reproduction?  We can't tell, and neither can you.    

Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
Challenge The Yankees, Hasbro, 1964
      At left, the potential subject of exactly the same problem,  
  but on a much grander scale -- Challenge the Yankees, 
  originally published by Hasbro in nearly identical 1964 and 
  1965 editions.  One of the most avidly sought post-War 
  games, collectors have paid, over the past fifteen years, 
  an average of more than $600. for examples, several times 
  going well into four figures, many of those games less than 
  complete and most in somewhat distressed condition.  
      The game's designer, Roger Franklin, retained the rights 
  to his creation, and his family announced in 2017 that they 
  would be producing a repro edition of "CTY" -- faithfully 
  identical to the original Hasbro issues, with no markings 
  whatsoever to distinguish the new games from the 1960s 
  originals.  Arguably, Franklin has (and should have) the 
  right to do whatever he wants with his brainchild, but had 
  the project proceeded as described, it would have been a 
  major disservice to the hobby -- an insult to collectors who'd 
  made a major investment in the original editions, and an 
  open invitation to rampant fraud.  Fortunately, crowdfunding 
  efforts to launch the imitation fell short of their goal, thanks 
  in no small part to their marketing department's arrogant, 
  smugly dismissive attitude toward criticisms and suggestions 
  from the very community they'd targeted as their customers.  
      A full-fledged boardgame vulnerable to ouright fakery is Major League   
  Indoor Base Ball, produced by Philadelphia Game Mfg Co in 1912 and '13.  
  A second edition of the game, retitled Major League Base Ball Game, was 
  turned out from 1913 through 1926.  The two editions are virtually identical 
  but for their box lids, and therein lies all the difference.  Both games are 
  beautiful, sturdily-built things, both of them in demand among collectors.  
  But while nicer examples of Major League Base Ball Game, with its 
  relatively plain dark green cover, have averaged just under $300. through 
  dozens of on-line sales and auctions over the last fifteen years, examples 
  of its predecessor, Major League Indoor Base Ball, in similarly nice 
  condition and sporting its elabourate colourful cover featuring Carl Horner 
  portraits of sixteen star players of the day, have averaged $3,100. over 
  that same span.  Although the difference would be evident at a glance with 
  a hands-on examination, it would be a simple matter for a scam artist to 
  slip a photocopy of the Major League Indoor Base Ball cover into the lid 
  of a Major League Base Ball Game box and produce a convincing photo 
  for an on-line auction.  We've seen it attempted. 

  Below, the box lids of Major League Base Ball Game and Major League 
  Indoor Base Ball;  at right, the dazzling interior of either version, showing 
  the hinged wooden box, the ornately illustrated gameboard / playing field, 
  the enormous chrome spinner, roster strips, and the twin parts boxes 
  holding marker pegs and other game paraphermalia.  
MajorLeagueBaseBallGame, 1912-26
MajorLeagueBaseBallGame, 1912-26MajorLeagueBaseBallGame, 1912-26
         This brings us to a whole series of closely-related fakes that prompted this article in the first place.  These are all what are known 
   in the hobby as "fantasy pieces" -- modern-day creations masquerading as antiques that never actually existed.  We first saw one from 
   this particular series in 2004, and it and several spin-off variations have been popping up every few years ever since.  They're all clearly 
   the work of the same hand, they're all inevitably billed as hailing from the 1920s or '30s, and they're all screamingly obvious as fakery.  
   In the perp-walk below, we'll identify several varieties of a little horror calling itself "Babe Ruth Baseball Game".  At least seven elements 
   of the game board, seen below at right, frantically wave red flags and sound claxons to alert one and all that it's unequivocally a modern 
   fantasy piece.  
        The most obvious points are the illustrated playing field and dice-combination results, both of which are photocopied from either one of 
   two popular Parker Brothers baseball games shown below, top left -- the 1948 edition of Double Game Board, or the identical board from 
   their 1957 edition of Baseball Football and Checkers.  The Parker games are plentiful and relatively cheap to obtain.  The rearranged 
   table of dice combinations, showing the diagnostic shadowed dice and professionally handwritten italic font of the Parker boards, is 
   laughably switched around, placing the last third of the 21 possible results first, the first third last, and omitting the middle third -- 2/3, 2/4, 
   2/5, 2/6, 3/3, 3/4, and 3/5 -- entirely.  In contrast to the lettering in the results table, the letters in the banner giving the game's title are 
   crude and amateurish.  The image of the Babe himself is an iconic one, well known to collectors from a late 1920s "exhibit card," easily 
   available on-line or in any number of books.  The signature printed across the bottom of the image is not an autograph, but displays 
   as printed on the exbibit card, which used the same font for all 69 cards in the set.  The overall image shows the black-&-white 
   "posterization" effect due to photocopying a grey-toned photographic image.  Lastly, it's worth noting that Parker Brothers' company 
   records show no evidence of their ever having produced any Babe Ruth game, nor of ever having licensed the mechanic or graphics of 
   Double Game Board to any other manufacturer.  
Double Game Board, Parker Bros, 1948fake Babe Ruth game
fake Babe Ruth gamefake Babe Ruth game
         
  Three other variations of this board have been spotted:  that shown 
  above at lower left adds colour to the Babe's cap, sleeves, and bat, 
  that above at lower right to the entire board, and that directly at right 
  provides an enhanced city skyline and a new rearrangement of the 
  dice results on a longer board, along with a ludicrous publisher credit 
  and more artificial aging (some deliberate crumpling, a few tea stains, 
  and gently baked in an oven to a delicate golden brown).  All three 
  above measure roughly 13.5 x 9", the fourth at right about 18 x 9".  

  Subtle differences between each version, in colour coverage in the 
  title lettering and in the Babe's cap, along with the apparent lack of 
  half-tone printing dots in the colour areas, strongly suggest each 
  version was coloured by hand, which would rule out any possibility 
  these were mass-produced in even very limited quantity by any real 
  game publisher -- let alone by McLoughlin Brothers, as the credit line 
  at the bottom of this variation would have us believe.  McLoughlin 
  were the pre-eminent publishers of boardgames through the second 
  half of the 19th century, finally eclipsed by 19th-century rivals Parkers 
  and Milton Bradley as the 20th century dawned (our history of the 
  company and their dozens of graphically gorgeous, painfully simplistic 
  baseball games is here).  It's obviously impossible for Parkers' 1948 
  graphics to have appeared on a pre-1920 McLoughlin game.  And 
  while McLoughlin did have a printing factory in Brooklyn, their main 
  offices were always in Manhattan, and whenever their games carry a 
  city-of-origin credit, it's always "New York" or "N.Y.," never "Brooklyn." 


We'd long hypothesized that the first three fake "Babe Ruth" games we've shown here were never intended to fool anyone or to defraud a na´ve buyer, but were, instead, nothing more than a design project by some high-school or middle-school art student, which escaped into the wild in a yard sale, and eventually were put up for sale on-line by uninformed vendors. However, the McLoughlin credit on the fantasy piece at right, which turned up at a major auction house in 2013, gives us pause. Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley remain household names, so if some kid was going to add a publisher credit to their little art project, one of those two famous companies, or no credit line at all, would seem to be a likely choice. Somebody would have to have some solid knowledge of collectibles and antiques, though, to know anything of McLoughlin Brothers, which in turn sort of presupposes some awareness of the high prices paid for McLoughlin products, and that makes the item at right a little bit suspicious...

fake Babe Ruth game
fake Babe Ruth game
         
      Whoever created these things, you have to give them points for 
  their efforts at recycling.  Another fantasy piece surfaced, using 
  many of the graphic elements seen in the boards above and from 
  the same sources whence those were copied.  In this "Babe Ruth 
  Baseball Game," the title banner is identical to that in the above 
  examples, and the bleachers and the cityscape beyond, as well as 
  the crossed-bats logo at the bottom, are all taken from the same 
  Parker Brothers game that was sourced for the playing field.  The 
  image of the Babe is another iconic one -- this one might be drawn 
  by hand from the photo source, bringing us back to our "art student"
  theory -- and again the tinted portions of the board appear to be 
  hand-coloured.  
      Most tellingly, the numbered play results -- as with the incomplete 
  dice combinations in the first three examples -- make no sense 
  whatsoever -- 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 each appear twice, redundantly, 
  4 and 5 just once each, and 1 does not appear at all.  If this were 
  a spinner game, there can be no reason to have numbered the 
  results this way;  if it were a two-dice game, which would account 
  for the absence of the "1" result, it would require tetrahedral dice, 
  unheard of in its purported era, numbered 1 through 4, and hitting 
  would come in at around an .833 clip, beyond the pale even for the 
  offense-juiced children's games of the day, with the relatively rare 
  triple being the most common result.  Either way, it would have 
  been senseless for a "real" game company to have listed five of 
  the combinations twice and two only once.  


     The parade of phonies continues, red flags flying and jingtinglers, 
 gardookas, and great big electro whocarnio flooks blaring, with the 
 item at right.  Once again using the Double Game Board graphics, 
 this "Babe Ruth Baseball" suggests more of an "action" game, 
 implying that some sort of projectile -- a marble or small puck -- 
 is to be struck into one of the holes in the playing field, presumably 
 propelled by a miniature bat or flicked by a finger.  It uses the same 
 typography as the game discussed just above, both in the title and 
 in labelling the results, and again appears to be hand-coloured, 
 although the sandlot plank fence drawn around the inside of the 
 box aprons is a thoughtful touch.  The holes -- five to be targeted, 
 four to be avoided -- are decorated with spiked outlines, suggestive   
 of impact or explosion, a graphic device generally not seen in 
 cartoon illustration until the 1950s.  And the holes themselves 
 are not die-cut, as they would be in a game made by a legitimate 
 publisher, but appear to have been gouged out with the use of 
 a dull screwdriver or a grapefruit spoon.  In a hilarious fit of 
 desperation, the vendor claimed this was a McLoughlin Brothers 
 product.  If the abyssal distance in quality between these 
 fantasy pieces and any McLoughlin product is not convincing 
 evidence that these are fakes (again, compare the McLoughlin 
 line at our page here), remember that McLoughlin had basically 
 gone out of business by 1920, just before the Babe had really 
 even established himself as baseball's star slugger. 
The topper, so to speak, may be the ridiculous item seen below, which showed up on eBay in the summer of 2017. The vendor had the gall to claim this 2 7/8"-diameter gimcrack was a "1920" product, all the more valuable because it pictured the Babe as a Red Sox slugger and was partly made of an "early plastic." In fact, the picture is of the Bambino, crudely photocopied from the photo shown farther below, which was taken in 1918. Up until 1920, the Babe was best known as one of the very best young lefty pitchers in baseball. It wasn't until 1920 that he became recognized as baseball's prepotent offensive force. But he did it as a Yankee, Boston having sold him to New York at the end of the previous year. That he would have endorsed a game that pictured him as still a member of the Red Sox seems a dubious notion. What really convicts the piece below as inauthentic, though, are the graphical elements that repeat from the item directly at right, which features other elements already repeated there from the 1948-and-later Parker games. There's the title banner, and the clumsy font labelling the anachronistic "impact" spikes. Again, the target holes are roughly hacked into the surface, rather than die-cut, and there's no glass cover to keep the BB in play. The plastic jar-lid liner begs for attention as well. The basic chemical principles of plastics were known as long ago as 1839, but the development of modern plastics for practical use took nearly another century.
fake Babe Ruth game
fake Babe Ruth game
Babe Ruth, Red Sox, 1918
  
  Modern synthetic plastics, ubiquitous and omnipresent today in countless forms, were not really even 
  developed until World War II -- and definitely not in common use, certainly not for anything as trivial 
  as toys, until after the war.  So the claim that this item, with its plastic-lined jar-lid, dates from 1920 is 
  patently ridiculous.  
      The pathetic punchline to this joke is that someone was suckered into shelling out over 360 bucks 
  for this silly thingamabob on eBay in August 2017.  Ouch.  "But wait -- there's more!"  Several weeks 
  later, the buyer tried to turn it around on eBay at $1,800. -- $1,800.!  No takers, happily, but then, in 
  March -- turpem dictu! -- it did sell for something close to $800.  How often is a sucker born? 
As merely a preposterous fake, it was as amusing as it was annoying, but that somebody profited big-time with it (well, big-time by the standards of our own minuscule budgets) got us kinda riled up. We decided to demonstrate how easy it was to have created this nasty little thing. None of us in the Baseball Games front office have any experience with craft projects or fakery, so if, with negligible skill and just minimal time and effort, we could come even reasonably close to duplicating the cursed object above, it's something anyone could do. In a moment, the results of that trial. Your comments on our project are welcome at our Forum. Ingredients needed for this recipe: 1 jar lid, internet access to clip-art graphics, 1 photo of the Babe, razor knife, printer, copy machine, white-out and a brush, tea, oven, cardboard, glue, awl, 1 BB.
  The lid itself, in fact, was the only difficult thing to replicate.  The lid used in the fake dexterity game may actually have some age to it 
  -- which doesn't for a moment mean the fake game is anywhere near as old as it pretends.  You, we, almost everyone, has some old jar 
  of something in the garage or the basement.  We wasted a few man-hours strolling supermarket aisles in search of the closest match 
  we could find, thinking the lid came from a jar of something edible.  You and we have all seen a million lids sort of like this on tens of 
  thousands of food products, the plastic liner being the only anomolous feature.  That modern liner aside, though, the lid is a bit unusual 
  in that it has no writing, the sides are flat, with no incised screw-top lines, ribbing, or dimples, nor, most notably, does it show the four 
  crimped spots at the rim that are present on about 95% of modern food-jar lids.  You can find dozens of food products with lids exhibiting 
  four of the five key elements -- 2 7/8" diameter or thereabouts, gold color, no writing, no indentations on rim, no crimping -- but good luck 
  finding one that sports all five, let alone one with a plastic liner.  
      The creator of the fake didn't have to match anything, though -- he just grabbed a lid at random, while we were trying to find a needle 
  in a haystack.  It dawned on us that the lid could have come from a jar -- or can -- of anything, not necessarily food.  Maybe it came 
  from a jar of pills, or skin cream, or some commonplace middle-school thing like a jar of school paste or tempera paint, or maybe it's the 
  bottom half of a tin of shoe polish.  If you can match it perfectly, let us know what it belongs to.  And see if you can guess the source of 
  the lid we (not keen on wasting more time in search of a perfect match) wound up settling for.  We'll reveal it at the end of this article.  
      The same sort of trouble is inherent in matching the title border, the little banners, the impact blasts, and the type face.  There are 
  a million bazillion examples of each of those things in the thousands of clip-art sites on the internet, but again, disinclined to waste 
  too much time and effort, we contented ourselves with just a fair approximation of the graphics.  We're sure you can get a closer match 
  if you want to try replicating the thing yourselves.  
clip-art bannerscomputer graphicsXacto knifecopy machine
The next step, then, is to find those graphics on the web, plus that 1918 photo of the Babe. Save the images, calculate the size they should be on the fake game, and either reduce them to the proper measurements in your computer graphics programme, or just adjust their proportions to the correct sizes relative to one another. Print 'em out, cut 'em apart, and assemble them as they appear on the fake. Use illustrator's white-out (like Pro White or a white gouache) or your computer graphics programme to mask the cut-lines and any stray black or grey marks on the scan. Reduce that "paste-up" (as they say in the graphics-and-printing biz) to the final correct size on your computer or on a copy machine. Print out several copies -- you'll probably need to do some trial-&-error experiments in the next step. Take a break and fix yourself a lovely cup of tea. Real weak tea. Soak one of the print-outs with the tea. Strengthen the tea a bit and soak another copy with that darker mix. Try a few different shades. Let 'em dry. Now put 'em on a cookie sheet or something and toss 'em in the oven at a low bake for a minute or three. Actually, we're writing this as Christmas approaches, and it occurred to us that some watered-down dregs from a mug of hot cocoa might also be worth a try as a colouring agent, so that's what we used. While you're waiting, cut out a piece of corrugated cardboard, or several pieces of shirt-box / cereal-box cardboard, to the diameter of your jar lid.
fake Babe paste-upcardboardglueawl
Smear a very thin coating of glue or rubber cement on the cardboard disc, then center your tea-coloured playing surface over it and attach it. Give it a few minutes to dry, then punch holes in the appropriate spots using an awl (there's probably one in your Swiss Army knife), or a knitting needle, or, if your cardboard is fairly flimsy, even a toothpick might do the trick. Ream the holes to a workable size. Once you're satisfied they'll stop, but not trap, the BB, snap the whole disc arrangement into your jar lid. Drop in a BB. You're done. Now photograph your handiwork, auction it off on eBay, and collect 300 bucks. No, wait, sorry -- don't do any of that. It would be evil and disgusting and you'd be a total creep who shouldn't be able to look at himself in a mirror. We'll reveal now that our lid is from a large decorative scented candle, and that was our biggest, almost only expense -- we got one on sale for about seven bucks. Beyond that, we already had the computer and printer/scanner, obviously, but if you don't have your own, you can achieve the same results with only a few additional steps by using the copy machine at your local library, which should cost you something like 15 cents a copy. Kerm and Butch here in the Baseball Games front office already had the art supplies, but if you don't have those things on hand, the white-out is cheap (even typists' correction fluid might do in a pinch) and a sharp pair of scissors and a steady hand can substitute for the Xacto knife. Kerm's wife provided the tea, Win's grandkids provided the BBs. Total cost of this project: basically the seven bucks for the candle's lid, ninety cents for the use of our library's copier while our front-office printer was out of commission, and whatever few cents a couple of teabags or a packet of cocoa mix cost. For you, maybe another five-ten bucks for art supplies, but household items already on hand should do well enough without incurring any new cost at all. Here ya go, then -- the original fantasy piece on the left, our finished product on the right. Forensic examination will confirm we didn't match it perfectly -- the plastic liner the most obvious disparity, and theirs has been worked a little harder into a state of grundginess -- but seriously, making the thing from scratch and investing minimal time and effort, did we come close or didn't we? If they'd used the photo of our piece of junk instead of the photo of their piece of junk and made the same "1920 rarity" claim, would ours have fooled anyone as theirs did, or not?
fake Babe dexterity gameour fake Babe dexterity game
That was a sick sort of fun. We may update this article, not too far down the road, with another absurd fantasy piece of our own creation. Check back in a few weeks. In the meantime -- do your research, know your stuff, don't be a sucker for a scam!

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