Puig joins list of elite athletes, but not in a way he’d like
Dodgers star outfielder Yasiel Puig has joined a pretty impressive group — but it’s likely not a group he’d care to be in.
Puig has been added to the latest list of frequently forged celebrities’ autographs compiled annually by PSA/DNA Authentication Services, joining Muhammad Ali, Ted Williams, LeBron James and other sports stars.
Check out the list of most frequently forged autographs in 2013 below.
1) Babe Ruth
2) Lou Gehrig
3) Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio
4) Michael Jordan
5) Yasiel Puig
6) Muhammad Ali
7) Tiger Woods
8) Derek Jeter
9) Wayne Gretzky
10) LeBron James
“There’s probably less than a 50-50 chance autographs offered in the marketplace of many current and former sports and entertainment celebrities are genuine,” says Joe Orlando, president of PSA/DNA, a division of Collectors Universe Inc.
“PSA/DNA does not often receive obvious forgeries for evaluation,” added Orlando. “So, if our rejection rate for a particular autograph approaches 50 percent, then you can only imagine how high the percentage of forgeries actually might be in the overall marketplace.”