Charity Unable To Verify Authenticity Of Signed Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce Jersey After Selling For $21,000

A charity group in Canada appears to have gotten scammed into auctioning off a possible fake autographed jersey of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. The autographed jersey, which was unable to be authenticated following the auction, sold for $21,000.

The auction was part of the Linamar Curl for Kids Winter Bonspiel, where the proceeds went to three organizations, including the Guelph Wish Fund for Children.

GuelphToday.com reports another item — a University of North Carolina jersey allegedly autographed by Michael Jordan — was also unable to be verified after selling for $2,700 at the auction. The winner of the Jordan auction told the news site they are getting a full refund after the Jordan autograph failed to get authenticated by KSA Certification — the top Canadian company for authentication and grading of sports memorabilia.

“The signature(s) is/are not consistent with a variety of characteristics including irregular letter formations, irregular spacing, irregular overlapping of strokes, and exaggerated/undersized letter sizing when compared with our database of authentic examples,” the KSA evaluation reads, according to GuelphToday.com.

The news site reports the memorabilia items were supplied by Scottie Johnston, who maintains the memorabilia signatures are authentic.

Issues concerning these items first popped up on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Autograph News Facebook page.

“There is Zero chance that a collection of signed jerseys like this would be all available for small town charity by a donor… Final Sale price on signed, framed jerseys: Kelce/Swift – $21,000, Kobe $3700, Lebron $1600, Jordan $2700,” writes Aaron Logan. “I have sent a note to Guelph Wish Fund and Guelph Today with my concerns and would hope that any other experts or collectors who suspect these are all fakes to do the same. The Hobby is a wonderful place, but it is also our duty to stand up when we see fraud happening and say something.”

According to GuelphToday.com, at least one of the auction winners is getting their money back, while others have been “looked after.”

“All items, including the jersey signed by Travis Kielce and Taylor Swift, were generously donated at this third-party community event,” says Guelph Wish Fund for Children in a statement. “As a result, we are currently unable to verify the authenticity of these items and ask that any winning bidders with concerns or questions to please reach out to the event organizers.”

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