Well clearly Marc. A. Szakaly has seen The Sandlot a time or two. And in the movie he watched a 12-year-old in Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez forge a Babe Ruth signature with little trouble, and understandably figured he could do the same, which he did. Then he went into Florida pawn shops where he was surely going to meet some clueless geezers as store owners and gave them a little sob story about how he badly needed fast cash and would sell the baseballs for much cheaper than their actual value. He even included some fancy letters of authenticity with each ball.
The problem is that Szakaly's plan as a whole featured some major flaws. Some of the baseballs featured brand names that didn't even exist when Ruth played, some of the baseballs had the same identification number, etc.
And probably the biggest problem was that Szakaly got too greedy. Yeah, you could possibly get away with a scheme like this for a while, but eventually you're going to find somebody that's going to send these baseballs in for an authenticity check or notice something themselves right away. It's like when I play blackjack or roulette: If, say, I'm playing $5-$25 hands and get to the point where I'm up $200-$300, I get out, because eventually I know I'm going to have a big run of bad luck. Szakaly should've been happy enough to get, say, $5,000 on his $12(per baseball) investment and gotten the hell out.
P.S. I'm not trying to get advice on how to get away with a crime, I'm just saying how Szakaly was doomed with how he went about this.
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