You’ve discovered that perfect Pop! figure for sale online and at a price that fits your wallet. But something in the back of your mind is telling you that this deal is too good to be true.
In the world of collecting, the unfortunate truth is that you can never have too much information when it comes to determining an item’s authenticity.
Dr. Applesauce has a keen eye for spotting fakes.
Now the man behind the hit YouTube channel “Collecting with Dr. Applesauce” has asked to join the Pop Price Guide community, in a partnership to help raise awareness of fake items and other Funko-related issues.
The Doc is well-known for his role in the collecting community via his YouTube channel, which boasts 13.6K followers.
In some of his videos, he meticulously breaks the tell-tale signs of spotting scams and fake items — delving into the hidden nuances of fakes, from stamps to differing fonts and much more.
Says Dr. Applesauce:
“In any type of collectible hobby, fakes are a huge, huge issue. That counts for Funko Pop!s. That counts for Hot Toys. That counts for baseball cards. That counts for Hot Wheels. Pretty much anything that has value or that people are going to want to buy and collect and that somebody can make a quick buck off of it, there are going to be fakes.”
As we know, this issue is super important to our PPG’ers. We wanted to bring this content to you, directly within PPG. Thus, the PPG Anti-Fake Coalition was born.
The Coalition’s goal is to disseminate this information within the PPG database to help you make a more-informed decision when it comes to making a safe purchase.
As we’re now able to add an unlimited amount of images to our galleries, we can add specific images from the Doc’s videos on how to spot fake items. Thus, helping you avoid buying a bad Pop! You will also find a link to the complete videos located on specific items in the PPG database.
We’re looking to add images of fake items on the pages of Pop! figures that are often replicated. An example can be found in the images of Freddy Funko (Pennywise).
If you’re still unsure about authenticity from looking at its images, scroll to the bottom of its item listing page (below the Related Items and recent eBay/hobbyDB sales) to the External Links option. Here you will find helpful and relevant videos pertaining to that item. To demonstrate, here is Freddy Funko (Pennywise), once again.
Join the PPG Anti-Fake Coalition
We’re looking for Funko enthusiasts with YouTube channels and other related media to join the PPG Anti-Fake Coalition and help us limit fakes while improving buyer protections.
Also, have a good eye or experience when it comes to spotting fakes? We’re always searching for volunteers to join the PPG team to help ensure the accuracy of the site. If interested, reach out to us via the green Contact hobbyDB button located on the right side of every page.