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Searching for the 'real McCoy'

Updated: May 31, 2005, 5:06 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Bryan Lyons considers himself a savvy collector of sports memorabilia, but he knows he can never be 100 percent sure what he's buying is real.

"In a hobby that's riddled with forgeries, frauds and fakes, and just as many people trying to get rich off of an item as you have people trying to purchase an item, it's very tricky to pick what's authentic and what's not," Lyons said. "I look for a unique item with perhaps a family letter or something that's very difficult to dispute the authenticity ...

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