As you may have noticed during his famous promo in Las Vegas at the end of June, and various interviews he's given before and since then, CM Punk is not crazy about fans who hound him for autographs to sell on eBay.
He's especially vocal about the surprisingly large amount of fans who try to catch WWE wrestlers at airports.
Now, via his Twitter account, Punk has informed a fan, whose friend thought he was buying the G.I. Joe themed trunks Punk wore at WrestleMania 26, that the gear purchased on eBay was fake:
The link goes to a thread started last night at the WrestlingFigs.com forum, a destination of wrestling merchandise collectors—especially action figure collectors, as the name suggests.
The thread starts with "BIGGEST_PUNK_FAN" excitedly posting about buying the trunks for what he later said was $350.
In the post, the fan includes the photo of the trunks from the eBay listing and various photos from Punk's match with Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 26. He also declared his intention to have Punk autograph the trunks next weekend at Ringside Fest in New York City.
Quickly, other posters noticed what he didn't: the trunks were clearly a fake—the camouflage pattern was completely different from the genuine article (among other, less noticeable errors).
Another poster noted that Punk once mentioned in an interview that he still owned the trunks, and had safely put them in storage.
The buyer has said he's filing a PayPal claim on the item.
I figured I'd use this incident as an opportunity to let the Bleacher Report readers know that stuff like this is far from uncommon. In this case, the seller even has a strong eBay feedback record, but this still happened.
If you're buying a purported "one of a kind" item, then please, please do as much research as possible—looking for photos and videos of the real thing and inspecting them closely.
A more careful inspection of the photos would've immediately alerted the buyer that the trunks were fake. Also, it's possible that a thorough search could have found the aforementioned Punk interview.
This doesn't just apply to ring gear and other items that belonged to the wrestlers themselves. A variety of fake action figure prototypes have surfaced on eBay, and there are telltale signs to look for that the fine folks at the WrestlingFigs.com forums could tell you about.
Obviously, autographs are commonly faked.
Use common sense, be very careful and stick with items where solid proof is provided.
Generally speaking, it's all the same advice: do research, use common sense, and be careful. Hell, if the buyer had tweeted Punk before making the purchase to ask if the trunks were real, he might have answered then.
Having said all that, I'll give the last word to Punk as far as used trunks & tights go: