July 6, 2012 1:48 PM

All-Star souvenirs: Beware the fakes

The All-Star game will bring more than just baseball royalty to Kansas City over the next few days.

Beware the vendors of fake souvenirs.

Major League Baseball, Kansas City police and federal, state and other local law enforcement folks, including Homeland Security, are cracking down on sales of counterfeit merchandise and tickets over the next few days.

Undercover investigators are roaming the city looking for the fake stuff in retail stores and from sidewalk vendors. They'll also be at Kauffman Stadium, where the game will be played on Tuesday, and the Convention Center and Bartle Hall, where the MLB FanFest is set up.

If you get caught selling fakes, you're flirting with fines up to $2 million and/or up to 10 years behind bars.

So how do you spot the bad stuff? Check

And here are a few tips from the MLB:

Beware of ripped tags or irregular markings on apparel.

Look for a hologram sticker or holographic hangtag with raised, red baseball stitching.

Look for a sewn-in or screenprinted label or some other indication that the licensee has been authorized by Major League Baseball Properties to produce "official" licensed merchandise.

Shop at MLB-authorized retail locations, such as

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