Courtesy of Evan Erwin, who made a phone call as I did to verify for himself:
"Spoke with someone at Kidforce Collectables in Ohio.
I believe him. This is real.
Some questions I asked:
Why put it in a sleeve?
He wasn't thinking about being called a liar, he was thinking "Oh my God, this card is valuable and there are a lot of kids here at the store" etc.
Does it looked "newly" reprinted, or "repackaged"?
He says it is DEFINITELY repackaged, as the printing is noticeably lighter (as you would expect with Antiquities cards) and he would mark it as "Near Mint" meaning there were still a few imperfections present.
I asked him to go on the record for the Magic Show this week (it's going to be late as hell anyway), and he refrained. With all of this attention, he's now afraid of Wizards coming down with the smack, either legal-wise or punishing the store for opening packs in some fashion.
FWIW he said he _would_ talk to me tomorrow after speaking with Wizards, but that's way after press time and doesn't help.
This is real boys. Holy crap."