Purchaser's autograph checklist

on Sunday, 10 April 2011. Posted in Autograph Advice Guide

Always Check...

Purchasing autographs could be a dangerous field if you purchase forgeries !
 
Please take a look to following checklist to avoid expensive mistakes

  • Known Provenance and history
  • Look for obvious dates or spelling mistake
  • Age of photos. Obvious examples are recent Moviemarket 10 x 8 photos signed amazingly by people who died 30 years ago!
  • Type of pen used. Beware black sharpie and felt pens did not really exist until the 1980’s. Silver and Gold pens till the 1990’s. So fully signed 10 x 8’s and LPs from the 1970’s in felt pens by Led Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols cannot be genuine!
  • Sizes and positions of autographs on pages and photos.
  • Idiosyncrasies / style / comparisons of the signer
  • Research the celebrity’s life and provenance. The Internet can make this easy.
  • Dedications / extra words are often reassuring for authenticity as a forger would rarely do this. However research whether they may be secretarial. Dedications will often reduce value by at least 30%
  • Types of photos. Learn to spot prints. No impact of pen onto paper or no lift from ink.
  • Stamped signatures display ink shading around the character.
  • Autopens produce squiggles rather than straight lines often a uniform thickness with no point of initial contact on the page.
  • Look for absorption of ink paper. Ink has a sheen.
  • Do not display autographs where there is direct sunlight as they will fade.
  • Store autographs in acid free sleeves. Mount autographs using acid free products.
  • A Certificate of Authenticity from a unknown company or without an image is worthless

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