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

Hunting Channel

  • Autograph Collecting during F1 Winter testings in Spain

    Autograph Collecting during F1 Winter testings in Spain

    Ferrari:

    It was quite unusual to see Sebastian Vettel in red colors. But good news: he is still the most friendly driver in the F1 paddock. He had really fun to sign Ferrari pictures, although he does not sign as much as in the past. But still very satisfying.

    Kimi was like always. He signed one photograph per meeting, but it was really tough to meet and get him.
  • Autograph hunting at Cannes Film Festival 2011

    Autograph hunting at Cannes Film Festival 2011

    Bye Bye Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan and Welcome to Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, Bernardo Bertulocci and many others...

  • Cannes Film Festival 2010

    Cannes Film Festival 2010

    As we all Know, The Cannes film festival is the biggest Grandest Global event concerning top movie celebrities.

     

  • In-Person autograph experience at Hockenheim 2008

    In-Person autograph experience at Hockenheim 2008

     

    Michael Schumacher:
    He was very relaxed. Wrote comparatively much, but still hard to collect. One has to know where he is staying at which time. One evening he was playing poker with Kubica, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Rosberg, Briatore and Ecclestone. He finished the game at 1 o’clock in the morning. Then we got the nicest signatures ever.

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