If you are a sports autograph collector it may be shocking to learn that as many as 90% of all sports autographs being sold these days are actually forged autographs and not actually the signatures of those stars that you have come to love. Considering that some autographs can cost thousands of dollars, it is essential that you know what to look for so you aren’t spending cash on a fake item.
One of the easiest ways you can ensure you are getting the real deal and not a fake autograph is by carefully researching your shopping options. Buying autographs from a reputable source greatly reduces the possibility of a fake autograph crossing your path.
There are numerous magazines and publications out there that can help you instantly spot a fake as well. Take advantage of a bit of this reading and in no time you will be a pro and know exactly what to look for in the authentic autographs you are after. These publications can even offer assistance with places to buy your autographs.
Another helpful tip- use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For example, an autographed card from baseball legend Babe Ruth sells for $1,000 or more. If you see a card being sold for $300, run the other way. It is not a real autograph.
Do not make the mistake of seeing a “Certificate of Authenticity” and assuming that it is real. These days anyone with a laser printer and a few minutes of time can easily print certificates left and right. A real document will be at least three pages in length and contain several different results that have determined it to be authentic.
Compare the autograph with others that you know to be real. It is the small things that you must look at to make a determination of a fake autograph. Sometimes fakes are very convincing, as crooks have spent endless hours practicing the signature, but there will still be many noticeable differences if you pay close attention to the details of the signature. If possible take the autograph to a professional writing examiner who can decipher real from fake by looking closely at the signatures.
Finally, consider joining a professional sports autograph collectors organization. There are several of these in commission at the time, all with the goal of educating collectors just like yourself. You can meet others who share the same autograph collecting hobby, as well as have access to only real sports autographs.
It is a shame that there are so many people out there who want to take your money and give you something that isn’t real, but it is a fact that you must live with and fight back against. As you can see there are many ways that you can determine the authenticity of any piece of autographed merchandise you want to purchase, and when you use these tips, you will have the autograph that you have been wanting to add to your collection.
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