Luke Skywalker wants to save you from buying fake autographs

on Sunday, 17 January 2016. Posted in Autograph forgeries

by: Cox Media Group National Desk

"Star Wars" memorabilia is more valuable than ever. But with that rise comes a remarkable number of forged signatures.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Mark Hamill attends the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

To combat forgeries, Mark Hamill, one of the franchise's most recognizable stars, is teaming up with a California lawmaker to protect the celeb autograph market from fakes.

Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, replied to dozes of fans on Twitter in late December asking if their memorabilia was legit, pointing out plenty of fake items in the process.

Hamill was contacted by California state assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, who was already working on a bill to crack down on celeb forgery.

"What inspired me to carry this bill is because I don't want to see any more kids who are being victimized for this particular issue," Chang told the Los Angeles Times.

If signed into law, the bill Chang and Hamill are backing would mandate all signed memorabilia sold in California come with a certificate of authenticity, as well as allow fans who purchased fakes to claim in court up to 10 times what they paid for a bogus item.

These protections are already available for sports memorabilia, an inconsistency Hamill and Chang aim to eliminate.

"The public is being swindled on a daily basis, and the numbers are huge," Hamill told the Los Angeles Times. "I just can't keep quiet when I see people I love being hurt."

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  • FC Barcelona

    FC Barcelona

    FC Barcelona is one of the biggest football clubs in the whole world. The club sells souvenirs for thousands of Euro year after year and hits next sales records. It seems to me that original, received in-person autograph could be better and more valuable item than next scarf or t-shirt. This is why so much fans decide to go to FC Barcelona training ground Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. I was there several times and I did not regret at all even if I did not collect lots of signed photos.
  • Collecting autographs at F1 Grand Prix at Monaco 2012

    Collecting autographs at F1 Grand Prix at Monaco 2012


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    Sebastian Vettel:

    All the time Sebastian was surrounded by his fans when he was on his way from the Red Bull hospitality to the pit lane. He tried to write many autographs, but it was very difficult because of the hectic around and because of the bodyguards. When he was able to sign his signature was ugly.

  • Collecting F1 autographs at Monaco 2015

    Mercedes AMG

    Lewis Hamilton has become the most arrogant person inside the F1 paddock. He did not sign photographs at all, especially large ones. He ignored them at any time. He only did sign a few programmes, papers and other fan stuff. There was no chance to get an photograph signed at all.

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