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 hunting at 50th anniversary of Kartclub Kerpen + Belgium F1 Grand Prix 2011

    50th anniversary of Kartclub Kerpen with Michael and Sebastian Vettel

    Both, Michael and Sebastian, were close to the fans. So it was possible to collect a lot of great autographs. Michael wrote autographs in many different situations. Sebastian wrote even more always trying to fulfill every autographs wish. At the end of the day I had more Michael autographs as usual.

    Directly after leaving Kerpen, I travelled to Spa in Belgium. F1.

  • Steven Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg

    When I have heard that Steven Spielberg comes to my city I was deeply excited. I thought about a chance to get one of the best autograph in my collection. Spielberg has shoot scenes here in Wroclaw  to his new movie called 'St. James Place'. Basically, sets were located in Berlin and Potsdam, but a crew planned to visiting Poland for a few days. Additionally, local media spread rumors about Tom Hanks, Janusz Kaminski or Sebastian Koch are coming as well. Finally, in the middle of November, here they come. 
  • Collecting at Hockenheim 2010

    Jenson Button: 

    He wrote one autograph per meeting an colletor. More is simply not possible to get from a current World Champion. But never the less he was very kind and in a good mood.

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