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Autograph Collecting Tips

Alex De Luca and Wakefield Auctioneers and Appraisals Are Criminals "Authenticating" Fake Autographs
Legitimate autograph dealers who have been around a while know that while the problem with fake autographs is bad in sports, it's much worse with celebrities and…Read More
Posted Dec 2, 2016 | Filed under Autograph Collecting Tips | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
How Much Is My Autograph Worth?
I've been in the sports memorabilia business one way or another for almost 3 decades. For almost 20 years, I've been in the autograph business full time. I've be…Read More
Posted 5/6/2016 | Filed under Autograph Collecting Tips | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
What You Need to Know About Upper Deck Authenticated (UDA) Hologram Numbers
Since the company was founded, I have been a fan of, collector of, buyer of, seller of, and for almost a year from 1998 to 1999, the Autographed Product Manager …Read More
Posted 7/11/2014 20:19 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
95% Of Cast Autographed Movie Posters Are Fake
If you actively collect sports autographs, you know that fakes are a huge problem. What you may not know is the problem is probably worse when it comes to entert…Read More
Posted 9/20/2013 22:07 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
A Guide to Avoiding Bootleg and Counterfeit NFL Football Jerseys
Way back when I first started selling online more than 15 years ago, there were essentially two types of NFL football jerseys the general public could buy: AUTHE…Read More
Posted 9/16/2013 20:45 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
An Open Letter to Mounted, Schwartz, Steiner, TriStar, UDA and Other Autographed Memorabilia Companies
Gentlemen, Selling autographed sports memorabilia is your primary business and mine too. When anyone buys a fake autograph, that's money that in some cases could…Read More
Posted 8/28/2013 22:19 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Johnny Manziel Autographs Are a Horrible Investment
Back in February, I noticed something odd. Amazon and eBay were flooded with autographs from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Amazon autographs were alm…Read More
Posted 8/5/2013 2:34 | Filed under Third Party Authentication | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
PSA/DNA Authenticator Thinks Mail Request Autographs Are as Good as In Person Autographs?
Yesterday I got involved in a brief e-mail exchange with PSA/DNA Consultant Authenticator Bob Zafian that shocked me. He contacted me about a certain prominent f…Read More
Posted 8/21/2012 18:53 | Filed under Third Party Authentication | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
The Most Undervalued Sports Autographs
Autograph values frequently don't make sense. The autograph of today's flavor of the month, in any sport or genre, often is temporarily "worth" many times that o…Read More
Posted 6/1/2012 22:08 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Plenty of Blame to Go Around for the Fake Autograph Market
Thousands, perhaps millions of people have been screwed by fake autograph sellers over the years. From buyers who spend their money on completely worthless signa…Read More
Posted 5/9/2012 21:31 | Filed under Third Party Authentication | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Why Amazon.com Is The Worst Place To Buy Autographs
New visitors to AutographsForSale.com may be surprised by my warnings about buying autographs from Amazon.com. After all, Amazon's customer service is consistent…Read More
Posted 3/11/2012 19:24 | Filed under Autograph Collecting Tips | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
What Does the Future Hold for Tebowmania?
You may have noticed that AutographsForSale.com has several Tim Tebow autographed Florida Gators items for sale, but not one Denver Broncos item. The reason is s…Read More
Posted 1/24/2012 4:53 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Life and Death in the Autograph Business
Perhaps the trickiest and most difficult part of being in the autograph business is dealing with the death of an athlete or celebrity whose autographs you have f…Read More
Posted 1/14/2012 22:10 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Don't Bother Sending Wayne Gretzky Autographs to PSA/DNA (or Anywhere Else)
I'd be lying if I said I was a big NHL hockey fan. My adopted city of San Diego has never had an NHL team. Even the local minor league team, the Gulls, went defu…Read More
Posted 12/28/2011 22:12 | Filed under Third Party Authentication | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Gerald Ford's Autopen Tricked PSA/DNA (and Me)
Recently I received an e-mail from someone trying to sell me a few autographs of high profile celebrities including Michael Jordan, Gerald Ford and a few others.…Read More
Posted 11/13/2011 21:33 | Filed under Third Party Authentication | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
What's a Tiger Woods Autograph Worth NOW?
Almost exactly three years ago, Tiger Woods had just won his 14th major tournament at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, just outside San Diego. I was there tha…Read More
Posted 6/20/2011 20:46 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Why Are Old Boston Celtics Autographs Hard to Sell?
There are lots of things in the autograph business that make no sense to me. But near the top of my list is why autographs of Boston Celtics Hall of Famers are s…Read More
Posted 4/25/2011 15:52 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
Some Autograph Dealers Don't Own Any Autographs
Read the title again -- it's not a mistake. Some autograph dealers own no autographs. How so? One of the dirty little secrets of e-commerce is that some retail c…Read More
Posted 3/15/2011 18:50 | Filed under General | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
The Certificate of Authenticity Misconception
The most frequent question potential customers ask me is, "Does it come with a certificate of authenticity (COA)?" or some variation. The simple answer is, of co…Read More
Posted 2/25/2011 17:45 | Filed under Autograph Collecting Tips | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
How to Properly Display and Care for Your Autographs
In my business, there are few things sadder than seeing a valuable autographed item that's been ruined by being displayed or stored improperly. I know, because I…Read More
Posted 2/13/2011 21:03 | Filed under Autograph Collecting Tips | Comments (0) | Read Full Article
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