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Third Party Authentication
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
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
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
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
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
Book Recommendation: Autograph Hell by Charles Irion
I am ashamed to admit that I wasn't aware of a 2008 book titled Autograph Hell until seeing a post on the website AutographAlert.com. Autograph Hell, which I rea…Read More
FBI Investigation Looms Over the 2011 National Convention
A month and a half from today, sports memorabilia collectors and dealers from all over the country will convene at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention…Read More
The Cautionary Tale of GAI
I first started selling my surplus autographs on eBay back in 1997, when I was still just a collector with a full time job. In those days, I had few competitors,…Read More
Dan Marino: The Autograph That Can't Be Authenticated
Dan Marino is my favorite football player of all time. I've gotten his autograph in person dozens of times, literally all over the country from San Diego to Newa…Read More
Does PSA/DNA Know Anything About Anything?
Okay, so in my last post I established that PSA/DNA doesn't know anything about golf. In case you think that was an isolated instance where maybe one of the crac…Read More
At PSA/DNA Incompetence Is the Name of the Game
I could (and probably eventually will) write a dozen blog posts about PSA/DNA's utter incompetence and sloppiness. But this particular post might be the only one…Read More
Why Autograph Dealers Rely on Incompetent Third Party Authenticators
A few days ago I was chatting with someone who's been in the autograph business almost as long as me. (I've been full time since 1999, part time since 1997 and a…Read More
Third Party Authenticators Will Never Run My Business
Until several years ago, I had little or no knowledge about PSA/DNA or any third party authentication service. I had a vague notion that they knew what they were…Read More
The Fundamental Problem with Third Party Autograph Authentication
The autograph business is trickier than other collectibles businesses. Fake autographs are much more widespread than fake coins, comic books, sports cards, stamp…Read More
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