Before I get into the nitty gritty of autograph collecting and dealing I need to give you some background on why anyone ought to listen to my judgment. For a great number of years, I was a wholesaler / retailer of legal “in person” autographs to a variety of big retail outlets. I marketed thousands of collectables autographs in this way varying from Cary Grant to Brad Pitt. My sources are actually exceptionally reliable and all among the material I sold was fully authenitcated. I did not offer any “autographs” that had been obtained thru the mail. Because I was a wholesaler / retailer, I did not attract or appear for publicity. I had a steady market and I was content with that. The subsequent remarks will not be favorite with plenty of autograph sellers but they characterize the real story that could be rarely expressed inside the industry. I believe it is crucial that the dark side of this company is exposed. Its unfortunate that the questionable practices of most dealers damages the crediblity of a hobby as well as the honest retailers.
The reason why no one must sell collectables autographs that happen to be obtained due to the mail is the fact that I believe a large percentage of those which are sold as legal are clearly secretarial. You’ll find a number of dealers who have teams of workers who send letters to hundreds of celebrities. They use a variety of unique PO Boxes and bascially pose as true collectors. They receive a plenty responses – ranging from signed index cards to signed photos and then market these as honest collectables autographs. Now, you surely dont will need to become a brain surgeon to work out that celebrities acquire a substantial variety of requests for their signature. The a bit more famous the celebrity the far more requests. I spoke to Chris O’Donnell recently and he told me that he had no way of keeping up with the demand.
Believe on the mail Tom Cruise would acquire. Can you very imagine that these celebrities sign everything that is definitely asked of them? You would need to be incredibly naiive to feel that that is certainly the case. It is extra likely that a great number of belonging to the responses are clerical or autopen or printed signatures – simply signed by someone other than the star in a manner that looks true.
So how can you figure out if they are true or not?
Needless to say it’s always true that some starlets absolutely sign some material throughout the mail. The trouble is the fact that should you did not see the star sign the item there’s no way you might be 100% certain that the signature is reputable. Staff of different celebs become very skilled at signing autographs. This is where the dealers come in. A variety of sellers are very happy to provide a Certificate of Authenticity for “collectables autograph” that has been obtained by means of the mail. They argue that they have many years of experience in authentication and that they can tell a real autograph from a secretarial version. Thats how they make dollars. The fact is that in most cases this is impossible for being particular that an autograph is legitimate unless it was obtained “in person”. It’s always, nevertheless, really uncomplicated to supply a C of a A and pass a questionable signature off as true. The truth is the fact that any dealer who obtains signatures due to the mail should NEVER produce a C of a A.