Authenticating Autographs

The Autograph Auction helps celebrity fans and autograph collectors hunt down rare signatures. Some of the authentic celebrity signatures offered by The Autograph Auction include those of Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, and Will Smith.

Collecting celebrity autographs or signed pieces of sports and movie memorabilia is an exciting and popular hobby in the United States. There is, however, always the risk of spending money and time on a fraudulent signature Fortunately, there are a number of services and methods that signature hobbyists can employ to confirm the authenticity of an autograph before purchasing. Sports memorabilia is particularly easy to certify, as a number of organizations exist with the sole purpose of verifying the signatures of famous athletes.

The first step towards authenticating a signed photo or piece of memorabilia is to purchase the item from a trusted vendor. Websites and auction houses that specialize in signed pieces go out of their way to verify the authenticity of their products in order to maintain a good reputation in the industry. Performing some basic detective work can also raise suspicions about forgeries – for example, if a Rolling Stones album being advertised as a first edition signed by the entire band turns out to be a more recent printing, the likelihood of the signatures being authentic is fairly low.

The most basic work a buyer can do is look up further examples of the signature in question.