You’ve finally found that perfect piece of memorabilia but how do you know it is genuine and not a fake autograph? Here are 5 ways to know that the autograph is genuine.
Buy from a reputable dealer
If you’re buying online have a look at their reviews and other stock they have. If you see 5-star-reviews and a selection of products it’s always a good sign.
Do your research
Remember, Google is your friend. Simply google e.g. Marcus Rashford Signature and look at all the images you see. Does the product you want to buy look similar to the ones on the web? If it all looks good so far we’re halfway there.
Certificate of Authenticity
A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) is an official document that proves to the buyer that the autograph or signature is genuine and authentic. It shows that the autograph is of quality, and guarantees the buyer that it is produced by the person in question. It ensures the buyer peace of mind as the dealer is responsible for its authenticity. Want to read more about COAs? click here.
Too good to be true
A signature can be sometimes a little bit too good if you know what I mean. Some unscrupulous dealers use an electronic autopen that copies a signature perfectly and signs an exact copy of their autograph. If you see multiple versions of the same signature in stock, this could be a sign they are using an autopen.
Member of AFTAL
AFTAL is a not for profit association run by a group of like-minded autograph and memorabilia dealers. If the company is an AFTAL member, it means that it’s committed to dealing only in 100% authentic memorabilia. They have had to be in business for two years and are part of the fight against fakes and forgeries.
If all of these check out then you’re probably on to a winner – just remember to do your due diligence and find that perfect autograph you’re after.