Hey folks...This is a great website for autograph news. They've also been exposing the falacies of the third party authenticators claiming to be the "industry leading experts" such as JSA, GAI, PSA/DNA and others...
Very good info!!
Here is one of their recent news items...
- Wasting Money On The So-Called
- 3rd Party Autograph Authenticators
Many collectors and dealers we talk to are referring to the 3rd party authenticators as "scams." It has been proven time and time again they can't tell a genuine ink signature from a printed signature. They've passed the wrong celebrity and passed an enormous amount of forgeries as genuine. One was goofy enough to pass a forgery at a show of a celebrity who was attending the same show as an autograph guest. This is no longer hilarious it has become sickening. This simply proves that anyone can pass themselves off as an autograph authenticator. No skills necessary!
We received an email from someone who, at this late date, was still foolish enough to use one of these authenticating companies. He learned his lesson well.
- "I just want to point out that I had 8 items signed in person or my father had signed years ago. Mantle, Williams and two DiMaggio autographs (included). I sent them to Global Authentication because I feel they are the best of the 3 in authenticating autos. I wanted to re-sell them was the reason for getting letters of authentication. I listed them on eBay with my COA's from Global and eBay pulled them off because of quick opinions done on them from the "experts" at PSA/DNA."
- Let's assume the collector paid $50 per authentication, that comes to $400 originally wasted on the authentications. If authenticating companies are legitimate, how can one pass all 8 items and another who doesn't even get to see the original items fail all eight. Tells you one or both don't know what they are doing.
So $400 was wasted on silly, worthless COA's and now the collector can't sell them on eBay.
Words of wisdom, no collector needs a COA from any authenticating company. There are hundreds of people and dealers who don't recognize these authenticating companies and will purchase your Mantle, Williams and DiMaggio signed items based on their own knowledge.
Four hundred dollars wasted using the 3rd party authenticators, this is just one story of many similar.
AND REMEMBER...COAs AND LOAs AREN'T WORTH THE PAPER THE'RE PRINTED ON AND ARE WORTHLESS IN A COURT OF LAW!!
ANY GOOD AUTOGRAPH SELLER/DEALER WILL OFFER A LIFETIME GUARANTEE WITH A SIGNED RECIEPT!!