Another red flag that a seller is likely listing forgeries is use of the short duration auction. This is mostly pertaining to eBay auctions. Because they want to get their fake autographed item sold as quickly as possible with the least amount of exposure to eBay's Trust & Safety agents, EMR members and other 'in the know collectors' they list the item for 1 or 3 days. They usually also try to make sure the auction runs Fri-Sun as they erroneously believe that eBay agents are not working over the weekend.
Many of these short duration items, if authentic, would be of very high value yet they list them for an opening bid of sometimes as low as $.99. I have witnessed complete move cast and entire band signed items like this. If these sellers had authentic material especially multiple signed items they would want maximum exposure on eBay and would be more likely to list the item either at a fixed price or with a very high start price at maximum duration.
Be sure to note auction duration when you consider your purchase.
Autograph collectors will often want to purchase items that are signed by multiple members of their favorite TV show, Movie or Band. While these items are very nice, they are one of the most difficult items to complete and very commonly faked.
The problem with completing cast or band photos is that it can take years to complete a piece. We have had items that took 15 year to complete. Also, sometimes there is just one member that you never see or refuses to sign and etc and until you get that person you can't finish the piece. You do get lucky at certain events and the entire cast or band is there and they all sign but that is the exception and not the rule.
Somehow though, there is an endless supply of these items listed at auction on eBay every day. Many sellers of fake cast/band signed items would have you believe that celebrities are just lining up all day to sign their items but it simply is not true.
You have to be very skeptical and VERY careful with these types of items. So much work goes into these and they are so difficult to complete that any seller with authentic material will want a lot of money for their item and are not going to just list it for nothing. Many in-person autograph collectors do not even bother to start cast/group signed pieces as the odds of finishing the pieces are so low that they prefer to focus their work on items that they can obtain and sell right away. It takes a very patient person to start a multiple signed item!
ONE LAST WORD:
REMEMBER: ANYBODY CAN SIGN UP FOR EBAY/A WEBSITE/ IOFFER/ EBID/ BONANZA & ETC, BUY SOME 8X10 PHOTOS, SCRIBBLE SOME WORDS AND THEY ARE INSTANTLY AN AUTOGRAPH SELLER. I CAN ASSURE YOU IF ALL THE FORGERIES WERE REMOVED FROM EBAY/ THE WEB THERE WOULD ONLY BE A FEW OF US LEFT WITH INVENTORY TO SELL.
There are many autographs that just don’t exist in any real quantities. How about Charlize Theron, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Mel Gibson, Salma Hayek, Megan Fox, Daniel Day Lewis, Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears, Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchet, Madonna, Justn Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Twilight Cast, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Lawrence, Jimmy Page, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Bob Marley, Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan, Tool, or Jerry Garcia autographs just to name a few? Or even better, a Pink Floyd, U2, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead or the Beatles by the entire band? If you want bogus stuff there are people selling multiples of these week after week.
Purchasing autographs on the internet is definitely not recommended for the novice collector as you will most certainly purchase fake autographs (Unless you buy from us or a very small handful of other trusted dealers and in-person collectors.).
Your best bet is to buy from us!
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