The current list of eBay approved autograph authenticators:
If the autograph authentication company you are thinking of utilizing is not on this list you should ask yourself why. Some online research would be good if you plan to use any other company (or really any company).
Here are several companies that offer authentication services but are not approved by eBay (nor are they banned- yet):
AAU (Authentic Autographs Unlimited aka Drew Max), Autograph Pros, OE (Online Authentics), PAAS, Global Authentics (GA)
The current list of banned eBay autograph authenticators/sellers:
The trust and safety department at eBay keeps a very close eye on these companies and if they have unacceptable practices they will not approve or even disapprove them.
The UACC, PADA and AFTAL Registered Dealer Programs:
We applaud any group who furthers this hobby and the UACC, PADA and AFTAL are doing their part and no blatant forger will be able to join their ranks.
However, just because a seller is a registered UACC, PADA or AFTAL dealer it does not automatically mean their inventory is 100% authentic. The odds are much much better with these type of dealers and you will do well to buy from them but remember that anyone can make a mistake.
These organizations do not guarantee the authenticity of the autographs that are sold by its registered dealers. What they do is investigate dealers and approve the ones that can be trusted and help anyone who purchases an item from them and needs help as well as responds to reports of any dealers that are listing forgeries.
Overall these organizations are a good thing for this hobby and I am glad we have them. However, you still need to do your research on each and every autograph you buy no matter the source.
We are AFTAL registered dealer #AD123.
When purchasing autographs on eBay or from any seller (including us) it is always wise to do research and ask questions before purchasing items and follow our suggestions from this article. This way you will improve your chances of obtaining authentic material.
Remember, autograph collecting is fun. However, once you get to know the main players in this business and realize how much money is at stake you will realize that it is a very interesting business and some due diligence on the part of buyers is required. We wish everyone could just walk down the street in LA and NYC and get the autographs they desire themselves. As that is impossible, we are happy to get them for you.
About World of Autographs:
We sell authentic autographs and collectibles. We have your best interest in mind and our autographs are authentic and speak for themselves. The collectors who know authentic signatures buy our autographed items and know they have made a wise investment. Also, many dealers from around the world buy from us. We have been in this business in one manner or another for over 14 years and plan to be here for many more years to come.
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