(This story originally appeared on www.sportscollectorsdaily.com)
For a true collector and fan, or a re-seller, authenticating autographs is the most important step to take, before you purchase an autographed item, unless you are witnessing the athlete sign it yourself.
Whether you are in the market for bats, balls, photos or jerseys, you’ll want to know ahead of time that the signature is authentic.
Experts and reputable sellers have many means at their disposal to check on an item’s authenticity, from simple comparison to other scientific means as well as the use of ‘exemplars’…samples of signatures known to be authentic.
Usually the well respected autograph dealer or authenticator you are having check your item will be able to tell whether a signature is a forgery when it is placed side by side with a legitimate signature.
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