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Question: I see many pre-printed autographed photos on eBay. What are these and is there any value?
Answer: These are facsimile reproductions of actual signed photos. With today’s technology, sellers can easily copy an authentic item with great detail and sell at a drastically reduced price. Novice collectors or those on a limited budget are usually target of these sellers. Unfortunately, many buyers are unaware that item is a copy because of vague description. We recommend that collectors avoid these pre-printed photos and be extremely careful when purchasing autographs online.
Question: What is a COA? Must I have a COA with an autograph I purchase?
Answer: COA is an abbreviation for “certificate of authenticity”. Many collectors require a COA before they purchase an autograph. Frankly, a COA is just a piece of paper that is only as good as confidence of buyer and reputation of seller. Always make sure you are purchasing from a person who knows how and where signature was obtained and will guarantee item to your satisfaction.
These are just a few of questions we receive from autograph collectors. If you have a question, feel free to contact us.
Lon has been an active dealer of sports/entertainment/historical collectibles for 20+ years. In addition, he has authored several nationally published articles on Baltimore sports & social history and currently writes a monthly autograph collector's newsletter at Tias.com (The AutoGram). He is also the owner of Strickler's Celebrity Autographs www.stricklercelebs.com