Not sure about that signature? Need a second opinion? We offer a "Quick Opinion" service for any item you may wish to buy on ebay or elsewhere (Please see bottom of page, but please read all of this page first!). This service may help to put your mind at rest about buying something you have seen elsewhere. IMPORTANT! Please read all of this page before mailing us about any Quick Opinion or authentication you may want us to carry out.
Please note that we are unable to offer free valuations or advice either on the phone or via email, and cannot offer advice on items that we cannot see!
Perhaps you have already purchased an item, or require a valuation or authentication on an item that you have bought elsewhere, been left in a will or perhaps found in a drawer? This article might help you decide!
If you simply want a 'Quick Opinion' on any item, then scroll down to the bottom of this page, where from £7.95 per signature we will give you our expert opinion and any other advice we can on any signed item. It does not matter if the item has recently ended, purchased on ebay or another site, or has been found in a skip! as long as we can see some decent images we can still check it for you. See below for further advice. Please note that we are not able to help with all items. We do not offer full authentication on 3D items for instance (boxes, balls etc) simply due to the logistical issues associated with such items, although we will in most cases offer opinions on signatures on such items. We only offer full authentication after you have used our Quick Opinion service, as this saves both of us time and in many cases money as well as over 50% of the items shown to us are not authentic. Any fee paid via Quick Opinion is deducted from any full authentication taken later.
Our 20 plus years of full time dealing and authentication work with other dealers, Trading Standards and the Police, give us an unrivaled edge when it comes to giving an opinion on any autograph. We don't just 'claim' to be experts in the field, we officially are 'experts' having had our expert witness testimony successfully used against rogue forgers and sellers of fakes, and have the experience to not just be able to determine the good from the bad, but also to be able to give you guidance to help you try and obtain a refund if needed. Here is one such example.
There are many similar sites on the web, all claiming to have expert knowledge and years of experience, but how do you know if what they say is true?
- Do they have FULL verifiable contact details on their sites?
- Do they tell you exactly who they are?
- Do they give you examples of their experience?
- Can you trust them?
- Or will they simply take your money and say your item is genuine?
We can offer you expert guidance, authentication and valuation on almost any signed item you may have purchased elsewhere or may be considering as a purchase. We can also offer appraisal of you own collection for disposal or probate etc.
If you want an item fully authenticated (not a Quick View service), this is how it works. You will need to first email us with the full details of what you want us to look, as we will not accept certain items for authentication (Signed football shirts, balls or boots or any modern football stars for instance, so please do not ask us about these). If we are able to help, then you will need to send the items to us by Royal Mail Special Delivery. Please also note that we do not accept items from outside of the UK due to import duty problems etc.
We will then check the items on arrival for obvious fakes and printed signatures etc. If they fail this first hurdle, we will issue a PayPal invoice for the cost of Special Delivery return postage, plus a basic fee of £5 per item to cover our time. On payment of the invoice, the items will be correctly packed and returned to you by Special Delivery.
If we need to spend more time on them to make a determination as to authenticity, then we will continue researching, and then confirm to you the total cost and upon completion will then send a PayPal invoice for the previously agreed total fee. Upon payment the items will be returned by Special Delivery. Items will be returned with our full letter of authenticity and insurance valuation.
The cost per signature can vary dependant on many things, but expect a minimum of £24.99 per item although we are happy to give you a firm price before you commit to anything. A phone call first will give you a better idea of any costs involved. And please note that there are certain names we will not authenticate, this again includes all contempory football players and some contempory music and film stars as well. There are many reasons for this, but stars who only scribble and are unable to write their own name properly come into this category!
Please also note that we will not authenticate or value items via a scan or photo. This is open to fraud, and with the large amount of printed signatures around, it is almost impossible to tell these from the real thing from images. Only a idiot would authenticate autographs via scans, and only a fool would accept an authentication on that basis!
And in case you are wondering, the Muhammad Ali signed item shown is not authentic, and is actually an Autopen signature often offered by some as genuine. It may look real, and the photo has certainly been signed with real ink and a pen, but it was signed by a machine and not Muhammad Ali himself.
And despite what some experts might tell you, or what you may have read elsewhere, every Autopen signature is not exactly the same. So beware! This is just one example of the many that fool collectors and even dealers on a daily basis. Others include the various Winston Churchill letters (we now have a comprehensive article on these on this site), David Cameron, Tony Blair, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip Autopen signed items, and many others, all of which have been created to fool you, but are often seen being sold by some sellers on a daily basis.
If you want to know how to avoid these kinds of fakes, and learn more about autographs in general, why not read some of our guides, you might be surprised at what you might learn!