Collecting autographs is an extremely popular hobby, and can even bring the owner of the autograph high monetary compensation. However, the main problem that many people have when they are collecting autographs is whether or not the signatures are real or fake? Determining whether or not an autograph is real begins at where you purchase the autograph (buying autographs for sale). Many people use eBay to find their favorite actor's autograph, however, over 20,000 fake autographs are sold on eBay every month.
Make sure that you only buy original autographs. Sellers who try to sell you copies or reprints of signed scripts, movie posters or headshots are usually doing so by copying a fake autograph or reprinting a script, which if they don't have direct permission from the film studios they are violating copyright laws. Whenever you are looking at a photograph of an autographed picture, make sure that the picture is clear and not fuzzy. Many buyers find that the picture in the auction is a real autograph but the quality is fuzzy so you aren't able to tell that the forged autograph you receive is not real.
Make sure that you do not send anyone money until you have seen the autograph in person and have then verified that it is authentic. Any dealer who tries to sell you an autograph without first letting you examine it is most likely trying to sell you a fake autograph. In order to purchase an autograph with confidence, you will want to go directly through an authorized dealer from the Autographed Dealers Association. Within this association, you will be able to contact and locate dealers that specialize in selling genuine autographs from all of your favorite celebrities.