Sports Memorabilia: How to Spot Autograph Forgeries

Sports Memorabilia: How to Spot Autograph Forgeries

Sports Memorabilia: How to Spot Autograph Forgeries

Collecting sports memorabilia is a popular hobby for many sports fans. From autographed jerseys to baseballs and trading cards, sports memorabilia can be a valuable and cherished part of any collection. However, with the rise of fake autographs in the market, it can be difficult to know whether you're getting an authentic item. In this article, we'll share five tips for spotting fake autographs and ensuring that your sports memorabilia collection is the real deal.

  1. Do Your Research

Before purchasing any sports memorabilia, it's important to do your research. This means knowing the player's autograph well and checking out reputable sources for authentic autographs. You can also do a quick online search to see if any red flags come up for the specific item you're looking to purchase.

  1. Look for a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)

A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) is a document that verifies that the autograph is genuine. Many reputable dealers and auction houses will provide a COA with the item. However, it's important to ensure that the COA is also authentic and not fake. The general rule of thumb in the industry is to stick with 3 main authentication companies PSA, JSA or Beckett or buy from a highly reputable company such as Fanatics or Fan Arch.

  1. Check for Consistency

One of the easiest ways to spot a fake autograph is to compare it to other autographs from the same player. Look for consistency in the way the player signs their name, including the size, slant, and any unique characteristics. If the autograph looks vastly different from others, it's likely a fake.

  1. Inspect the Ink

The type of ink used can also be a giveaway for a fake autograph. Ink that appears too perfect or uniform in color may indicate that it was printed, rather than signed by hand. Additionally, the ink should be consistent in color and flow throughout the autograph.

  1. Consider the Price

If the price of the sports memorabilia seems too good to be true, it likely is. Authentic autographs from popular players can be expensive, so be wary of deals that seem too good to pass up. Always purchase from a reputable dealer or source, and be prepared to pay a fair price for an authentic item.

In conclusion, collecting sports memorabilia can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it's important to know how to spot fake autographs. By doing your research, looking for a Certificate of Authenticity, checking for consistency, inspecting the ink, and considering the price, you can ensure that the sports memorabilia in your collection is authentic and valuable.


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