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Be On The Lookout For Counterfeits, When Collecting Sports Memorabilia!

By Bryan Jones

Did you know that close to two-thirds of the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan autographed items are imitation? If you are like several beginners to the collectible sports memorabilia area, you probably didn’t! It does not matter whether you are purchasing your sports collectibles by a supporter, or by a popular internet auctioneer site, you demand some substantiation that they’re genuinely the signature you imagined you were acquiring. Anybody could lift up a pen and produce a scribble that resembles someone else name!

This isn’t meant to scare you, but it is better you are on guard, instead of vulnerable. There are ways to make sure you are getting authentic sports memorabilia and you need to be sure you follow the procedures and don’t waiver without the right documents. For one thing, a certificate of authenticity or COA needs to accompany the product. But that leaves another question-how do you know if the authentication is legit?

Considerably, there are a few figures in sports memorabilia certification that are well-known, such as Upper Deck, Schwartz Sports, Highland Mint, Mounted Memories and Steiner Sports and this might comprise the names you had better first begin searching on the COA. Whenever a specific athlete signs numerous autographed items, it’s conceivable you’ll be able to acquire validation of their signature and the large companies could furnish it.

There was a time that the scam and fraud artists started counterfeiting the COA field, so you want to deal with some of the real authenticators or other reputable dealers that know what they are selling and buying through their database. The sports memorabilia dealers will be able to use a database that tracks certain authenticated items and this can be helpful, when you need an authentication guarantee.

As a matter of fact, there are a plenty of sports memorabilia collectors that would not think about purchasing any types of items for their collection without this assurances and it is a sound maneuver to rigorously cling to. This is particularly true on a few of the items that may be going for thousands of bucks and if you plan to re-sell someday, customers are going to need these assurances.

Of course, you can’t blame them because a collection is only as good as the items it contains and if you have a bunch of items that aren’t the real thing, nobody wants to pay a bunch of money to buy them! Some people just like collecting sports memorabilia that has special meaning to them and certainly, I am guilty of that, but I have learned the value of the proper documents for all the things in my collection.

With the World Wide Web, fraudulence and counterfeiting in the sports memorabilia industry could be easier spread and sure enough, there are numerous items provided that aren’t the “real thing”, so you have to be on guard, irrespective wherever you are buying from. Getting hold of a reputable sports memorabilia trader and acknowledging who a few of the prominent name appraisers can assist you head off the fake possibilities that might be hanging around out there!

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Jones, Bryan "Be On The Lookout For Counterfeits, When Collecting Sports Memorabilia!." Be On The Lookout For Counterfeits, When Collecting Sports Memorabilia!. 7 Oct. 2010. 9 Sep 2014 <>.

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