The Authentic Experience
Update: PAAS certified autographs with their new COAs and LOAs, which came out in May or June 2012 are now allowed on eBay again.
eBay has removed virtually all autograph listings with PAAS (Professional Autograph Authentication Service) COAs, apparently due to authenticity concerns.
It is estimated that approximately 800 listings were wiped out, and less than a dozen remained. eBay sellers reported that all of their PAAS autographs were removed except those also certified by other third-party authenticators. Sellers were told they would face possible suspension if they attempted to list them again.
While there has been no official statement by eBay, Michael Frost, PAAS's president and authenticator, acknowledged eBay's actions when I asked by email, but would not say why, suggesting we contact eBay. However he denied it was due to authenticity concerns.
However, emails from eBay provided to us by recipients contradict that.:
Why were the listings for my autographed items ended?
- We received reports regarding the authenticity of the autographs in your listings. Please be aware that we regularly receive such reports from rights owners, law enforcement officials and members of the eBay community. These reports were not the determining factor for why your listings were removed but they were taken into consideration.
In the past, blanket removal of a company's COA by eBay has been followed within a few months by an official listing on eBay's banned COA list. More on this situation as it develops.
Thanks, Mike, but I don't deserve credit for eBay giving P.A.A.S. another chance. You convinced them you did.
I don't buy anything from PAAS anyway. I have a dealer who is PADA but he sells only signatures that are obtained directly from the actor, which is nice.
Robert, I do not understand what you may be refering to? This discussion is a year old and if you read the update you would see that this is no longer the case. P.A.A.S. is a autograph authentication service and does not sell or buy autographs. What PADA dealer have you been using that only sells signatures that are obtained directly from the actor???
I have been dealing with Tyler at this URL: http://www.toppixautographs.com/index.html