One of the most complex things to explain to newer autograph collectors is to explain what a certificate of authenticity (COA) is what what value it holds. The problem lies in explaining what a COA is and what it is not. At their best, for the most part, a COA is the hobby equivalent of the TSA in that is presents an illusion of security. The first thing that must be clarified is that a COA is not a legal document, regardless of its wording. Novice collectors tend to fall victim to the…Continue
I notice that while there are often beginner collectors looking for advice on specific autographs or tips on starting out in the hobby in general, one thing that seems to be overlooked in the "Autographs 101" department is how this website functions. By that, I mean that new users come to this website without a basic understanding of this hobby and what to expect from this website, and sometimes they walk away (for good) frustrated because their venture into the hobby is so new that they…Continue
It just occurred to me that I don't believe I've posted this here yet, but Mark Baker, one of our forum members, is a major U2 fan who has met the band members on multiple occasions. This documentary is about him, and includes stories about his autograph endeavors among his other experiences as a fan, primarily on the 360 Tour.
Anyone ever have any pet peeves about the way sellers list items on Ebay? Whether they're red flags for forgeries or just all around annoying quirks, here are the things I can't stand to see in any Ebay auction:
1) "Guaranteed to pass PSA/JSA or any third party authentication."
I don't even know where to begin on this one. From a personal standpoint, I don't have a particularly high amount of respect for any for the TPA's, so that assertion is inherently…Continue