The Authentic Experience
I was checking out a new auction site and stumbled upon a Neil Armstrong signed 8X10 photograph posted by Mueller Autographs. The starting bid is $2,500.00. It's been listed for approximately three weeks now with no bids. According to the item description it is a "1986 signed through-the-mail (TTM)"autograph.
My first reaction, based on 1985 Neil Armstrong exemplars signed TTM, is that the Neil Armstrong, posted by Mueller Autographs, is not authentic.
I will not reveal my reasons for calling it "not authentic," in my opinion. If you want to get on me for that, that is fine with me, but I will not provide forgers of Neil Armstrong's signature any information that may improve their work.
An authentic Neil Armstrong signed 8X10 photo, that is not inscribed, will sell for approximately $3,500.00 or higher if in very condition, but yet this one this sits at $2,500.00 for three weeks now.
I also want you to think about this. The starting bid is $2,500.00. If that Neil Armstrong is authentic, why hasn't anyone grabbed it at the $2,500.00 starting bid, and then consigned it to a major auction house like REA, Lelands, Heritage, etc? Or why not list it on Ebay where the viewing audience is much larger?
Below you will find two Neil Armstrong autographed photos. The first one is the one listed by Mueller Autographs. The second photo is a 1985 In-Person. The third photo is a 1985 TTM.