Introduction to Using Autograph Live

Welcome to Autograph Live!

Authenticity is Everything in autographs. Since 2009, Autograph Live members have helped each other authenticate autographs and build great collections, big and small.

Whether you just want to stop by for opinions before you buy or sell, or you want to learn as much as you can about autographs, make friends, and keep up with what’s going on in the field, you’re welcome here!

Using Autograph Live is easier than it looks

Spend a little time learning about the site and it will be a breeze to use.

There are 4 sections of the site:

  • Discussion Forums: The most active part of the site and where you'll want to start. Post autographs for authenticity opinions, and discuss other autograph topics. 
  • Blogs: Blog posts are like articles and columns and often great reads. They're not where you ask for authenticity opinions or go to discuss things. Discussion forums are where you go for that.
  • Photos: You can post photos of your collection here to share with other members.
  • Groups: Groups are where member of similar interests or locations get together.
  • Wanted and For Sale groups: These are organized by category and have just been reintroduced as of Nov. 30, 2021. Always practice Safe Collecting—make sure what you buy or sell is genuine and accurately described and use payment methods with protection—but we verify applicants to these groups to try to help protect other members. 

Discussion Forums: Are the most popular part of the site. A few are general, like Is This Autograph Real?, where you can post any autograph for opinions; and Town Square, where people talk about happenings and Autograph Live. Most are special interest, covering a specific topic or personality.d

There are 4 categories of special interest forums:

  • Music: 33 forums, including The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and Musician-Direct Autograph Sales.
  • Sports: 15 forums, including a Mantle, Williams & DiMaggio forum, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali & Boxing, and Tom Brady.
  • History: 9 forums, including Space & Aviation, JFK, Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump.
  • Hollywood: 15 forums, including Star Wars, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Al Pacino.

Each category has a button on the navbar to take you to its list of special interest forums. There's a search bar at the top of each forum to narrow down what you're looking for, like an album, jersey, movie, or document.

If you don't see one for the topic you're looking for, use the general forum for the category at the bottom.

Want to post a discussion and ask a question, like authenticity? Watch this video to see how to post one properly:

As the video shows, photos using the image button on the toolbar so they're visible with the text:

Post large, sharp photos. Small or mushy photos one can't be reliably authenticated. Contact me, Steve Cyrkin, if you need help.

Make sure the discussion title says specifically what the item is, like "Mickey Mantle signed baseball," and it's spelled right. Avoid slang, like "auto" for "autograph." These rules makes it easy for members and search engines to find your discussion. If you say "Lincoln auto," for example, Google will often think it's about cars.

Blogs: Bloggers are like columnists, and approved by me, Steve Cyrkin, before they can post. If you're interested in writing blog posts, send me a message, tell me what you want to write about and how often.

Photos: Photos are mostly in forum discussions, but if you want to share your collection, they're great! Be sure to write a title for each post.

Groups: Forums are more popular. There's a lot of information to read in them, but you'll get more action posting in a forum.

Read How to get the most from Autograph Live for more tips and info.

That's enough to get you started. Feel free ask in Town Square or message me if you need help in any way.

Thanks for joining! Members and I look forward to getting to know you.

Steve Cyrkin


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