[March 11, 2019 note by Steve Cyrkin: Brian Burkel, owner of MMP Collectibles, changed its name to Autograph Collectors Guild in October 2018, and then to its current name, Autographs Authentication Store in February 2019.]
MMP Collectibles of Las Vegas just popped up on a Google search:
Lots of signed music and movie memorabilia.
Take a look.
What do you think?
A few samples from their inventory:
Out of Las Vegas...what a surprise.
These are hilarious.
This is a good example of a company where you probably don't even need a specific knowledge on any of the signatures to know they're peddling garbage. Just a basic competency in the world of autographs will do.
But I looked up U2 first, and of course, they're selling pick guards for $75 and LPs for under $150. Signed by the entire band.
These really look like the junk you'd find a comic con stands. In fact, I'm almost certain I've seen this forgers work at Wizard World shows (and beyond).
I like how they think rotating the pen colors helps.
Yes Rich you sent me pics of the Jaksuls from some con's already. My guess is they are getting the things on ioffer and peddling.
I imagine they're going direct to the source and not buying on iOffer.
This is the "authentication" service they use:
How "they (Autographsauthenticationservices)" do it:
HOW WE DO IT
AAS’s experts work as a team to compare and evaluate every item
submitted using a distinct and comprehensive system of technology to
determine the validity of every autograph(s) or handwriting set.
The Staff at Autographs Authentication Service are exceptionally versed
in recognizing the many different variations and the evolution of a
person’s handwriting and are able to easily identify forged handwriting,
autopens, secretarial copies, stamped signatures, and other facsimile
versions of a person’s hand-written documentation.
Prior to forming AAS, our specialists were previously employed by firms,
and the government as forensic handwriting experts trained by the
police to witnesses their finding of fact and conclusion for civil and
Our experts were graduates of a program offering the basics of training
in handwriting analysis and document examination and through a
2 year course of workshops and projects they learned the basis of
handwriting identification, including principles and theories accepted
by document examiners worldwide. This police program was
instituted jointly with Interpol and local police, so our professionals are
A major part of the Interpol and police initiative was to analyze the
primary features of handwriting, and make known more complex
writing components, such as movement, line quality and the rhythms
of writing. Essentially every aspect of the document is subject to
question, and complete analysis.
Another phase of the program in signature evaluation taught the
graduates to look at specific attributes of counterfeiting and its
common nuances. AAS’s experts rate paper types, and common ink
grades used in the last 50 years, and distinctly know and understand
the aging process of handwriting, and the distortion of ink quality.
Specific guidelines facilitate the tasks of handwriting evaluation and
complete document analysis. The procedures facilitate worksheets
and make use of thousands upon thousands of comparison charts for
handwriting identification classes and types for complete document
AAS evaluators studied the history of counterfeiting and lots of detailed
material from past court cases and letters of opinion from the courts
regarding the testimony and its usefulness in all levels of government
cases from civil litigation to criminal prosecutions. This extensive
program was aimed at training AAS experts to correctly detect any
signs of falsehood, or counterfeit handwriting whereby people fake
another person’s handwriting for profit, or criminal endeavors.