Paul Newman signed 8x10 photo.....Your opinions please.....Authentic?

I recently picked up this Paul Newman signed 8x10. The photo itself is pretty old stock, the signature looks to be in a thin marker, visible ink indentations. Any opinions on this one? Thanks in advance.

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Here is a shot of the full photo
Anyone have experience with a Newman signature?

I cant say with 100% accuracy but it looks solid. I worked for Paul Newman at "The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp" in Connecticut in the summer of 1988. Let me tell you he was a nice,  friendly guy. He would talk to you and have pictures taken (Also liked to drink beer) But let me tell you I was one on one with him for a while and he simply would not sign for me or any else. He simply said " I don't sign autographs".  Joanne (His wife was the same way). I also used to see him at the Indy 500 over the years and ironically he would sometimes sign there. It was my understanding he would sign racing related stuff. I have seen a few helmets and racing photos even a racing program or two. But since this is a racing photo I would say your odds have increased significantly.

Thank you. I did quite a bit of research and came across a few PSA signatures on racing items and they were all personalized. I can't imagine a forger forging a signature then adding To Slim on it. Also, Paul had a specific way of writing the first s in wishes, which this one has. The photo print itself has to be about 40 years old, it has a tear on the left side that I repaired. I have given up on finding a legit Newman signed Butch Cassidy or something from the Hustler. And, like you said, if he didn't like to sign those items, the race car related items seem to be the more authentic I have seen.

Anytime you say "I can't imagine a forger doing [x]", you've found the reason that a forger would do that thing.

Not all forgers are stupid/lazy--some are smart enough that they realize that, while a nice, clean autograph will yield big money, that'll get them found out sooner. Less desirable autographs will yield less scrutiny, and, overall, more money.

Always, always, ALWAYS judge the autograph on its merits, not the perceived motivation of a forger.

I agree. I can see adding a name to make it look more legit, just didn't think that Slim would be the choice. But, you are correct.

See, that's why this is so much fun.

Something like "Steve" or "Mike" wouldn't alienate a decent segment of the population like something like "Slim" would.

But that's exactly why you would choose "Slim" over "Steve" or "Mike"--by alienating a decent segment of the population, you get the rest to let their guard down.

I started thinking about this when I was reading a discussion (possibly on here) about Idina Menzel's Broadway stage door autographs. She was so rushed that the "signature" was little more than a squiggle, but people were still buying and selling them (generally extremely cheaply) on eBay.

I realized that, with the high price her full, real autograph commands (and the scrutiny that comes with it), a forger would get themselves caught if they tried to sell a couple (say $1,000 worth) of them. But, with the number of squiggles she signed every night, nobody would bat an eye if they sold $1500+ worth of those.

We all know "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is", but a lot of people tend to forget the mantra of the other side of the spectrum: "or is that just what a forger wants me to think?"


"Nobody would forge a personalized & faded autograph on a shredded piece of notebook paper when there are so many more pristine alternatives available on the market..."

"...or is that just what a forger wants me to think?"

The smart forger knows that they can make a lot more money overall by flying under the radar & selling a lot of appropriately priced low-to-mid-grade stuff.

I completely agree with you. And, normally, I would not buy a personalized photo, but for some reason, the name Slim was kind of like a nickname that could apply to anybody. Aside from al that though, I do think the signature is good on it's own merits.

I prefer dedicated inscribed photographs! So much more words per $ and so much harder to forge! Also, the potential for content/context!

True! I do like dedications, and a personalization is ok if it happens to be my name.


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