It's happened more times working with experts than I can count. It goes like this:
I understand why we don't want the forgers to get better. But I think there's nothing more important than making it as easy as possible for collectors to detect potential fakes themselves.
These "secret tells" will help collectors avoid buying forgeries in the first place, and give them a better chance of getting their money back if they've been cheated. And just as important, it will help identify the criminals forging and knowingly selling and authenticating forgeries.
The more victims, suspects and evidence we can gather for law enforcement; the better the chances of getting these criminals arrested, out of the hobby—and into a different line of work when they're out of prison. The timing is right—the authorities are listening more than ever.
So what do you think?
Thanks a Million John for speaking up on the subject. We appreciate you being here for the "Lowly Collector". Points well taken from DB as well.
I faced this dilemma myself.
I contributed to the UACC Neil Armstrong autograph study (soon to be published.) I did a letter by letter analysis, which could serve as a blueprint for forgers. I was concerned about this, so I held a few things back.
Did I spill too much? I really don't know.
spoken like a true forger (lol)
where is the armstong one coming out... was scott cormish involved?
Thanks as Scott is also credited with being very knowledgeable on the armstrong and considered a goto guy from a number of places, especially on Armstrong.... Now that I jinxed him ;-)
actually Greg - R&R loves that kind of stuff. They are unique in many ways.
the problem of policing is that it takes long hours, considerable time including the actions the hope that something might come from it as a result. Lets focus in on the b - dlist aucrion house for a 2nd - do u think for one moment they give a rat's riddly rear end whar Cyrkin, Rez, Epperson, Daniel Cohen or even Mr. Bill or even the knowlegeable about a certain signature think? Only, if they can figure out a way to make easy money with litigation.
That's why I don't have a big issue if they don't open up their kimonas (actually that is probably a good thing) with all their secrets.