Recently I posted an autograph for the community's assessment of a piece of writing by Elvis Presley. I had won it in an auction for a considerable sum but there was a hint of doubt which I, unfortunately, had not listened to.
As the reviews came in from the community, I was encouraged to research further into the auction's COA and the item in question. I was convinced that this piece was indeed a forgery.
Backed with your opinions and my research I was released from the transaction. I write this as an encouragement to anyone who has purchased an autograph and has doubts of its authenticity.
If this can help anyone on one approach in dealing with fake items, here is the final part of my discussion with DALSHIRE auction house. The following notes occurred after ongoing discussions where I made it clear that educated opinions in this community found the item to be questionable and PSA did a quick assessment corroborating that opinion. (Thank you again for your help and good luck to those fighting against the mountain of forgeries out there).
We do stand by the opinion of GFA, however, we will release you from the transaction.
Thank you. I appreciate the gesture.
While I understand that you stand by the opinion of GFA I hope that you can appreciate that the autograph industry is inundated with forgeries and when multiple independent sources disagree with one specific source, it raises enough doubt that there can be little confidence in the items being sold. Unfortunately, GFA's reputation has encouraged me to look for further corroboration before I will purchase items "authenticated" by them in the future.
Thank you again for cancelling this transaction
GFA which stands for - "Guaranteed Forgeries Always!"
Anyone who "stands by the opinion of GFA" has very poor judgement. But, I give them credit for refunding you without a major hassle. Glad it turned out ok.
The one thing I’ve learnt from this amazing community is to seek opinions BEFORE purchase. At first I was always concerned that by waiting for a response I would miss out on an item…but peace of mind is worth far more.
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