Looking to pick this up from a fellow member, and it looks good to me, circa 80's/90's maybe, I think? But what do I know? Doesn't come with authentication, but was told someone at Tracks looked at it and gave a thumbs up. But I'll defer to all your much more expert opinions than this here amateur! Thanks all!
Hi Jason, I gave some reasons for my views. Here is the link to what I think is a rushed George.
Personally, I would not want to spend a lot on something that opinions are divided upon, even if one authenticator says it is OK. This would particularly apply where the authenticator's opinion is only a "$15 quickie" based on an emailed image of the item.
Richard, you are a highly regarded contributor to this site. This is not about you or your integrity, of course. It's merely about sharing opinions on a non-typical George signature. I am likely more cynical than most, so I base my opinions on my own knowledge of the specific signature, trying to take into account possible eccentricities in the signature. Having Frank or Tracks or Perry put a thumbs up on a given signature is comforting for sure, and 99% of the time I agree. In this, I don't but as others have mentioned, as long as you are happy with it as the owner, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks!
At the end of the day you just have to trust your own judgement and back this up with enough homework. If an item has provenance that obviously helps but then you need to weigh up how plausible the provenance is, both in terms of the facts and the person giving you those facts.
Obviously authentication by an acknowledged expert is very likely to make you more comfortable more quickly (and vice versa - big time!) but blind faith is a dangerous thing. Bind faith becomes even more dangerous where the person authenticating an item is trying to sell it to you for big bucks, though the expert will also have his or her reputation to protect.
I admire Richard a lot for the openess and honesty of his post. I'm still not keen on the George but I suspect Richard has probably held a lot more authentic Beatles autographs in his hand than I have and Jason most certainly has.
Having dealt with Richard I would have no problem buying this from him he's on this forum all the time unlike some who join to make a quick buck if you don't buy it I will!!