Authentication and Forgery Alert


Authentication and Forgery Alert

Discuss authentication issues within the industry, including but not limited to 3rd party authentication. It's also a "clearing house" for suspected forgeries.

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Kendrick Lamar signed full name on vanity

Started by David De La Paz Jan 15. 0 Replies

Does anyone have knowledge on Kendrick Lamar's full name signature. This piece is currently on eBay. I just ran a quick opinion from PSA/DNA and they said "unlikley Genuine" I hope the community can…Continue

Tags: name, PSA, opinion, full, signed

What Do You Think About The Autographs Sold By This Seller?

Started by Daniel Alayof. Last reply by Chad B Aug 21, 2019. 1 Reply

Hi. I would appreciate your opinion about this seller and the autographs that he recently sold. Please click on the link to see his sold autographs. What do you think?…Continue

Anatomy of a forger?

Started by JJ. Last reply by sling Jan 4, 2019. 1 Reply

You may have noticed that the book "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle will soon be a blockbuster movie from Disney. I loved that book when I was in elementary school, and I remember the author…Continue

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Comment by Chad B on February 28, 2014 at 9:08am
You should be concerned about authenticity. That item would be worth quite a bit if real. Show us a picture.
Comment by Greg Jeranek on February 28, 2014 at 6:09am

I recently purchased  on E-Bay a signed (Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty,Madonna, Rosie ODonnel) cast photo from the movie " League of Their Own" authenticated by CPG Direct.  Has anybody heard of them and should I be concerned on authentication?

Comment by DonBlaze on January 28, 2014 at 1:12pm

  OPERATION BULLPEN !!!!!   I would again alert everybody  John Olsen , is on Craigslist in the NY/NJ area peddling Muhammad Ali signed pictures.

Comment by Jet Jackson on January 19, 2014 at 12:57pm

Well, that bad UK George Reeves signature sold today on ebay for $200+.

 I notified ebay but they did nothing, as usual. Sad, but ebay makes money on it so they allow it to continue.

Comment by michelle on January 16, 2014 at 5:07am

Thank you very much for the generous advice that has been given & has  been taken on board. Much appreciated. I think the remark about going with your gut instinct is spot on. Thanks again.

Comment by Jeffery Kite on January 15, 2014 at 6:46pm

Let me echo David's response, Michelle. PSA/DNA is the name that many go by when considering a purchase of a nice high quality item. I also want to give a plug to James Spence Authentication (JSA.) JSA also has a good reputation, but has made mistakes like PSA/DNA has. I personally have used both companies to authenticate some of my autographs. Always trust your gut, and feel free to put some things up on here and ask our little community of collectors who want to keep junky fake autographs out of the market.

Comment by David Wright on January 15, 2014 at 10:28am

Hi from NZ Michelle, I think the more you search the web the more you will find the spectrum of stories from those that heap the highest praise on PSA and other TPAs (Third Party Authenticators) to those that can't find even a single good word to say about them and call them everything in a farmyard but a duck :)

At the end of the day, I think, you can only speak as you find - I have had my own differences with PSA opinions but have nothing but the highest regard for the professional manner in which they have handled the items I have sent them - and yes, that includes the ones that they have failed to authenticate :)

I don't believe the opinion of a TPA should replace the avid research and acquiring of knowledge of an individual collector. If you, or any collector, does his\her research on the signature and remains uncomfortable with something that carries ANY TPA certification then - my humble advice would be - don't part with you money. Look elsewhere and keep looking until you find something that you ARE confident in.

Wascher has also posted a truly superb comment when he advises "toss it out on the forum" here. There are soooooo many knowledgeable and helpful folks here at AML that you are just about guaranteed to get help on any of the items you might be "nervous" about.

Hope that helps, happy collecting and all best wishes,


Comment by michelle on January 15, 2014 at 9:22am

 Hi thanks for your reply.  It was just a general query about them because they are not so well known over here & I've heard different views about them but I'm not an authority on the service because we don't have it here so I wasn't   trying to be disrespectful about them; - I just don't know & thought I would  enquire . A few of the signs I've seen on e bay sanctioned by them I've not been that sure about & I've also read some neg stuff about them so it was in this spirit that I e mailed for   a bit more information   re their importance/ reputation.  I think that's a good idea about asking peoples advice about a sig before buying    It will be my New Year's Res!!!  Kind regards

Comment by wascher on January 15, 2014 at 2:46am

Hi Michelle, I guess if it were me, and I was looking at buying something specific - if you had a concern with it, you could toss it out on the forum here to see what others think of the item.  Or just to have discussion about the pieces is ok too.  I don't believe that anyone or any service is above having their items scrutinized as long as its done in a tactful manner.  What items made you a bit nervous about them?

Comment by michelle on January 14, 2014 at 11:03pm

Hi.  How good are the PSA/DNA at authenticating items.? Some of the stuff I've seen authenticated on e bay by them, has at times made me somewhat nervous. How hard do they check before they authenticate.?  I've tried to read up about this as much as poss as they don't have this kind of authentication over the pond but some people have obviously had problems with them so I  would kindly appreciate some advice.    thanks


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