Did You Purchase an Item from Anthony Nurse or Charity Fundraising Packages? Please Let me Know...

I saw items at an auction recently that I believe to be forgeries. I'm in the process of trying to figure out if they are real or not, and would like to hear from others on experiences they've had with Anthony Nurse or his company -- Charity Fundraising Packages.

I remember being at a party 15 years ago, and somebody had a signed "Hotel California" album by the Eagles. It was fake, and I knew it was. I asked the guy how he acquired it. He told me an auction for his sons school. I didn't have the heart to tell him.

So, when I saw another fake Hotel California album at this auction, it made me cringe.

Anyway...please contact me if you purchased a forgery or ANYTHING from this company -- and I'll see if Steve and Roger can help me authenticate these items, and we'll move into the next steps involved (if, in fact, they are forged items).

It's bad enough if forged items are sold to unsuspecting people, but to do it in the name of a charity is just despicable. 

(and a website that shows generic pictures of bands signing for 50 fans doesn't prove anything...neither does a photo of Anthony Nurse standing by Rod Stewart at a book signing).

At book signings, they don't let you bring albums, cds, or guitars. They sign THE BOOK ONLY. And having a photo taking with somebody, doesn't make any autographed item you sell "authentic." Most people don't realize that. me at:

Thank you!

(or post your stories on this thread)

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Tags: Anthony Nurse, Charity Fundraising Packages, Forgery, autograph authenticity, charity auctions, fake autographs

Comment by Bob Asher on July 31, 2013 at 7:01pm

I see the same crap in the stores in Las Vegas.

Comment by Josh Board on July 31, 2013 at 10:54pm

Bob -- that is a decent point. That store in the Forum Shops at Cesar's Palace I have been to a few times...and they have forged items. The difference is -- THEY ARE NO USING A CHARITY! When people buy from a charity, like the gentleman that bought those signed Presidents -- they weren't going to an auction expecting to even make a purchase. He saw an item like that, called a relative that frames documents and photos in the D.C. area. That person assured him an item like that would be highly valuable. So he dropped two thousand dollars on it. Lucky for him, a few days before I posted this thread, he was already searching and being cynical on his own. His fears proved to be true (and it's easy enough for him to just stop payment on his credit card).

Comment by Bob Asher on August 1, 2013 at 12:16am

I have been buying and selling autographs for over 20 years, I won't claim to be an expert, but I can spot a forgery a mile away, the same people who sale online also sell to the people who do the auctions and the stores in Vegas, I would say 10 to 12 people are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of the crap you see on the internet and at vacation spots around the world, wish the FBI had time to track these scum bags down. Anyone heard of a Tony Trimane, have heard a lot about this guy.

Comment by Josh Board on August 1, 2013 at 1:17am

Don't worry, Bob. I will be getting the FBI involved, you can rest assured of that. I was just reading testimonial letters on their website, and something struck me as odd. One charity thanked them for the McCartney and Rolling Stones signed guitar. How is it this company has soooo many guitars signed by Eric Clapton (who doesn't sign guitars, and is often hard to get signing anything), and McCartney and Stones (also tough on guitars). I'm also wondering why....Anthony Nurse and his Charity Fundraising Packages haven't commented on this thread. Autograph Magazine is where EVERYBODY GOES to find out about autographs. And any company has tracking things that tells them when their business is mentioned in any kind of thread. Yet he's not logging on here to defend his company? To show the photos of his items? To tell us how he acquires these pieces? The silence or lack of response from him, tells us volumes.

Comment by Josh Board on August 2, 2013 at 1:18am

Two things. First, regarding that autographed President picture -- the news just ran a story about 9 pictures signed by all the living Presidents (including Obama). These 9 photos sold for one million dollars! All for charity. Yet...this one we showed, with obvious forged signatured sold by Charity Fundraising Packages, sold for a mere $2,000 at a charity auction. Oh, and it was signed by vice presidents and first ladies, too. Hmmm....good deal (if it were real).  Also, I know for a fact that Anthony Nurse has been shown this thread, so...I'd love to hear from him on here about his items.

Comment by Janice Knechtel on August 3, 2013 at 11:10am

Hey Josh, I have been leary of this company for a long time. I bought one item from them and have been questioning them ever since. What do you think of this Adam Lambert?... Real or not real?

Comment by Michael T on August 3, 2013 at 12:15pm

The slant, angle and pressure are all wrong compared to the in-person Lamberts we have obtained over the years. I hope that helps.

Hopefully someone else will chime in with their experiences with his signature.

Comment by Dan Gregory on August 3, 2013 at 7:27pm

The Adam Lambert is off compared to others I've seen

Comment by Josh Board on August 3, 2013 at 9:38pm

Well Janice, do I have some good news for you! I'm friends with Adam Lambert's dad Eber. We have been friends since before his son got famous. I was having Thanksgiving dinner at their house, when Adam was texting his dad to tell him about quitting the show Wicked in Los Angeles, to go on American Idol (his dad wasn't happy about that at the time, but very happy with final results, obviously). In fact, I wrote a story in Autograph Magazine (back when it was an actual magazine) interviewing Eber Lambert (Steve Cyrkin, anyway to post a link of that somewhere people can find?) So, I will forward this picture to Eber, and he'll go right to the source -- his son ADAM LAMBERT. And guess what? If it is deemed fake, we can try to get your money back, and use this -- along with all these other bogus things that have been sold by Anthony Nurse and his company, to try and get the authorities involved. I have to ask though...why have you had doubts about this company? Also, can you tell us the charity you bought it from?

Comment by Janice Knechtel on August 4, 2013 at 9:37am

Actually, I didn't directly buy it from a charity. It all started on facebook. I joined a autograph collecting club a few years back (don't even remember the club name). Anthony nurse also was a member of this club at the time. He would post on the site, about his Autograph Store. I clicked on the link and it took me right to his website. At the time, you could also bid on items not associated with a charity event. I don't know if you can still do that or not, because I have not looked at his site for awhile. I do still get emails from them saying they updated there catalog, but I don't even look at the site no more.

I bid on the Adam Lambert photo and won it. I don't even remember how much it went for, but I am thinking $100. It came with a nice COA.

I also follow them on Facebook and a few years back, they were raffling off a Autograph photo of Princess Diana. Right there a RED FLAG went off in my head. How could this be. The photo was beautiful with a beautiful signature. If that photo with that signature on it was real, it would go for thousands of dollars. So why would this company be giving this away? I questioned this on his FB page and he wrote back that is was 100% real. Right there I never trusted him again.

The final kicker was, he puts on his FB page photos of people working for him obtaining these autographs. Well, one of these photos was of a Facebook friend of mine that truly gets a lot of celebrity in-person autographs. I thought to myself, does she work for him???? I wrote to her on FB and asked how well she knew him. She replied, She don't. I then told her that they are using her photo, saying that she works for them. Now, I don't want to give her name, because maybe she doesn't want involved. That is up to her to contact you. But I am pretty sure, she did contact Steve at the time. I hope this helps.....To many innocent victims are falling for his crap


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