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I recently came across an old article that has me thinking. I'm sure many of you have read this previously. It seems the takeaway from the article is third party authenticators' opinions must remain simply that--opinions. This has me thinking. If you do your homework on an autograph and buy it because you love it, why bother with authentication? Personally, if I purchase an autograph I believe to be authentic and have no intention to sell, I don't bother with Third parties. It seems there is a huge gulf between the business of selling autographs and collecting them. Am I being naïve about collectors' intentions? Also: Should a collector be held to the standards of a dealer if they are up front about their autographs, if they did decide to sell? It is a strange dichotomy: the seller needing the collector and the collector needing the seller and the roles reversing when the collector becomes the seller.