"Hardly. I don't begrudge anyone who decides to give up on signing things for fans -- people gave Jimmy Page flak for "signing" books by stamping them (and making people wait in line for hours just to get one), but he at least had a…"
"This is the same guy who worked directly with Taschen to produce multiple LE books where he signed prints or the books directly, over the course of a decade, which now run for exorbitant prices (and which Taschen Books are specifically known for,…"
"It's now part of the business model. If anything, I would think that the frequency of autopen signatures (justified or not) would have reduced substantially due to the fact that many stars were stuck at home for the better part of a year, and…"
"Depends on the circumstances. If it's a street graph, you just have to take what you can get and hope for the best.
Some high-end comic grading companies like CGC now have protocols where you can specifically designate where you want an…"
"Yes, that's a point I've made in the past. Whatever the scarcity of an item may be, it's a fairly good bet that if it's a modern release and it's been scalped to hell and back, there's going to be a race to the bottom.…"
"The problem with hosting a private forum where you will discuss things outside "general sales" (ostensibly in an attempt to keep certain sales/deals away from scalpers and the like) is two-fold.
(a) It creates a "have / have not"…"
"This - selling "pre-order slots" requires a whole number of links that could fail at any point. Was the release delayed? Do you trust the seller/buyer enough? Is there liability protection in the event that the pre-order is pushed back…"
"Of course people are turning a blind eye -- the last two years have cultivated a kind of "fever" (for lack of a better word) in people who are looking to flip everything; we're seeing it on this board in spades. The problem is, once…"
"Scammers get away with this kind of behavior because:
(a) It's completely unregulated; there are very few people willing to go to the time and effort to track these people down, and short of a major scheme that defrauds tens of thousands out of…"
"Yeah, that article doesn't really explain much. For all we know, people bought it because it had variant covers that looked good on a desktop, not that it was "digitally autographed" (and let's be real here, it's just an…"
"Personally, I don't touch anything Clinton-signed unless it's also inscribed to the prior recipient - much harder to fake. I'm a bit suspect on this - what letterhead was it signed on? The Clinton Foundation?"
"^ This - it's a one-of-a-kind piece. Murray's elusive enough as it is - I wouldn't be willing to risk it on the offchance that one of the two links OP quoted (either OfficialPix or Chase himself) screw up."