Saturday, May 7, 2016

Cpt. Caveman's TTM Autographs #43

Welcome back to another weekly TTM successes. I hope everyone had a great graphing week. This week im going to talk a little about authenticating your autographs. There are several Third party authenticator companies out there that can authenticate your autographs for a fee like PSA and JSA. This can get expensive depending on the signature and size of the collection. Part of the collecting hobby I love is authenticating my autographs by comparing them to known authentic examplars. When comparing signatures you need to look at many known authentic examples. Try to recognize the patterns and the flow of the signatures. The size, shape and speed is also important. Even spelling is important IV seen fakes out there with a misspelled autograph. Surly the celebs dont forget how to sign there names. Is it a rushed IP signature or a more relaxed setting full signature. A helpful thing I like to do is save pictures of authentic signatures to on my laptop to compare with and I try to find as many as I can and from all periods of the persons life as signatures can and do change over the years. These can be found all over the web but make sure what your looking at is actually an authentic signature and not one of many fakes out there. PSA has a site with some examples and there are several autograph collecting books out there filled with examples. PSA and JSA or other 3rd party authenticated autographs can be great examplars but remember even they can make mistakes when they are authenticating the number of signatures that come through there authenticators' so keep that in mind when building your examplar database. Photos of endorsed checks and signed contracts are great for examplars. There are also sites that show known autopen and secretarial signature examples for you to compare with and these can be invaluable and save you a bunch of money if you ever get into political autographs (if you view my site in a web browser mode instead of mobile I have a list of TTM links at the top right you can use). You can always find other helpful collectors out there who are willing to share their opinions on authenticity. Some are very knowledgeable and can save you a fortune before you waste money buying a fake online or by saving you the fee the companies may charge. There are some great forums out there it all just boils down to doing your research. It takes time so just keep studying authentic signatures and training your eyes with authentic examplars. Now on to the successes. Monday ended our dry spell with two returns. First a RTS from Darryl Strawberry after almost two years. We sent a card to Strawberry Ministries and our letter returned unopened and stamped return to sender. Oh well at least i got my card back and it looks like everyone's came back some taking over six years for a RTS. To finish off the day we received our signed picture of Superman from Henry Cavill. His agency is sending pre signed photos but they ask you send a large SASE with a back board or if you don't have UK postage they ask you to send $3.50 or £2 to cover return postage with your envelope and to not send your own photos because they won't be returned. Took just under two months to get ours even though they say it could take 3-4 months. Saturday brought the last two returns for the week. First after six day's shy of a year we received both pictures back signed by Jewel. Super cool success and worth the wait. To finish off the day we received our card back signed by former WVU football star and current NY Jet Geno Smith. Super happy about this one because all the others returns IV seen took awhile and ours returned in just about a month. That's if for this week. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I'll be back next week with more TTM autograph collecting goodness.

Henry Cavill
United Agents LLP
12-26 Lexington Street
G-Major Management
60 Music Square East
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203-4412
Geno Smith
c/o New York Jets
Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
One Jets Drive
Horham Park, NJ 07932

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