Can you value my autographs?

Posted by garry 26/07/2017 0 Comment(s)

 

This is another very common question, and the answer is of course yes we can. Its something we do every day for ourselves for items that we have purchased from collectors and other dealers etc, and of course for customers who need a value for insurance, probate or maybe they simply want to sell them on.

 

That said, its not as simple as it may seem.......

 

First, to be able to put a value on any signed item, we need to be sure its authentic, and we can only do that if we have seen it with our own eyes. The reason for this is twofold. First, most images sent to us are simply not good enough to work with and are often out of focus, blured, too dark etc, and secondly, its not possible to know if an item is actualy signed (it may be printed for instance) or even exists, and there are many unscrupulous people who might ask a dealer for a value on something that is not what it seems to be simply by sending them a scan, then they can sell it on by saying that Dealer XYZ said it was worth £500 !

 

Then we need to be sure the signature is authentic and not a forgery. In some cases this is fairly simple and in others it can take a considerable amount of time, and time is money. 

 

Once we have confirmed that the signature is authentic, then we can move on to value, and again it can be very simple or in the case of rare or unusual signed items, it can take some time while we search through past sales and auction values.

 

Which is why we do not offer free valuations on items we have not seen ourselves. We do of course offer a valuation and authentication service for any signed item, but we do make a charge for this. Values for items can easily be checked by using the advanced search facilty on ebay for sold similar items, but remember, they must be similar items as there is no use comparing your signature on the back of a cigarette packet to a pristine condition 10 x 8 colour image. By going backwards on ebay to find sold items you will get a reasonable feel for what that signature will sell for, as opposed to the often much higher value that many people ask for items, but never sell! 

 

Garry King.

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