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Garry King as part owner of Autographs.co.uk has been directly involved with dealing in and authenticating autographs since the early 90's (thats the 1990's not the 1890's!) and his expert testimony has been used in various court cases during that time. Garry has been voted UACC Dealer of the Year, AFTAL Dealer of the Year, and was awarded the UACC Presidents Quality award in 2006, and is the only multi award winning dealer in the UK.
Garry has also appeared or advised on many TV shows including 'Pawnstars UK' 'Posh Pawnbrokers' 'Inside Out' 'Fake Britain' 'The One Show' 'The Real Hustle' 'Rip off Britain' and many regional TV and radio programs. Garry has also provided expert witness testimony for both trading standards and the Police, which is used in court against the many dealers who ‘pretend’ to be experts but are really just confidence tricksters out to take your money. And all of this can be checked with a few searches, the latest such case being this one!
All this has allowed Garry to build up a vast knowledge regarding fake autographs and the people who create them or sell them, and here are some words of advice that you may find helpful if you are considering buying an item via any internet auction site or web based seller.
So the next time you want to buy something signed, check out the dealer first, and not the fancy talk or COA’s they offer, it could save you a small fortune! In particular, when anyone states that they are a UACC Dealer, always check that they are, as most are only members and not 'Registered Dealers', and you can find more about this on the UACC website. Registered Dealers are all listed on the website, but members are just that, they are not named on the website and are not allowed to use the name or logo to promote sales etc, but some do to simply create the impression they are reputable dealers, so beware!
As a customer you should ask yourself this "if i was a dealer in autographs, would i not want to show the public that i am both honest and trustworthy by joining one of the two best known trade associations?" I think your answer would be yes, so why are some dealers not members? Keep in mind that both associations only have a list of dealers that have joined, and not one containing the names of those that have been refused!