Powers Autographs Official Autograph Buying Guide – Sports and Celebrity Memorabilia

Powers Autographs Authenticity Buying Guide

Collecting famous autographs, such as autographed baseballs, presidential autographs and signed music memorabilia is a great hobby, but unfortunately, some dishonest sellers are advertising forged or unauthentic autographs. By following these simple steps, you can minimize your risk and find some great sports memorabilia and famous autographs to add to your collection.

Before You Start Buying

  • Read Descriptions Thoroughly – Make sure the item is hand signed by the athlete or celebrity mentioned and not a copy.  Also, make sure it comes with a valid certificate of authenticity.
  • Do Your Research – Do an image or product search on the internet to look for examples of signatures that match the item you’re looking at. Get to know what that player or celebrity’s signature looks like.
  • Look for a Money Back Guarantee – While a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) can be comforting, they can be easily made and might not be worth the paper they’re printed on. Be sure that the dealer guarantees the authenticity of their items and has a return policy.
  • Know Who You’re Buying From – If buying from online auction sites, check the feedback from the seller and their history. What do other buyers say about their famous autographs? How long have they been selling? Where do they get their items from?
  • Ask Questions – The seller of the autographed football, signed movie poster, or whatever item you’re interested in, wants you to be satisfied, plus they have a reputation to uphold. Feel free to ask them any questions that you may have about the signed memorabilia. An honest dealer has nothing to hide and should respond to your inquiry.


After the Sale

Once you receive your famous autograph, analyze the signature to make sure it is the correct one you ordered and for quality (no smudges, bleeding) and not a preprinted autograph.


Since a preprinted signature would be part of the photo, the signature will usually appear to be below the surface gloss of the picture. To test to see if it’s a preprint, hold the photo at an angle to a light source. A real signature is on top of the photo and will have a different level of reflectivity versus the rest of the picture. The glare of a preprinted signature will blend right in with the photo and will indicate a fake.


All Powers Autographs items are authenticated by Major League Baseball, Steiner Sports, TriStar, PSA/DNA, JSA, Mounted Memories, or come with a Powers Collectibles certificate of authenticity. We work directly with athletes and have them under written contract to conduct private and public autograph signings. Whenever possible, a photo from the signing will accompany your item. Powers Autographs does not purchase autographs from the public, only directly from the athlete/celebrity.

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