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How to Authenticate Wrestling Autographs
Do you have some wrestling autographs that you know are worth a lot of money, but you don’t know how to make sure they are authentic? There are hundreds of people in your position. The good news is that you can get your autographs authenticated. However, you need to keep one thing in mind: you can be disappointed by the results.
The only way you can be sure that your wrestling autograph is 100% authentic is to acquire them yourself. Every time you buy them from another collector, there is a small chance to receive a fake. Authentication not only solves this problem, but also makes your autographs more valuable. So, let’s talk about what authentication really means and talk about your options.
Ways To Examine Autograph Authenticity
There are several analyses that can be done to determine if an autograph is authentic or not. Here are the most important ones:
Can You Authenticate a Wrestling Autograph Yourself?
Can you authenticate your wrestling autographs yourself? Theoretically, it is possible. However, you need to have vast experience and access to some relatively advanced tools (a microscope, a video spectral comparator, color spectral deconvolution equipment, just to name a few). You also need to have a proven original signature to compare yours with.
The problem with doing it yourself authentication is that it does not help you in any way. Because you are not a certified authenticator, you cannot tag and certify a wrestling autograph.
Pay to Get Wrestling Autographs Authenticated
Your other option, and the one used by most collectors, is to pay an authentication company to do the authentication. The most popular companies are JSA, PSA and Beckett. They have all the necessary equipment, as well as the experience, to authenticate any wrestling autograph.
An authentication company also has the right to tag and certify the autograph. This will most often increase its value because it tells potential buyers that there is an extremely low risk of purchasing a fake. However, the downside is that authentication companies can be quite expensive.
Don’t Want to Authenticate Your Wrestling Autographs?
What if you don’t want to authenticate your wrestling autographs? Perhaps you don't have extra funds to pay an authentication company to do it. Or maybe you don’t have the necessary experience to authenticate the memorabilia yourself. Don’t worry, you have at least two options/solutions:
Bottom line, you have several options when it comes to authentication. Pay a company to do it for you, do it yourself (if you have the necessary experience), or sell one or all of your wrestling autographs. The choice is yours. If you decide to sell your autograph collection please reach out to Maniac Joe to receive a free appraisal.