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Authentication Guide

Welcome to the Autograph World on-line Facsimile Guide of in person celebrity autographs. In this era of forgeries and fraud on the internet, we have taken a pro-active approach to help our customers educate themselves in the area of authentication.

Current celebrity autographs are among the most difficult signatures to authenticate in the hobby. Many stars change their autographs frequently, and in most cases, there are numerous factors that can dictate the quality of an in person autograph. Were they standing, sitting, running down the sidewalk or signing up against a brick wall when it was signed? Did they use sharpie, paint pen, ball point or pencil when they signed? Is it a 'quick signature' or a 'full signature? For the most part, you need to have numerous examples and a lot of experience to authenticate current celebrities. Many times, it comes down to the credibility of the 'source'.

Over the past thirty plus years, we have amassed a huge inventory of known in person examples on many of Hollywood's hottest stars. Several years ago, JD Bardwell published the book, the In Person Facsimile Guide of Celebrity Autographs, which sold out quickly. Most of the examples from that book are included on this website. We have also added many new examples and will continue to add to the database as examples become available.

Many people worry about Certificates of Authenticity, Forensic Document Examiners and the like - when, in reality, they can use this service and educate themselves as to the authenticity of the autographs that they are purchasing. An educated collector is our best customer!

We offer the following research tools to help improve your autograph authentication skills:

  • Facsimile Guide - hundreds of viewable celebrity autographs
  • Beatles Signature Study - this is a great tool put together by reknowned Beatles expert, Tom Fontaine. It is a must read for any fan of Beatles autographs.