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Having a collection of various autographs can be a fulfilling past time. Plus, it is great investment should you decide to collect profits out of them by selling your collections in time. Because selling autograph memorabilias is relatively a money-generating businesses, fraudsters from all walks of life are sadly taking advantage, ripping off big bucks from authentic collectors.

If you are an avid autograph collector and have plans of selling your collections in due time, there are some key points you should keep in mind as far as understanding how to value an autograph is concerned.

Do Your Homework. Valuing your autograph collection can be very difficult. For you to have the most ideal price ranges, you need to know and understand about some considerations. The older the autograph is, the more valuable it becomes. But the autograph age is not just the factor. Autographs from famous personalities, deceased or still living, be it in politics, sports, the entertainment, have diffirent values. Say for example, the length of time the autograph was kept.

Authenticity Certification. A particular autograph becomes more valuable if it is certified authentic and genuine from legitimate organizations. You should make it a point that your buyers understand how you were able to obtain your autograph as this will also tell whether the ones you have are particularly legitimate. You can actually seek help from business and organizations in the country who can easily tell which autographs are authentic and which ones are not. When obtaining help, keep in mind to seek only the services from reputable organizations with very good track records. Once the autograph has been carefully screened, you will then be presented with an authenticity certification which you can then prove to your prospective buyers that what you have is actually the real thing.

Appraising the Autograph. This is specifically helpful for autographs who have been kept for very long years. Appraisers have their own way of checking the legitimacy of an autograph: from the rarity, the quality of the signature, the demand of the item, and the way it was preserved. Prospective buyers will actually look for genuinely appraised items because they can be sure their money will not go wasted.

Personalized Autographs. Generally, autographed item often have a personality's signature and this can still obtain very expensive price tags as long as they are genuine. However, for a collector who wants something more valuable and unique, a personalized autograph is a great investment. For example, an autographed item with a personal message from the famous personlity himself can sell for hundreds and thousands, depending on the rarity of the item.

There are practically a hundred ways when it comes to valuing your autograph. And since you have kept it for years until you finally decided to sell them to fellow collectors like you, it's important to have your autographed memorabilia duly authenticated. That way, you can easily attract collectors who are more than willing to pay for the best price you can offer.

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