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Collecting autographs is a fulfilling hobby especially when you have limited and even personalized autographs from your admired personalities. And while most people intend to keep and treasure these autographs, others prefer to sell them.
Have you been collecting autographs from famous personalities? Do you ever feel the need at some point that it is about time to have your collection sold to others who share the same passion of collecting like you? If that’s the case, then you need to know more about how to sell your autographs.
Have your Autograph Evaluated. Experts can help you with selling your autographs not by dealing them but by evaluating the item’s worth. Often times, experts will have to consider who wrote your collected autograph, or if it has significant connections with notable dates, historical events, or very interesting personalities. Also, the condition of the autograph will determine how much it is worth.
Consider the Authenticity Value of the Autograph. Autographs placed on plain paper or cards are common but then, proving its legitimacy is ‘notoriously difficult. Thus, if you have ‘isolated’ autographs, then might as well keep the item to yourself. However, if you have handwritten and personalized letters, these items can easily be checked for authenticity. And most often times, these types are generally legitimate autographs and tend to have higher value.
The More Famous the Autograph, the Better! In most cases, avid collectors try to prefer having those limited edition autographs especially from very famous personalities. Meaning, if you have autographs from famous people and you know these autographs are so hard to find, then you just hit the jackpot.
Review Auction Records. For you to have a general idea as to the ideal selling price of a particular item, you need to do your homework thoroughly. Reviewing auction records can help you identify how much your most prized autograph is worth. Also, try looking for web sites that provide you with the right price guides and recommendations.
However, you have to remember that when joining auctions, some auction houses may charge up to thirty percent of your autograph’s selling price. Plus, your profit will be greatly reduced for the cost of shipping as well as other important fees. It is best therefore, to have your autograph sold through trade shows. Or better yet, you can directly deal with privately.
Your Responsibilities as a Seller
Being an autograph seller is very crucial. You need to be an established collector so you can easily attract possible buyers. However, it is your moral obligation to not deceit collectors like you. So before you sell anything, try to provide all possible ways to prove the legitimacy of the item. For example, you can have it authenticated from a legitimate organization that deals with studying genuine autographs.
Generally, selling your autographs is fulfilling. Just the thought of knowing there are lots of interested people and collectors out there who are willing to spend more money for an autograph, somehow gives you that personal satisfaction. After all, keeping a prized autograph memorabilia is something not everyone has experienced. Know more about what you need and need not do before finally disposing your prized possession.

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