Understanding Autographs

The wonderful world of autograph buying and selling is fraught with dangers for the public and professional alike. Throughout history famous people have been asked by their fans for autographs

A signature has become a quick, easy and personal item to give to a fan. Treasured by the receiver the autograph represents a tiny piece of history frozen in and time and proof of a chance meeting or request

However, over the years and for major celebrities demand has far outstripped supply creating a market for selling autographs. Famous people under time constraints and facing insatiable scrutiny are becoming understandably less accessible to the general public. In order to satisfy these demands and the collectors market other ways have been developed over the years to reproduce celebrity signatures. Buyers beware that Printed / Stamped / Autopen and Secretarial autographs are common and often of good enough quality to fool all but the better trained eye

Current celebrities have become aware of the market values of their autograph and this has resulted in a growing reluctance to sign for all but genuine fans. They are rightfully frustrated by people standing outside stage-doors demanding "selfies" and clutching packs of photographs to sign that might appear on Ebay the following day

Always a problem, but much more seriously over recent years, the most serious enemy of the genuine autograph collector has emerged .. the forger. With the huge increases in values this can be a lucrative past-time, however most forgeries found especially on the internet auction sites are extremely poor and easy to recognise 

Buyers BE vigilant and do your research. Do not be frightened to ask questions

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Nadia Moosah (from London)

"Dear Mark - Your service was remarkable - less than 24 hours from my frantic email to you, you found the item and here it is safe and sound in my hands, in all its glory. Some kind of world record I would say! I can truly say it has been a delight to d...

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I have been a customer of Memorabilia UK since 2009. Over the years I have bought many amazing autographs. Mark Riddle is a true professional and has helped me a lot with my hobby.

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As a blues musician for 50 years and a 35 year autograph collector, I was lucky to find Mark & his company for genuine & rare signatures many years ago. He is one of most professional & honest dealers I've had the pleasure of doing business with. I woul...

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As a long time customer of Memorabilia UK, I am honored to have the opportunity to say a few words on their behalf. Memorabilia UK is my source for high quality, vintage autographs and memorabilia that I just can’t find anywhere else. Mark has alway...

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