Welcome to the World of Autograph Authentication!
If you are looking for someone who can authenticate or value your autographs, advise you on autograph investment, or help with purchase at auction, then you are probably in the right place! As well as being a long time dealer and authenticator in autographs, Garry King has been the expert witness in a number of high profile autograph fraud cases including the most recent one in Portsmouth, and you can read more about that here.....Portsmouth fraud.
But please, before you call to ask any questions, please take some time to read the information here first, as you may well find the answer to your question, and at the same time save us both some time on the phone!
Firstly, when looking for an autograph authentication service or similar, please consider the following before parting with your hard earned money!
There are many similar sites on the web, all claiming to have expert knowledge and years of experience, but how do you know if what they say is really true?
Do they have FULL verifiable contact details on their sites? This is a legal requirement for any business offering online sales or services, and so anyone who does not clearly list their full contact details is breaking the law, and you should ask yourself why they have chosen to ommit these very important details!
Do they tell you exactly who they are?
Do they give you factual examples of their experience?
In short, can you trust them or will they simply take your money and tell you what you want to hear?
Garry King, as the owner of Autografica is based in Rochester, Kent, and has been trading under the Autografica name as an autograph dealer full time for over 2 decades. He is is very well known amongst collectors and dealers here and abroad, both on and off the web. Garry has also attended all the relevent UACC courses, plus an apraisal course to USPAP standards in the USA, as well as creating and running the AFTAL autograph course for its dealers here in the UK.
Garry was voted UACC dealer of the year in 2000, was also given the Presidents Quality award in 2006, and was voted AFTAL Dealer of the year by its members in 2011. He is a UACC Registered Dealer (RD179), as well as a founding member and past board member of the UK based Autograph Fair Trade Association (RD002) www.AFTAL.org.uk
Garry has appeared on BBC, ITV and Sky TV, dozens of radio stations, numerous newspapers and magazines, and also created and runs an autograph course for both autograph dealers and collectors in the UK.
Garry's help and expert advice has been sought by dealers, auctioneers and collectors as well as the Police and Trading standards, with regard to autograph fakes and forgeries. Garry has also been succesfull in helping to obtain refunds for many of those who have bought non authentic items either via the internet or a high street shop. Garry is also one of only a very small number of autograph dealers (we know of only one other) whose expert testimony has been used to convict forgers. One recent case resulted in a conviction and 21 months prison sentence, and you can read more about that here.
Garry finished filming his first edition of 'Fake Britain' with Dominic Littlewood, which was aired in 2011, and this has now been aired on many more occasions since, no repeat fees though! He has also appeared in 2 editions of 'Inside out' and 'The One Show' for the BBC, as well as 'The Real Hustle' and many regional news programmes. Garry has also now filmed two more editions of 'Fake Britain' the latest of which will air later in 2016 and has also filmed pieces for "Pawn Stars UK" "Posh Pawnbrokers" and "Posh Pawn" as well as advising on various other BBC and ITV shows with regard to autograph values and authenticity etc.
All of the above can easily be checked with a little work on Google, try doing that with some of the other "experts" !
If you are looking for someone who has the experience and knowledge to confirm that your signed items are real or fake, then Garry is most probably your man!
Please read more about authentication and the process first on our other pages, before contacting us as there are certain items or names which we will not authenticate.