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Autograph Hell - The Truth About Collecting Paperback – October 20, 2008
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"...those who ride the hobby of collecting autographs generally do so with higher purpose than mere curiosity." --Charles Dana and George Ripley in American Cyclopedia
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When the "professional" authenticators either lack proper traing or are committing outright fraud how is the everyday collector able to determine what is authentic and what is fake?
There is only one way to know for sure the autograph you cherish is authentic and that is to get the autograph yourself in person. Even then, the "professional" authenticators might still declare it to be a fake!
I am surprised the book received nothing but five-star reviews prior to this. Sure, the information on the history of forgers and famous forgeries was somewhat interesting. The information on how various 18th and 19th century authors viewed autograph collectors was interesting as well. But there just isn't a lot of material in the book. Of the 158 pages in the book, over 20 of the pages are a review of the 1990s "Operation Bullpen" scam that spread nationwide.
The book is a decent addendum to the "Operation Bullpen" book. But if you only want to read one book on the fraud and scammers associated with autograph collecting, go with "Operation Bullpen" instead. That book is much more of a detailed look at how fakes have destroyed the autograph industry.
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Wonderful read. Eye-opening expose. Highly recommended.Published on August 22, 2014 by Richard Saffro
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