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How Much is My Autograph Worth? 3 Critical Details for Collectors

Collectors of signed memorabilia and other autographed items generally have a string of personal conditions or rules to follow when it comes to buying autographed items. To say that they nit-pick would be an understatement. If you’re looking to sell your autographed item/s and you’ve asked yourself, “How much is my autograph worth?” one too many times, below are some of the details that collectors look at, which could help you get your autograph value. These details may increase or decrease the value of your autograph. “How much is my autograph worth?” Consider these factors: 1. Personalized autograph – Anything signed for the person or owner of the item, be it a piece of paper, photo, poster, movie memorabilia or prop or some other item generally fetches a lower price compared to an item with a “generalized” autograph. In other words, if you’re wondering “how much is my autograph worth?” and the item you’re looking at was signed with a reference to you (i.e. To Sam, For Sam or simply, Sam) you could expect a lower appraised value compared to one with no “dedication.” 2. Inscription – A signed item inscribed with words or references such as a specific winning game, short quote, a TV show episode and such may have a higher value compared to one signed with just the name or signature of the celebrity or personality. It would be worth mentioning here that to get your autograph value, check the condition of the signature and inscription and whether or not these were written in ink or pencil. Autographs and inscriptions written in pencil may fade over...

Who Buys Autographs and What You Should Know About Them

Are you in possession of a prized autograph? If you’re looking to get rid of it for cash, the first question you may have in mind is who buys autographs in the first place. While you may have to do a bit of research to find these buyers, the good news is they exist, and if you negotiate well, you may be able to get a fair amount of money for your autograph. Who Buys Autographs In general, there are three groups of buyers you should target: Hobbyists – The first group of buyers is the hobbyists. This may include the casual fan or someone who has a low to moderate level of commitment to buy your autograph. This group usually has a limited budget to work with. It’s unlikely they’ll commit all the way until the end unless they absolutely need your item, and even then, you can expect them to haggle with you. Since hobbyists are in it just for fun, they’re not the best group of buyers to approach especially if your item has already been appraised. If your autograph is worth a lot of money, you can almost be sure that this group will be unaware of it, which is why your time and efforts are better spent on targeting the other groups of buyers. Serious collectors – Who else buys autographs? Serious collectors, or specialists, are your next group of buyers. Unlike hobbyists, they have a moderate to high level of commitment when it comes to buying. Depending on how long they have been building up their collection, however, there’s a chance they may...