Thursday, January 31, 2013
Signature Moves: Wrestling Autograph Evolutions
Most collectors are respectful and are simply looking to build their collections. The real problems seem to be the same across the board of autograph genre: authenticity and the means of obtaining the autographs. If you're like me you don't have much of a problem with either. Aside from a few favorites that I did not have the opportunity to meet, 95% percent of my collection was obtained directly by me. Buying something pre-signed, although necessary in some instances, just doesn't have the same feeling of getting the signature yourself on an item that you have specifically chose.
With as many autographs as I own and the thousands more that I've seen signed in person, I've developed a good eye for authenticity. There are also highly respected companies that will authenticate your autographs for a fee. Are they 100% right all of the time? They are not, nor am I, nor is anyone else. Although 99% are obviously authentic, there's only one absolutely foolproof way of authenticating an autograph: obtaining it yourself. The human eye and instincts can be duped. There are documented cases of autograph collectors having successfully fooled the grading houses.
That being said, there are often factors of autographs that go unobserved by collectors. Sit down. Grab a sheet of paper and a Sharpie. Sign your name 100 times. Is every signature the same? Of course not. What if, around the 60th signature, we tell you that you have thirty seconds to finish? You may begin to rush and abbreviate. Perhaps you're simply a "Living Legend" and your signature stays the same over fifty years or you're a "Common Man" with a variety of autograph styles. Regardless, these are the things that we'll be taking a look at in this entry.
The moral to the story? Just because an autograph fails to match another one that you own or have seen means absolutely nothing. Depending on the situation, star, or various other factors, it could still be (and probably is) 100% authentic. As always, happy collecting and for a look at hundreds of authentic wrestling autographs, don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Fanpage!