How to Determine if Your Autograph is Authentic


The cornerstone of CollectibleXchange is authenticity. Our number one priority is making sure our users know with 100% certainty that what they’re getting from our site is the real deal. The reason we take authentication so seriously is because there are people out there who make a lot of money producing fake autographs and selling them online to unsuspecting consumers. We at CX have decades of experience authenticating signatures and game-used items, and regularly consult with our partners at major authentication companies like JSA, Upper Deck, PSA, Tri-Star and others, just to double our efforts. Unlike other online marketplaces, every piece of memorabilia sold on CollectibleXchange comes through our facility before it ships to the buyer, so we can personally make sure the piece you’re getting is legit. When we physically witness an item being signed, we stamp it with our own CX tamper-proof QR coded hologram. Bottom line, WE GOT YOU. 

Our authentication process is very grueling and extremely intricate, but here are a few of the more basic ways you can tell if a signature is a forgery...

Ink Density – When you hold a real autograph on paper up to the light, you will notice a differentiation between the density of the ink and the paper it’s on. If an autograph is a re-print, the signature will have the same density as the paper.

Edges – Some not-so-slick counterfeiters try using a stamp to reproduce their autographs. These are easy to spot. Just check the edges of the signature, if they’re thicker than the center, it means a stamp was used and the ink bled.

Pressure – The human hand is not a perfect instrument and will apply different amounts of pressure during the signing process. If the autograph has the exact same amount of pressure applied throughout, it may be the work of a machine.   

Flow – Some forgers will attempt to simply mirror a real autograph by hand. Fortunately, a trained eye can easily spot these fakes because no forger can perfectly match the flow of the person they are trying to imitate. For instance, forgeries tend to be shakier than the real thing.

We hope you found this article informative. If you’re wondering about the authenticity of your piece, send it to us! Our team of professionals will be happy to help.