Published: December 28, 2015
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — Authentication experts warn that autographs of cast members featured in the new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Force Awakens are among year’s “Most Dangerous Autographs.”
“There’s probably less than a 50/50 chance that Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast autographs found in the marketplace are genuine,” cautioned Joe Orlando, president of PSA/DNA Authentication Services, a third-party autograph and memorabilia authentication service.
The Star Wars cast members are included in PSA/DNA’s latest annual report on “the most dangerous autographs” of the year. Their autographs now join the listing with other familiar celebrities’ names, such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles, who have appeared on previous PSA/DNA buyer-beware consumer advisories because of widespread forgeries.
Individual, genuine autographs of Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast members recently have been selling in the range of $50 to $250 each, and cast-signed photos can sell for $500 or more, according to Orlando.
Here are the “Most Dangerous Historical and Entertainment Autographs of 2015” as compiled by PSA/DNA:
1) The Beatles
2) Elvis Presley
3) Neil Armstrong
4) John F. Kennedy
5) Michael Jackson
6) Marilyn Monroe
7) Led Zeppelin
8) Jimi Hendrix
9) The Rolling Stones
10) Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast
According to PSA/DNA, the ten “most dangerous” sports stars’ autographs in 2015 were:
1) Babe Ruth
2) Lou Gehrig
3) Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio
4) Michael Jordan
5) Muhammad Ali
6) Mike Trout
7) Tom Brady
8) Derek Jeter
9) Stephen Curry
10) Sidney Crosby
“There are a lot of so-called ‘deals’ for autographs that can be found online, at local flea markets and even at some collectibles conventions, but most of those ‘deals’ are simply too good to be true. Genuine autographs do not often sell for a huge discount,” warned Orlando. “Whether it’s the signature of a famous sports hero, an entertainment star or an important historical figure, it’s important that consumers buy from reputable sellers who use credible, expert third-party authentication.”
In 2015 PSA/DNA experts evaluated more than 400,000 autographs submitted by collectors and dealers worldwide.
“Unfortunately, just as in past years, a large portion of them were forgeries. In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to reject 50 percent or more of the signatures submitted to our company, especially when it comes to the more prominent names,” explained PSA/DNA principal authenticator Steve Grad, who is one of the featured experts on the popular television series Pawn Stars.
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