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I would say avoid ebay unless you REALLY know what you're doing. But some simple hints to eliminate some of the fakes:

 

#1: Never EVER bid on any auction where the seller keeps the User Id of the bidders: "PRIVATE".

#2: Analyze the signature in every possible way. Look at the paper. Many autographs from people on ebay are signed on chalk white paper when the person died 60+ years ago.In other words, make sure the paper looks its age.

#3: Another simple throw off is what it was signed with. There are things signed by people like Babe Ruth in sharpie pens when the sharpie didn't start being used widely until the 1980s.

#4: Know the seller. COA's are worthless unless PSA/DNA etc. If the person has 500+ signaure auctions going all the time and they seem to have an endless supply of signatures, do not bid.

#5: Before buying be sure to ask several questions and if they do not answer them to your satisfactory do not bid.

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Also a word of warning, most of the photos signed by MGM stars during the silent era and the 1930's are secretary signatures. Although the photos are signed by a secretary, they are still worth a few dollars because they came from MGM during the golden age.

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