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Famous autographs are fun to collect, but remember to exercise caution when trading in this area. An autograph can be created in seconds with only a pen and some paper, so you should always be very careful unless you personally witnessed the signing, or have some other reliable means of establishing the autograph's authenticity.
Fake autographs do exist, so educate yourself thoroughly about an autographed item before trading it on eBay.
If you sell autographs, eBay strongly recommends that you include:
eBay may not accept listings from autograph dealers who do not follow the guidelines above.
A note about certificates of authenticity: Certificates of Authenticity ("COA") can help establish the authenticity of a particular autograph, or give a buyer certain rights if the autograph is a fake. Not all certificates provide meaningful protection, though. Review the information carefully for the following information:
With effect from 21/7/00, eBay requires that sellers who refer to a COA in their listings include who issued the certificate and any additional information relevant to that certificate. If you cannot find that information on the listing, email the seller or contact us using our webform.
eBay reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any autographed item listed on its site and refund the seller's listing fee, if eBay believes that the listing of the item is inconsistent with eBay's goal of providing a safe trading environment, or if in its sole discretion eBay believes that the sale of the item might create liability for the buyer, the seller, or any third party.
Verified Rights Owners (VeRO) Programme - Intellectual property owners can report items that allegedly infringe on their rights.
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