AUTOGRAPH CERTIFICATION EXPERTS, LLC (ACE) HELPS FIGHT AGAINST AUTOGRAPH FRAUD IN HOBBY
Villa Park, Calif. – July 17, 2008 – In an effort to help against the constant fraud in the autograph hobby, ACE will be offering free authentication to patrons at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention being held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
“With the recent economic downturn and increasing unemployment the appeal of forging autographs can be very lucrative because the cost to do it is just a pen” stated company president Neil Whiteley Ross. In the past the FBI has estimated as high as 70% of autographs in the marketplace are fraudulent and that percentage may even be higher with more popular athletes. “In a field that is riddled with fraudulent material, we want to provide collectors an avenue to check the authenticity of their valuable and treasured items” said Whiteley Ross.
Striving to help genuine autographs entering the marketplace to be identified as authentic, “we hope everyone can take advantage of this opportunity to have their items authenticated for free” said Whiteley Ross. “As we provide a trusted brand of third party autograph authentication, hopefully this offer will give some relief to collector’s wallets during these turbulent economic times” stated Vice President Justin Priddy.
Free authentication is limited to one per person each day of the 2008 National Sports Collectors Convention July 30th through August 3rd held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. To participate in this offer, patrons must fully complete an order form and show a valid form of identification at the ACE Booth #840. Offer valid to only autographed items. Letters of Authenticity will be provided for items at ACE’s discretion. Certificates of Authenticity and Letters of Authenticity will only be provided on items that ACE renders as genuine. ACE reserves the right to cut off submissions based on volume received. Additional items can be submitted for authentication at the discounted rate of $10 per Certificate of Authenticity and $30 per Letter of Authenticity.
About Autograph Certification Experts, LLC
Leading in autograph certification, ACE combines state of the art technology and the industry’s top experts to provide consumers peace of mind that their treasured items are genuine. With one of the largest signature exemplar libraries, ACE is able to combine their expert analysis with side by side comparison of known genuine signatures.
Items submitted for certification are carefully reviewed individually by an autograph expert. Each signature is meticulously studied and analyzed based on size, spacing, slant, flow, pen pressure, and basic form. Each of these characteristics provides key factors in the determination of a signature’s legitimacy.
Heading ACE’ autograph authentication is nationally known authenticator Justin Priddy. As a featured columnist in the hobby’s oldest publication, the Sports Scollectors Digest, Justin has authored several signature studies. While employed at Global Authentication Inc. in 2006 HBO Real Sports conducted an investigative report on autograph authentication companies, Justin was on of only two national authenticators that correctly identified the fraudulent signatures when they were submitted for review. Justin brings and ecumenical acceptance as one of the industry’s top experts in autographs and is well established as one of the most consistent and accurate authenticators in the autograph industry.
Neil Whiteley Ross