Besides the story and backstage pass obviously being bogus, ....... the autograph has many
There is almost nothing "right" about the sig.. Somethings in particular especially stand out - the "S" (Sincerely), dotted "i" (Elvis), wavering baseline from "Elvis" to "Presley", the "s" in Presley, the "ey" combination in Presley, the "y" in Presley (loop and all) ................
Not even questionable. It is bogus.
Although Elvis' sig. is highly variable, there are always general consistencies. Forgerers are rarely able to execute them all perfectly. Some of the best forgeries I have ever seen were the ones sourced to Europe - the handwritten lyrics with multiple sigs. throughout. The sheer audacity of forging not ONLY Elvis' full signature but lines and lines of text was as bold as it gets. Even so, they (the forgerers) still missed something - they used the wrong kind of ink (ink manufactured after 1980).
Autographs always fall into one of three categories: obviously authentic, questionable, and obviously forged. Whenever there is doubt, walk away - because there are plenty of non-questionable ones out there to be had.
I've seen secretarials, "questionable", and outright fakes sold from some even very reputable sellers. Opinions vary widely. There is a learning curve in dealing with Elvis' autographs - and it is very steep.
The main point to be learned here, I think, is that people do go thru a lot of trouble to fake/forge items - whether they be autographs or Elvis' personal items. Why? ................... because there is big $$$ to be gained from it...........that, and a lot of people would like to own something from either category.
Knowledge in what you collect and a healthy supply of prudent skepticism go a long way in protecting you from fraud (intentional or otherwise on the part of the seller).
...just a fan....
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