95% Of Cast Autographed Movie Posters Are Fake

If you actively collect sports autographs, you know that fakes are a huge problem. What you may not know is the problem is probably worse when it comes to entertainment autographs, especially of modern movie stars.

Of all the commonly sold autographed items on the market, cast autographed movie posters are the most likely to be fake. Obviously, there is great demand, and therefore strong incentive to commit fraud. Who wouldn’t want a cast autographed poster of their favorite movie?

The problem is in the difficulty of actually obtaining such an item. Think about it logically. When do movie posters get released? Typically no more than a few months before the scheduled release date of the movie.

Once a movie’s script is finalized, it typically takes at least several months to film, and another several months to edit and produce. Then it often sits for months awaiting its release date, which is carefully timed by Hollywood to maximize the box office.

So where are the actors and actresses when a movie’s posters are first released? Usually they are scattered all over the country, if not the world, because filming has long been completed and the movie is in post-production or “in the can” awaiting release. The actors are on to their next project or filming their TV show or relaxing at home. They aren’t hanging out together somewhere, conveniently waiting to be approached by autograph dealers with posters.

What about conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest pop culture event in the world? Well, I haven’t missed a Comic-Con in about 15 years. I’ve attended more movie signings than I can remember, as in several dozen. And guess what — entire movie casts almost NEVER show up together. Usually it’s just one or two of the biggest stars and maybe the director, not entire casts.

What about red carpet premieres in Hollywood? Some are accessible, some are not, but even there, some or even most of the cast may attend. Rarely all. And only some of the actors will take the trouble to walk over and sign on the red carpet. At the 2011 Ides of March premiere I attended in Hollywood, the only main star who signed was George Clooney, and not everyone there even got him.

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If it’s a big name, you’re talking about a chaotic mob scene. You wouldn’t even want to TRY getting a movie poster (especially a full size one) signed because there’s a much greater chance of it getting damaged than signed. The star probably will grab the first pen he or she sees, and scribble with it for a while, then walk away. That’s exactly what Clooney did.

When I see all these cast autographed movie posters on eBay, Amazon and elsewhere neatly signed, signatures perfectly spaced in the same color pen, I almost don’t even need to look at the signatures to know they’re fake. In my opinion, at least 95% of cast autographed movie posters on the market are forged. If you’re shopping for one, use extreme caution because more than likely you’re about to be burned.

A Guide to Avoiding Bootleg and Counterfeit NFL Football Jerseys

Way back when I first started selling online more than 15 years ago, there were essentially two types of NFL football jerseys the general public could buy: AUTHENTIC with stitched cloth tackle twill name and numbers, and REPLICA with screen printed name and numbers.

Each NFL team contracted with its own manufacturer, and sometimes changed between seasons, resulting in a mish-mash of brands: Adidas, Champion, Nike, Puma, Russell Athletic and Starter, among others, all made officially licensed NFL jerseys during the 1990s. In 2002, Reebok signed a 10 year contract with the NFL to become the official jersey supplier for all its teams. Many of the signed and unsigned NFL and college football jerseys offered on AutographsForSale.com were blank licensed jerseys from one of these companies that were professionally stitched with real cloth tackle twill name and numbers.

In 2012, Nike took over by signing a 5 year contract. Mitchell and Ness retained the license to produce obsolete (throwback) NFL jerseys of players who they contracted with individually. As global commerce has increased, things have gotten much more complicated, primarily due to the flood of bootleg, knockoff and counterfeit “authentic” jerseys coming from Asia priced at a fraction of the real thing. Perhaps the most faked jerseys are Mitchell and Ness because the real ones retail for hundreds of dollars which are unaffordable for many fans.

If you are buying a jersey just to wear, don’t care much about quality, don’t intend to get it autographed, and don’t intend to ever get it cleaned or laundered, then bootlegs are probably an acceptable option. If not, you should avoid bootlegs. The poor quality is usually noticeable once compared to a real jersey. The name and numbers appear shiny and wrinkly instead of flat and smooth. That’s because they are made of cheap vinyl or plastic made to resemble cloth fabric. If you get the jersey signed, it could very well bleed and/or fade. If you put it in the wash or send it to a dry cleaner, the vinyl or plastic may not survive intact.

Earlier this year ESPN Outside the Lines ran a piece that shone a bright light on this problem. The bootlegs are everywhere on Amazon, eBay and the internet in general. If you use Facebook, the ads on the right side often advertise websites that sell fakes. It’s often hard to detect the bootlegs because the sellers frequently use images of REAL jerseys to sell fakes.

If you’re trying to avoid bootleg jerseys — and this applies to “authentic” MLB, NBA and NHL jerseys too — my best advice is simple. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. If the jersey is being shipped from anywhere in Asia, it’s almost definitely counterfeit. Unfortunately, bootlegs have spread beyond the internet and can now be found at many legitimate retail stores who either don’t know or don’t care that they’re selling fakes. And in these cases, the prices may not be suspiciously low, so buyers are getting doubly screwed.

Complicating matters are the introduction of NBA “Swingman” type semi-authentic licensed NFL jerseys with stitched name and numbers. Typically these jerseys are distinguishable from authentic jerseys by the lack of layering on the numbers — the contrasting outline color will be part of the number instead of a separately stitched layer.

On AutographsForSale.com we strive to sell only authentic jerseys whether they are signed or unsigned. However, we use terms like replica, semi authentic, authentic style and game model which may be confusing so if you have any questions about any jersey listed for sale, just call or e-mail. In the meantime, you can find more about identifying bootleg jerseys elsewhere on the internet, including here, here and here.