The Walking Dead labeled as one of the most dangerous autographs to purchase.
You may want think twice about purchasing The Walking Dead autographed photo you’ve been eyeing on the bidding site. According to California-based PSA/DNA Authentication Services, The Walking Dead has broken into the annual list of the 10 “Most Dangerous Autographs” to get in the entertainment/historical figures category.
Joe Orlando, president of the PSA/DNA, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc., said this about The Walking Dead:
“One of the interesting aspects to ‘The Walking Dead’ show is that you never know who will meet their fate week to week, which makes it even more interesting for autograph collectors. Actors such as Andrew Lincoln (Rick),Danai Gurira (Michonne) and Norman Reedus (Daryl) are among the regulars. Most of the cast has a reputation for being accommodating signers for fans and that fan base has been growing in size with each passing season.”
Authentic autographs of a cast member or members of the show range anywhere from $50 to $250, whereas getting one of the whole cast or maybe most of the cast can go up to $500 or more, according to Orlando. So, one should be very wary when one finds it for less than average price. Even so, it’s best to go to reputable sources for your signed memorabilia.
“There are a lot of so-called ‘deals’ for autographs that can be found online, at local flea markets and even at some collectibles conventions, but most of those ‘deals’ are simply too good to be true. Genuine autographs do not often sell for a huge discount,” warns Orlando.
“Whether it’s the signature of a famous sports hero, an entertainment star or an important historical figure, it’s important that consumers buy from reputable sellers who use credible, expert third-party authentication.”
The PSA/DNA authenticators evaluated over 400,000 autographs in 2014 and stated that they’ve had to mark a good portion of them, often fifty percent or more of the more popular names, as forgeries.
The top 10 list of “Most Dangerous Autographs” for entertainment and historical figures is listed as follows:
- The Beatles
- Elvis Presley
- Neil Armstrong
- John F. Kennedy
- Michael Jackson
- Marilyn Monroe
- Jim Morrison
- Jimi Hendrix
- The Rolling Stones
- The Walking Dead cast
They have a separate list for sports’ stars that you can read about here.