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Autograph Hell is a superb in-depth look
Without question Irion has super impressive knowledge in investigative research and development in the field of collecting. Autograph Hell is a superb in-depth look into the pros, cons, pitfalls and history of collecting. After reading it I think I will stay with fishing and hunting since fish and wild animals don't need to be "Authenticated".

Walt Hinson
Former Resident Investigator - Las Vegas
Nevada Attorney Generals Office

This book is for everyone who has or will trust in the autograph business whose treasured prize is possibly
the source of easy cash for a forger (thief), and to those who may be seeking a new treasure-beware. Knowledge is power.

When a prized autograph of first president George Washington turns out to be a fake, renowned autograph collector Charles Irion begins to research the world of autograph collecting. What he finds is a business fraught with fakes and frauds.

Follow Irion on his trail of truth as he starts at the very beginning of autograph collecting to find a world filled with falsified documents and counterfeit signatures – most of which are "authenticated" by the autograph experts who control this multi-million dollar business. Join Irion as he explores a mind-boggling world of autographs that aren't what they seem, run by people who aren't what they claim.

Even his conclusion that "the only true autograph is one you get yourself," proves false when an autograph he personally collected from Muhammad Ali is declared a fake by one of the country's top authenticators! Both enlightening and disturbing, this non-fiction book exposes the rampant fiction in the world of autograph collecting.

Autograph Hell (Paperback), 158 pages
"Autographed Copy"
Dimensions 8.3 x 8.1
$19.95 + $3.00 S&H
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