Autografica has been around since 1989, when the business was started as an extension of a hobby first begun in 1964. The previous 15 years running my own retail and consulting business stood me in good stead, and Autografica has continued to grow to become one of the best known names in the autograph world.
In 1999 I joined with another dealer to launch ‘Autographica’ a twice-annual autograph event, which now attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world. This gave me the chance to work directly with such legendary names as, Sir John Mills, Buzz Aldrin, Val Kilmer and Ursula Andress to name but a few.
I have served on both the AFTAL board and the UACC ethics board, and have been an AFTAL member from day one, and a UACC Registered dealer for more than 15 years. I have written a number of published articles related to autographs (some of which can be found on the Autografica website), and have appeared on TV and radio on dozens of occasions, including work on ‘The Real Hustle’ BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ programs and most recently ‘Fake Britain’ again for the BBC.
I have am asked on a regular basis to help with fraud cases by Trading Standards, and have provided expert testimony for court use, which in the last case meant that the forger had to serve a 21 month sentence in HM Prison.
Day to day stock varies, but we normally have around 1500 very varied items listed on eBay at any one time, plus many more on our website. My own main interest is Space and Motorsport, although we keep stock in many and varied fields.
We also offer appraisals, authentications and valuations as well as offering advice on autographs for investment, and most recently have been tasked with creating the first ever autograph course for AFTAL. These have now been run on a number of occasions both for groups, individuals and other dealers. Keep an eye on the AFTAL site for new dates.
We look forward to hearing from you.