First started around 1989 as an extension of a hobby first begun in 1964, the business grew until i sold my existing business in retail sales and consulting in 1993. That experience stood me in very good stead for the new Autografica venture, which has now grown to become one of the best known names in the autograph world.
In 1999 I joined with another dealer to launch 'Autographica' a twice yearly autograph event. 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. The show grew well but took over too much of my life and with the internet changing things i sold the show in 2010 to concentrate on the website and mail order side of the business, that was one sale i have never regretted!
I have served on both the AFTAL board and the UACC ethics board, and have been an AFTAL member since its day of inception, and a UACC Registered dealer for more than 15 years. I was voted by the AFTAL membership as Dealer of the Year in 2011, and have also been awarded UACC Dealer of the Year and UACC Presidents Quality Award as well.
I have written over a dozen published articles related to autographs (some of which can be found on the Autografica website), and i have appeared on TV and radio on dozens of occasions, including work on â€˜Rip off Britain' 'The Real Hustle' 'Inside Out' and 'The One Show' plus 3 editions of 'Fake Britainâ€™ and have advised and appeared on 'Posh Pawn' 'Pawnstars UK' and most recently 'Posh Pawnbrokersâ€™ as well as a number of other national and regional programs.
I am asked on a regular basis to help with fraud cases by Trading Standards, and have provided expert testimony for court use, one in which the forger ended up with a 21 month prison sentence, and most recently an 18 month suspended sentence more details of which you can find here on the AFTAL site.
Day to day stock varies, but we normally have around 2500 very varied items listed on our website with many more in stock. Main stock lines include space, motor sport, historical, film and music.
I also offer appraisals, authentications and valuations as well as offering advice on autographs for investment. I was also 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.
I look forward to hearing from you. My best, Garry King.