Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Look at Autographs From Outside The Hobby

Thanks to a recent article on WorthPoint.com titled, The Scandal of Clipped Autographs, it occured to me as a collector inside the Hobby, I have had a preconceived notion of what presidential cut signatures were actually worth, particularly with regards to exemplars from our country's founding fathers.

This notion was easy to establish because common sense dicates the thought process of, "How many can actually exist?" Meaning, it's natural to assume that a genuine George Washington autograph would be extremely rare, right?

Wrong.

Cut signatures of George Washington can apparantely be found from several reputable dealers in the Autograph collecting hobby for $3,500.

I wrongly assumed that a George Washington autograph is currently worth much more than that based on the recent sale of this card.

It seems as if a fast one has been pulled on us, because from the article it seems that those in the know outside the Hobby are laughing at us "cardboard collectors".

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