With the untimely and tragic death of Chadwick Boseman (beyond a great actor, a seemingly exceptional man) this past week, I would like to discuss the role that death plays in the memorabilia industry to help protect the collector from making a hasty and likely costly decision.

Although undeniably morbid, death plays an integral role in the memorabilia industry. From an autographs standpoint, the moment a celebrity passes away is the moment that the quantity of their autograph is forever set. At that point, the supply of that celebrity’s autograph can only dwindle (by way of being lost, destroyed, etc.)…


Gambling has been a mainstay in society, so it should be no surprise that it has made its way into several hobbies as a new method of selling items. The rise of raffles, often called a razz, has been expedited by the ability to create private groups on platforms like Facebook to secretly sell off items without much intervention. So how exactly do they work? Speaking as a memorabilia dealer, I can provide the perspective of how this underground gambling systems works with items such as autographs and cards. …


A certificate of authenticity is only as good as the entity that backs it up.

If you’re buying memorabilia, particularly autographed memorabilia, that should be your mantra.

Hummm… A certificate of authenticity is only as good as the entity that backs it up.

Hummm… A certificate of authenticity is only as good as the entity that backs it up.

You get the point.

This article will serve as a resource on the basics of authentication in the memorabilia industry with a focus on authentication for autographed pieces.

As a dealer, I often list an item and get asked, “does this…


Left: LeBron James autographed photo from Upper Deck. Right: LeBron James forgery sold on eBay

Imagine this:

You, as a novice, are looking to buy a LeBron James autographed photo for a friend, relative, son/daughter — or even yourself. You go online, began looking for photos autographed by LeBron and see two that immediately interest you. Right now, they just appear to be two photos signed by LeBron that you’ll choose between — but they’re very likely to be completely different.

The first photo you examined comes from when LeBron James walked into an office where he was contracted to sign two hundred photos for a memorabilia company, which he happily did. The second photo…

Mike Kaminski

Mike Kaminski is the founder of the Authentic Memorabilia Company, one of Canada’s largest dealers of authentic sports, entertainment and historical memorabilia

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