Question: How Does A Book Collector Protect Themselves From Fraudulent Signatures?



Answer: That is a nuance that VJ Books covers in a couple of different ways. If the author is still alive, the ability to have the signature verified is key to the conversation. We maintain filing drawers full of signature pages. Whenever we send a book to be signed, we will also send a signature page. A signature page is a page that requests the author to sign three times. Because we have relationships with these authors we can send the book and the signature pages directly to their home so we know it can be trusted. If at anytime we receive a book where the signature is questionable, we will compare it to our signing page which we keep in our reference files. However, we are not signature authenticators; that requires special bonding and a special expertise. I don't know of any book seller that is a signature authenticator.



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