Buying Your Autographs


If You Have Items or Collections to Sell

We are always interested in buying either complete collections or individual items. The attributes that make an autographed item desirable are condition, rarity, content (when applicable) and provenance (did it come from a reliable source? has it been previously authenticated and by whom?, etc.).

SELLING AUTOGRAPHS TO US:

We are always interested in buying either complete collections or individual items. The attributes that make an autographed item desirable are condition, rarity, content (when applicable) and provenance (did it come from a reliable source? has it been previously authenticated and by whom? Items purchased on ebay from someone not known to us usually are not of interest to us. For further guidance see our thoughts on AUTHENTICATION OF AUTOGRAPHS.

There are three ways to sell your item: first,sell to another individual (private treaty); second, sell at auction (including ebay); and, third, sell to a dealer. We have prepared a separate article on AUTOGRAPH AUCTIONS. What follows are some guidelines for selling to a dealer.

First, don't send out to whom it may concern emails or the equivalent . It indicates that you are 'shopping' the item . 'Shopping' an item greatly diminishes its value because the item is no longer 'fresh' to the market. Dealers have more incentive to buy when an item is new to the market because it brings the best price under those circumstances. So your best bet is to look around and select one dealer, tell that dealer you are willing to deal with him/her only and see if you can arrive at a price by honest negotiations. It is best to prepare to sell your item by first checking prices (2nd paragraph) and by preparing images of what you want to sell on a scanner so they are available to any interested buyer. These images are called jpgs (pronounced -jaypegs) images. They should be saved at 72 pixels resolution and 6 inches maximum dimension (the other dimension self-adjusts on the scan). Otherwise the image is too big and will take forever to download.If you do not have a scanner a digital photograph may work but it is often difficult to see details of the writing and signature(s) or the condition of a document on a photograph. We cannot make an offer on something we have not seen.

When we make an offer it is a one time offer and if it is not accepted we withdraw the offer so that our offer cannot be used as leverage on another dealer. We try to make a very fair offer but one that we can make a profit on when we are able to resell an item.That offer is based on current market conditions.

Most dealers object to individuals who are faux sellers and who only want an offer on their item as a means of obtaining a free 'appraisal' which is a waste of our time. Some dealers will not make offers but, rather, request that the seller state their selling price.

. CONTACT US:

To inquire about an estimate of current value, appraisals or selling your collection or individual item please call, write, or email:

 

The History Buff
17509 Bearpath Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
The History Buff@aol.com
Phone:952-937-0325