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prontouk
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posted 05-04-2013 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just been looking at a cover in a UK auction and wondered if anyone would mind passing a rough opinion on the signatures. I've compared them with autopens and see no obvious matches, and the styles do seem to match legitimate covers sold at the major auctions.

Unfortunately I'm reliant on the auction house provided picture so it's not high detail, but a rough verdict would be appreciated.

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posted 05-04-2013 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Authentic autopens.

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posted 05-04-2013 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are not autopens.

Their size and placement however, raises questions.

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Thanks Robert. I did think that they were very evenly spaced compared to most covers signed and raised suspicion that they may well have been "traced" or something similar. I've asked for a higher quality scan if possible to determine if the signatures flow or look copied.

Then again they may be okay in close up. Collins placement is a bit strange but I wonder how much they cared about aesthetic placement after signing so many items. I know I wouldn't.

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posted 05-04-2013 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Courtesy a collectSPACE reader comes confirmation that the signatures are pre-prints. Here is another one of the covers, "signed" exactly the same way, and because the scan is much better (click to enlarge) you can see they are printed.

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posted 05-04-2013 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, as ever, the collectSPACE community has such a depth of knowledge, I am amazed how helpful everyone is in this minefield of a hobby.

Quite surprised an auction house couldn't spot a pre-print on an envelope! Their description specifically states signed in felt pen. As ever buyer beware.

Another one avoided thank goodness! Many thanks one and all — Mark

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posted 05-07-2013 01:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are quite a lot of these preprinted envelopes in circulation and they fool collectors all the time - very tricky!

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