Every year, the experts at PSA/DNA Authentication Services create a list of the most counterfeited autographs on the market. The Santa Ana, California company is the world’s largest in the market of autograph authentication. This year’s list of the “most dangerous autographs” of historical and entertainment figures is dominated by rock stars of yesteryear, with the recently deceased Michael Jackson landing on the charts, as well.

“This past year, our experts reviewed over 200,000 autographs submitted by collectors and dealers worldwide,” said PSA/DNA’s president, Joe Orlando, “PSA/DNA does not often receive obvious forgeries, so if our rejection rate for a particular autograph, such as Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley, approaches or exceeds 50 percent, you can only imagine how high that percentage might be in the overall marketplace.”

Orlando said that Jackson’s death has caused a flood of forgeries in the marketplace:

“With his recent passing in 2009 at the age of 50, Michael Jackson forgeries flooded the marketplace in 2010. Prices for authentic Jackson autographs generally range from $200 for signed piece of paper to $1,000 or more for a signed photograph."

The 2010 Top 10 Most Dangerous Autographs of Historical and Entertainment Figures:

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. The Beatles
  3. John F. Kennedy
  4. Marilyn Monroe
  5. Michael Jackson
  6. Jim Morrison
  7. Neil Armstrong
  8. Jimi Hendrix
  9. James Dean
  10. Walt Disney


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