What about conventions like San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest pop culture event in the world?Well, I haven’t missed a Comic-Con in about 15 years.So what we’re left with is the industry leader in sports autograph authentication technology having a very incomplete database, and both buyers and sellers frustrated.If you want to pass on buying a UDA autographed product because the hologram number can’t be verified, that is your right.What you may not know is the problem is probably worse when it comes to entertainment autographs, especially of modern movie stars.Of all the commonly sold autographed items on the market, cast autographed movie posters are the most likely to be fake.Just be aware that you’re almost certainly passing on an authentic product because of a company that meant well, but went through so many managerial, personnel and technical changes that something should have been important to maintain wasn’t maintained at all.If you actively collect sports autographs, you know that fakes are a huge problem.
So I almost have to laugh when people who have never worked at UDA try to lecture me about UDA hologram numbers.
If it’s a big name, you’re talking about a chaotic mob scene.
You wouldn’t even want to TRY getting a movie poster (especially a full size one) signed because there’s a much greater chance of it getting damaged than signed.
Usually it’s just one or two of the biggest stars and maybe the director, not entire casts. Some are accessible, some are not, but even there, some or even most of the cast may attend. And only some of the actors will take the trouble to walk over and sign on the red carpet.
At the 2011 Ides of March premiere I attended in Hollywood, the only main star who signed was George Clooney, and not everyone there even got him.