How to Avoid Buying Fake Autograph Forgeries

September 21, 2014

In the world of collecting high value collectibles and historical memorab9lia is the temptation for fraud. And no where is that more prevalent than the genre of Autograph Collecting,     Relatively easy to manufacture, signatures of historical people is an attractive opportunity for conmen and fraudsters. It requires very little investment other than some paper, cheap glossy photos and a pen.

Fortunately, autographs , can be expertly analyzed and determined authentic or fake.   Like valuable paintings the artist (and signer) has very specific characteristics that an expert can identify, that most people would never notice. And again, fortunately, forgers always miss these subtle identifiers and hence make mistakes.   You see forgers (i.e criminals) have little interest in developing a high level of expertise on the subject of the autograph. Their ONLY goal is greed.   And with greed brings lack of focus, distraction and mistakes.

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

**NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealer.  Read the REAL Story HERE…..

Walt Disney Autographed Photo @ Conway’s Vintage Treasures cvtreasures.com

May 20, 2014

Walt Disney is one of the most popular American pioneers.   Few historical figures garner the cross generational popularity as Disney.   Whether you are six or sixty, Walt Disney elicits fond memories.   And for collectors , they cant get enough of Walt Disney memorabilia, particularly original vintage artifacts and most especially anything genuinely signed by Walt.

We have at Conway’s Vintage Treasures not only original vintage Walt Disney movie posters, but recently acquired one of the most amazing autographed photos you’ll ever see.  Certified authentic by the leading Walt Disney signature expert.     We are excited to offer this gem to our serious customers and collectors.      Check it out here, Walt Disney Autographed Photo

Walt Disney autographed signed photo

 

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealer.  Read the REAL Story HERE…..

Cvtreasures Conway’s Vintage Treasures Acquires Rare Vintage Hollywood Autographs PSA Certified

July 18, 2013

Conway’s Vintage Treasures Acquires Rare Vintage Hollywood Autographs PSA Certified. See them under new products

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealer.  Read the REAL Story HERE..

Cvtreasures Conway’s Vintage Treasures Celebrates 33 Years Collecting Autographs, Movie Posters, Sports & Historical Memorabilia

July 10, 2013

Yes, it all began back in 1980 when I was bitten by the collecting bug.   Collecting primarily historical artifacts.    It started with an autographed letter from Teddy Roosevelt.   To hold in my hands a piece of history that once was held and signed by this iconic figure on American History was pretty exciting.

Today we scour the universe in search of the most rare, desirable treasures from original movie posters from the great movies, signed photos and documents from notable personalities, vintage sports artifacts like an 1878 broadside for a New York Professional Baseball team, or a handwritten “Love Letter” from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra in 1949, the list is endless.

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealer for “outing” his criminal activity on eBay.  Read the REAL Story HERE..

Conway’s Vintage Treasures cvtreasures adds Singin in the Rain Three Sheet

July 9, 2013

Just back from professional linen backing, this magnificent Singin in the Rain Three Sheet vintage movie poster

NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealerRead the REAL Story HERE..

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

Why We Love Collecting Gangsters, Criminals and Notorious Bad Guys

July 5, 2013

Several years ago I was surprised at all the demand and inquiries I was getting for “bad guy” memorabilia.     Collectors were desperately seeking mementos from notorious characters like Al Capone, Bonnie & Clyde, John Dillinger and other famous criminals.  So, today this category is one of our most popular.   We recently acquire a original piece of Clyde Barrows “death pants”.  Take a look here…

NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealer.  Read the REAL Story HERE..

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

 

Ten Warning Signs a Dealer is Selling Fake Autographs

June 28, 2013

For the last 20+ years we have been active in the collectibles community with helping to combat the massive fraud that exists, particularly in such genres as autograph collecting.   We have even had one notorious autograph forger slander us all over the internet after we outed his fraudulent selling activity on eBay, where he was eventually banned.   Last year I wrote an article “Ten Warning Signs a Dealer is Selling Fake Autographs” to help people like you avoid a painful experience with such as individual.      Here is that article:  Ten Warning Signs a Dealer is Selling Fake Autographs

NOTE:  If you have ever read on online negative review about us, it is a 100% Fabricated review from a Fraudulent autograph dealer.  Read the REAL Story HERE..

Conway’s Vintage Treasures offers the most Rare Historical Autographs, Original Vintage Movie Posters and Classic Sports Memorabilia you will find Anywhere.

Rare Marilyn Monroe Vintage Photo Stills

June 3, 2013

We have just acquired a few vintage historic Marilyn Monroe photos.  See them here ->  Marilyn Monroe vintage photo stills

Conway’s Vintage Treasures cvtreasures has a 30 Year Flawless Reputation

February 26, 2012

It Still Pays to Be Honest, Even at a Price

Conway’s Vintage Treasures is in a very Rare position to be able to state unequivocally that they have NEVER had a single complaint filed against them from a customer for anything they have ever sold in the nearly 30 years selling autographs.    And what is even more unusual is that they sell rare autographs.  It is no secret the autograph market in inundated with forgeries and unscrupulous sellers of autograph forgeries.     As a matter of fact, this is why Conway’s have recently experienced several FAKE negative reviews all over the internet about them.  You may see these “fake” negative reviews when you search for thier business in Google.  EVERY SINGLE one is from the SAME person who, by the way,  has NEVER even bought from Conway’s.   And, the author of these fake reviews cannot produce proof that he even has such a document nor any proof of purchase from Cvtreasures.  We publicly asked him to post it in the autograph forum AutographMagazine.com, several months ago.  But  course he never responded.   Also note, he posts each FAKE report under a different anonymous name.

It is unfortunate that Conway’s has to even defend themselves against this fraudulent element , as they have had a flawless reputation for the past 30 years.  And can state there is not a single complaint from any LEGITIMATE individual who has ever purchased from them. However the internet is an UN-policed medium that allows and even encourages criminal like activity.  Hence, the only way for any business to tackle such a dishonest, malicious act is head on, with THE TRUTH.

WHY?  About five years ago I, Kevin Conway “outed” a well known seller  autograph forgeries on an autograph forum.   He has since used a number of online review sites to Anonymously post derogatory Fabricated reviews about us as retaliation for warning the autograph community about his deceitful, harmful activity. .    You will recognize many of his fake derogatory reviews postings as he starts them with “Conman Kevin Conway” .    What makes this scenario so ironic is that we are known within the autograph industry as being extremely conscientious, even obsessed, with insuring authenticity.  Which is exactly why we are despised by the criminal element of the autograph forgery business.

Read the full story here on our main Autographs & Original Vintage Movie Posters website.

Everything we sell is Guaranteed Authentic for Life

Kevin Conway
Conway’s Vintage Treasures
UACC Registered Dealer No. 307

Collecting in a Recession: Depression for Some, Opportunity for Others

November 18, 2008

 

Recession: Depression for Some, Opportunity for Others

 

I am often asked “how is business in this stinky economy” ? My answer usually surprises them, “Fantastic”!.  As a matter of fact I just had the best Summer in 20 years. But, WHY is my business and the Collectibles Industry as a whole doing quite well, and even thriving in this recession?  

For over 30 years as a collector, I have always noticed during each economic cycle (i.e. downturn), that the value of collectibles never goes down, not in any of my collecting niches anyway. During the past two months I have attended about 25 auctions. Ironically, the values of quality collectibles seem to be “going through the roof” despite the badgering by the media of current economic gloom.  I don’t know if any experts can explain this phenomenon with any accuracy, I have my own opinion. But, listen to what one of the world’s largest collectible auction houses, Heritage Auctions in Dallas, has to say about the connection between the troubled economy and the collectibles industry.

Collectibles, especially coins, remain extremely liquid. Over the last three months, as Wall Street has been reeling, our auction and private treaty sales have risen steadily.

Conversely, our buyers continue to vie aggressively at auction for coins and collectibles they love, knowing that they are diversifying against inflation, and through that diversification, protecting their holdings of paper assets for the future. In fact, we cannot remember a time when our clientele has been more engaged, or when we’ve seen as many new and active buyers.

Our $35 million September 24-27 Long Beach Expo auction of coins and currency registered more bidders (over 14,000 of them!) than any auction in our history. Our Entertainment, Space Memorabilia, and Natural History auctions over the past 10 days were consistently strong events with above average sell-through and very happy consignors. And here are some hard and fast facts on Heritage weekly coin, currency, movie posters, comics and sports auctions for just the last quarter (i.e. the last 30 days versus the 30 day period starting four months ago):

*Our number of successful bidders is up by 11.5%.
*Our number of lots actually sold in each weekly auction is up 39.95%.
*Our average lot value is up 8.49%.

*Our total sales volume is up 43.34%

Coins and currency may not garner the headlines, but our market has held steady, and risen in many areas, even throughout these difficult months. Coins in particular, and collectibles in general, are a wonderful hedge in a market like we’re seeing now. This we know from experience and study of history.

Rare coin prices, along with many other collectibles, actually rose during the Great Depression, as well as during the recession and accompanying real estate and stock market collapse of 1974. During the oil crisis of 1979, we saw coin prices rise dramatically, rewarding owners at a time when their stocks and many other assets were plummeting. Many of our clients saved their houses or businesses with funds from prudent coin investments made with us that we sold for them at auction in early 1980. And the 2 years following the 1987 stock market collapse saw rare coin prices more than double, on average (source: PCGS 3000 Index).

Collectibles markets are often counter-cyclical to widespread turmoil, meaning owners can actually profit when they need money the most. At worst, these categories are generally only minimally affected, in the short-term, by Wall Street’s wild fluctuations. And coins and collectibles have a steady record of bouncing back even if their value takes a hit.

In addition to Heritage observation above, I would also add there are many emotional drivers of collecting. Collecting is a passion and a distraction to a better place, a better quality of life then we can get from  say for example, following stock prices everyday.. What fun is that?  Plus, collectible values will never go to zero as many stocks have. My most loyal customers have been investing in choice pieces more than ever during the past three months.  And, all I can tell you is as a collector myself, I find myself doing the same. 

So, if you have a passion for choice collectibles, be it coins, autographs, vintage movie memorabilia, historical or sports memorabilia, you “get it”. I don’t have to advise you to ignore the media obsession with making us all feel as though the world is coming to an end and to instead just keep on enjoying a great “quality of life” as an enthusiastic collector.  You’re already doing it!

 

 

 

 


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