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Autographed Items

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.

Autographed items, commonly bought and sold on eBay, are unique in that they can be highly valuable yet easily forged. eBay strives to maintain a marketplace that is safe for both buyers and sellers of autographs, and has developed the following guidelines and policies designed to protect you, the members of our community.


Autographs are commonly sold with so-called "Certificates of Authenticity" (COA), which are designed to offer the buyer some assurances that the autograph was indeed properly signed by the person(s) in question. However, COAs are only as valuable as the reputation of the issuing party. Literally anyone can offer a COA, so it is important that savvy buyers investigate the background of each "authenticator". Blank COAs are not permitted and certificates of authenticity may NEVER be sold as a stand-alone item.

Disciplinary Action

eBay reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any autographed item listed on its site and refund the associated listing fee, if eBay believes that the listing of the item is inconsistent with eBay's goal of providing a safe trading environment, or if in its sole discretion eBay believes that the sale of the item might create liability for the buyer, the seller, or any third party.

eBay may also seek an opinion from a disinterested 3rd party regarding any autograph listing. If the 3rd party has any concerns about the authenticity of the listing, eBay may at its sole discretion, remove the listing from the site. Sellers whose autographs have been repeatedly identified as problematic may be warned, put on probation, or suspended from all eBay buying and selling activity, at eBay's sole discretion.

Listing Guidelines

eBay strongly recommends that all autograph sellers include in their listings all relevant information known about the autograph and the item it appears on, including a clear scanned image of the actual autographed item for sale. If a seller promotes that an autograph comes with a "certificate of authenticity," the seller must include in the listing all relevant information about the certificate, including the name of the person or company issuing the certificate. eBay also highly recommends including a scan of the certificate. Listings that do not comply with these requirements may, at eBay's discretion, be removed from the site. Sellers should also clearly set out their refund policy should any reputable dealer (including those dealers listed in the relevant authentication section of eBay's site) find that the item is likely not authentic.

Unacceptable Authenticators on eBay

eBay will not permit any use of certificates of authenticity on its site that have been issued by certain individuals or authenticators. These COA's have been prohibited through circumstances that occurred in the United States, however due to international trading it is possible that these COA's could have been imported into India or elsewhere.

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