All Items sold by Up North Memorabilia Ltd are 100% genuine and hand signed. We do not sell copies, auto-pens or prints - everything you see is actually hand signed by the stated player/celeb/star.
Certificate Of Authenticity (COA)
Every Item comes with what is known as a Certificate of Authenticity (COA), which is your assurance that what you purchase is 100% Genuine.
What is a Certificate of Authenticity?
COA stands for Certificate Of Authenticity and is a document that is issued with an item to certify that the particular piece of memorabilia is genuine.
Quite frankly, anyone can create a COA, so the document is only as good as the company, or individual, that has produced it. A COA from a firm or collector with a proven track record in the industry is what you need to look for.
Why do you need a COA?
Anyone with an internet connection or online auction site account can sell an autograph. And anyone can print off a COA on their home computer.
The world we live in is rife with bogus sellers auctioning fake autographs and signatures with fake home-made COAs attached to them. Memorabilia collectors beware – only very few COAs are worth the paper they are printed on. Getting a certificate from a well known company like us (Up North Memorabilia) will help you if you ever decide to resell your item in the future.
Having a COA from an unknown company will not go down well with other collectors. If you are spending money on autographs, buy from the right people so you get a COA that means something.
And to ensure your investment is safe, store the certificate with your item at all times.
Does a COA guarantee my autograph is real?
A Certificate of Authenticity cannot guarantee your autograph is genuine, buying autographs from larger, well-established and well-trusted autograph dealers will give you much more chance of the item being real.
Why? Because a genuine autograph seller would hardly risk their reputation by selling a few forgeries. Getting a certificate from the right people or company is the best way of ensuring your memorabilia or autographed piece is genuine.
Most autograph companies will only issue certificates with their own items and will not authenticate memorabilia from other sellers, so for this reason it is best to shop around, take your time and find good reliable sellers. And when you've found them, stick with them. The best companies know their industry inside out - if they don't stock what you're after they should be able to suggest other trusted sellers that will.
What to look out for?
Certificates printed on standard printer paper are likely to be bogus. All autograph companies should be priding themselves on their COAs - it is the one thing the customer wants and it needs to be professionally produced to make it stand out from those provided by a bogus seller.
Holograms mean nothing - don't be fooled by forgers suggesting that holograms make a COA “better” or “more authentic”, they are purely there for show.
Do a little bit of homework. Any decent autograph company will show up quickly and high up when you do a simple Google search.
If you struggle to find any details on a seller, it is likely that they aren't as genuine as they'd like you to think. Dig around, ask some questions. It won't take you long to be able to make an educated judgement for yourself.
To sum up…
Just remember - anyone can produce a COA. But would you buy an autograph off someone in the street who no-one knows? Or would you buy from a seller, like us, with over 10,000 customer feedbacks or reviews? It's a no-brainer.
People gain confidence from other like-minded people. Research, buy from trusted sellers with genuine customer testimonials or huge feedback/reviews, ask questions and don't be fooled by holograms!
100% Money Back Guarantee
Customer satisfaction is our primary concern. If for any reason you are not totally happy with your item, simply return it to us for a full refund. No quibbles, no troubles and no questions asked.