Autographs from celebrities have been collected for centuries. For many years the most common form an autograph available to collectors a letter, either handwritten or typed, a document, or on a photograph. Many autograph collectors preferred canceled checks signed by celebrities.
Why are canceled checks so attractive for autograph collectors? Checks signed by celebrities are desirable for many reasons. The primary reason is that signatures on canceled financial documents are usually real. Unlike photographs, slips of paper, or index cards where a signature may be open to question, a canceled financial draft is a legal document where a signature has been authenticated by a financial institution. Forgers would not usually bother to forge a celebrity signature on a canceled check because it is usually not a cost-effective method of deception. Beside, forgers of legal documents checks are subject to a variety of commerce laws where punishments can be quite severe. … Read More