Have you seen the recent report on 2012's "most dangerous" autographs?
The study revealed the 10 most frequently forged autographs across the historical, entertainment and sports memorabilia markets.
Historical and entertainment autographs
1) Elvis Presley
2) The Beatles
3) Neil Armstrong
4) John F Kennedy
5) Michael Jackson
1) Babe Ruth
2) Lou Gehrig
3) Mickey Mantle
4) Michael Jordan
5) Muhammad Ali
According to PSA/DNA Authentication Services, the company behind the study, less than half of the autographs of top names such as Elvis, the Beatles and Babe Ruth are actually genuine.
It's a hugely depressing statistic, yet one that will come as little surprise to those immersed in the sector.
Turn the fakes to your advantage
And while negative publicity such as this does little to convert sceptics to the market, the statistics could actually work in savvy investors' favour over the long term.
With such understandable concern regarding the dangers of buying fake autographs - values are rising for those examples that can be proven to be genuine.
For example, when you buy an Elvis Presley autograph from Paul Fraser Collectibles, you buy a signature that comes with a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
This lifetime guarantee provides you with more than just peace of mind that your new purchase is genuine.
Because should you wish to sell in the future, the guarantee of authenticity from a highly-regarded dealer also makes your item that much more attractive to potential buyers - pushing prices higher.
Your Elvis autograph will have far more worth than the vast majority of other genuine Elvis signatures, for the simple fact that it has been bought and sold by a company that stakes its reputation on the authenticity of its stock.
And with Elvis' autograph up 13% pa in value since 2000, your leading example has a strong chance of offering you similar gains over the coming years.
Best wishes for the New Year,