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Pop Culture: 'Walking Dead' Cast Autographs Among 'Most Dangerous'

The next victim of “The Walking Dead” could be you, if you happen to be an autograph chaser. Disclaimer: You don’t have to worry about this if you go to something like Wizard World Tulsa and witness a cast member of the show autographing an item for you. Seeing is believing. Four actors from the popular zombie series appeared at the pop culture convention and signed autographs for a price.
But PSA/DNA, the world’s largest third-party autograph and memorabilia authentification service, indicated Tuesday there’s probably less than a 50/50 chance that celebrity and sports autographs floating around in the marketplace are genuine. Are you buying the real deal? Or are you buying a forgery?
PSA/DNA issued a list of the “most dangerous autographs of 2014,” and newcomers to the list include “The Walking Dead” cast and baseball player Mike Trout. Translate “most dangerous” to mean “high forgery risk.”
The top 10 “buyer beware” celebrity autograph list:
  1. The Beatles
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Neil Armstrong
  4. John F. Kennedy
  5. Michael Jackson
  6. Marilyn Monroe
  7. Jim Morrison
  8. Jimi Hendrix
  9. The Rolling Stones
  10. “The Walking Dead” cast
The top 10 sports figure list:
  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Lou Gehrig
  3. Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio
  4. Michael Jordan
  5. Muhammad Ali
  6. Mike Trout
  7. Derek Jeter
  8. Tiger Woods
  9. LeBron James
  10. Wayne Gretzky
A press release said PSA/DNA experts evaluated more than 400,000 autographs in 2014.
“Unfortunately, just as in past years, a large portion of them were forgeries,” said principal authenticator Steve Grad, who is one of the featured experts on the “Pawn Stars” TV series. “In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to reject 50 percent or more of the signatures submitted to our company, especially when it comes to the more prominent names."
PSA/DNA suggests buying autographs from reputable sellers who use expert third-party authentication.
“With the proper precautions and education, collectors can participate in a safe hobby environment and avoid becoming prey for unscrupulous sellers,” PSA/DNA president Joe Orlando said.
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