There are hundreds of educational books written on the subject of autograph collecting. There are many hundreds of journals printed by international autograph organizations containing educational articles. How can it be that someone from Rhode Island who states on their autograph auction page that: "We specialize in auctioning authentic signatures of famous people in American History such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee...."
We discovered on eBay a cut signature of U.S. Grant. We don't get shocked too easily however the sellers description was shocking to us.
How can anyone purchase a wonderful two page autograph letter signed by U.S. Grant and cut the signature from the letter???
We have to believe that when one owns an item, they have to power to do what they want with it. They can treasure it and be a keeper of history or destroy it. However when they are in the business of dealing with historical documents they should understand the importance of preserving history. See below, the sellers admission of cutting the signature from the letter they purchased from a major autograph auction house.