Autografica is an autograph dealer based in Kent, UK.
The company was first started in 1989 as an add on to an existing business, finally becoming a full time venture in 1993.
In 2000 Garry King, the owner, joined with another dealer to launch ‘Autographica’ a twice-annual autograph event, which now attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world.
Autografica are no longer in partnership with the show, although still exhibit at the event. The show offered the chance of working with such legendary names as, Sir John Mills, Buzz Aldrin, Val Kilmer, and Ursula Andress to name but a few, and Autographica the show continues to have top name guests at each of its events.
Garry is past Universal Autograph Collector's Club (UACC) ethics board member for the UK as well as UACC RD 179. He is also a former Autograph Fair Trade Association Ltd chairman and board member and current life member. Garry won the UACC Dealer of the year award in 2000, was presented with the Presidents Quality Award in 2006 and has just recently won the AFTAL Dealer of the year award for 2011. Garry has written a number of published articles related to autographs, and has appeared on TV and radio on dozens of occasions, including work on ‘The Real Hustle’ and BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ programs (twice), and more recently 'Fake Britain'. More can be found on the Garry King webite.
Day to day stock varies, but Autografica normally has around 1000 very varied items listed on eBay at any one time, plus many more on the website. Garry's own main interest is space and motorsport, although he keeps stock in many and varied fields.
Autografica also offer appraisals, authentications and valuations as well as offering advice on autographs for investment. Garry is one of the very few UK dealers whose testimony has accepted in court, and resulted in forgers being found guilty, the most recent being the Andrew Sullivan case in Norwich. Sullivan received a 21 months sentence for offences going back 6 years.
Garry has also created and tutors the AFTAL approved autograph courses. Part I includes instruction on Autopens, secretarial signatures, pens and paper types etc, plus the basics of spotting fakes and forgers. The full day course alo ensures that AFTAL dealers are kept up to date on the latest consumer and criminal law as well, and the day may include guest speakers from the Police or Tading Standards.