Frasers Autographs

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2015-06-26 10:58:42

Fraser’s Autographs is a London based company specialising in the dealing of autographs, memorabilia and historical documents.

Fraser's autographs sell their autographs and memorabilia directly on-line and through internet auctions on their website.

Since 1996, it has been merged with the stamp dealer and publisher Stanley Gibbons Limited.

Founding and ownership

Fraser’s Autographs was founded in 1978 by Paul Fraser.

In 1989 Fraser invested in Stanley Gibbons, building a 76.83% stake by 1995. In December 1995 he purchased the remaining shares and Fraser's Autographs was merged into the Stanley Gibbons Group of Companies in 1996.

In April, 2008, Fraser sold his remaining shares in Stanley Gibbons to focus on Paul Fraser Collectibles, a collectibles retailer and news service. Fraser’s Autographs continues to be a part of The Stanley Gibbons Group.

Fraser’s Autographs are members of The Manuscript Society, America’s oldest society of autograph and manuscript collectors, as well as being a member of the International Autograph Dealer Alliance/Collector Club (IADA-CC) – a progressive autograph networking site which provides collectors with a source of elite and professional dealers with whom they can feel comfortable building relationships. Fraser’s Autographs is a UACC (Universal Autograph Collector’s Club) registered dealer.

Services and expertise

Fraser’s Autographs operates two divisions – retail and auction. The retail division Fraser’s Autographs stock over 60,000 autographs on their website. The company mainly deals in autographed material through their website and printed sales lists which are mailed to registered customers.

Fraser’s Autograph auctions sells lower end stock at auction. Fraser's Autograph auctions have historically only auctioned material owned by Fraser's Autographs. In November 2010 the company held it's first private collections sale, selling items on behalf of individual collectors.

Fraser’s 100 Index

Fraser’s Autographs display their top 30 selling autographs over the past 12 months on their website. This feature is updated monthly to show current market trends and changes in demand.

The company also compiles The Fraser's 100 Index - an index of autograph values based on Fraser's Autographs retail values.

See related article on Fraser’s 100 Index

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