Autografica was started by Garry King as a part time business in 1989 which in itself was an extension of a hobby first begun in 1964. The business grew until Garry decided to sell his model shop business in 1993 and concentrate only on autographs. This previous 15 years experience in retail stood him in very good stead for the new Autografica venture, which has grown to become one of the best known names in the autograph world.
In 1999 Garry joined with another dealer to launch 'Autographica' a twice yearly autograph event. This gave him the chance to work directly with such legendary names as Sir John Mills, Buzz Aldrin, Val Kilmer and Ursula Andress to name but a few. The show grew well but took over too much of his life and with the internet now rapidly changing things, he sold the show side of the business in 2010 to concentrate on autograph sales.
In past years Garry has served on both the AFTAL board and the UACC ethics board, and has been an AFTAL member since the very first day of its inception. Garry has been a UACC Registered Dealer for more than 20 years and was voted UACC Dealer of the Year in 2000, and AFTAL dealer of the year in 2011, Garry was also awarded UACC Presidents Quality Award in 2006 and is also an RACC Trusted Seller.
Garry has now written dozens of published articles related to autographs (some of which can be found on the autografica.co.uk and autographs.co.uk websites), and has appeared on TV and radio on dozens of occasions, including working on ‘Rip off Britain' 'The Real Hustle' 'Inside Out' and 'The One Show' plus 3 editions of 'Fake Britain’ and has advised and appeared on 'Posh Pawn' 'Pawnstars UK' and most recently 'Posh Pawnbrokers’ as well as a number of other national and regional programs.
He is frequently asked to help with fraud cases by Trading Standards, and has provided expert testimony for court use, in one case the forger ended up with a 5 year sentence more details of which you can find here on the AFTAL site.
Day to day stock varies, but we normally have around 2500 very varied items listed on our either of our websites with many more in stock. Main stock lines include space, motor sport, historical, film and music.
Garry also offers appraisals, authentications and valuations as well for both collectors and dealers alike, and is the only UK approved UACC authenticator and a consultant for RACCcoa.
Autografica look forward to hearing from you.