Collectors Proof and AFTAL - A Partnership in Authenticity
Collectors Proof and AFTAL are excited to announce that we are now working closely together for the mutual benefit of our membership.
The Autograph Fair Trade Association is dedicated to stamping out fraud, forgery and counterfeiting in the autograph industry by enabling dealers to undertake a strict approval process to achieve AFTAL Dealer Certification. Honest dealers benefit by highlighting and formalizing their commitment to ethical industry practices.
Collectors Proof president, John Joseph, says, "We see this partnership as a great opportunity for our members. When we collectors acquire autographs from AFTAL-certified sources, we know we are getting more - more authenticity and more value. The Collectors Proof community enables us to preserve an unbroken chain of custody - and therefore preserve authenticity - for those items. This chain has to start where the autograph starts - at an ethical dealer. AFTAL's use of Collectors Proof's tags and community is a clear demonstration of their commitment to trade practices that benefit people like us."
In addition to providing AFTAL-certified dealers with a new, novel way of reaching out to the most authenticity-minded collector, Collectors Proof will be launching features that enable members to quickly identify AFTAL members' registered items. Collectors Proof is also actively supporting AFTAL in its upcoming launch of the AFTAL Collectors Club, a certification geared towards autograph collectors committed to the same ethical industry standards as AFTAL's member dealers.
Check back here and in our May 2011 newsletter for more details on this partnership and for information on how you can join AFTAL and the AFTAL Collectors Club.