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Walt Disney's daughter Diane Disney Miller discusses items for potential display
at the Walt Disney Family Museum with Phil Sears

 

Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity


Because I've put in more years handling and studying Walt Disney's autograph and writings than anyone else on earth, I'm proud to offer a Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity with every Walt Disney autograph I sell.  It means literally that- as long as I'm alive, I guarantee it's authentic!  

Throughout his adult life Walt Disney had both a cursive autograph (they way you and I sign our names) and a block-printed autograph (the type of signature we expect to see on cartoonist's drawings).  Complicating that, the style of both of these types of signatures changed as Walt Disney aged.  Ever the artist, Walt Disney re-designed both signatures as the years passed.  The result is that Walt Disney's 1930's cursive signature bears no resemblance to his 1960's signature.  In addition, Walt allowed employees to sign his name to non-legal items (comics, fan items, promotional items, etc.).  Because one must be experienced with all the variations of Disney's two signatures, year-by-year from the 1920's to Walt's death, and also the many employees allowed to sign on Walt's behalf and the style of their "Walt Disney" signatures, people who don't specialize in Walt Disney's autograph (as I do) will eventually make incorrect identifications.  

Because I have studied, bought, and sold Walt Disney's autograph for a quarter of a century, and specialize solely in Disney, no other professional has the same amount of expertise with Walt Disney's autograph.  It's inevitable that less experienced people-- especially those who handle hundreds of celebrities and don't specialize in Walt Disney-- will occasionally mis-identify an autograph. 

I can cite cases where major auction houses, third party authentication companies, and even an autograph dealer publishing "examples" in a book incorrectly identified Walt Disney's autograph.  If you ever encounter this with an autograph purchased from me, these common sense rules apply: 

-A preponderance of evidence dictates whether a refund is appropriate.  Simply put, a refund will be made if most of the evidence (expert opinions, autograph background materials, etc.) supports a refund versus the authenticity of the item.  It is easy to find someone with little experience to compare an authentic 1940 block printed autograph to an authentic 1966 cursive signature and say one of them "Doesn't look right to me."  A single negative opinion is not definitive.

-Area of Expertise:  The opinion of someone experienced with Walt Disney's autograph and who specializes in Disney and/or animation will be given more weight than a generalist (a dealer, auction, or third party authenticator who claims expertise with hundreds of celebrities or many areas of collecting).

-Length of Expertise:  The opinion of someone with more years of experience with Walt Disney will be given more weight than someone with less experience with Walt Disney.

-We put no limit on the number of expert opinions you can present, and likewise we reserve the same right; the goal is always to clarify the truth about the autograph.

-The opinion must be in writing and the expert must state what specific elements of the signature he/she feels are not consistent with Walt Disney's autograph or writing (e.g. "The letter D is too thin and the letter S is too high").  Stating an autograph is not genuine without being able to give reasons does not qualify as an expert opinion.

-As the world's foremost authority on Walt Disney's autograph, Phil Sears' opinion counts as one of the expert opinions.  

 -The wording of expert opinions can strengthen or weaken a case ("In our opinion this signature is consistent/inconsistent" is stronger than "This signature is likely/not likely authentic."

-Documentation of the history of the autograph (e.g. emails, letters, etc. from previous owners, or other research or supporting information) adds to the preponderance of evidence, proportional to the strength of those support materials.

 

Lay-Away Terms


Lay-Away is for customers who want to spread the cost of an item (or items) over 10 months.  You pay 10% of the invoice total each month, and when the invoice is paid in full we send you the merchandise.  There are no credit checks, nothing to sign, and you can put any item(s) on lay-away no matter how big or how small, as long as your invoice total is at least $149 before shipping and tax.

Lay-Away is a free service.  You pay no more than you would if you paid in full.  We ship the item(s) to you when the last payment clears the bank.  A 10% payment by check, money order, Visa/MasterCard or PayPal is required to start you lay-away.  Lay-aways are covered by the 7 day "return for any reason" guarantee,  but shipping costs and a 20% re-stocking fee applies. Lay-aways you cancel, discontinue paying, return, or exchange will be charged a restocking fee of 20% of the invoice total. 

If You Stop Making Payments on Your Lay-Away:

You are required to pay at least 10% each month.  We give you a 30 day grace period (late period) without penalty.  But If you become more than 30 days behind on a lay-away payment, your lay-away will be cancelled, your item(s) will be re-stocked, and 20% of the invoice amount will be forfeited.  This only applies to customers who stop making payments, cancel a lay-away, return a lay-away, or exchange a lay-away: As outlined above, Lay-away service is free for customers who pay 10% each month and don't fall more than 30 days behind.

 

Listed Prices & Check-Out Errors

Typographical errors can occur.  We reserve the right to cancel and refund any sale to correct errors in pricing or the amount charged during the checkout and payment process.

 

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