We refer to our previous article on this site dated November 1st. David Hunt of hunt Auctions was notified by several experrts, well in advaance of the closing date of the auction that his Lot #173, was not genuine. The item was on a generic slip cut away from a document. According to Dave Hunt and his team of experts the item was described as such: "Exceedingly rare Mike 'King' Kelly autograph......an exceptional rarity with the offered example being the first which we can recall handling and is one of perhaps a dozen known. Includes full LOAs from PSA/DNA and JSA and 2007 dated LOA from Kevin Keating. Estimated Price Range (15,000-$25,000)."
I sent David Hunt the following emai as a courtesy.
Please be advised three professional autograph dealers have examined the "scan" of Lot 173, M.J. Kelly autograph on a generic partial form. The signature is clearly a well documented forgery. There are 6 points in this signature that indicate this was not signed by M.J. Kelly, not to mention its overall appearance. This forgery is discussed in a book on autographs of Baseball Hall of Fame members published back in 2012. This email is sent to you as a courtesy and to ensure only genuine autographs are sold in this industry.
The following is the reply from David Hunt.
Thank you for your feedback and certainly we will take a look into the concern. I appreciate very much in you personally identifying yourself in expressing your opinion as in most cases individuals tend to hide behind anonymity. At this juncture we feel very comfortable with the signature but as always will fully re-examine it in accordance with our full guarantee as offered with everything we have sold over the last 30 years. If you have any more specific information to share please of course feel free to do so.
David Hunt, President
256 Welsh Pool Rd.
Exton, PA 19341
Underlined Dave Hunt comes back with he feels very comfortable with the signature. He asks for more specific information...
The three experts are not on the payroll of Hunt Auctions. They are also not in the business of teaching Dave Hunt how to authenticate autographs. The original email was jsust sent as a courtesy to keep the hobby free of forgeries.
The following is a partial portion of an email from David Hunt.