FOX19 Investigates reporter Hagit Limor won the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Award for best consumer reporting for her online autograph investigation in November.
Hagit tested six autographed memorabilia items for sale to uncover if the prized signature was actually the real thing.
Using sports, television and movie memorabilia, the Hagit had the items tested at Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) in Santa Ana, Calif. -- one of the top certification companies of celebrity memorabilia in the nation.
Her investigation uncovered that the best forgers track down aged ink and antique paper to pull off the con. Others just use a sharpie and a little artistic talent.
Steve Grad, principal authenticator at PSA, believed four out of six were fake, including autographs from basketball legend Michael Jordan, baseball slugger Albert Pujols, and Sex and the City Star Sarah Jessica Parker.
The four autographs came to about $300. But when Grad put them side by side with the ones in his data base of 140,000 famous signatures he said the slant, shape and sizing didn't match up.
Full report: FOX19 Investigates: Autographed Memorabilia
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