Autographed Steve Jobs 1st sold iPad 2

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  1. Jnava420, Mar 30, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012

    Jnava420 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2011
    Lincoln, NE
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
  3. WalledMacGarden macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    I really like this part in the description:D

    "I purchased this item at auction here on ebay from someone who picked it up at a pawn shop in Palo Alto California. Pawn shop info is written on the back of the box."
  4. harry454 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Might be real...look at this feedback of other items he's sold all autographed
  5. andothfc macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    It couldn't be a more obvious fake. I mean. the whole thing is ridiculous.

    Look at the engraving for starters - why is 'First' capitalised? Why is there no space between iPad and 2? Why would such a thing end up in a pawn shop?

    Not even worth considering, it's a pretty distasteful fake.
  6. Acathla macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2012
    Knowing the people on this forum, somebody would buy it and then try to return it because they were convinced it had yellow tint, or thought it might catch fire if they played angry birds for more than 10 minutes....
  7. omyard macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    It there is one thing I've learned from watching Pawn Stars, it's that with out a certificate of authenticity the autograph doesn't mean squat.
  8. Tander macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2011
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    You sir, get the post of the day! :cool:
  9. WalledMacGarden macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    A 2007 Story from CBS on autographs:

    "Only six percent of all autographed Beatles memorabilia is authentic, according to PSA/DNA Authentication Services, a California-based organization that examines collectibles. Only 24 percent of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley signatures PSA/DNA has examined were genuine, and only 33 percent of more than 10,000 Woods and Michael Jordan autographs they scrutinized were real."

    WOW, and I thought it was like 50% and that's bad enough.
  10. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    US of A
    And from what I have learned from watching Hardcore Pawn (on TruTV) if the seller is missing 6 teeth and weighs 546 pounds it's also a fake. :D


    Too bad it wasn't authenticated although the "v" on the iPad looks "forced." It's not smooth but has "skips." Pretty good fake.

    From ebay:


    From :

  11. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    LMAO at the engraving. Could anyone really be so niave as to think this is authentic?

    If so I have a baseball to sell them, signed by Jesus himself!
  12. boy-better-know macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2010
    Can anyone tell me if there are any bids on it. Cant load the page at work. It sounds terrible.
  13. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007

    I'm no expert in handwriting, but the bottom of the 'T' on the iPad shows what appears to be pauses and hesitation ( looking at what appears to be sharp angles) on copying the signature.
  14. Frenchjay macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010
    You can tell who ever wrote it did it very slowly. It looks unnatural but still quite a decent match.
  15. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    hilarious, especially since he could just order an ipad with that engraving and then sign it with a permanent marker. if he fails in the scam, he has an ipad, so not much to lose there. of couse, he probably has ten of them :)
  16. ZipZap macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
    I'm liquidating my collect - HINT

    No Pawnshop receipt picture - HINT

    I have to imaging he has been asked 100's of questions yet not one has been published to the auction - HINT

    No signature authentication evidence - HINT
  17. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    At first I thought it was fake, but then I saw the engraving. Now I know it's authentic.
  18. Hello... macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    I have Steve's baby, wonder how much I could get?
  19. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    US of A
    You're 100% right on this item, but regarding Pawnshops in general you would be quite surprised on what can be found. In this economy the pawnshop is the new bank. Did you happen to watch Rock Center this week?
  20. Nikos macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2008
    New York
  21. simply stunning macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Lol, hurry someone buy it before it goes back up to $6,999! It is a steal at that price! :rolleyes:

    It makes me wonder if the box serial number matches the iPad. I wonder how many pawn shops buy iPads in the original box? ;)

    Also wonder how much backlight bleeding it has...
  22. iMaven macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2011
    I've never heard of Steve autographing any of his first gen products...or am I missing something?
  23. WindWaker macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2011
    The engraving is really random in terms of capitalization. Also Apple generally likes to put periods after small phrases... there are none in between the two.
  24. inaka macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    If you buy an autographed item on eBay, always assume first that it's fake.
    This case is no exception.
  25. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    In favor of it being authentic: An iPad, such as a baseball or bat would be more difficult to sign than a paper such as a photo or contract.
    Also, he is selling other Steve Jobs signed memorabilia. Those signatures look authentic.

    What I'd like to see is the build date of the iPad. Perhaps the serial number would be an indication, but we don't have that information as the seller hasn't provided a shot of that screen (with the iPad turned on).

    The engraving doesn't bother me as anyone giving instructions for the wording could have specified or the engraver himself could have made those slight modifications (capitalization).

    Interesting item.
    What would you think it would be worth if it could be proven to be genuine?
    (I think his asking price is about right on the valuation and he isn't leaving any money on the table.)

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