This item has third party authentication, this mean a highly reputable company, seperate from our company has either examined this autograph or was present during the autograph signing. The third party that the item is authenticatied by is shown in the item title. The most reputable authentication companies in the sports collectibles industry are JSA (James Spence Authentication), PSA (Professional Services Authentication), and Beckett. It was signed either at a public autograph appearance or a private signing. This is a stock photo of the item. Although you may not receive this exact item, the item you receive is virtually identical and brand new in great shape. We appreciate your interest in our items and we hope that we can make all transactions professional and satisfying. We back our autographs with a 200% money back guarentee if the autograph you purchase from us is deem "not authentic" by one of the 3 major authentication companies (JSA, PSA, Beckett). When you buy from us, you can rest assured you are buying and authentic, hand-signed item.