1) Be careful pulling your money out of your billfold too fast.
2) Do your research. Verify, verify, verify.
3) Be prepared to accept either the good or especially the bad news.
4) Either keep your mistake or sell it as a reproduction.
5) Don’t do it again!!!
I sort of walked through this mess, penning the results in this thread on Oldgas.com. Here is the epilogue:
I sold the sign as a reproduction for half what I paid. I ended up selling 4 other of my signs to make up the difference. I told my wife about the mistake I had made. After nearly divorcing me she accepted my error and agreed not to burn down our garage.
I now wish that I had not fallen on my sword...it really makes a mess! Besides the bloody mess I have learned that “sword falling” really does not help at all...time heals all wounds...life does go on. So if you are like me and have really made a mess...remember...a penny saved is a penny earned, only you can prevent forest fires, a stitch in time saves nine, and all sorts of things like that.