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BREAKING NEWS - Huge story on regarding the validity of dozens of Rocky Marciano signed letters that have permeated the hobby with official "certification". Check it out, we are mentioned in the story.

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  • UACC - Ludicrous Message from the UACC to the Autograph Community

    The UACC continues to be an international joke.  This corrupt organization is down to its lowest membership in years. It has taken quite some time for members to see through the "BS". The club has been run for decades by one or two members who have run this group into the ground.  Some members will tell you they are still there simply because of habit.  Many others, mostly professional autograph dealers were able to break the bad habit and all are doing quite well  being void of what's left of…

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  • Beckett Authentication - New Innovative Way of Authenticating, Sucks!

    Many collectors have felt for a long time that the high profile authenticating companies are nothing more than a scam.  Name one who has a genuine autograph expert?  Can't be done, this is the reason for all the thousands of mistakes made by these groups.  Most understand, when these outfits who like to be high profile hide when they are asked to do an interview at no cost to them. Becketts lead so-called authenticator is Steve Grad.  Grad is in hiding when it comes to an interview.  Grad has…

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  • Four Presidents Photograph Signed Not Always Genuine!

    Many of these four Presidents signed photographs that are offered by dealers and auctions houses don't always bear genuine signature.  An exact matching example of the Ronald Reagan signature can be found in the educational book Presidents of the United States, Autopen Guide by Koschal/Wiemer. See example #4. It's unfortunate some dealers and auction houses don't feel the need to have a credible autograph reference library.    

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  • Donald J. Trump Signature Study and Autopen Guide

    I am in the process of putting together another Presidential Signature Guide.  This guide will cover the signature of Donald J. Trump from his early version up to the Presidency.  There will be a serious focus on forgeries and Autopen signatures known to date. I would appreciate anyone in the hobby who can supply a copy of an autograph letter signed, anything with a few lines of his handwriting and  any Autopen examples that you feel were signed by the machine.  Two examples of the Autopen…

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  • Mickey Mantle signed photographs-genuine or not

    We would like to hear from those who know autographs signed by Mickey Mantle.

    Illustrated below are two signed photographs from the same source.

    There is a question of their authenticity.

    We would like to hear from anyone familiar with his genuine signatures.   Good or Bad or Too close to tell……

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  • Most collectors don't realize the work that can go into authenticating an autograph.  We are not talking about those who claim to authenticate at shows. Hired hands go behind a curtain and look at examples on eBay. They would have no clue as to whether the one on ebay is genuine or not. This explains the thousands of mistakes made by all the ABC type authenticating companies.

    Most of the mistakes they make are horrific even limited editions of 1,000 copies claimed authentic were obvious forgeries to a professional.

    Some of these ABC types even have authenticated names spelled wrong and issued a certificate as authentic. When cornered on TV some of these so-called experts will say the forger did a good job.  $150 down the drain!

    We here in Colorado Springs do a fair amount of authenticating for people who really want to know if the item they purchased is genuine.  The other side of this business are the crooks who know their item ins NOT genuine and hope the…

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  • Before Herman Darvick came up with all those Joe Jackson signatures how many Jackson signatures has anyone seen sold in the market years before.

    In some circles it is said that Jackson could not sign his name yet Darvick mysteriously comes up with a few in a short period of time. You can read about these signatures in Peter Nash's fine articles in Hauls of Shame.

    Herman Darvick an admitted forger of autographs can clear up this mystery.  Some believe that the forgeries of Joe Jackson signatures that Darvick sold in his auctions were possibly signed by Darvick.

    Darvick who always has a lot to say about him being a forger can easily clarify that those Joe Jackson signatures sold in his auctions are not attributed to him.

    Just publish the names of the consignors from those sales made years ago.

    Of course you have made public that you will not make refunds based on bogus autographs that you have sold because according to you, you are no longer…

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  • Herman Darvick was let go from his job at two different autograph companies.

    Herman Darvick no longer honors his Lifetime Guarantee to all those who purchased bogus autographs from Herman Darvick.

    Many emails from very unhappy collectors are in the files regarding Darvick selling bogus autographs, not refunding and even claiming he never sold the autograph.

    Now Darvick left on his own is trying to find those who know little about him to consign autographs to him.  This is exactly what an autograph group says about Herman Darvick.

    Read carefully, "failure to pay a member monies owed from a sale".  "..Failing to return unsold items to the same member.."

    This is not a one time example, there are plenty more just like it.  Herman Darvick needs your items....learn from the past!…

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  • UACC President Michael Hecht Dies

    My one and only interaction with UACC Hecht & NitBert was met with them closing ranks, threats of expulsion (like I gave a rat's ass) and diversionary tactics.  They couldn't even find the membership number - it might as well be a 2nd rate circus sideshow. While a not a fan of UACC leadership; may the road rise to meet you Hecht on your new journey. 

    It is with great sadness that I tell you that our president and one of my best friends Michael Hecht has passed away after a long illness. Mike fought a brave battle and never let you feel sorry for him which sums up why he had so many friends. I knew Mike for over 30 years. We talked regularly and emailed a lot. He was the best a man could aspire and will be missed by many.

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  • Anyone Have News on the Michael Johnson v. RR Lawsuit?

    Just wondering if anyone in the community has any news on this suit.  Last post I saw was that Judge Geck set the trial date of January 17.  But we cannot find any published reports or status.  Thanks for an insights.

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  • Prosecutors say hundreds of victims bought fake autographs, complete with phony certificates of authenticty on eBay between 2010 and 2015. Clifton Panezich, 30, appeared before a judge in Ohio Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. According to local media reports, he pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, identity fraud, telecommunications fraud, money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and three counts of forgery with a forfeiture specification.

    hopefully, at sentencing it's not a slap on the wrist.  Now, I wonder about those buyers of the fakes.

    Panezich pleads guilty

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  • Beckett launches authentication services

    The new company, Beckett Authentication Services, is immediately positioned as a leader in the $500 million authentic autograph industry. Led by Grad and authenticator Brian Sobrero.

    BAS is accepting online submissions effective today at the Beckett Authentication Services website.

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  • Boston Globe article cites US Marshalls office conducting an auction of seized Bulger Items

    The proceeds of the auction, being held by the US Marshals Service, will be distributed among the families of 20 people Bulger and his crew were accused of killing, and several of Bulger’s extortion victims.

    Bidding will start at 10 a.m. on June 25 at the South Boston convention center, which is offering free admission and holds up to 1,000 people. A Texas auction house, Gaston & Sheehan , will offer a simulcast auction…

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  • My other hobby!

    If you do not recognize this and enjoy basketball cards as much as I do, You might want to find a new hobby Lol!
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"I/We have now identified:
Muhammad Ali Alan Minter Boza (Cornelius) Edwards David 'Boy' Green Jim W…"
"Hi Carl,
I did a Google search for Jake LaMotta's autograph and the 'J' is all wrong (Really wish i…"
"Daniel I think you meant Cyrkin not Grad.  I can't imagine Grad with his Napoleon complex getting i…"
"Peter Nash just did a story on Steve Grad.  In part he writes;
Grad has long been a controversial f…"
"I would like to respond to this but will do so by opening a new posting."
"Try asking Todd Mueller or Nelson."
"Here is a interview with Steve Grad from Dec 2017: He talks about autographs and how he became a "e…"
"Here we are four years later;  and here is why "trust" doesn't cut it in the memorabilia world.  In…"
"Grad, Spence, Kevin Keating were all notified these signatures were not signed by Mathewson. A stud…"
"UACC monitoring their dealers, from my insight, is one of their dismal failures.  Unless, it comes…"
"Yikes, that is bad."
""Stay tuned"?  Well, we shall see.  Everyone on that site and here,  and Autograph Alert, Hauls of…"
"Something must be going on with Hauls Of Shame, as their website isn't up anymore.  Looks like it's…"
"Todd Mueller's case was won in the same manner.
Both cases will advance to the trial courts where n…"
"I saw that Michael Frost of PAAS was named in one of the lawsuits with both Steve Cyrkin and Roger…"
"Unless they are talking about an AML unapproved seller or authenticator, then they leave the title…"
"AML likes to alter titles it seems. Wonder why?
After Alteration:"
"People are scared to talk about the truth on Cyrkin's site.  Once this hit's google he's got a lot…"
"About Stephen KoschaI's headline above: I never stole autographs from anyone.
Stephen Koschal is th…"