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  • Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication, his incompetency blows up in his face

    Last weekend at the Los Angles collectors show Steve Grad of Beckett was there in person attempting to authenticate autographs.  What happened there may be a lesson for Grad  not to  come out of hiding from behind the curtain. The owner of Beckett is based in India. There have been at a minimum of three letters to the owner detailing Steve Grad's incompetence as a wannbe autograph authentiator.   There has been no response! The amount of mistakes made by Steve Grad  is beyond belief. …

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  • Judy Garland need help with your comments

    I purchased a nice Judy Garland signed photograph but am gettting a bad feeling about the signature. Is there someone on this site that can help me settle this issue?  Any help will be very much appreciated.

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  • Richrd Albersheim gone from PSA already???

    Richard Albersheim's name seems to have removed from the so called PSA experts page.   Albersheim, along with Bill Corcoran were added to the PSA website last year upon the exit of some guy who now works somewhere else. Kevin Keating was also added full time, but now it seems Albersheim has flown the coop? Can anyone confirm this. I would not think they would remove his profile unless he were no longer there. If so, we hardly knew you. Three baseball guys added and one down now, two left, who…

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  • UACC - a very fast demise

    Most don't realize that the UACC is down to a miserable low 75 dealer members in the United States.  The last seller of autographs that joined the UACC got registered dealer #341.  This means that at one time there was 341 sellers of autographs that were registered with the UACC. Regarding the lack of the club's management and growth, the following was pretty much predicted.  The club has been in a downward spiral for quite a few years.  Little is offered to their members for the dues paid. …

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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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"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…"
Last weekend at the Los Angles collectors show Steve Grad of Beckett was there in person attempting…
I purchased a nice Judy Garland signed photograph but am gettting a bad feeling about the signature…
"Here we are four years later;  and here is why "trust" doesn't cut it in the memorabilia world.  In…"
Auto Guy posted a discussion
Richard Albersheim's name seems to have removed from the so called PSA experts page.   Albersheim,…
Did you know on the 29th of January 1997 that February 23rd of the year was proclaimed "Autograph C…
"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."
Auto Guy posted a discussion
JSA FINALLY admits that Christy Mathewson's "Won in the Ninth" bookplates are ghost-signed.After ye…
The usual UACC "BS"  states to only purchase from one of their dealer members.  You might want to k…
Most everyone in the autograph hobby has read about the notorious  autograph forger Herman Darvick…
""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…"
Herman Darvick, the admitted forger of autographs, liar and thief has sold another forged autograph…
Todd Mueller will be offering some nice material in the upcoming weeks like he has for the past fou…