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  • UACC New President Sells Fakes- According to PAAS

    When things are as bad as they can possibly be it seems like there's always a bit more room to drop to a lower level. Al Wittnebert, the self proclaimed NEW president of the UACC is getting more exposure.  The long time club president of the UACC  Michael Hecht passed away several months ago.  No one in the group would take his place, not even the Vice-President of the club.  There is no evidence of the club holding elections and who steps up to the plate, Al Wittnebert.  Wittnebert the long…

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  • UACC Registered Dealer Verses PSA - A Disaster

    The UACC (not sure they still exist) known as The Universal Autograph Collectors Club maintains a list of what they refer to as Registered Dealers.  According to this outfit they claim they check a seller of autohgraphs inventory before allowing the seller to be a Registered Dealer and display the club logo.  However for quite a  few years displaying the club logo appears to be a red flag. Proof, look at the long list of once accepted dealers that have been removed from the club!  Recently a…

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  • Steve Cyrkin - Autograph Magazine Live - Attempt to Interview Him

    Mr. Cyrkin, Most everyone in this hobby is fed up with what some call the "Autograph Wars."  The creation of much of this has been posted on your web site and in emails with additions by some of your followers. The professionals in this hobby are determined to put a stop to this.   As a start, what needs to be done is to clear up the many false allegations posted on your site. The time is well over due to come clean and start fresh. I have emailed you on multiple occasions to work with the…

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  • George Bush Signed Books on Ebay..Beware

    Some of the worst signatures ever seen said to be signed by George Bush are being offered on ebay. The seller has over 1700 feedbacks all 100% posutive.  Described as "Autographed Hand Signed" along with a COA.  It appears the seller has obtained a roll of "Signed by the Author" gold stickers used to be placed on book jackets. One noted and respected autograph professional  contacted the seller using the "Contact Seller" option stating the Bush signature was a forgery.  The autograph…

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  • Any one having issues on getting graded 1986 MICHAEL JORDAN rookie autograph from flight school camp.. I have submitted 2 recently to PSA and Beckette and came back not authentic Both are autheticaded by upperdeck  with coa and hologram.. i havespend over spend over 1k on both5 company's.. I feel been rob by the 2 companies.. By the way psa lost one of my certificates from flight camp...

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  • 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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  • 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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"I had the same experience. I sent in an article about Lillian Gish to "Ps & Qs" , Pen & Quill,  my…"
"I  cringed a few times while watching Mr Grad on PAWN STARS. He is a very good talker, but that is…"
"Stephen, One of the Science teachers that I worked with retired. You signed a copy of the Ad for th…"
"Karl, for some reason I  remember your name.  I was there in the 70's, the political/financial situ…"
"I joined the UACC  in the mid 1980's. They had an informative magazine that was printed on magazine…"
"Eli Manning has put it behind him but will collectors.  The often let's settle w/o any admission to…"
"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."
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