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Recently in the last two-three months, I have received several items for authentication thought by the submitters to be items signed by Ernest Hemingway. Nothing can be further than the truth! My opinion is that the items bearing signatures of Ernest Hemingway were some of the worst forgeries of his signature I have seen in 50 years. There are quite a few example but I will illustrate two very poorly executed signatures of Ernest Hemingway with one bearing a forged signature of Fidel Castro as…Read more…
California Auction Houses and Autograph Dealers Experiencing an Active Boycott by Stephen Koschal It’s very sad to see what’s going on in the autograph industry in California. It’s become very complicated with a new law. Most dealers in that state interpret the law differently and handle sales differently. It can become very complicated, filling out forms and…Read more…
Steve Grad Brings His Lack of Authenticating Skills to Beckett by Stephen Koschal Many collectors and dealers are very disappointed by the refusal of Steve Grad to accept the invitation to discuss his authenticating skills or lack of at a hotel convenient to Grad and in front of a camera at no cost to Grad. This invitation, offered multiple times has been ignored by Grad and maybe…Read more…
Mickey Mantle At AuctionWho Can You Believe? by Stephen Koschal Mickey Mantle is a magical name in the history of baseball. Many collectors believe he is the second most popular player in the sports hobby when it comes to collecting…Read more…
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.
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
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.
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…