Herman Darvick, now an admitted forger, needs to come totally clean

 

After many years of Herman Darvick lying about not being a forger of autographs, after years of much pressure by Stephen Koschal, Darvick finally admits his history of forging autographs of several U.S. Presidents.  Koschal never turned down the heat on Darvick as at one time Darvick forged a few autographs in the presence of Koschal.  There was no way Darvick could continue his web of lies.  Koschal asked the autograph community for help and an east cost well known dealer came up with a Jimmy Carter autograph that Darvick forged in front of him.

The autograph community is well aware of the many postings from Darvick stating that he has never forged an autograph in his life, not in  front of Steve Koschal or anyone.  Only Darvick’s handful of followers, mostly criminal types believed him.

However the pressure was on the forger and Darvick finally broke down. He put in writing: “Yes, I would show collectors at UACC shows how certain signatures looked such as Truman, Eisenhower, KENNEDY, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan and I probably did so in front of Stephen Koschal who was a UACC Director at the time from 1980-1984.

 

The UACC spin the Darvick story with propaganda such as unfounded allegations, outright lies, linked in some way with presidential forgeries, unsubstantial statement, made up things, attacks unwarranted. Darvick an admitted forger of autographs is presently a member in good standing in what’s left of the UACC. Others who are still members seem to support being a member alongside a forger and some others that are equally as bad.

Darvick has always been in need of more money than he was making. He admitted much of this fault has been because of a dominant wife which he called a “Jewish princess.” This was said after Darvick not taking my calls about $200,000 he owed me from his auction sales.  I finally had to drive to Brooklyn and wait for him to come out of the classroom, which he did in tears.

One problem Darvick has created during his days peddling autographs through his auction was the sale of a few signatures of Joe Jackson.  Up to this time most sports dealers never saw a Joe Jackson signature yet in a short period of time Darvick seems to have an unlimited supply.

 

 PSA and JSA Authenticator Herman Darvick Fools Pawn Stars with Fake” Shoeless Joe” Jackson; PSA Shoots Down His LOA:

                                The following few pages taken from “Hauls of Shame.”

 

On the left are authentic Jackson signatures from legal documents spanning from 1915 to 1951. On the right are four highly questionable offerings by Herman Darvick that several experts have deemed Jackson forgeries.

After Halper’s acquisition, Leland’s advertised their purchase at Darvick’s auction as being the “largest sum ever paid for any 19th or 20th century autograph. Darvick claimed that the Jackson cut signature he sold originated from a Jackson relative, but during that same time period a close Jackson family friend sold an authentic cache of Jackson signed legal documents and financial instruments to Dan Knoll, a prominent memorabilia dealer from Chicago.  The first of those documents, a 1916 mortgage promisory note signed by Jackson, made its way into a 1993 Lelands sale where the auctioneer described the document as the “first verifiably authentic Joe Jackson autograph offered.”  When world renowned handwriting expert, Charles Hamilton, examined the genuine Lelands document, he deemed the $23,000 Darvick cut signature a forgery.  The genuine Lelands document was purchased at auction by Barry Halper for over $25,000. Several other authentic Jackson mortgage notes followed the Lelands offering and appeared for sale throughout the 1990’s but during that same time period Herman Darvick sold several other highly questionable Jackson’s including another cut signature, a baseball, a photograph and a signed book.

The three authentic Jackson signatures at the top of this illustration starkly contrast the four Jackson forgeries sold by dealer Herman Darvick. The forgeries were executed on clipped legal documents, a baseball and a book.

When examined and compared closely to the unimpeachable examples of Jackson’s genuine signature on legal documents, all of the alleged Jackson signatures sold by Darvick exhibit tell-tale signs of forgery.  The Darvick examples appear to be slowly executed, almost drawn, with laborious heavy strokes that lack the spontaneity and flow of genuine Jackson signatures.  One of the most telling characteristics of the forgeries is found in the last end stroke of Jackson’s “n” which tapers to a needle-like point in most all of Jackson’s authentic signatures, but stops abruptly with a thick ink build-up in the forged examples.  Although Jackson appears to be very deliberate in what some say is his “drawing” of his own signature, the authentic examples all share a common flow and spontaneity.

We asked several experts to examine the alleged Jackson autographs sold by Darvick and give us their opinions:

-Ron Keurajian, author of Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide, said: “Joe Jackson’s autograph is an extreme rarity and limited to signed legal documents or signatures removed therefrom.  The Jackson signed book, featured on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars, is, in my opinion, a forgery, and a poorly executed one at that.” As for Darvick’s signed photo and ball, Keurajian does not believe there are any genuine signatures of Jackson that exist on either baseballs or photographs.

-Josh Evans recalled his purchase of the first Jackson cut from Darvick’s auction in 1990 and told us, “I always regretted that one. I never actually saw it before I bought it if you can believe that (the good old days). I heard about it the day before and bid based on Darvick’s rep. I sold it to Halper and we spoke about it being questionable but he never agreed.” HOS has been unable to determine when Halper disposed of the Jackson forgery and who subsequently acquired it.

-Mike Nola, is not a handwriting or autograph expert but he is a Jackson historian who curates the website BlackBetsy.com, and he told us: “He (Jackson) could not really sign his name. He was simply following a pattern taught to him by (his wife) Katie.  If you look closely at each of his known signatures, they all differ in some way because he was drawing the signature and no two would be exactly alike.”

-Olan Chiles, was a well known collector of autographs on checks and lived in Greenville, SC. as a youth. A veteran autograph collector with over thirty years experience knew Chiles who told him first hand accounts of meeting Jackson in person.  The collector told us:  ”Olan told me he used to visit Jackson and his wife often at their  liquor store and always asked for an autograph. He would be handed a pre-signed item (signed by the wife). In all the time he knew Jackson he was NEVER able to acquire an authentic autograph, which tells me that the signing process for him must have been so laborious that he only did it when he absolutely had to.”

As for Darvick’s examples of Jackson he said, “I did not like any of them” and added, “The point I was trying to make initially (regarding Chiles) is that (if) someone who was positioned so close to Jackson and was unable to secure an autograph, this leads me to believe that the group the family cut loose represents probably the only authentic Joe Jackson signatures in the public domain. His signature is just too easy to replicate.”

 

 

 

Darvick originally authenticated and sold an alleged Jackson-signed book (left) that ended up in the hands of Pawn Stars star Rick Harrison who sent the book to PSA/DNA and Steve Grad who issued a rejection letter (right). Jackson's genuine signature from 1946 appears at the bottom, right.

Since the time Hauls of Shame reported and identified the book authenticated by Darvick as a forgery, the JSA authenticator posted several comments on this site defending his certification stating, “If anyone was going to forge Joe Jackson’s signature on the book, he/she would have used Mrs. Jackson’s Joe Jackson signature to copy.  Her signing of her husbands name appeared in many collections as an authentic Joe Jackson autograph.  Collectors had never seen a real Joe Jackson signature before I sold this signature which was cut from as building document with a partial date (of) April 1936 typed on the verso.”  Declining to address the signature itself and its rejection by PSA/DNA, Darvick added, “The signed Joe Jackson book was signed by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson as I stated in my April 1994 COA.”  As for Darvick’s sale of the $23,100 Jackson forgery in 1990 he said, “At the time of my 1990 auction, no one, no baseball autograph dealer, no sports auction house, NO ONE questioned the authenticity of the Joe Jackson I sold.”

 

 “Shoeless” Joe appears to have had difficulty signing his name regularly during his lifetime and its well-documented he avoided putting pen to paper whenever he could, thus delegating signing duties to his wife Katie. The verifiable authentic signatures attributed to Jackson on legal documents and contracts (illustrated in this article) are the only examples we can be confident are authentic.  We’ll never be as sure about the other alleged signatures on baseballs and other mediums like photographs, even if they come with a PSA or JSA certificate of authenticity.  At best, even with strong provenance, some experts will always consider these Jackson signatures “unauthenticatible.”  

 

On the left are authentic Jackson signatures from legal documents spanning from 1915 to 1951. On the right are four highly questionable offerings by Herman Darvick that several experts have deemed Jackson forgeries.

After Halper’s acquisition, Leland’s advertised their purchase at Darvick’s auction as being the “largest sum ever paid for any 19th or 20th century autograph. Darvick claimed that the Jackson cut signature he sold originated from a Jackson relative, but during that same time period a close Jackson family friend sold an authentic cache of Jackson signed legal documents and financial instruments to Dan Knoll, a prominent memorabilia dealer from Chicago.  The first of those documents, a 1916 mortgage promisory note signed by Jackson, made its way into a 1993 Lelands sale where the auctioneer described the document as the “first verifiably authentic Joe Jackson autograph offered.”  When world renowned handwriting expert, Charles Hamilton, examined the genuine Lelands document, he deemed the $23,000 Darvick cut signature a forgery.  The genuine Lelands document was purchased at auction by Barry Halper for over $25,000. Several other authentic Jackson mortgage notes followed the Lelands offering and appeared for sale throughout the 1990’s but during that same time period Herman Darvick sold several other highly questionable Jackson’s including another cut signature, a baseball, a photograph and a signed book.

 Since all the Darvick Joe Jackson signatures appear to be signed by the same hand, now is the chance for Darvick to put all this behind him and come clean.  Since he has already admitted he forges autographs, Darvick needs to come up with all the so-called consignors or get over it and admit he forged the Jackson signatures he sold at auction.

Herman Darvick has been out of work for quite some time.  Desperate, he's on the phone calling many dealers  looing for a job, even one's he's wrote nasty things about.  With such a dark cloud over his head being a liar, thief, seller of stolen material and a forger one would think if he came clean, someone might consider giving him some work. 

Many believe he'll not do this because he would  open himself to many problems by being back in the autograph industry. His excuse for years is he won't honor his lifetime agreement because he's out of the autograph hobby. Of course just another darvick lie, he's on ebay and has a couple thousand feedbacks as he peddles autographs.  A study is underway about some very suspicious autogarphs he has been selling for decades.  Like the Jackson's he just doesn't run out of questionable items.

The entire autograph community is waiting to hear from Herman Darvick.  We don’t need to hear stories like all the consignors are deceased or he needs to protect the identity of consignors from almost 30 years ago.  The truth will set him free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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