During the last 25 years or so and especially today the autograph industry is infected with some unscrupulous individuals. They are usually referred to as the "gang of eight".  Many of the gang's names are well known.  It was recently said that each is the type that would steal free stuff.  Not one of the eight are members of PADAH.  If a collector chooses to deal with someone outside of the PADAH membership list, PADAH and the COA Reference Library will not be able to help you with your complaint.

 
                                         
 
 
                                                                              THE OFFICIAL LIST OF
      Preferred Autograph Dealers and Auction Houses
    “PADAH”
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              August 2019
 
 
In the international world of collecting autographs, PADAH is unique.  Its goal is to ensure collectors of autographs and signed books have a place to go to acquire genuine autographs. The members of PADAH are the true professionals in the business. It would be a very rare experience that any  collector would have an unpleasant situation dealing with one of its members.  PADAH is free of corruption and politics!  There is no money involved in PADAH, no collection of membership dues and no hiding of yearly accounting reports. PADAH is operated by a handful of volunteers.
 
Should a collector have an unpleasant encounter with a seller outside of PADAH, we cannot help you get a refund. However, we may be able to give you guidance through our COA Reference Library where records are maintained of those who sell forgeries and listings of the many sellers who have been removed from other autograph organizations.
 
Most importantly,  many are aware of the thousands of serious mistakes made by those companies who claim they can authenticate autographs.  Should any collector purchase an autographed item from a member of PADAH and is ignorant enough to waste money on having the item authenticated by the ABC type authenticating companies, PADAH professionals are NOT required to issue a refund.  A guess or an opinion from one of those companies is basically useless. In almost all cases the collector will not know who examined their autograph and will be unable to find out who did so when contacting the company. In most cases it really doesn’t matter.  The bill of sale from a PADAH member is a collectors only legal document!
 
       When purchasing an autograph look at the updated monthly list of PADAH                         members or just look for the PADAH logo on their web site.
 
The following list, very carefully put together, is of those autograph dealers and auction houses that pass muster in the COA Reference Library.  The list consists of those who have clean records with regard to their associations in the industry, lack of ethics complaints, not associated with issuing “useless COA’s” and have had a sterling reputation over several years or more.  These are autograph professionals who research their items and will honor their guarantee of authenticity.
 
The following professional autograph dealers do their diligence authenticating the autographs they sell.  
 
There are dealers who may have been inadvertently left off the list. May we hear from you for possible inclusion.
 
Abraham Lincoln Bookshop – IL
Adam Andrusier - UK
Alexander Historical Auctions - MD
Andreas Wiemer Historical Autographs - Germany
Antiquar & Auktionator - Holland
Archives Historical Autographs – VA
Artifactcloud.com Germany, originally Space Flori
Bauman Rare Books - PA
Brian & Maria Green, NC
Bruce Gimelson, N.Y.
Burkhard Schubert – Germany
Charles “Chuck” Bird - CA
Cowan’s Auctions - OH
Custodians of History - MA
Deco Memorabilia - CA
Diana J. Rendell, Inc. - MA
Erasmushaus Ltd. - Switzerland
Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Inc. - NH
Greg Nazareth - FL
Greg Tucker Autographs - NV
Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. – IL
Historama – Jerusalem, Israel
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles - CA
Jack Bacon & Co. - NV
J.A. Stargard - Germany
JG Autographs - MA
Jim Stinson Sports - UT
John K. King Books - MI
JR’s Autogramme - Germany
Julian Browning - UK
Kenneth W, Rendell, Inc. - MA
Kotte Autographs - Germany
LeLands Auctions - NY
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers - IL
Librairie Signatures - France
Lim Antigua – Italy
Markus Brandes Autographs - Switzerland
Neale Lanigan - AL
One of a Kind Auctions - FL
Pat Claren - CO
Profiles in History – CA
Renato Saggiori – Switzerland
Rolf Ramseier Autographs - Switzerland
Ron Gordon - NM
Ron Keurajian - MI
Schubertide Music & Arts - MA
Scripta Historica - Germany
Scripta Scientism - Germany
Schulson Autographs - NY
Seaport Autographs - CT
Second Story Books - DC
Seth Kaller, Inc. - NY
Sophie Duprie Autographs - UK
Star Shots - FL
Stephen Koschal - CO
Tamino Autographs, N.Y.
The Raab Collection - PA
The Written Word - NH
Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books - CA
Todd Mueller Autograph Auctions - CO
Treasures in Writing - FL
Walls of Fame – FL
 
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