This guy is nauseating to me.
Here is what he says...sounds like some BS.
Reply by Steve Zarelli 21 hours ago
I appreciate the inquiry. However, given there is an ongoing case (which does not involve me or items I reviewed), I think I should limit my commentary.
To answer Mike T's question: Yes, RR always sends me items to review in hand if I request them, and I review items in hand often. I have a number of images on my web site of me reviewing items that appeared in various RR Auctions.
In terms of standard industry practice, the following applies to PSA, JSA, Heritage and a host of others: Experienced people on site review items to ensure they are live ink, not laser copies, etc., and they typically weed out obvious fakes. Items that pass the initial review onsite are sent via high resolution scan to the consultants for their input. As far as I know, RR is one of the only auction houses that is willing to ship items to consultants.
As far as how in-depth "pre-screen" goes, I can only speak for myself. I review each and every item carefully like I was going to buy it myself. I do NOT quickly breeze through items and I do not take "pre-screen" lightly.
I've consulted with RR for almost four years now, and to my knowledge, not one item I reviewed has been returned for authenticity reasons. That's probably over 6,000 signatures. No authenticator is perfect and it is a constant learning process, but I am proud of my track record and the fact that RR's Space Auctions are the most prestigious in the world.
Here are what customers say
Zarelli Space Authentication - Steve Zarelli reviewed Autograph turned out to be a fake after a second opinion from PSA
Reason of review:
Not as described
I bought a First day Cover Signed and it came with a Steve Zarelli Letter Stating this was, in his opinion, authentic.I was not authentic at all based upon a second opinion from PSA.
I also discovered that Steve Zarelli works for RR Autograph Auctions. RR Auction is being sued because a buyer got a second opinion on autographs , purchased from RR Auction, from PSA. Their is even a huge web site about the civil suit rrauctionlawsuit.com. OMG !
The web site has some scary things including a notarized letter from a former employee stating that shill bidding,fake autograph, and other indiscretions have been part of RR's operational procedures !
STEVE ZARELLI, BALLSTOWN Complaints & Reviews - Inacurate Autograph Findings
Inacurate Autograph Findings
I have an autograph that I bought from a seller on eBay and it came with a Zarelli Space Authentication Certificate of Authenticity. There is however a clause along the bottom that states that the document only represents an OPINION and has NO LEGAL REMEDY about authenticity. I have since received a conflicting opinion from another expert. It is too late for me to open up a case in eBay and the limit of time for a refund has also passed and I might be stuck with a bad autograph. Yes these AUTHENTICATORS should be licensed.
Zarelli reviewed one of my collectors item, and declared it not authentic.THE BAD NEWS IS THAT I HAVE ALL RECEIPTS FROM BUZZ ALDRIN , AND MIKE COLLINS, AND NOVASPACE.
I think it would be better if he would stick to his original, used car salesman job, and not to leave the car lot. When Buzz ALDRIN AND MIKE COLLINS say the signature of Neil Armstrong is real I tend to believe to those guys and not to Zarelli. When NOVASPACE says the ARMSTRONG IS REAL I tend to believe NOVASPACE and not Zarelli
Besides NOVASPACE would not put their reputation on line, if they would not be 1000% sure.
Zarelli admitted,on the phone, that he make MISTAKES.
AUTHOR: johnalden - ()
SUBMITTED: Saturday, September 06, 2014
I too, got an **OPINION** from Zarelli and his **OPINION** was not correct. He did not declare that one of my INPERSON signatures to be bogus but instead he told me that an autograph that I considered buying was**IN HIS OPINION** Authentic. It was not. I found out some time later that the autograph that I bought was indeed 100% Bogus. Even if Steven Zarelli guesses abou an autograph, he has a fifty percent chance of being correct. Zarelli should keep his opinions to himself.
AUTHOR: Uncle Martin - ()
SUBMITTED: Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Zarelli gave me free advice on Collectspace opinions and advice that cost me well over $ 400 because Steve Zarelli's opinion about the authenticity of an autograph on ebay was not correct and after attempting to get PSA Certification, it became apparent the zarelli's free opinion was wrong and i was out well over $ 400 . He covers his backside by calling his assesment an opinion and not a certification so if I sued him in court I would not have a leg up. Zarelli can cover him poor advice and bad opinion as being a good samaritin .