- Breaking News:
- April 30, 2010
- Autograph Show Forced to Cancel
to Herman Darvick & John Reznikoff
- Was to be Held May 22 in Fort Lauderdale
Professional autograph shows are nearly nonexistent. One of the
few shows that are still advertised are merely 2-3 dealers with
a table at a book fair. It seems regularly scheduled shows that
were held by the UACC in several states came to a screeching
halt when at an Atlanta show, the obese show promoter was hospitalized
after being severely beaten in the face with a flashlight by
a female hotel security guard.
The brainchild of Mike Frost was to re-establish professional
autograph shows that would be open to all. The first show was
scheduled to be held on May 22, 2010 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
News of the show spread quickly by word of mouth and dealers
from around the United States booked tables. Before the official
announcement several dealers were already on the waiting list
for a table.
Dealers who dont usually do autograph shows were booked.
Don Nidiffer of Virginia, Jim Hayes of South Carolina, Todd Mueller
of Colorado, Matted Memories, Greg Nazareth and Star Shots to
name a few. Nelson Deedle from California was the first collector
committed to coming to the show.
Most unusual and a welcome addition was a fellow who requested
an educational table to display many of the fake items sold by
Roger Epperson along with Eppersons letters of authentication.
He also wanted to display what he feels are many fake items sold
by Starbrite (Steve Cyrkin of Autograph magazine) that
eventually were turned down by PSA/DNA, a company which Cyrkin
was one of the founders of the parent company.
One of the highlights of the show was having a major autograph
auction house available to take consignments. Dan Rowe of The
Written Word in New Hampshire was committed to be at the show
and have a booth.
PAAS was to be present to authenticate autographs during the
The special guest speaker was to be Todd Mueller, once eBays
largest seller of autographs. Todd was to give a one hour educational
course on the pitfalls of dealing with purchasing autographs
on eBay. Everyone attending would have received a Certificate
of Completion signed by Todd. There was no charge for this educational
Steve Cyrkin of Autograph magazine was invited to attend
the show. He has received an enormous amount of bad publicity
because of his racist and anti-Semitic remarks which he put in
writing. He called a Jewish person who sells autographs a "kike".
He also attacked another well known autograph professional, calling
him a forger. Cyrkin was given erroneous information by an industry
trouble maker and was proven wrong. This show was another opportunity
for Cyrkin to apologize and get his horrific comments behind
him. Both dealers who have been hurt by Cyrkins comments
have agreed to accept Cyrkins apology!
- There were more events scheduled for
the show. An open forum roundtable between collectors and dealers.
According to Mike Frost: "this is an attempt to turn all
the negatives in the autograph hobby into positives. It is time
to move forward and all work together."
However www.autographalert.com has been informed this event
MUST BE CANCELLED!
It started with one crazed person from Texas, on multiple occasions,
demanding the physical address of one of those involved in promoting
the show. Then the threatening phone calls calling for the disruption
of the show, to the office in the building where the show was
to be held. This was followed by strange and threatening emails
sent to many collectors and dealers in the autograph community.
One email was sent by the disgraced Herman Darvick who has recently
emerged from a horrific past in this hobby and is presently working
for John Reznikoff at University Archives. The email said in
part: "..would you have invited Hitler on the effects of
Aryanization on the world community and to answer questions on
the negative allegations written and said about him in the world
Then the flood of deranged emails from a sender identified as
"John Wayne Gacy." Additional emails were sent from
someone identifying themselves as "Jeff Dahmer." It
was addressed to "Dear Black Hats, be prepared for some
excitement at your show. It will be filled with high tension."
Mike Frost, in talks with leaders in the field, has decided that
the safety and well being of the individuals who have booked
tables at the show and the safety of those collectors who would
attend the show be of utmost importance. It is in the best interest
of all that this show must be cancelled.
A very well know New England autograph professional, skilled
with the computer has traced the emails from "John Wayne
Gacy" to a computer in the office of John Reznikoff at University
Archives. Reznikoff is by no means foreign to controversy. Many
of you may remember watching him on television running from reporters
who were trying to interview him about his role in the sale of
Marilyn Monroe/JFK forgeries. You may also remember him having
to resign from PADA, an autograph club he helped found. Also,
Reznikoff was expelled from the original IACC/DA autograph organization
for ethics violations. He tried to resign, in writing, from this
club when he was advised ethics charges were filed against him.
Club rules stated once a complaint is filed, it will be acted
upon by the ethics Board, no resignations accepted.
Herman Darvick, a New York schoolteacher and the disgraced UACC
past president expelled for ethics violations works in Reznikoffs
Darvick is also the pathetic individual who called on the phone
many of those who donated money to the Haitian Relief Fund. He
told them that they were foolish for donating the money and that
the money would never be sent to a charity. This is one very
These two individuals have created an autograph cesspool in Stamford,
Ct, which has been bubbling for many years. They've taken part
in industry record breaking sales of forged autographs, as well
as offering and taking part in flooding the market with mis-authenticated
- Breaking News:
- April 28, 2010
Autopen Signature Discovered
A new Dwight D. Eisenhower
Autopen (machine) signed signature has been discovered by the
noted expert of U.S. Presidential autographs, Andreas Wiemer
who is based in Germany.
The signature has some similarities to other identified Eisenhower
Autopen examples however this is not a variant. This new discovery
matches other signed items by Eisenhower exactly. Up to this
time, they were thought to be genuine.
- Newly identified Eisenhower signature
from a letter dated February 14, 1949
Same Eisenhower Autopen signature on a letter dated September
- Same Eisenhower signature on an important
- The above signed document is considered one of
the most 100 important historical documents in U.S. History.
Note : "Eisenhower Library" stamp. This document is
also illustrated in "Our Documents-100 Milestone Documents
from the National Archives" page 181.
Andreas Wiemer is a co-author with Stephen Koschal. Their popular
book "Presidents of the United States, Autopen Guide"
first, signed limited edition sold out quickly however some unsigned
copies are available through the authors.
They may be contacted through their websites:
- Breaking News:
- April 10, 2010
- Steve Cyrkins Autograph Magazine
- Is it On Life Support?
- In less than a year, it appears we are witnessing
the destruction of a once fine magazine on autograph collecting.
Many of the old timers will not forget how exciting it was to
get Vol.1, No.1 in July 1986. A magazine filled with interesting
articles which exposed both the novice and the advanced collectors
with information on collecting we could all share and believe.
During the last year we have witnessed the fall of this once
great magazine in many different ways. Talk about another nail
in the coffin. We can clearly hear the fat lady singing but more
on this later.
It sure looks like Steve Cyrkin, the publisher has run this magazine
into the ground. We spent the morning on the phone calling collectors
and dealers and even an autograph auction house and the president
of an autograph organization. We can find no one who subscribes
to the magazine. No One! Some we have contacted called it the
industrys "rag". Others want no part of it or
Cyrkin. Most all agree there is nothing of interest for them
to read and basically whats left isnt right.
As for Cyrkin, the magazine appears not to be his only problem.
This guy has a long history of forgetting to pay his taxes. Not
long ago on July 3, 2009 he had a "State Tax Lien"
for $25,843. Go back a year to September 19, 2008 and he had
a Federal Tax Lien of $18,143, and on March 4, 2008 Federal Tax
Lien for $52,857. Some can get quite high like his Federal Tax
Lien on October 2005 for $149,142. We found at least 14 Federal,
State and County Tax Liens filed against Cyrkin not to mention
his failure to provide proof of financial responsibility in April
2007 where there was a forfeiture of bail money.
One can expect there will be problem attempting to publish an
autograph magazine and becoming an "instant" autograph
dealer at the same time. Trying this with little or no background
in autographs can be a disaster. According to Cyrkin "I
started as a coin dealer and was founder of PCGS, the coin grading
service, which became Collectors Universe, owner of PSA/DNA
and he goes on to say how much of the company he still owns.
As part owner of Collectors Universe/PSADNA does anyone find
it strange that PSA/DNA is the only company, to have a full page
advertisement in every issue, who claims they can authenticate
Most disagree when the beginning of the downfall of the magazine
began. Some say it was the disgusting and embarrassing story
written by a UACC Director about his wonderful signed guitar.
It didnt take long for the UACC Director to admit much
in the story was made up and all the signatures beautifully illustrated
in the magazine were determined by many to be forged. Talk about
egg and worse on your face for any publisher.
Others think the fall began when Cyrkin foolishly decided to
give himself an imaginary "badge" and use his magazine
to go after others. All this while the website for his company
StarBrite has been shut down for over a year. Cyrkin also admits
that he was removing forgeries from his inventory. Others want
to know, how would Cyrkin know a forgery from a genuine signature
being that they are already in his inventory?
Cyrkin used his magazine to go after Steve Koschal (non Autograph
magazine advertiser) calling him a forger. The problem started
when Cyrkin listened to John Reznikoff whose autograph antics
has been often exposed by Koschal. Can anyone imagine listening
to John Reznikoff about authenticating anything? Cyrkin did and
what a mistake and embarrassment for him! A signed book originally
purchased by Koschal and now owned by a professional autograph
dealer very familiar with authentic autographs consigned it to
RR Auction. For some unexplained reason RR Auction uses Reznikoff
to authenticate some autographs. Reznikoff never saw the item,
yet told RR the item was not genuine. Reznikoff has admitted
that when he discovered Koschal was the original source of the
item, he wanted it not to be genuine. Cyrkin, demonstrating his
lack of experience with autographs fell for Reznikoffs
unprofessionalism and ran with it. Cyrkin with his home made,
imaginary police badge made demands from Koschal. Cyrkin demanded
to know Koschals source. Cyrkin demanded to see purchase
receipts. Who the hell does this Cyrkin think he is? Koschal
said "Cyrkin cant control all the fakes in his own
offerings now he wants to go after genuine items that others
sell and call them forged?" Koschal also said: "from
what it appears the only way to get this crackpot off your back
is to take a full page ad in his magazine." Koschal let
the enraged Cyrkin continue for months with his emails. Now,
the UACC picked up the story on their website misleading their
membership that forgeries were coming out of Florida. After all
was said and done it was proven that the whole thing started
as a Reznikoff scam. The item was without question genuine and
there is a well known witness to the purchase of the autograph.
Cyrkin who was misguided has dropped this hot potato. In addition,
the UACC took down the story. To date, no apology to Koschal
from Cyrkin or the UACC.
Making everyone enraged was Cyrkin calling a president of an
autograph company a "kike" in writing! Seems like this
incident nearly turned the hobby upside down. Collectors, up
in arms, were cancelling their subscription to Autograph magazine
and dealers, many seeing red, were dropping their advertisements.
The following are just some quotes from emails received from
collectors and dealers:
- "I may have purchased 8 to 10 items
from StarBrite from ads in Autograph magazine, Im just
concerned that some of the autos may not be real
"The latest blog on Cyrkins rag site is actually self
.this guy is killing himself
"Cyrkin was spreading rumors that you (www.autograph alert.com)
sold out to him
I was condemned by Cyrkin for being against illegal
aliens and my feelings on gay marriage
His daughter is a
lesbian and he says that he is very proud of her and that he
is looking forward to being the grandfather of 3 children. I
tried to tell him that you cant have a child unless a man
is involved and he cancelled my subscription to his magazine
lets just hope this Cyrkin character goes down
for what he has done to this hobby
- With all this going on the hobby is still willing
to give Cyrkin a second chance. There is scheduled to be an autograph
show in Florida. Cyrkin has been invited by an autograph organization
to attend, a perfect opportunity to apologize to the businessman
he called a kike" and also to Koschal for falsely
calling him a forger. Both fellows are willing to accept Cyrkins
apology and move forward. Knowing that the club invited Cyrkin
to attend the show and even promote his magazine, we at www.autographaler.com
discussed this and also invited Cyrkin to attend. We have not
heard from Steve Cyrkin!
Continuing with the disorder at the magazine, the following is
a comment from one of its writers. Mark Gross posted this message
on Cyrkins own website. "Something funny about trying
to get an autograph from someone that is a bit deceased. In the
November (2009) issue of this months Autograph magazine,
there is something I noticed a little strange. Sure the magazine
offers 300 celebrity addresses with each issue, along with 5
guidelines to follow for more success. Guideline #5 states, "Be
patient! Responses may take weeks, months, or sometimes even
LONGER. There is a celebrity that the magazine gives an address
for this month, a sci-fi writer, whose autograph I myself own.
It is a famous writer, Arthur C. Clark
who actually passed
on in March of 2008. So, if you do send for his autograph from
the magazine listed address, remember guideline number 5. You
may be waiting, sometimes even longer!!!
.Hey, I sometimes
write for this magazine, so who better to poke fun at yourself
I have to see what else you may have let slip through
We have all experienced Cyrkins inexperience in this hobby
of autograph We here at www.autograpalert.com offer some advice
for whoever may still be reading the magazine just for the celebrity
addresses. There was always a rule when writing a celebrity and
that was to always include a self addressed stamped envelope.
Since Cyrkin has now taken it to the next level writing to dead
celebrities, our advice is when writing to dead celebrities posted
in Cyrkins magazine, break the old rule and do not include
a self addressed stamped envelope.
More professional autograph dealers are fleeing the magazine.
We were just advised that one of the best known dealers in modern
celebrity autographs have cancelled their long running advertisement.
They have been advertising for years but Cyrkins "kike"
remark and the lack of collector response to their ads was enough
to say adios to Cyrkin. Who can ever forget the wonderful impressive
full back page ads by Profiles In History. They are gone. Another
long time advertiser who recently said "au revoir"
to the magazine.
Getting back to some more of the idiocy going on with Cyrkins
magazine it now appears he has everyone laughing. The latest
lunacy was published in the November issue of Autograph. Its
an Autograph Captions Contest and the lucky winner will receive
a DVD sleeve signed by Robert DeNiro. This is so funny we can
barely continue to type. When was the last time anyone saw a
contest in any autograph journal where the prize ends up being
NOT GENUINE! By now you probably have figured Cyrkin isnt
the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to authenticating
but to not do his research and allow a phony autograph to be
given away as a prize is hitting bottom. We had the autograph
examined by several who specialize in modern celebrities and
all have stated it is not real but a secretarial example most
likely obtained through the mail! Besides the experts and in-person
collectors we notified we also had the autograph looked at by
a professional authenticating company who also said on their
letterhead it is not genuine.
- The lucky winner of the fake autograph is a Ron
Snack of Pequannock, New Jersey. He won because his caption for
the story was "Now, if you think that the last shock was
" www.autographalert.com would love to hear Rons
caption after obtaining his fake prize from Cyrkin.
Those of you left with a subscription are subjecting yourself
to this lunacy and rewarded with another "shock." Recently
Cyrkin increased subscription rates from $29.95 to $39.95. There
continues to be an "autograph amber alert" still out
for any sighting of a February 2010 issue of Autograph magazine.
One of the emails we received said: "since it doesnt
seem to exist it may be Cyrkins best work. No mistakes!"
Just another sign of a sinking ship. We say "sayonara."
- Breaking News:
- April 3, 2010
AUCTION, POTENTIAL BIDDERS BEWARE
Many believe they are witnessing
the slow death of RR Auction. Some are saying RR stands for "Rabid
& Repulsive". The arrogance of the top dog" Bob
Eaton is finally taking its toll. The opening of their monthly
catalog seems to have become an industry joke. "RR Auction
is committed to offering authentic material
we also add
LOAs and/COAs from highly respected authenticators
Highly respected? Says who????
Over the years, Bob Eaton and his catalog has offered innumerable
bad, forged, secretarial, wrongly identified signatures backed
by his circus full of home made authenticators. www.autographalert.com
is notified on a regular basis of the fakes illustrated in RR
Auction catalogs. Fakes in every field of collecting from presidents
in the front of the catalog to sports in the rear.
- We do not publish all the times Eaton at RR has
been notified by some industry giants about a forged autograph
being offered by RR and authenticated by RRs choice of
autograph authenticating imposters. In the past it would be extremely
rare to get Eaton to even respond to the free advice being given
to him by experts. Eaton would ignore their guidance and counsel
and continue to sell the bad item. This is so very common with
RR Auction that we no longer report on these issues. We believe
our readers have been well informed regarding the dangers of
bidding with this auction house.
Why all the mistakes? Just look at what Eaton calls his experts!
John Reznikoff, an industry jokester who was disgraced when having
to resign from a autograph dealers club he helped create.
Reznikoff attempted to resign from a different autograph club
when he was advised serious ethics complaints were filed against
him. The club revoked Reznikoffs membership over the ethics
violations. Who is not aware of his selling forged JFK/Marilyn
Monroe pieces? Nearly 8 million dollars was sold. What about
Reznikoffs Lifetime Guarantee, ask Reznikoff for the names
of anyone who got a refund. Its getting very difficult
to find a president of the United States that Reznikoff had not
mis-authenticated not to mention all the other authenticating
mistakes in other fields.
Roger Epperson, you know him well, hes the guy well noted
for passing so many music items on new albums where the celebritys
been dead for over 20 years. Just read the criminal psychiatrist
who studied Gacy, Manson, Dahmer and more and read her report
on Epperson. "
most people I am asked to comment on
that display that must emotional instability are already behind
Scott Cornish. Who will ever forget his email to a competitor
in Germany? "
.Its not like yall are still
making lampshades out of human skin or smashing babies heads
against brick walls
you have no clue how ugly I can get
How stupid is this guy and he says he can get uglier!
PSA/DNA. Enough said!
One more sad state of affairs for the hobby
would you believe
the UACC has both RR Auction and John Renikoff as registered
dealers, members in good standing? This alone speaks volumes.
So you wonder why many are no longer bidding with RR Auction.
In the past, very few could ever get Bob Eaton off his throne
and on the phone. He is now apparently feeling the pain inflicted
upon him by past supporters. Eaton is now on the phone and also
sending emails begging for consignments. It doesnt appear
to be working as one of his long time major supporters has had
How do you know when an autograph auction house and its management
has little clue about selling genuine autographs and even has
little respect for historical documents? You dont have
to be a rocket scientist to understand the following.
Look at what some imbecile at PSA/DNA did to a valuable Beatles
signed item. They stuck their unsightly sticker next to John
Lennons autograph. This is done with management's blessing.
Forgot about all the autographs we can write about that they
mis-authenticated but they are continually placing these stickers
which destroys the originality of the item and reduces its value.
How can any autograph auction house or anyone with knowledge
of autographs support this unprofessional madness?
- Beatles Autograph Item Defaced By PSA/DNA
- We have folders of complaints from collectors about
all the mistakes in authenticating in RR Auction catalogs but
this one needs no explanation. Everyone reading this story can
see for themselves how sloppy Eatons research is and how
little Eatons COA is worth.
The following is taken from a recent RR Auction catalog and is
illustrated exactly as in the catalog. Item #183 signature of
Chiang Kai-Shek. Item # 185. Madame and Chiang Kai-Shek.
Illustrations from RR Auction Catalog
- Most likely no one reading this story can read
Chinese but you dont need to. The only one who cant
tell these are totally two different signatures is Bob Eaton.
Then insults the potential bidder adding his Certificate of Authenticity.
Believe us, this is far from being an isolated incident. Want
more proof Bob Eaton, a PSADNA autograph authenticator and his
RR Auction has no clue. Study the genuine signature of Chaing
Kai Shek above. Now compare it with the signed photo illustrated
below. The photo below is from RR catalog #327, November 14,
2007, item #365.
- Chaing Kai Shek photo mis-described by
Bob Eaton Soth Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu
- This wannabe authenticator states that this signature
is Nguyen Van Thieu, president of South Vietnam. This item also
comes with the invaluable, worthless RR Certificate of Authenticity.
We know whose signature is on the slip for item #185 but we are
not here to educate Bob Eaton, we have tried for years and he
does not respond, just ignores the experts and continues to sell
the items he is told are not genuine, mis-described and mis-identified!
Lets not forget that all these bad items comes with a WORTHLESS
RR Auction COA.
- Breaking News:
- March 29, 2010
- HERMAN DARVICK
Noted Forger, Thief and Liar
- One of the hobbys early bad boys has come
out of hiding. Over two decades ago, this rotten apple was thrown
out of the UACC for ethics violations. The disgraced Herman
Darvick was once president of the UACC.
- Herman Darvick Expelled from UACC
- Mr. Darvick was expelled from the UACC for failure
to pay a member monies owed from a sale at his auction and failing
to return unsold items to the same member.
- UACC Statement REMOVED
- After 20 some odd years, this statement has quietly
and mysteriously disappeared from the UACC website. Now, with
this statement gone, Darvick has joined the James Spence so called
The amount of bad unauthentic material Darvick has sold through
his auctions will hurt the hobby for decades to come. Some typical
emails we have received from collectors about Darvick follow:
in the past I purchased many
autographs from Herman Darvick that I assumed were authentic
recent years I have consigned some of them to R&R Enterprises
and some have come back as being secretarial or unauthentic
obtained letters from RR for the unauthentic ones stating why
they arent real. I need to contact Herman Darvick to try
to get a refund for them since he guaranteed them for life
am out several thousand dollars
I set up at a show in Massachusetts
was a Herman Darvick sighting
I asked the collector what
the f_ _ _ is he doing at your table? The collector/dealer
shrugged his shoulders, without an answer. Darvick wasnt
at the show very long. Must have bumped into someone he owed
some coin to
I recently purchased a Salvador Dali print, hand
from a live TV auction
authenticated by Herman
according to Mr. Hockman, Dali never made a one
of a kind print, these items valued at $19,500.00 are fakes,
not signed by the artist. I am attempting to get as much information
together to present to the Consumer fraud Unit of the Los Angeles
DAs office and would appreciate any information you might
be able to provide regarding Darvick
Darvick sold bad material
I remember when he
sold a fake Honus Wagner to
those I purchased from Darvick are the Bergman small
S/P, the Oliver Hardy S/P, the Sinatra/Kelly S/P, the Hayworth
S/P, the Bogart S/P, and the Travolta S/P for starters..if the
Jayne Mansfield S/P is inscribed to the Carteles on its
30th anniversary it is from Darvick
if the John Wayne S/P
is inscribed to Randall it is from Darvick
are you going
to include a letter for each item that is secretarial
- If you go back into www.autographalert.com archives,
a story/warning about Darvick appears on August 13, 2007. We
called him out as a forger of autographs. We illustrated three
presidential forgeries he executed directly in front of one of
the officials involved in this site. That article was not only
truthful but devastating. Since that story was published not
a word in it has changed! Darvick cant request any changes
for he knows he forged those and many other signatures for anyone
who requested to see his work at the UACC shows.
Of course, James Spence knows Darvick is a forger. Doesnt
seem to matter as water seems to seek its own level. Darvick
is one heck of an addition to the team which is starting to look
more like a line-up.
We know most reading this site are not autograph authenticators
but surely every can see the following signature of Babe Ruth
is clearly the worst example of a forgery you will ever see.
Babe Ruth Forgery
We illustrate this signature of Ruth because it was authenticated
and sold by Herman Darvick as item #285 in his 1991 auction.
The signature was part of a 21 word note which proves Darvick
has no clue to what a genuine signature of Ruth should look like
nor is he familiar with Ruths handwriting. Anyone making
such a horrendous mistake should never be authenticating for
anyone. So much for the JSA so called authenticating team.
Darvick has basically been brought out of hiding by John Reznikoff
of University Archives who has given him a job. Darvick who has
been in financial difficulty as long as most of us can remember
is now a slave for Reznikoff and has recently been used to fight
Reznikoffs battles. Only positive thing here is those who
know Darvick avoid him.
Darvick and Reznikoff appear to be a perfect match, like two
peas in a pod. We all now know where they are and can keep an
eye on them!
As for additional newly discovered Darvick problems, we have
been advised of something very disturbing. It will affect our
entire industry negatively. It gives us insight into how a criminal
mind can work. Darvick sold a Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig photograph
of the two fishing. To Darvick it bore what he thinks were genuine
signatures of Ruth & Gehrig. Darvick issued his own COA along
with the usual claims of his lifetime guarantee. The photo was
purchased by a well known dealer who has a gallery in New York
City. The dealer gave the photo to PSA/DNA (Darvick was a PSA/DNA
authenticator from 2006-2009) and they determined the Ruth/Gehrig
signatures were forgeries. Darvick has been contacted for a refund.
He refused! Darvicks reason for refusal was that: "I
am no longer in the autograph business, I am an authenticator
Unbelievable, however an outright lie! Collectors need to know
this as others are also looking for Darvick to obtain refunds.
Darvick is in business of selling autographs and he has been
doing so on eBay. He has been a member since 2001. His seller
info is "teacher33188" and he has been selling long
enough to acquire over 2, 000 feedbacks.
Collectors who have purchased forgeries from Darvick in the past
need not to accept his lame excuse that he is no longer in business.
Because of this undesirable what collector can be expected to
accept anyones "Lifetime Guarantee?"
Herman Darvick, an evil individual, has done more than anyone
else to help kill that "lifetime guarantee" for the
many honest dealers today.
- Breaking News:
- March 20, 2010
- CRIMINAL PSYCHIATRIST COMMENTS
- ON ROGER EPPERSON
Epperson Backed By
James Spence Authentication, and RR Auctions
- The following story contains some very
graphic language not suitable for most adults. The contents are
published here for clarity and accuracy purposes only. Be warned!
- Roger Epperson of Signed, Sealed, Delivered
and Real, recently wrote a silly, childish story titled; "See
What an Honest Dealer Has To Put Up With."
Steve Cyrkin of Autograph magazine is possibly best known for
calling a Jewish dealer a "kike" has supported Epperson,
the unsavory character, through many of Eppersons lows
and downfall. While both are well known, industry wide, for rude
and cruel statements toward some of their fellow peers, the lying
and unethical behavior by both has reached epidemic proportions.
We have counted 78 lies told by just Roger Epperson in the last
5 months. The only statement by Roger Epperson that we have not
yet been able to confirm as a lie is when he stated; "I
resigned PSA/DNA just three days after busting Zach Rullo for
forgery." Zach Rullo is still working at PSA/DNA as what
they call an autograph authenticator.
What constitutes a good guy? Does Epperson authenticating countless
forgeries pass the muster? Epperson sure wins first prize by
authenticating as genuine re-released record albums dated as
many as 22 years after the celebrity had died. Epperson according
to his opinion still thinks its possible for dead men to
autograph albums. Epperson is currently doing so for James Spence
Authentication and RR Auctions.
- Does being a chronic liar constitute
being a good guy? Epperson has told nothing but lies with the
possible exception of the one we cannot confirm as being false
about Zach Rullo. He caught PSA/DNAs authenticator, Zach
Rullo forging autographs.
- Does cheating on ones wife constitute
being a good guy? Several are guilty of this on their side. However,
this is all about autograph collecting therefore we will not
drag their personal lives into this.
- Does cursing out customers who call you
out for selling forgeries constitute being a good guy? This almost
appears to be normal for Epperson as he is well known for doing
this. There is whos who list of people being told off,
cursed and much worse. All they wanted was a refund because they
bought bogus material from Roger Epperson.
- They have formed a "gang" and
gave themselves the name "The White Hat Gang." This
group, which consists of only a handful has crossed the line
like never before.
- Epperson thinks hes hiding behind
the word "Truth" to shovel lies at epidemic proportions
to those that will read his nonsense. He posted some accusations
made against him by a Cori Raiderman who suggested Roger may
be a child molester. Epperson bit back with horrific statements
without stating the facts or truth. In fact if you read what
Epperson or Cyrkin will tell you and believe just half of it
you might think these two clowns created the world in just 7
days. Let us tell you they didnt!!! Far from it.
- What has transpired to the downward spiral
of both of Epperson and Cyrkin? Lets look at just some of the
recent facts they do not want you to know.
- On the site www.ripoffreport.com
been many complaints filed against Roger Epperson for his unsavory
actions. These include passing as genuine bad material to his
unprofessional conduct. Epperson responds to collectors and dealers
with complete lies and insults. He has stated such idiotic things
as telling a collector he would go to prison and that Epperson
was going to be allowed to choose his prison cell mate.
- Epperson tries some scare tactics and
tells the collector he committed International Fraud yet he lives
in the same country as Epperson. Epperson through his rants has
stated icons in the industry who have far more experience, professionalism
and morals are proven criminals. Yet they have never broken any
law, let alone have Eppersons fabrications and lies been
proven. It appears to Roger Epperson, lying has become his second
language. It is no wonder many collectors and dealers are seeing
Epperson for what he truly is, a classless, disgusting joke in
- Steve Cyrkin who has made many mistakes
lately stands behind Roger Epperson. Cyrkins website, known
for years to be selling forgeries of contemporary celebrities,
remains down nearly a year after he claimed it would be back
up. This should speak volumes about Cyrkins character.
Cyrkin has foolishly been using his magazine to poorly attempt
to go after others (non advertisers) thinking it keeps eyes off
- The Epperson fiasco is so bad even autograph
organizations are getting involved. The IADA, known as the International
Autograph Dealers Association recently warned collectors with
the hopes of preventing them from buying fake material. The material
was anything that came with a COA issued by REAL, otherwise known
as Roger Epperson. This warning was due to many fake/forged items
being authenticated by Epperson as genuine. Knowing a date of
when an item was manufactured is paramount in authentication.
Before analyzing a signature one should know whether or not it
was possible for someone to sign the item. If it wasnt
created during their lifetime, how could they possibly sign it?
Everyone knows Babe Ruth cannot sign a 2009 magazine so when
the disturbing facts came out that Epperson was passing material
on tems created up to 22 years after the celebrity had died,
the IADA did the right thing by warning its membership. To do
nothing in regards to this fraud germinating the industry would
have been reckless. For fear of more public humiliation, Epperson
resigned his membership in the club when he discovered the ethics
committee was investigating him.
- Epperson loves to toot his own horn and
tells collectors he authenticates for eBay. Let us set the record
straight once and for all. The following is a portion of an email
sent to a collector on March 8, 2010 from and individual we will
not name but is in "eBay Customer Support." "
have a list of valid authenticating companies/authenticators,
and only articles with certificates released by those companies
are allowed to be listed on eBay. Upon checking the item number
Stevie Ray Vaughn signed autograph ticket, I see
that the seller claims a certain Roger Epperson graded its authenticity.
Unfortunately this individual is not included in our list of
certified authenticators, so this listing should not be allowed.
Having said this, I forwarded your report to the appropriate
team who can take action on the offending listing
It certainly appears Eppersons "White Hat" is
shot full of holes.
On www.ripoffreport.com Epperson decided to
combat all the negative complaints lodged against him by many
victims of his company. Epperson does so with poor grammar, mis-spelled
words and slanderous accusations. As Eppersons career continued
to spiral downward and out of control he resorted to slander,
defamation of character and libel. His reputation for doing despicable
things finally caught up with him. Instead of apologizing to
the many victims he harmed, Epperson took on a knew identity
and pretended he was a girl named Tara. How do we know this?
Because only Roger Epperson can respond on www.ripoffreport.com
website as "Owner of Company". While the insanity was
going on with Epperson and his authentication mistakes and his
company was being exposed he would respond signing his real name
at the conclusion of each of his rants. Each of Eppersons
responses would show his password code "Owner of Company."
Rogers rants looking ever so foolish needed some sort of
backup. Finally, Epperson takes on the identity of Tara. On January
7, 2010 he/she writes: "All these autograph dealers are
scum. Look at Mike Frost BIG fat ugly man who couldnt get
laid with a handful of fiftys or forgeries. This guy Frost
is such a dirt bag he gets pictures with the stars and then makes
countless forgeries with them. This guy also makes super imposed
pictures of stars signing that is why he goes after anyone else
because he is the biggest dirty scum there is. He continues to
rip people off with his BOGUS PAAS COAs. Frost should be
in bars and I dont mean eating candy bars. By the way Roger
you have a great dick if you dont have a job with RR Auctions
you should o [sic] into porn. You [sic] dick is as big has [sic]
Frosts waistline. Tara."
- When Epperson wrote this sick and disgusting
message and signed it "Tara" he was too dumb to realize
that his code name to log onto the site would show up on the
message. Yes, "Owner of Company" which is on all of
Eppersons prior postings also appeared on the one he wrote
in as "Tara."
- Wow, this coming from Roger Epperson,
former PSA/DNA authenticator and currently authenticating for
James Spence Authentication and RR Auctions. RR Auction has been
removing items from their auctions previously authenticated by
Epperson on a regular basis. Some call RR Auctions music section
as "Pulled For Further Review."
- Steve Cyrkin whose struggling magazine
(there is an autograph amber alert for the February 2010 issue)
has lost many subscribers and major long time advertisers still
stands behind one of his last "full page advertiser"
In response to Eppersons writings thinking hes hiding
as Tara, a person by the name of Cori asked Epperson via email
who is Tara? Epperson, already proven hes not the sharpest
pencil in the drawer, was dumb enough to respond: "Tara
is my 8 month old daughter, now your asking about my daughter?
This will make a great story."
Now, if Eppersons first statement is true, and his last
statement is also true, he wants Cori to believe his 8 month
old daughter compliments his dick? So Cori calls him out on this
and instead of being professional or responsible Epperson writes:
"See what honest dealers have to put up with?"
Epperson still not realizing his log on code "Owner of Company"
was posted on his last message continues to pretend he is Tara.
Epperson, obviously blinded by anger writes once again on February
15, 2010: "Its Tara again, I heard threw [sic] the
inner circles that Mike Frost was choking on a ham sandwich and
died just like Mama Cass from the Mama and Papas. Funny
thing is that Mr. Frost looks like the male version of mama cass
[sic]. Mr. Frost in drag very scary swinging his man boobs
like pizza doe being tossed in the air. I hope they can find
a big enough casket to put that large pile of lard in. Everyone
here at R&R auctions will sign the casket as well as our
friends at JSA, GAI and PSA/DNA. I will even spread my pussy
lips as a pap smear on there for him, the closest thing he will
get to pussy. Farewell Frosty, Tara."
- First, notice the music analogy and again
this message is identified by the website as from "Owner
of Company." Only Roger Epperson could be responsible for
posting the two blogs signed as "Tara." Epperson has
now incriminated RR Enterprises. Any legitimate company would
distance themselves from Epperson if they cared about their public
persona. In writing, Epperson also incriminates JSA, PSA and
GAI stating they will sign Mike Frosts casket. For these
companies to continue to be associated with Epperson speaks volumes.
Supporting these vulgar messages is horrendous and should not
be tolerated. These type of actions should not be allowed in
any justice system or industry. These people and individuals
should be boycotted forever or until they publicly apologize
to their many victims and all their customers. Since this is
their character and there are no morals in their septic minds
what will they not do? Do you think they care about passing and
selling forgeries? Think again. Do you think they are above forging
material themselves? Think again. There is nothing TOO LOW for
this group of scoundrels.
Recently a criminal psychiatrist with a history of testifying
in court in regards to whether or not criminals were able to
stand trial based on insanity was shown Roger Eppersons
emails, statements, blogs and comments. She was paid to analyze
what type of repugnant individual would write like him. She agreed
to write out a statement on her letterhead but after reading
Eppersons words and statements declined stating; "Most
people I am asked to comment on, that display this much emotional
instability are typically already behind prison bars. At risk
for my safety I refuse to publicly make comments on this character
while he is a free member of our society." This criminal
psychiatrist has studied the minds of John Wayne Gacy, Charles
Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and now Roger Epperson. She
cant even refer to Epperson as a person, rather she calls
him a character.
So who do you trust? Those that lie about everything, pass and
sell forgeries and take on other identities to slander those
far more credible than themselves with sick, twisted sexual comments.
This is what is referred to as a member of "The White Hat
Gang" with Roger Epperson as their poster child.
What is next? Will Epperson, riddled with hate appear at a show
and open fire? A well known criminal psychiatrist who deals in
such wackos refused to put her comments in writing; ".....at
risk for her safety."
- Editor's note: The author
of this article, is a first time writer for www.autographalert.com,
and has been following the antics of Roger Epperson for quite
some time and has built a large file on Eppersons long
list of items he sold that were not genuine. The author wants
to remain anonymous for the same reason why the criminal psychiatrist
refused to put her statement in writing, for fear of their safety.
- Breaking News:
- March 19, 2010
Autograph Authenticator Looses Lawsuit
- HBO Program Portrayed Him As Authenticator of Choice
for Forgery Ring
The HBO cable television
channel won dismissal of a $5 million defamation lawsuit by a
Brooklyn, New York handwriting expert. Frangipani, who claims
he can authenticate autographs accused HBO television channel
and "Real Sports" host Bryant Gumbel of tying him to
an autograph forgery ring.
This weeks ruling by Manhattan U.S. District Judge George Daniels
in federal court rejected claims by Donald Frangipani. Frangipani
claims he has more than 40 years of experience in forensic documents.
This experience supposedly includes authenticating sports autographs
and other memorabilia by Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods and more.
HBO is a unit of Time Warner Inc.
In his 2008 lawsuit, Frangipani alleged that HBO violated New
York State defamation law over a January 2006 "Real Sports"
segment, "Forger's Paradise," in which the program
portrayed him as an authenticator of choice for a forgery ring
broken up by the FBI in 2000.
Frangipani also accused large authentication companies of violating
federal antitrust and racketeering laws by conspiring to keep
him out of the market.
Among the defendants were Gumbel, who hosted "Real Sports,"
as well as narrator Armen Keteyian and several producers.
In the 15-page decision, Judge Daniels said the plaintiff failed
to show that the authentication companies violated federal antitrust
and racketeering laws by scheming to freeze him out of the market,
or that customers refused to use his authentication services.
Because Frangipani's federal claims were dismissed, Daniels declined
to exercise jurisdiction over the state law defamation claim.
The case is Frangipani v. HBO et al, U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York, No. 08-5675.
- Breaking News:
- March 18, 2010
Snatches Autograph Thief
- Over the last few months, William J. Scott of Longmeadow,
Massachusetts, an 18 year old freshman at Drew University in
New Jersey, was stealing valuable letters while working part
time at the University's United Methodist Archives Center. He
sold thousands of dollars of letters and F.B.I. agents found
others in his dresser drawer after executing a search warrant
of his dorm room. Scott was handcuffed when led into the U.S.
District Court in Newark, New Jersey for a bail hearing. He faces
a $250,000 fine and up to ten years in prison if convicted.
- Authorities said Scott, a Drew freshman, worked
as a paid student assistant at the Archives Center since approximately
October 2009. The Archives Center is home to the official archival
repository for The United Methodist Church. Its collection includes
records from the various denominational agencies within the United
Methodist tradition, and personal papers of several bishops,
denominational leaders, and missionaries from the 18th, 19th
and 20th centuries.
- Many of the documents housed at the Archives Center
are maintained in a secure storage room that is locked and only
accessible to those who, like Scott, are given keys by the Archives
- Included among the papers stored in the secure
storage room at the Archives Center are approximately 145 letters
of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism. The letters
were written in the 18th and 19th centuries and are valued on
the open market at between approximately $5,000 and $12,000 per
letter. Also included among the documents at the Archives Center
are various letters written by past presidents of the United
States, including Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
and Dwight D. Eisenhower, to various Methodist Bishops and other
important Methodist figures.
- It is a sad day when a student at one of
our nations learning institutions pilfers great cultural
and historical resources, rather than respects and learns from
them. U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.
Items stolen include twenty-one pieces from John Wesley, and
several from U.S. Presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Andrew
Johnson, FDR, Eisenhower and Nixon.
Scott sold many of the letters to leading dealers throughout
the United States and as far away as England, it was reported.
The F.B.I. is in the process of attempting to retrieve the stolen
items. According to the agent in charge the F.B.I. will try and
help the dealers involved get refunds.
Anyone who has purchased items from William Scott during the
last few months, or sent checks to his home address in Longmeadow,
Massachusetts, should contact www.autographalert.com via eMail. We will put
you in touch with the F.B.I. Special Agent in New Jersey who
is handling this case.
- Breaking News:
- March 15, 2010
Autograph Show & Sale
- Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10am till 5 pm
To be held at
- "The Show Emporium"
Located only 7 miles West of the Ft. Lauderdale Airport at
9730 Griffin Road, Cooper City, FL 33328
Dealers Buying & Selling Autographs in all fields of
Dan Rowe from The Written Word, Autograph Auction in New Hampshire
will be on hand taking consignments for his next auction.
on site Autograph Authentication/Appraisals.
open forum and roundtable event - everyone is welcome
to attend, listen, speak and ask questions.
been almost ten years since Floridas last professional
autograph show and sale. Collectors are craving to meet the dealers
and add items to their collections. Dealer tables are "free"
but there is a limited supply.
FREE Admission, Free Parking, Come See The Titanic Exhibit
Free educational autograph course. Instructed by Todd Mueller
from Colorado, once eBays largest autograph seller. He
sold over one million autographs on eBay. Although his user name
is still in effect, he no longer uses them. Attend the course,
"The Pitfalls of Dealing With eBay and Their Authenticators."
Everyone attending the course will receive a "Certification
of Completion." Course starts at 9:15am.
434-4484 ask for Richard Scott
Free Coffee & Cake available during this event!
- Breaking News:
- March 1, 2010
Spence, JSA Authentication,
an Autograph Authenticating Circus
- There is no question, James Spence and his lame
attempt to authenticating autographs is "out of control."
Making matters worse is his association as an authenticator for
eBay. This is a major part of the problem regarding all the stories
you read on the internet about buying autographs on eBay.
The Spence Authenticating Circus continues and the authenticating
clowns are making a real mess of things. UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE
OF THESE AUTHENTICATORS AND THOSE WHO ATTACH THER NAMES TO THESE
COMPANIES, COLLECTORS ARE LEAVING THE HOBBY! Too many collectors
have bought bad autographs authenticated as genuine by these
authenticating clowns. The amount of bad items they have authenticated
"as genuine" has flooded the market. We are getting
inundated with emails of how many genuine autographs are being
turned down. If you are lucky enough to get hold of James Spence
and complain about his incompetence his answer is: "well,
you paid for an opinion." These opinions lacking expertise
are backed by nothing.
Unfortunately, there are still some uneducated collectors who
have been taken by the full page ads and the dealers left who
like to push these authenticators. The sellers believe they do
not need to have any responsibility for the items they offer.
When these same dealers are given proof they sold a bad item
with a COA from an authenticating company they will tell you
"we dont know autographs the authenticator said it
This site has warned collectors many times of the unbelievable
amount of mistakes made by these authenticators we can no longer
assist individuals with their problems with these imposters impersonating
autograph authenticators. If you chose to waste your money on
their "guess" or opinion" you deserve what
you get. There is enough information about these people on the
internet to warn you. Have you ever read a positive article,
anywhere, about these authenticators?
More than once readers have been advised to boycott shows, card
shops and sellers of autographs who use these authenticators.
We can assure all of you that every dealer who uses these authenticators
knows very well how incompetent they are.
Just to refresh everyones memory to ensure you things are
not even close to getting better with these authenticating companies
we knew of a few items that a collector was interested in purchasing
from a store that specializes in autographs. The collector still
feeling nervous about purchasing something from a legitimate
dealer said "would you mind if I just got a second opinion
on the three items." He was told pick any of the authenticators
he wishes and James Spence was the one he wanted to try.
The foolish collector wasted good money for the "opinion"
or "guess" from James Spence and his band of authenticators.
Each item was turned down as not likely genuine.
Once again, positive proof this circus of authenticators has
"no clue" as to what they are doing. Every single COA
ever issued by this group is suspect! Most dealers and even autograph
organizations do not recognize these certificates.
The names of those associated with and allow their names to be
used with this authenticating circus are as follows:
James J. Spence, Jr.
Bob Eaton, RR Auctions
Tom Kramer, Golden Age Autographs
John Reznikoff, University Archives
Roger Epperson., Signed, Sealed, Delivered
J.D. Bardwell, Autograph World
Lets look inside the circus tent, look at the roster, mostly
identified rogues and dissect it, in part.
You have one that is very anti-semitic. This clown sent a nasty
negative email to a collector in Germany mentioning the Germans
making lampshades out of the skin of Jews. He ends his email
stating you dont know how nasty I can get. The hobby was
outraged, pressure on the auction house caused this doofus to
Another one named above runs an auction house and is proven to
have a long history of selling bad autographs. He even continues
to sell non genuine autographs when he has been advised by several
experts they were bad weeks before the end of the auction.
The "King" of selling bad autographs is on the list.
One collection of forgeries he was involved in selling sold for
nearly 8 million dollars. An industry record! Try to find someone
who got a refund. His partner went to prison. Two autograph clubs
he was a member, he resigned from one over the forgery scandal
and the other removed him for ethics violations. Forged Elvis
Presleys lyrics and Elviss hair sold in a Chicago
auction probably run a second and third. Wait to you eventually
read about his past exploits in the postage stamp business.
Another nut case who wished, in writing, some collectors die
in 2010 and also wished they to get prostate cancer. Maybe this
sicko is best know for purchasing from multiple forgers over
many years and authenticating as genuine signatures of celebrities
who have been dead for a dozen or more years where their forged
signatures were signed on modern albums.
One listed above, some call him "Mr. Autograph Disgrace.
" This yo yo was thrown out of an autograph club he was
once president. It was over ethics violations. This hot
dog forged presidential autographs and was so proud of his work,
he did this openly at shows in front of collectors and dealers.
This dangerous dude is also a liar and thief of autographs left
in his care. Later he was caught selling autographs he stole
on his eBay site. He is now working out of the office of another
listed above. Two peas in a pod.
Theres so much more, but you get the idea. All the above
are supporting this authentication circus which floods the industry
with bad autographs authenticated "as genuine." Sadly,
lets not forget, eBay well aware of these flaws continues
to use this service for authenticating autographs offered on
The autograph hobby is screaming for outside intervention and
regulation! FBI, Big Brother, any Congressman/Senator are you
- Breaking News:
- February 25, 2010
SPENCE, JSA and eBay AUTHENTICATOR CONTINUES
TO BE AN
What else can you call this
guy who has embarrassed himself through PSADNA and continues
under his own name telling everyone to "follow the leader."
Spence has got to be delusional. This self-proclaimed "leader"
will help fill your collection with fake autographs or tell you
your genuine autographs are fake. He has taken rubber stamped
and preprinted signatures and issued his worthless COA stating
the item is genuine. What else can you expect from someone impersonating
an autograph authenticator?
Spence has made a fool of himself at shows authenticating forged
signatures as genuine of a celebrity who was attending the same
show as an autograph guest.
A popular item sold on eBay was the taped interview of Spence
on Fox News where Spence authenticated as genuine signatures
that were specifically forged for Spence to examine.
Another ridiculous situation, James Spence is one of eBays
authenticators. The above mentioned tape was eventually pulled
from being sold by eBay. It was one heck of an embarrassment.
With Spence and PSADNA being authenticators for eBay its
no surprise why so many bad autographs are being sold as genuine
on eBay. Not to mention that good autographs are being taken
down. These authenticating imposters just dont know. We
can assure you that eBay is very much aware of this autograph
authenticating mess. Many are calling these authenticating companies,
If anything imaginable could go wrong authenticating autographs
at James Spence Authentication, you can be assured it has many
times over. Do you want another reason to avoid anything that
comes with a James Spence Authentication?
Go to eBay, item number 220555250928. B-E Collecibles is offering
a Chris Short Single signed baseball. B-E Collectibles states
in their description that a Certificate of Authenticity is included
from reputable JSA". Now, where did B-E hear that JSA was
reputable? We have to believe they know better but this is just
one more reason to avoid doing business with any seller who sells
something authenticated by one of the companies who claims they
can authenticate autographs. This ball got 8 bids from 5 uneducated
bidders. It sold for $145.50.
- A Gary Sheffield Signed Baseball That
- James Spence (JSA) Authenticated as Chris
Short Signed Baseball
- "Follow the Leader, James Spence" to
the bottom of the autograph barrel. Spence at a minimum needs
to be tarred and feathered before fleeing this hobby. Whatever
happened when an inexperienced authenticator got it wrong by
saying a forged autograph was genuine and issued their worthless
COA. Just as often, these simpletons failed genuine autographs.
It appears those were the good ole days. Lets "Follow
the Leader" to a new lower level. The signature on the ball
illustrated above is NOT of Chris Short. It is the fairly common
signature of Gary Sheffield. James Spence you hit rock bottom
and need to find another vocation. The hobby needs to rid themselves
of these quasi-authenticators.
In future B-E Collectibles sales., will they still use James
Spence Authentication and state "included from reputable
Most card shops and shows that have James Spence Authenticating
are well aware of his authenticating incompetence. Its
all about making a buck and these business need to be avoided.
They are all contributing to having a continuous flow of mis-authenticated
items enter collections.
The hobby is still attempting to self police itself. Collectors
need to avoid all shops, shows and the few auction houses left
that use these wannabe autograph authenticators.
- Breaking News:
- February 14, 2010
AUCTIONS KNOWINGLY CONTINUES TO SELL
AND NON-GENUINE AUTOGRAPHS
The autograph hobby/industry
continues to have serious problems. Many sellers and auction
houses who belong to clubs use their membership status as a disguise
to appear being honorable. Clubs have so-called "Ethics
Boards" yet do basically nothing against those members they
favor who continually sell non genuine autographs. One reason
for favoring these undesirable sellers and auction houses is
because they support the clubs and an industry magazine with
full page ads. The industry magazine who takes full page ads
from these same miscreant sellers and auctions is equally responsible
for allowing non genuine autographs to enter the hobby. Another
problem is one just needs to look at some of the autographs the
owner of the industry magazine was selling (also considered a
conflict of interest) and you can see why he is unfamiliar with
It seems the hobby is "out of control" with absolutely
no regulations! Its all about greed!
How much more irresponsible can the hobby get when an auction
house is notified weeks before the end of their sale, by several
experts in the field, that an item they are auctioning has been
identified as not genuine and the auction house totally ignores
The item is #79 Lyndon B. Johnson , The White House Card in the
February 10, 2010 RR Auction. As early as January 28, Bob Eaton
of RR Auction was hearing, in writing, from those who collect
and specialize in these cards. He was advised this item did not
contain an authentic signature of LBJ. Since then at least five
different experts in the field of presidents have contacted RR
Auctions, in writing, about this card. Not one person received
even a courtesy response from RR Auction.
For those unfamiliar with presidential signatures or these highly
collectible cards, the first indication this card did not contain
a genuine signature is the fact that the signature was authenticated
by John Reznikoff of University Archives. He remains as the quasi
authenticator for PSADNA and James Spence Authentications. This
is the same John Reznikoff who in the past has made an innumerable
amount of mistakes in authenticating autographs in most fields
of autograph collecting. For well over a decade, Reznikoff has
been an industry embarrassment! He has authenticated both printed
signatures and machine signed signatures as genuine. This alone
is an inexcusable mistake for anyone who is attempting to authenticate
any autograph. Since he was unable to do that, the following
was inevitable. He has identified the wrong person on more than
one occasion and even not aware that a signature he authenticated
as genuine was upside down. Regarding presidents of the United
States, Reznikoffs mistakes are legendary. There is just
no spin for his authenticating a secretarial signature of Martin
Van Buren as genuine (RR Auction 12/08). Another Reznikoff blunder
was not being able to tell ink from a pen and he authenticated
a very common, well documented, Andrew Johnson rubber stamped
signature as genuine (Mastro 6/08). That alone is enough to run
any quasi authenticator out of the industry. Then to authenticate
a Theodore Roosevelt signature as genuine when it was the wrong
Roosevelt, (Mastro Action, 6/08) is just plain horrifying. Reznikoff
continues to prove he knows little about authenticating other
presidents. He takes on a very common, well documented, Warren
G. Harding secretarial signature and authenticates it as genuine
(TLS on eBay James Spence/John Reznikoff, Nov. 09). In addition,
Reznikoff screwed up again and again authenticating as genuine
a Dwight D. Eisenhower secretarial signed TLS (eBay April 2/08
James Spence/John Reznikoff), and a Eisenhower secretarial signed
card, an LBJ secretarial signed card and a Reagan machine signed
signature all in one lot (Mastro April 2006). Theres so
many more Reznikoff faux pas, a Richard Nixon machine signed
signature (RR Auction, Jan. 2007), Gerald R. Ford machine signed
signature (Mastro Feb 08) , and you could have found a Reagan
machine signed signature as Governor on Reznikoffs own
website, item #38191-001 for $300.00.
The grand daddy of them all and probably what Reznikoff may be
best known for was dealing, authenticating and selling John F.
Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe forgeries. It was in 1997 when the
big story hit the New York Times and other national newspapers.
Who doesnt remember seeing Reznikoff on the evening news
running from reporters. This was after he authenticated nearly
8 million dollars worth of forgeries, his partner eventually
went to prison. Many years later we are still trying to find
just one person who received a refund. This without question
can easily get John Reznikoff into the Guinness Book of World
Records. Over this incident, Reznikoffs resignation was
accepted by PADA, Professional Autograph Dealers Association,
an autograph organization Reznikoff helped create.
Yet, the arrogant Reznikoff continues to authenticate JFK which
still dupes some uneducated collectors. A typed letter signed
in RR Auction May 06, authenticated as genuine by Reznikoff was
clearly secretarial to anyone with the slightest knowledge of
Kennedy autographs. This time, RR Auction was forced to withdraw
the bogus item from their sale.
www.autographalet.com is not the only place that exposes John
Reznikoff and his antics. A while back we received and email
from a concerned collector over another one of these LBJ cards.
The collector was upset that he was told by Reznikoff that his
card was not genuine yet one that was selling at a RR Auction
with a very similar signature was authenticated as genuine. The
collector stated: "
.but he (Reznikoff) provided a
COA for the one on RR Auction
it seems unethical, at best,
for Reznikoff to be authenticating for PSA/DNA and saying yours
are fake, mine are real..so buy mine
its obvious that
the signatures are all in the same hand
my friend is building
a website as we speak because hes fed up with Reznikoffs
lack of integrity." Theres so much more but we think
you got the point regarding this authenticating underachiever.
RR Auction/Bob Eaton has been notified by industry experts more
than 10 days before the sale ended that the LBJ card is not genuine.
He was also told that in the book written specifically on these
cards Collecting Executive Mansion, White House and The White
House Cards Signed by the Presidents and Their First Ladies a
full page is devoted to why this exact card is not genuine. The
card is illustrated on page 85 of the book and it clearly states
that the owner of the card, Mike Minor, who once hoped and thought
it was genuine has agreed, several years ago, it was not. This
conversation was held with Minor in 2003 two years before the
information was published in the above mentioned book. Therefore
the Eaton/Reznikoff team had five years to read an autograph
reference book and discover the card that was about to sell was
not genuine. Still would that have mattered? Totally ignoring
the autograph communitys experts attempt to educate Eaton/Reznikoff
, Bob Eaton/RR Auction sold the card for $4,096 which does not
include the insulting 20% buyers premium.
- The White House Card offered in RR Auction,
Feb. 2010 sale, Item 379
- One email received from a collector of these cards
states: "RR Auctions is violating the code of ethics of
the UACC with regard to this issue." Why does this practice
of selling non genuine autographs allowed to be continued? Why
else, corruption in this hobby/industry!
How can any seller of autographs or auction house be allowed
to continue to operate when they are knowingly selling bad material
and continue to thumb their noses at the experts?
Since these sellers of non genuine autographs think they can
sit back and continue this practice with no consequences from
within the autograph hobby, then maybe its time to go to
We have contacted the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market
Information Bureau/Regulatory Agency, New Hampshire Board of
Auctioneers. We heard back from Kaley Dion, Office of the Secretary
of State and have been advised to go to www.sos.nh.gov/auctioneers
She continues, "and then just click on complaint form."
Why should any auction, be allowed to operate, who continues
the practice of selling non genuine items after being advised
by the autograph community? RR Auction Co. LLC doing business
as RR Auction, Carla Eaton auctioneers license NH3029 needs to
be revoked! This may be the last chance for the autograph industry
to clean itself up. The autograph hobby/industry has hit near
bottom because of lack of regulations. Millions of dollars of
bad autographs have found their way into collections. Through
unscrupulous sellers of autographs and some loathsome auction
houses, the hobby has hit near bottom. Its more than past
time for collectors and those who care about this hobby to take
this situation in their own hands
- Those who want to do their part in starting to
clean up this hobby can fill out and file a complaint form.
- February 12, 2010
WWW.AUTOGRAPHALERT.COM asked the autograph community to come
together and donate money for those in need in Haiti. We asked
our readers to send anything they could, even a dollar.
We did not set a dollar amount goal but thought $250.00 would
be a respectable amount to send as that could certainly purchase
a case of antibiotics.
We have personal contact with the founder of the Kakok Foundation
based in Miami. They have built a very successful clinic and
a school in Ile-a-Vache, Haiti. At the school the children are
also fed and in many cases this is the only meal they get each
day The foundation has suggested charities that have the means
to act now and who can be effective in helping the victims. Of
all the charitys available www.autographalert.com has chosen
Doctors Without Borders for our hobbys donation. This organization
has set up a portable hospital right in the center of Port-au-Prince
and is effectively helping with the medical needs of the survivors.
www.autographalert.com is pleased to announce that thus far we
has exceeded our goal and have collected $566.00 as of February
We are listing the names of the donors but not the amounts they
donated. The sole reason for this is Roger Epperson, of Signed,
Sealed, Delivered and a quasi-authenticator for James Spence
Authentication and RR Auctions. Epperson has attempted to turn
this good deed ugly. Therefore, www.autographalert.com will be
pleased to divulge the individual donated amounts to anyone who
has participated in this project.
Although we have exceeded our goal, www.autographalert.com will
continue to represent the autograph community and accept donations.
We will continue to forward the money to Doctors Without Borders
in a timely manner. A copy of the check sent to Doctors Without
Borders is illustrated below. The donation was sent to their
office at P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
- Check mailed to Doctors Without Borders
- The following angels have participated in this
very special humanitarian program.
Hector Macho Camacho, Boxer, World Champion
Meade Chasky, Sports Agent
Pat Claren, Pat Claren Autographs
Mike Frost, Collectibles of the Stars
Jerry Gladstone, American Royal Arts
Lynne E. Keyes, Treasures in Writing.com
Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Boxer, World Champion
Barbara and Arnie Meyrowitz, Star Shots Autographs
Todd Mueller, Todd Mueller Autographs
Richard Scott, PAAS Authentication Service
Bill Serritello, irocknroll.com
Mickey Rivers, N.Y. Yankees centerfielder
Gary Sheffield, Outfielder N.Y. Yankees, future Hall of Famer
The Show Emporium Inc. Autograph Gallery
Michael Wehrmann, in person autograph collector
www.autographalert.com would also like to thank all those who
have contacted us with their support but have already donated
to Haitian relief organizations before we ran our story.
- Breaking News:
- January 23, 2010
- When The Good of the Hobby
- Needs to Come Before the Almighty Dollar
This duo, the RR Auction/Reznikoff
gang is at it again.
- We have heard from several knowledgeable collectors
and dealers complaining about the authenticity of items in the
RR Auctions February 2010 sale from presidential signed items
to sports celebrities signatures. We will focus on just one item
in this story since the item is so well documented.
It is a shame, even a disgrace, that some people still try to
authenticate presidential autographs when they have failed at
it so often and so miserably in the past. The latest Reznikoff/RR
Auction mistake has been brought to our attention by a handful
of collectors and dealers. It is the Lyndon B. Johnson The White
House card in the current RR Auction, item #79.
We know for a fact that Bob Eaton and some of his staff at RR
Auctions have been notified early in the last week of January
in writing that this Johnson signature is NOT genuine. RR Auctions
has NOT responded to any of the emails from collectors and dealers
and several days later, as of Feb. 1, the item is still listed
for sale. This item has 12 bids and is now at $1,433.00.
The sale is over on February 10th.
Item #79, February 2010, RR Auction
- being sold as genuine yet bearing a non-authentic
- signature of Lyndon B. Johnson
- In the past, with the information available at
the time, the signature on this card was believed to be genuine
by two people; Mike Minor who owned the card and Charles Hamilton.
Minor believed that of all of the similar LBJ cards that have
turned up, his was the only known genuine example.
Mike Minor was called by autograph expert Stephen Koschal, and
Minor was told the signature of LBJ was not genuine. Koschal
walked Minor letter by letter through this signature explaining
in detail why he believed the signature was NOT genuine and Minor
agreed. Minor stated that in an upcoming new printing of his
book From The President's Pen, he would make the correction
about this LBJ card.
In the very popular autograph reference book, The History
of Collecting Executive Mansion, White House and The White House
cards Signed by the Presidents and their First Ladies by
Stephen Koschal and Lynne Keyes, the authors illustrate and devote
a full page to this exact card. Koschal also made front page
news about this same card in the journal of the International
Autograph Collectors Club and Dealers Alliance, Vol.#5, No.4,
- Most importantly, most educated collectors and
dealers are well aware the incompetency of most third party authenticating
companies. Does it surprise anyone that Bob Eaton of RR Auctions
and John Reznikoff of University Archives are part of the authenticating
team of both PSA/DNA and JSA, James Spence Authentication?
There are ten more days before this auction ends and many are
watching to see if the almighty dollar trumps selling genuine
autographs with this auction house.
- Breaking News:
- January 23, 2010
Epperson Attempts To
Haitian Relief Fund
It is estimated nearly 100,
000 or more Haitian people could have perished during the earthquake
that devastated Port au Prince and the surrounding area. Relief
is coming from all ends of the earth. Many of those around the
world who have little are sending what they can to help the survivors.
Steve Koschal, a hobby veteran for over 40 years came up with
the idea to bring the entire autograph community together and
do what they can through donations to help those who have survived
Unfortunately our hobby has one very sick and twisted individual
who has posted comments on his website stating horrible things
one being: "..if they think the money will be going to aid
in the effort for Haiti, they are indeed morons
That person is Roger Epperson! Roger Epperson who has admitted
in writing that he bought autographed items from two different
forgers. Roger Epperson was not able to tell the signatures were
forged and resold them over the years.
We must bear in mind Roger Epperson is the individual who has
sent emails to collectors calling them "idiots" and
in others he has called them "morons" and recently
stupid dumb ass, I hope you die a painful death
in the New Year
" Lets not forget his recent
email to a collector stating: "
prostate cancer would
be perfect for you
." www.autographalert.com has copies
of all these emails Roger Epperson has sent to collectors.
Roger Epperson claims he can authenticate autographs. It has
been proven over and over again this weirdo has no clue what
he is doing. He wont respond to questions about how he
has recently failed autograph items he has sold in the past.
He wont respond to questions about all the items in auctions
that have been pulled as NOT authentic that came with Eppersons
certificates of authenticity. He wont respond to questions
about how he authenticated record albums that were signed by
persons who have been dead over 20 years before the albums were
Bottom line is how sick can anyone be to tell those who read
his website not to donate to the Haitian Relief Fund? Would you
believe this dimwit has a following of three?
We are witnessing Eppersons Last Stand. Hes on his
hill spewing his venom at the autograph community. Epperson with
his destructive personality is hanging onto his "white hat"
which has been shot full of holes. Left standing with him are
only three of his supporters. Steve Cyrkin of Autograph magazine,
Epperson is one of the last of his full page advertisers. Cyrkin
is the fellow who was so foolish to put racist/anti-semitic statements
in writing against another member of the autograph community.
Cyrkin put in writing that he stakes his "reputation"
on Epperson. The same Cyrkin who claims he has pulled all the
bad forged items from his inventory and to date his autograph
website has been shut down for nearly a year. The same Cyrkin
that talks about professional journalism yet without question
he wrote the most embarrassing story of the last decade on rock
and roll autographs. The same Cyrkin that lists peoples addresses
in his magazine that have been dead for a year and tells his
readers it may take awhile to get a response for their autograph
Standing with Epperson and Cyrkin is James Spence. Anyone with
a pulse in the autograph hobby is well aware about this fellows
lack of authenticating skills. Its all documented. We wont
waste anymore ink on this fellow.
And last we have RR Auctions who still uses Epperson after all
the problems they have had with his authentications. One dealer
refers to RR Auctions rock and roll music section as "the
pulled for further review section." Several people in this
industry believe the reason why RR Auction still uses Epperson
is because of the almighty dollar. It certainly cannot be because
they believe Epperson can accurately authenticate autographs.
It wasnt long ago that Bob Eaton of RR Auctions stated
to a dealer "Epperson is nuts." Many believe Epperson
is authenticating his own material and consigning the items to
RR Auction. We followed this thought and emailed RR Auction.
It doesnt surprise us to find that RR Auction now needs
a Public Relations person so we emailed them and also Bob Eaton
owner of RR Auctions. We advised them both that we were writing
a story about Epperson and simply requested some information
about items that may have been consigned to them during 2009
by Epperson. The failure of RR Auctions Public Relations person
and owner Bob Eaton to respond basically answers all of our questions.
Eppersons website clearly shows he has a hatred for many
people in the autograph hobby but why pick on the poor Haitian
people who desperately need our help?
So the four is what appears to be left at Eppersons Last
Stand, surrounded by the thousands of members of the International
Autograph Community. More proof that water seeks its own level.
- Breaking News:
- January 17, 2010
Epperson The Self Proclaimed Rock & Roll
Roger Epperson of Signed
Sealed and Delivered also goes under the name "REAL".
Epperson has recently turned down as not authentic many hand
signed autographs from The # 1 in-person Autograph Dealer &
Collector " Michael Wehrmann". These autographs deemed
not to be authentic by so called autograph authenticator Epperson
include Neil Young, Sting, Keith Richards, Little Richard and
Michael Frost of P.A.A.S. an industry respected professional
Rock and Roll authenticator has told Autograph Alert that he
has re examined these and many other of Epperson's blunders and
P.A.A.S. has found these signatures to be 100% authentic. P.A.A.S
has been getting an unbelievable amount of Roger Epperson Letters
of Authenticity's and Epperson Autographs, from concerned collectors,
for reexamination since all of the disturbing news that has come
out and exposed Epperson.
Epperson appears to have gone so insane pulling many questionable
items off his website yet continuing to sell and consign to auction
his own signed Rock & Roll autographs. Of course he has authenticated
his own items (conflict of interest) however many of Eppersons
items have now been determined to be not authentic. One New England
auction house in particular has been removing Eppersons
authenticated items from their sales fairly regularly. Worse,
Epperson using his authenticating service has begun to turn down
autographs that are offered by some of the most respected names
in the industry.
How confused is Epperson? Here is a quote in Epperson's own words
about Michael Wehrmann. "He has broken down some of the
toughest signers in the business. As a collector I admire him,
as a business man he is very stubborn, as to selling only items
that are 100% authentic, EVERYTIME I worship him.""
- Breaking News:
- January 13, 2010
Calls for Humanitarian Aide for Haiti
Most readers of www.autographalert.com may be unaware of the
connection this site has with the small impoverished country
This country has been hit with a massive earthquake. Thousands
upon thousands have been killed and the capital city lies in
The people of Haiti are in desperate need of humanitarian aide.
One of the co-founders of this site is Stephen Koschal. Steve
has been to Haiti over 30 times working with the people and government
of Haiti. Because of Steves contacts in Washington during
one of his visits to Port-Au-Prince, the government of Haiti
asked Steve to use his influence to promote a meeting with Haitian
officials and the U.S. Chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee who Steve knew well.
From past disasters (9/11) we have all learned that donating
to high profile associations doesnt always work well. Portions
of the money go to administration with only a portion getting
to the scene of the disaster. Some of the donations were even
put aside for future disasters.
www.autographalert.com through Steve, has a relationship with
a Haitian Hospital and a school. This hospital was founded by
a Miami doctor in 2002. This is a nonprofit organization and
has NO administrative costs since all work is done on a voluntary
basis. During an average day they see between 30 and 50 patients
a day. For their school they supply about 260 meals a day consisting
of rice and beans. For some of the students its their only
meal. For $500 they have been able to purchase 15 sacks of rice
and 4 sacks of beans for a months supply.
What is needed more than anything else right now is medical supplies.
We know from all the emails we have received from our readers
over the last five years that they have a big heart. Now is the
time to open your hearts and donate money to help those in desperate
need in Haiti. Any amount, even a dollar is needed and will be
very much appreciated. Every dollar received will be given directly
to the Haitian Hospital.
Cash, checks, money orders are gladly accepted and appreciated.
They can be made out and sent to: Stephen Koschal, PO. Box
311061, Miami, FL 33231 USA. Mark on your payment "Haitian
Donations can also be made by PayPal to the account: email@example.com
If you are unable to send a donation, please pray for the people
- Breaking News:
- January 13, 2010
- UACC Needs to Answer Some Questions
seems like many autograph collectors are furious. Members of
the UACC want to know what they got for their whopping $35.00
annual dues paid in 2009.
Where is the March/April 2009 issue of the Pen & Quill, the
clubs bimonthly journal?
Where is the May/June issue of the Pen & Quill?
Where is the July/August issue of the Pen & Quill?
Well, what a surprise it was when an issue titled "Fall
2009" showed up with statements like "our loyal membership
is down" which doesnt sound like they were loyal at
all. They just wanted what they paid for! In addition, the journal
stated that they couldnt hold up to a publishing schedule
Remember all the positive things they said were coming with the
But now they say they are back on track. Did anyone receive a
November/December 2009 issue, or what they may now prefer to
call a Winter 2009 issue?
They say the panic is over. Who was panicking besides the officers
at the UACC? What was the panic about? They state that belt tightening
is just beginning. Belt tightening at whose expense? Does this
mean it can possibly get worse? The membership fee stays the
same and now they tell their members that they are going
to cut back to four issues of the Pen & Quill a year
instead of the usual six.
They are calling for a improved format for the magazine. Didnt
we hear that more than once before? Was the format better during
the last several issues or did members find the journal quite
difficult to read?
Many would like to have about three quarters of their 2009
membership fee refunded! After all, the club told potential
members that they would receive six issues of the Pen & Quill
for their $35.00 membership fee, $50.00 foreign.
Others ask, where did all this membership and advertising money
go? The UACC saved thousands upon thousands of dollars
during 2009 for not publishing 4 journals. Can anyone imagine
what that figure might be especially if we add the savings in
mailing costs for both the US and foreign areas. Has anyone seen
a financial report? Where did the dues money go?
Are members furious? Heres a sample email we received from
a UACC member this week.
.I got my renewal form for the UACC yesterday and
threw it in the trash. I think with my last year of membership
I got one copy of the Pen & Quill. I had been renewing just
to see what happened, but I dont see the purpose anymore.
I dont see how anyone else would renew at this point
- Breaking News:
- January 11, 2010
- For Immediate Release
Royal Arts Announces New Company Direction
Boca Raton, FL, January 7,
2010 During the 24 years that American Royal Arts has
been serving the collector community, the company has represented
some of the most important studios and individuals in the entertainment
industry, including Apple Corp., Warner Bros., MGM/Rocky, DreamWorks,
HBO Animation, Fox Studios, King Features Elvis Presley Enterprises,
Frank Sinatra Enterprises, MirrorPix and Hulton Archive Photography
collections, among others.
"It has only been during the last few years that the company
diversified into secondary market rock and roll memorabilia,"
said American Royal Arts President Jerry Gladstone. "Our
primary focus going forward is to no longer deal with secondary
market vendors and to focus our energies on dealing with licensed
product directly from studios, celebrities and their agents."
American Royal Arts has recently completed in-person signings
with Muhammad Ali, Grace Slick and Brian Wilson, as well as Tiger
Woods and Michael Jordan through Upper Deck. Additional signings
are scheduled in the near future.
ARA came to this decision based upon several factors, including
the apparently doctored photographs the company received from
one of its vendors that were used in its marketing efforts.
"We are sincerely disheartened by this situation and have
filed a lawsuit against Gallery of Dreams, the vendor who supplied
ARA with the photos," Gladstone said. "In addition,
we have put new safety measures in place to ensure that nothing
like this ever happens again."
- Breaking News:
- January 4, 2010
Creation Of Two Annual Awards
proud to announce the establishment of two awards that will be
One will be to the individual, autograph dealer, trade magazine,
autograph authenticator or autograph organization who our readers
feel has done the most for our hobby over the last year or so.
The other award will be to the individual, autograph dealer,
trade magazine, autograph authenticator or organization who fell
short, and needs improvement in order to make this hobby a better
place. Or maybe better yet, that they just leave the hobby.
These awards are very important for this autograph hobby/business.
There is no club or magazine in the autograph field that has
anywhere near the volume of readers this site has. As a matter
of fact, the month of December 2009 broke every monthly record
of visitors since this sites inception. The amount of collectors
on an international level logging onto this site monthly is more
than the membership of all the autograph clubs and subscribers
to the industrys magazine combined.
|Summary by Month
Statistics/Visits From Feb - Dec
- Most importantly is that we want to hear from all
of our readers. We would be delighted to hear who you think should
win these awards.
Please send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
along with the two names of your choice for these awards. Dont
forget to add the State or Country where you live.
The Management Team.
- Breaking News:
- December 29, 2009
Members Hit With Lawsuit
Starting To Come In!
notified awhile back by California photographer Barry Rosen that
he found this website very interesting. He follows with: "
thought you might be interested to know that I have recently
filed a lawsuit against the UACC and quite a number of its Registered
Dealers/members. They include:
- Gallery of History
- R&R Enterprises/ Bob Eaton
- Autograph World, LLC/ JD Bardwell/ Bob Jones
- A.A.C.S. Autographs/ Anthony Roberts
- PJs Collectibles/ Paul Cross
- Great Lakes Autographs/ Rick & Gayle Herring
- P&P Autographs/ Jim Puleo
- Autograph Pros/ Michael Kasmar
- Ed Bedrick
- USTAR.net/ Robert and Ester Miller
- JG Autographs/ Jared Gendron
- California Hotshots/ Michael Tam
- Autograph Cards/ Cliff Yow
- Rosen adds in a second email: "
basis of my lawsuit has to do with the fact that I am a photographer
and have photographed numerous celebrities. Quite a number of
unauthorized photographic prints of my photos (aka copyright
infringements) have been posted on various websites by UACC members/dealers.
The specific reason the UACC is now involved in a lawsuit, is
that copyright infringements occurred on the UACC Auctions website.
It should be noted that one of the principal infringers on the
website was "Autograph World/ Bardwell/Jones."
www.autographalert.com has just been notified by Barry Rosen
that the judge has recently entered a judgment against Ed Bedrick
(former UACC Regional Director) for four hundred thousand dollars
for willful copyright infringement.
Rosen continues with excellent words of wisdom to all of our
readers: "My hope is that this will now send a strong message
to the entire community of people (UACC, etc.) selling autographed
photos that they have an affirmative obligation under the law
to make certain that they know that the photos they are offering
for sale are in fact authorized and can be verified/documented
before they can offer them for sale or post them on the web in
- Breaking News:
- December 25, 2009
Epperson of Signed, Sealed, Delivered
- Has He Lost His Mind? You Decide!
The White Hat boys are
at it again. You probably will never forget the horrific racist
remarks made by Steve Cyrkin of Autograph magazine. His remark
turned the international autograph community upside down. Many
have found Cyrkins remarks very painful and have let him
know in more ways than one. Cyrkins White Hat gang consists
of just a handful of members and another one of his chosen few
(of course a full page advertiser) went off the deep end recently.
A serious autograph collector, well aware of Eppersons
incompetence with regard to authenticating rock & roll autographs,
notified Epperson of a story on www.autograph alert.com (from
December 12, 2009) which the heading of the story is listed below.
- ----Original Message-----
Sent: Dec 12, 2009 9:46 PM
Subject: GOOD job ROGER!!!!
Roger Eppersons (REAL) Mis-Authentication
Continue To Be Offered At R & R Auctions
Epperson responded 12 days later with the email directly below.
Epperson also listed in this email a link to a website which
made no sense to us therefore we eliminated the link.
- From: email@example.com
Date: December 24, 2009 1:06:01 PM EST
To: Raiderman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: GOOD job ROGER!!!!
click on this you stupid dumbass! i hope you die a slow painful
death in the new year.
- Another horrible message from a Cyrkin White Hat
Many of us on Christmas Eve are thinking about loving our neighbor,
forgiveness and attending a religious service this evening. The
above are Epperson's wishes for a fellow member of the autograph
- Just when we thought we seen it all with the above
Raiderman writes Epperson again asking him how he can authenticate
as genuine modern record albums signed by musicians who were
dead 22 years beore the album was produced.
Of course Epperson refuses to specificaly answer the embarrassing
question. The following is Epperson's response, the spelling
is also his:
- From: email@example.com
Date: December 24, 2009 3:02:48 PM EST
To: "Cori Raiderman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: GOOD job ROGER!!!!
- Slow and painful you idoit
Another stupid acusation
Happy new year dipshit
I prove you and them wrong one time after another
Prostate cancer would be perfect for you
- Wow! There really is nothing more powerful than
- Breaking News:
- December 24, 2009
Presidential Card a Horrific Disaster
- Mutilation of Andrew Jackson Signature Outrageous
With all the educational
information available to autograph collectors, dealers and even
card companies is appears that much more is needed. Great sources
for educational information are autograph organization magazines,
old issues of magazines on autograph collecting and websites
such as www.autographalert.com.
Staying friendly with a handful of professional autograph dealers
is probably the best source of information. The reason for this
is that they are up on current autograph affairs.
Brought to our attention was a horrific example of the apparent
destruction of a historical autograph in order to produce a trading
Also troubling is that nine different bidders placed 17 bids
for an signature basically destroyed so it would fit on a trading
card. Proof that there are many still in need of an autograph
education. We refer to eBay item #230357802406.
Anyone even slightly familiar with the signature of Andrew Jackson
knows that he signed his name straight across on one line. See
- Typical signature of Andrew Jackson
- Illustrated below is a Topps American Heritage
Andrew Jackson cut signature. The description of "cut signature"
now can take on a new meaning to those in the autograph industry.
A cut signature was always one removed from a document or letter,
complete in itself as was originally signed.
The signature used for the Topps card was not only cut in half
and the last name attached to the bottom of the first name but
the end of both names are trimmed so it can be used on the card.
See for yourself in the illustration below.
- Mutilated & Basically Destroyed Signature
of Andrew Jackson
- Treating original historical signatures in this
manner is malapropos and totally unacceptable. What could be
even worse is we are not aware of the original source of this
signature. Was this signature removed from a historical document
or letter? Could an unethical dealer who supplies Topps with
these presidential signatures have cut and trimmed the signature
to fit Topps specification to fit on the card?
Interesting is that the final bid for this butchered signature
was $609 and that bid didnt even meet the reserve. Potential
collectors with a little more knowledge of the hobby will find
they could obtain a near perfect signature of Jackson in the
What is evident is the continued need to educate the autograph
community. Apparently there are still many out there that have
no clue as to how to treat a historical document.
- Breaking News:
- December 23, 2009
Epperson Wrong Again and Again
Roger Epperson who claims
he can authenticate rock and roll autographs proves once again
he does not know what he is talking about.
Epperson sent an email to a collector/autograph dealer on October
14, 2009 at 08:58:49 A.M. Subject: Kiss
We quote directly from the email.
"This Kiss photo on your PAAS site is a forgery. It was
done by the son of Glenn Danzig of the bad Danzig. I discovered
these forgeries about 2 years ago and the source. This has been
common knowledge around dealers of music autographs since then.
They are good forgeries and fooled may at first. I just figured
since you are so good at what you do you would have figured this
out too. I have about 10 examples in my hands I can send you
if you like. I dont mean copies I mean the real thing,
on albums and photos. OOOOOOOOooooooppppps
- The collector/dealer well aware of Eppersons
incompetence regarding authenticating musical autographs emailed
the personal manager or Mr. Glenn Danzig. Portion of the email
stated: "he (Epperson) is stating that Glenn Danzig son
is selling forged Kiss memorabilia. I was wondering if this is
a known fact or if this could just be a made up story on the
part of Roger Epperson. Roger Epperson has already published
this on his website
The personal manager responded with an email dated October 20,
2009, 08:13:05 P.M.
In part: "I am the personal manager representing Mr. Glenn
Danzig, he has nothing to do with this matter you are stating
below, nor does he even have a son
NOR DOES HE EVEN HAVE A SON!
Simply another Epperson
folly. Epperson in his email copied John Reznikoff of University
Archives and Steve Cyrkin of Autograph magazine. So both of these
individuals are aware of Eppersons lack of knowledge on
Reznikoff just a few days ago told the collector/dealer "he
does not really know Epperson or anything about him." Appears
some of Eppersons long time friends and associates (Epperson
& Reznikoff both work for the same autograph authenticating
company, they also attended the same autograph shows) are distancing
themselves from Roger Epperson of Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Roger Epperson sells signed Rock n Roll memorabilia under the
name Signed, Sealed and Delivered. He also runs the music autograph
authenticating service REAL.
- Breaking News:
- December 20, 2009
(Follow the Leader) James Spence Autograph Authenticating
Passes Yaz Forgery And Defaces the Baseball
When an individual collector
specializes in a specific celebrity, most anyone will agree,
that collector knows more about that celebritys signature
than any one of the self proclaimed autograph authenticating
We received the following email from one of the followers of
- Subj: A JSA Joke
Date: 12/19/2009 2:29:50 PM
"Love your site. Check this out. (eBay item # 130352377738)
One of the worst Yaz forgeries on eBay and it comes with a nice
JSA sticker at no extra charge:
I have been studying Yaz signatures for over 30 years and I have
never seen him make the loop of the "Y" with the "L"
in Carl. His signature has changed over the years, but mostly,
it has just gotten more efficient (smaller)
are no bids on it, I can only conclude that the consumer in this
case, is more educated than the authenticator!"
Keep up the great work.
James Spence affixed his numbered
logo sticker to the forged Yaz baseball (above) with a matching
generic certificate of authentication (right)
- Good thing this is a forgery. Can anyone imagine,
still, at this late date that someone is still placing these
dumb authenticating stickers to original items. These stickers
will eventually leave a mark on these balls which will devalue
of the ball but only in the case where these authenticators get
there guess right.
Number one rule of thumb in the collecting business: Never affix
a foreign matter to an original item of historical importance.
This includes historical documents, maps, original collectibles,
coins, stamps, autographs, etc. A professional would never deface
a historical piece by putting their official business logo on
it. It defaces the piece and irrevocably alters its historical
significance and value.
- Breaking News:
- December 17, 2009
Roger Epperson COA's No
Longer Accepted by the IADA-CC
- Sent: 12/12/2009 05:36:37 P.M. Eastern Standard
Subj: Roger Epperson \"COA's" No Longer Accepted by
- After a two month extensive investigation
by the IADA-CC Ethics Board and membership of the IADA-CC, we
feel that in our opinion and for the safety of the autograph
community that Roger Epperson Certificates of Authenticity will
no longer be honored by The International Autograph Dealer Alliance
and The International Autograph Collectors Club.
- Roger Epperson and Signed, Sealed &
Delivered have been removed from the IADA-CC dealers directory.
- Some of the Certificates of Authenticity
are shown below and there will be a follow up story with more
information about the allegations and reported fraud by Mr. Epperson
and his company Real - Roger Epperson Ltd.
- There are many Letters of Authenticity
certified and signed by Roger Epperson that have been issued
over the past years, that have been falsely authenticated and
in many cases never even examined by Roger Epperson !! If
you have signed items with a Letter of Authenticity from Roger
Epperson, it is highly recommended that you have these items
re-examined and authenticated by a qualified authentication company.
The IADA-CC will not be recommending any othe autograph authentication
companies due to any conflicts of interest.
- The IADA- CC once again apologies for
negative news, we do realize that we promised that there would
be NO negative story's or conflicts on the New IADA-CC website
, but we found this story shocking and important to the safety
of the autograph collecting Community.
- Please Note here are a small sample of
the "REAL! "- Roger Epperson Letters of Authenticity:
- Written by the IADA-CC Ethics Board.
- There will be a major update with more
information on this case shortly.
- Breaking News:
- December 12, 2009
- Roger Eppersons (REAL) Mis-Authentication
- Continue To Be Offered At R & R Auctions
RR Auction #346, Lot # 791, June 2009, The Clash, four signatures
Pre-certified by Roger Epperson/Real along with the usual rubber
stamped COA by RR Auction. RR Auction sold this album for $520.00
An informed collector, apparently who has more knowledge about
rock and roll autographs than both Roger Epperson and RR Auction
stated: "I have multiple signatures from all the band members
in questions and this flat (album) looks to be as fake as the
proverbial three dollar bill yet fully authenticated."
The collector sent an email to RR Auction about this forged album
and here is their response.
"Thanks so much for your patience as I researched your concern
further. The Clash LP, item 791 in our current June 346 (2009)
auction came with good provenance and was approved by our authenticators.
It was originally sold by Sothebys Amazon in the UK. This
item was also reviewed and accepted as genuine by noted music
autograph specialist Roger Epperson. As such, we stand behind
this item with our life time money-back guarantee of authenticity.
Best regards, Tricia Eaton."
It took until September for Trish Eaton to write the following,
.I am writing in response to the recent post
regarding The Clash album we offered for sale in our June 2009
auction. Thanks to one of our astute and experienced customers
concerns, we researched the signatures further. After re-evaluating
the item, we finally came to the conclusion that the autographs
were indeed not authentic
The album contained four autographs all authenticated as genuine
by Roger Epperson. All four were determined found to be non authentic
by a collector.
How can anyone who would like to have the autograph industry
believe he is capable of authenticating autographs make four
mistakes on one item? This factual story speaks for itself and
Eppersons authenticating abilities. To make matters even
worse, Eppersons recent attempt to get involved authenticating
two signed books containing original art failed miserably.
Many feel it is an insult to the autograph community that Epperson
continues to be utilized as an authenticator by RR Auction.
Its becoming quite evident from the evidence above and
another story on this website that if you have purchased any
rock & roll signed item that comes with an Epperson/Real
COA, you may want to have it reexamined by a professional.
- Breaking News:
- December 9, 2009
- Roger Epperson:
Does he pass and sell forgeries?
- On May 8,
2009, one of our associates contacted Roger Epperson. He wanted
to discuss some pieces that he had, and his desire to have Roger
Epperson certify them. He did not know Roger Epperson. Roger
Epperson did not know him. He did not use any references from
others. He just told Roger Epperson that he had heard he "was
the man" to go to. No more. No less. They were just two
complete strangers conducting business.
- He made up
a name that coincided with the last name of a friend's bank card.
All Roger Epperson really knew about him was that he could charge
that bank card for any reports he issued.
- During one
of their conversations, he told Roger Epperson that he had several
items that had certificates from Chris Morales. Epperson told
him that he could not comment on Morales' work, as he was going
to be a witness for the opposing side in a case involving Morales.
Subsequently, in spite of this, he said the Morales was "the
whore of the industry. He never fails anything. Just send him
a check and he sends you a cert." He also referred to Morales
as a "total incompetent" and said that he never bothers
to even examine anything with Morales' certificate, he just automatically
fails the piece.
Roger Epperson then said that he would deny these statements
if the conversation was being taped. Although his words seem
harsh, a review of other postings on the internet indicate that
Roger Epperson has similar things to say about the vast majority
of the individuals who do authentication.
the comments that Roger Epperson made, we decided to have one
of our associates contact Chris Morales and see if we could get
him to authenticate the pieces featured in this story. To see
if what Roger Epperson said was true or not, we told Chris Morales
that the pieces were part of a large collection. We indicated
that the owner had held a major position at a record company,
and that all of his items were signed in person. We told him
we wanted to send a few pieces at a time, and that there was
definitely more to come.
- A few days
after receiving the pieces mentioned in this story, our associate
contacted Chris Morales to see how the pieces were coming along.
He informed our associate that he had not issued the certificates
yet, but that all of the pieces had failed. Our associate expressed
his surprise and reiterated the original provenance. This did
not seem to sway Chris Morales.
- Our associate
asked him to provide detailed reports to support his findings,
which he did. We independently confirmed the information he gave
us, which became the basis for this story.
- After receiving
the reports, our associate contacted Chris Morales again, informing
him of the statements that Roger Epperson had made concerning
him, and told him that Roger Epperson had passed all of the pieces.
When given the chance to respond to Roger Epperson's remarks,
he declined, stating that he did not believe in engaging in the
type of conversation that seems so prevalent in this industry.
Instead, he said that he would let his reports and Roger Epperson's
reports stand on their own.
- The information
contained in this story certainly indicates that Roger Epperson
should not be the one throwing stones.
- Our associate
sent a number of items to Epperson, including a Lynyrd Skynyrd
One More From the Road album, a Sex Pistols Never Mind
the Bollocks album, The New York Dolls' In Too Much Too
Soon and New York Dolls album covers, Metallica's Kill
'Em All and Master of Puppets album covers, and Niggaz
With Attitude's N.W.A. and the Posse album cover.
- During the
authentication process, our associate exchanged emails and had
several phone conversations with Roger Epperson.
- All of the
listed albums passed and were certified by Roger Epperson. During
the conversations, Roger Epperson told him that "you can
sell these at any auction house in the world with my certificates."
for collectors, Roger Epperson's statement about his certificates
is accurate. In addition to his own business, Signed Sealed &
Delivered, he authenticates the musical memorabilia for both
James Spence Authentication (JSA) and PSA/DNA. Phone calls to
both companies confirmed this. Additionally, Roger Epperson is
a former PSA/DNA staff member and his name appears on a significant
number of PSA/DNA certificates. As a result, Roger Epperson's
work can be found, among other places, at:
- ABC Autographs
- Jim Pavlish
- lan Gutterman
- American Memorabilia
- B & E
- Broadway Rick's
- Clean Sweep
Auctions EAC Gallery
- Fusco Auctions
- Geppi's Memorabilia
- Gotta Have
- Heritage Auctions
- Huggins &
- Hunt Auctions
- Premier Auctions
- Robert Edward
- R&R Auction
- SCP Auctions
- Vintage Authentics
- The results
that our associate and others have gotten when they have employed
Roger Epperson's services certainly question why the auction
houses and any of the above-listed companies would use Roger
Epperson's services. It certainly seems to defy logic.
- Each of the
albums that were sent to Roger Epperson will be discussed separately.
- The Lynyrd
Skynyrd One More From the Road album was certified as
having been signed by Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Gary Rossington,
Ed King and Allen Collins.
enough, examination of the album cover reveals not one, but two
signatures of Artimus Pyle. It gives the impression that someone
was practicing Pyle's signature. Why wasn't he mentioned on the
certificate? Did Roger Epperson
miss the two signatures when he "examined" the album?
when he looked at his exemplars, what did he have that would
have indicated Leon Wilkeson actually spelled his name "Wilkenson",
as it appears to be on the album, and is printed on Roger Epperson's
- Roger Epperson
has stated, in writing, that "
what you do when determining
if an autograph is authentic or not, you compare them to known
exemplars. Usually between 12-25 known exemplars is sufficient
sometimes maybe less but never none at all..."
- Does this
mean that Roger Epperson has 12-15 Lynyrd Skynyrd exemplars with
Leon Wilkeson spelled Leon Wilkenson?
Roger Epperson issued the report. He charged the bank card our
associate had given him.
- SEX PISTOLS:
- The two photos below are of
the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
album cover and the certificate from Roger Epperson. Epperson
passed it. Once again, he charged the bank card.
- There does not seem to be anything
unusual about the album. Its relevance will become more significant
- FRONT COVER
- SEX PISTOLS CERTIFICATE
- NEW YORK DOLLS:
- Next up are the two New York
Dolls albums. As the below photos indicate, the last name in
Johnny Thunders signature on the In Too Much Too Soon
album cover is virtually invisible.
- FRONT COVER, TOO
MUCH TOO SOON
- JOHNNY THUNDERS SIGNATURE
ON TOO MUCH TOO SOON COVER
- TOO MUCH TOO SOON CERTIFICATE
- NEW YORK DOLLS DEBUT
- NEW YORK DOLLS DEBUT
- Roger Epperson
told our associate that he had only seen Johnny Thunders
signature once before. With that fact, once can only question
what exemplar base Roger Epperson used. His own words and logic
answer the question. He said that your Sid Vicious is real,
so your Johnny Thunders has to be real.
- Only seen
one Johnny Thunders signature? Isnt this the same Roger
Epperson who stated, in writing, that
what you do
when determining if an autograph is authentic or not, you compare
them to known exemplars. Usually between 12-25 known exemplars
is sufficient sometimes maybe less but never none at all...
- Does this
mean that Roger Epperson has 12-15 New York Dolls exemplars,
with Johnny Thunders signature, that match this signature
that is practically invisible?
- Now, consider
the logic he said he applied. Two distinct individuals. Two distinct
bands. Never mind that one of the signatures is not completely
visible. If one is real, the other must be. And remember, he
said his certificates will be accepted at any auction house in
- Both of these
albums were purchased from a vendor at a flea market in Baltimore.
of the aforementioned facts, Roger Epperson issued the report.
Yet again, he charged the bank card.
- Next up is
Metallica. Steve Cyrkin, publisher of Autograph Magazine,
has referred to Roger Epperson as one of the worlds two
pre-eminent Metallica experts. This is his specialty. He bills
himself as a music expert, but he really excels at Metallica.
Steve Cyrkin was given an advance copy of this story, and was
given the opportunity to run it in Autograph Magazine.
Apparently, he did not view it as news. After reading the material,
he described Roger Epperson in an email as one of the legitimate
autograph hobby's protectors.
- Are we supposed
to believe that, if Steve Cyrkin had information like this about
anyone who was not one of his cronies or an advertiser in Autograph
Magazine, the story would not end up in his publication?
Sadly, the reality is he has run much more defamatory pieces,
with far less evidence, on others. Apparently, the protection
that is going on is not of collectors, but of Steve Cyrkins
cronies and advertisers.
to Autograph Magazine, Autograph magazine also
screens dealers and auctions it allows to advertise and seriously
responds to complaints by collectors. This statement sounds
great, but Steve Cyrkins actions indicate this does not
apply when the complaint is against a member of his team.
- Steve Cyrkin
has had no problem finding space to run glowing stories on what
he considers Roger Epperson's expertise. He has even found space
for "Top 10 Rockin' Buys by Roger Epperson" (Aril 2008).
This seems to be the only stroy about Roger Epperson Steve Cyrkin
has not been able to find any room for in Autograph Magazine.
'EM ALL ALBUM COVER SIGNED
BY CLIFF BURTON 22 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH
'EM ALL ALBUM 2008 BACK
'EM ALL CERTIFICATE
three photos above are of the first of the two Metallica albums
that Roger Epperson certified for our associate, the Kill
'Em All album cover. The album bears the signatures of Cliff
Burton and Lars Ulrich.
- Once again,
one has to ask what exemplars Roger Epperson used to certify
this album. Why? Because this album is a re-release. The photo
below is a detailed shot of the back of the album. It was released
- Isn't this
the same Roger Epperson who has stated, in writing, that "
you do when determining if an autograph is authentic or not,
you compare them to known exemplars. Usually between 12-25 known
exemplars is sufficient sometimes maybe less but never none at
- Does this
mean that Roger Epperson has 12-15 Metallica exemplars with Cliff
Burton signatures that match this piece?
- How can that
- Cliff Burton
died on September 27, 1986.
- How can a
dead man sign an album released after his death? Doesn't Roger
Epperson know that albums are released and re-released at various
times? Doesn't he check that?
- How could
Roger Epperson not have checked the release date to know the
album was released 22 years after Cliff Burton died?
- Isn't he the
KILL 'EM ALL ALBUM 2008 BACK COVER
- This album
was purchased from the same vendor at the same flea market in
- Once again,
Roger Epperson issued the report. He charged the bank card.
- Next Mettalica
OF PUPPETS ALBUM COVER
SIGNED BY CLIFF BURTON 22 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH
OF PUPPETS ALBUM BACK
OF MASTER OF PUPPETS ALBUM BACK COVER
Metallica expert Roger Epperson also passed this Metallic album,
Master of Puppets album, as being signed by Cliff Burton.
- Yet again,
one has to ask what exemplars Roger Epperson used to certify
this album. Why? Because this album, like the other Metallica
album, is a re-release. The photo below is a detailed shot of
the back of the album. It was re-released in 2008.
- Isn't this
the same Roger Epperson who has stated, in writing, that "
you do when determining if an autograph is authentic or not,
you compare them to known exemplars. Usually between 12-25 known
exemplars is sufficient sometimes maybe less but never none at
- Does this
mean that Roger Epperson has 12-15 Metallica exemplars with Cliff
Burton signatures that match this piece?
How can that be?
- Cliff Burton
died on September 27, 1986.
- Once again,
how can a dead man sign an album? Haven't we heard this question