- Breaking News:
- May 22, 2011
- Autograph Quarterly Magazine
Vol.#1, Issue #2
Being Mailed to Subscribers
We are sure by now, most of you
have read the rave reviews about the inaugural issue of Autograph
Quarterly magazine. We are told 8,000 copies of the magazine
were printed and distributed (great for the advertisers).
We just received Issue #2 and this is simply another blockbuster.
The magazine is quite heavy in weight and content. Eighty-eight
pages in length, printed on glossy paper with vibrant color covers,
inside and out.
It begins with an interesting full page Editorial Briefs and
a page and a half of The Publishers View. Most interesting
to say the least. Issue #2 is dedicated to Robert F. Batchelder,
a legend in the field of autographs who published 125 plus catalogs.
Those who always complained about past autograph magazines lacking
content, well those days are over.
Just some of the interesting stories published in Issue #2 all
written by professionals well known in this hobby.
Robert E. Lee and a Jinxed Wedding, 5 pages
Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 3 pages
Collecting Adventurers and Explorers, 7 pages
The Greatest Living Actor, 2.5 pages
Meeting The Legends of Golf, 4 pages
Should I or Shouldnt I, An Interview with Marisa Tomei,
Glimpses of Maurice Sendak, 3 pages
Sonny Liston Signature Study, 2 pages
An Ozz ume Autograph, 3 pages
The Kings of Late Night, 8 pages
Signed photographs of Eleanor Roosevelt, 4 pages
Bonos Various Signatures, 7 pages
Celebrity Signing Habits, 5 pages
Illinois Brother, John Belushi, 6 pages
Egypt: Hosni Mubarak and His Predecessors, 5 pages.
Its also refreshing to see the support from International
experts/writers who support the magazine with informative and
Surprisingly, issue #2 contains an original collectible, courtesy
of Star Wares. Cloth cut from a garment worn by Tony Curtis in
the film Some Like It Hot opposite Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe.
It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, numbered and signed
by the CEO of Star Wares.
It is the opinion of everyone we have spoken to that the collectible
inserted in this magazine is worth many times the cost of this
Last and surely not least is congratulations to all those professional
autograph dealers who had the insight to advertise in this new
venture. Eight thousand collectors and dealers in the hobby will
see your ad during the next three months.
We are told by the publishers that Issue #3 is well into the
works and some outstanding articles have been already received.
Autograph Quarterly ad rates are:
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Half Page - $300.00
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Contact Victoria Gregory via email at VictoriaGregory@autographquarterly.com
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To subscribe to the magazine, go to www.autographquarterly.com
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- Breaking News:
- May 13, 2011
- Steve Cyrkin of the defunct Autograph magazine
- disparages additional religions
Steve Cyrkin is known to most in this autograph hobby as the
anti-Semite. This degenerate, in writing, called
a high profile autograph dealer and owner of several galleries
a kike. Any Jewish person will tell you that this
is the absolute most awful and hateful word a Jew could call
another Jewish person.
Some members of the autograph community including this site and
an autograph club have attempted to have the anti-Semite apologize
so this matter could be put to rest. Cyrkin stands by his anti-Semite
words and refuses to apologize. Steve Cyrkin certainly appears
to be one of the three most hated persons in the autograph hobby.
It appears that the Jewish religion is not all that Cyrkin despises!
After the failure of Cyrkins autograph business Starbrite
and the failure of his Autograph magazine he has attempted
to get a web site off the ground. The web site is full of negative
statements posted mostly by persons using fictitious names. When
asked about the fictitious names, Cyrkin has admitted this. It
appears just 2 or 3 people ask questions to try and hurt others
and then they answer their own question using a different log
on name. A few of the known writers on that site are those who
have broken the hobbys record for selling the most forgeries.
Others are well known forgers, liars, thiefs and persons
who have admitted buying from multiple forgers.
Most anyone familiar with Cyrkins site knows well how within
minutes of a posting, if it has anything to do with exposing
one of his followers, Cyrkin removes the posting.
Apparently Cyrkin has no problem by supporting comments which
have negative meanings regarding additional religions.
One degenerate posts a message and obviously has no clue what
he is talking about. It is by a person named Robert Zarrillo.
This sicko states: yes the ancients collected autographs
- but dont expect to find a Julius Caesar around today
saw an ad somewhere recently which said this dealer had autographs
going back to 4000 BC (Before Christ)!!! Then he makes fun of
Jesus Christ and states or was that BS (Bull Shit).
BC to BS, what is wrong with these people and Cyrkin for poking
fun of Before Christ?
What does Cyrkin have against all these religions?
Zarrillo proves he knows little about our hobby as he goes on
to say: As for dealers I have some of Walter Benjamins
price lists and journals
.so I would say he was the first
modern dealer in autographs. Zarrillos ignorance
is overwhelming. He obviously doesnt own many reference
books and has not read educational articles in autograph journals
as most everyone is aware that Charles DeForest Burns was the
premier autograph dealer in America. His first catalog, The
American Antiquarian, was published in August 1870, seven
years before Walter Benjamin formed his business.
Zarrillo continues to prove hes nothing but an empty suit:
the next year, a store that was very much like Benjamins
was established by Francis Madigan
Has anyone ever heard of a Francis Madigan?????? For those interested
there was a Patrick Madigan who was a bookseller for many years
in New York. In 1907 his son Thomas Madigan began his apprenticeship
and in 1909 they began to deal extensively in autographs. In
1930 Thomas Madigan wrote Word Shadows of the Great, The Lure
of Autograph Collecting.
So much for Cyrkin and his following of geniuses.
Now appears another empty suit.
We see there is a Mr. Zipper on Cyrkins web site site.
This is one zipper that needs to be shut! He goes under the name
of Mr. Zipper and we find this one is on the board of the UACC
Ethics Committee. His real name is Steve Zarelli.
Zarelli writes: I heard once that Jesus went into the marketplace
and overturned the table of a dealer selling forgeries and secretarials.
Legend has it, it was (and he names an autograph dealer).
Again what is it with Cyrkin and his lowly followers regarding
First the Jews, then the Catholics and now Buddhism!
An empty skull by the name of Greg Van derhoven posts a message
on April 20 and takes a picture of a noted autograph dealer holding
a Holy Bible. That bible was recently signed by His Holiness
The Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist Leader, Head of
State and Spiritual Leader of Tibet. Since 1959 His Holiness
has received over 84 awards in recognition of peace, non violence
and for inter-religious understanding. This oddity Van derhoven
replaces the dealers profile and replaces it with the head of
John Wayne Gacy who it now appears is holding The Holy Bible.
All this supported by Steve the anti-Semite Cyrkin.
The only bright spot in this whole scenario is that Steve Cyrkin
has already been crucified by his peers.
First the Jewish people, now the Catholics and Buddhists what
religion will be next for Cyrkin to help trash?
Steve Cyrkin reminds us of a statement one historical figure
once said. "An empty cab pulled up to the curb and Steve
Cyrkin got out."
We guess the best thing to do is find something we can all agree
on. So lets refer to an email that Steve anti-Semite
Cyrkin posted on his own web site on March 23, 2011 at 1:23PM.
maybe Im as dumb as some say I am.
- Breaking News:
- May 7, 2011
- R R Auction
- Can I Use Them?
Quite often we get emails from our readers asking if is safe
to purchase from a certain dealer or auction house. We usually
dont recommend any one dealer or auction house in particular.
However there are some businesses that we get an unusual amount
of negative feedback.
For those who have asked about R R Auction, we went to our files
and the following is just a small sampling of emails we received
from our readers. Some of the writers have asked their names
not be mentioned for fear of retribution. Since some of the complaints
are so serious, some writers have stated they just wanted www.autographalert.com
to have the records in our files but not to even mention the
content to anyone.
Since there is a possibility of R R Auction filing a lawsuit
against the owners of this site, we have not listed the more
serious complaints. We will save them for the Department of Auction
Regulation in New Hampshire and for a possible court date so
everything can become public record.
I have just read the news article in the Boston Globe
regarding the theft of a U.S. Customs form filled out and
signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong. The auction house who has
been in business selling autographs for over 20 years had full
knowledge that it is illegal to sell an Official U.S. Government
document. Selling this document is part of dismantling America
and the auction house, RR Auctions in New Hampshire, proved they
will sell anything for money
.why is the thief, the customs
guard going before the grand jury and not the auction house
- R&R Doesnt Believe The Hair Is Real
a friend of mine wanted to consign a bunch of material
to R&R this is the response from Elizabeth Otto
Geronimo hair- declined.
Abraham Lincoln hair - declined
Marilyn Monroe hair- declined
Email from Bob Eaton at RR Auction: ..it was our error
in not cataloging it correctly..
yesterday R&R told me that they were returning
an item that Bob Eaton personally authenticated and they sold
for at auction for me TEN years ago, and deducting over a grand
from my next check! But they wont say who/why it came back
.R&R will not tell you who said they were not
good or questionable or why they accepted the returns. I asked
them, with no reply
on their consignment contract you the
consignor guarantees the material unconditionally and without
time limit. That is how the consignors get screwed 10 years down
I was banned from RR Auctions about 10 years ago. I bought
a letter signed by Gus Grissom. I paid $1100 and it was an Autopen.
I had nothing but grief in trying to get my refund
.I am accumulating some terrific stories on Eaton.
One of which will blow your mind
I own my own auction
I see what R&R does
and frankly theres a couple of issues with them
good friend of mine had things he bought from Roger Epperson
and submitted them to R&R and theyve been rejected.
Not only is Epperson with PSA, but also R&R. (Epperson is
rejecting his own items he sold in the past). Conflict of interest?
Well maybe not if you cant recognize your own items
I bought a signed by 4 Beatles item that has a COA
from R&R and I had them authenticate the COA and that the
item was sold by them back in Feb. 1999. I bought it around 2001-2002.
Years later, I thought it was time to sell it, and thought it
was a good idea to go back to them to auction it off. They told
me that the item did indeed come from them and the COA was indeed
theirs also, but they would not resell the item because it was
FAKE!! They told me that in order to get a refund, I would have
to track down the original owner that bought it from them 8 years
ago and then they would issue a refund to him and not me. Then
I would have to deal with him
.they will not return my emails
do you guys have any other people that have fake
signatures that came from R&R? I have an attorney that would
like to file a class action law suit against them
on September 17, 2003 I participated in an autograph
auction #277 sponsored by R&R Enterprises and was successful
in my winning bid on lot 672, Jimi Hendrix signed check. R&R
confirmed that this was the high bid at the close of the auction
and charged my credit card accordingly
.I was shocked to
discover that R&R sold the item to another buyer after the
auction. This was done without my knowledge or consent. R&R
surreptitiously canceled my winning bid after the auction
date I have not received satisfactory resolution of this matter
despite several communications with R&R Enterprises
I emailed R&R Auctions since I found about half
of the Sadaharu Oh autographs they had were indeed fake. I did
not receive a response from them
.as you know I cant stand to deal with R&R
and would shred them and flush them down the toilet before I
sent anything to those characters
I approached R&R Auctions here in new Hampshire
with a FDC signed by the Apollo 11 crew
.it was rejected
as a forgery. But the irony was that I had purchased the FDC
nine years ago from John Reznikoff, one of RRs authenticators.
When I questioned how something carrying one of their own authenticators
COAs could be considered a forgery, the answer was that
they would evaluate all items brought to them for sale even if
it had an RR COA. Hows that for worthless?
..I received the latest R&R Auction catalog and although
there were several items I would normally loved to have bid on,
I tossed the catalog in the trash. I also tossed the last few
dozen or so that I was foolishly keeping in an attempt to put
together an exemplar file
.silly me, I thought they were
one of the good guys
a few months ago RR Auction sold a check signed by
Neil Armstrong. A pre-qualified bidder bid over $38K for the
item. His bid was disregarded and the lot was sold to a lower
.I was one of those suckers who occasionally got
screwed by R&R and never was able to figure out what had
occurred - until now
.their scheme is no longer a mystery.
It makes me feel like a horses ass, as Im certain
other past R&R consignors do also!
youre no longer reporting on RR Auction issues.
This is a big mistake
maybe youre tired of talking
about them on a regular basis. Maybe your experiences readers
are sick of seeing stories about them. But what about the new
you need to keep kicking the bad guys until they
.if you give up beating on these people, they stay
in business and they win
..I bought a few things from them over the years and now
Im nervous about their authenticity. Although I did get
a little suspicious about them because several times I offered
them items for sale or consignment and they said they were not
the funny thing is they were items that I obtained
in person along with photos of the celebs signing them and they
still rejected them. I wonder how Bob Eaton sleeps at night
many years ago a relative obtained Abbott and Costellos
autographs on a picture and then gave it to me. I sent it to
R&R and they told me it wasnt real but then offered
me $100 because they felt bad for me. Why would they offer me
money for something that wasnt real??? Hmmmmmmm, makes
in regards to RR Auctions most recent auction, item
number 1268 Hoosiers, I was disappointed that I never received
a return email when I informed them of their mistake
wouldnt they email me back?
I was just viewing R&R auctions new listing and
they list the Neil Armstrong Paul Calle signed lithograph, number
136 out of 1000. I was also on University Archives site and they
list the same lithograph 136/1000. How can they both have the
same litho with the same number
so PSA can write a COA based on a scan for R&R
but for a quick opinion they say likely genuine or likely not
genuine based on a scan but can they change a likely genuine
to a not authentic when they see the actual item. Does anyone
else here see something wrong with this? Should everyone who
has a PSA COA from R&R send it to PSA again
is rotten in the State of California.
..Bob Eaton may think Im directly attacking
him that shows the bad things he has done
he (Bob Eaton)
has also admitted to me that the things mentioned on www.autographalert.com
about him were for the most part true
part of me wonders
if I should just call Bob and explain what I have been up against,
the scam from eBay to now and how I am convinced they fail everything,
even the stuff I get from him (Bob Eaton)..
R&R had an auction a while back featuring a newly
discovered Elvis early contract. They had not examined under
high power. (Roger Epperson is the expert for RRs
music). Someone wrote a book about Elvis with that contract and
other documents reproduced and included loose in a pocket in
.I notified R&R of my suspicions and they examined
the document and it was withdrawn
by the way it was their
featured item in that auction
this is an inexcusable mistake
for a large auction house not to examine a document of that potential
is R&R trying to sell a fake Gotti check AGAIN
for Christsakes?? Are they effing stupid?
An email from a collector in response to a message from Jessica
Hinckley, Executive Bidding Assistant at R&R. >>>>>Hi
Jessica, I didnt question those so called authenticators
of yours because of Autograph Alert. I found Autograph Alert
after looking into their credentials. Since you have been on
Autograph Truth, as have I, I think it is pretty funny crying
foul on your end. The facts (on autograph alert.com ) verses
personal attacks. Reznikoff is a liar and a crook, (JFK forgeries
he sold and the lies about his so called university degree he
has since removed from his university Archives resume) Epperson
isnt much better. If you dont mind attaching your
name to that calibre of liars, I understand, just dont
expect others to as well. If you think Autograph Alert is the
only place accusing them of being crooks, I suggest Google. Good
luck in your law suit. Ill call you when I need some of
Beethovens hair and you can hook me up with John. Take
me off your mailing list
Wow! The antics of Bob Eaton and R&R never cease
to amaze me. Here is a company that always prides itself on integrity
and thoroughness and has now been reduced to looking like a bunch
of clowns. So much for all those COAs guaranteeing their
item for life. A lot of good its going to do us former clients
when they are out of business in the near future and we find
out our items are fake
did anyone notice lot #45 from the recent RR Auction
simply disappeared after your May 31 article on autograph alert.
I guess RR cant even say they made a mistake
.at least two dealers, one in Nevada can tell you
what goes on behind the scenes at RR Auction. Major cover items
on RRs catalogs that dont sell Bob Eaton personally
calls the consignor to tell them the item is being returned.
However he then asks if its OK to list a sales price (one
made up sales price was for $22,000) to make it appear to those
who get his catalog the item sold. Then he can place statements
in his catalog saying consign with us, we get the highest prices
On many occasions www.autographalert.com has tried to contact
Bob Eaton of RR Auctions for an interview. He never responds!
- Breaking News:
- April 29, 2011
- Autograph Course Expanded
- Part II, Now Online
- How To Read A Dealers Catalog Description
Many of our long-time readers know that Autograph Alert offers
an online course in autograph collecting. The course has been
well-received over the years. Because of it, many readers have
requested more educational information regarding the autograph
We are pleased to announce we have expanded the course with the
addition of Part II, a basic "how to" on deciphering
dealer catalog descriptions. A link can be found on our home
This educational course is free to all. Enjoy!
- Breaking News:
- April 25, 2011
- New Website Helps Collectors and the Hobby
Wow! Have you seen this fairly new web site, www.autographnewslive.com? Thanks go out
to one of our readers for notifying us about this site.
- From what
we can see, this site allows anyone to log on and ask the autograph
collecting community any questions they may have about an individual
autograph, a dealer or auction house. We have read many of the
questions and its plain to see the responses are quick
For an example, one of interest
was put up by someone asking what the readers thought of a certain
John F. Kennedy signature (right). The signature was illustrated
and within hours the collecting community responded and everyone
one said the signature was bad, terrible, a forgery, etc.
Then the submitter shocked everyone and finally identified who
the seller was of the John F. Kennedy signature. Well the word
shocked maybe too strong but for sure it was most
interesting who the seller is and was almost expected. The blog
on the JFK signature is well worth reading as well as all the
other questions and answers.
Interesting, unlike other sites, little or nothing is taken down
by the moderator. It appears to be an honest site, followed and
supported by genuine experts.
A latest addition is that the new and very successful trade magazine
Autograph Quarterly has endorsed this new site.
If you have a question about autograph collecting or just want
to keep abreast of the hobby we suggest you log onto www.autographnewslive.com
- Breaking News:
- April 22, 2011
The COA Insanity Continues
- Authenticates a Zachary Taylor Secretarial Signature
on Land Grant as Genuine
First we want to thank all the collectors
who emailed us regarding the latest pathetic inexcusable mistake
made by James Spence and his group who issued another worthless
Certificate of Authenticity.
This example is presently up for bids on a place called Clean
Sweep Auctions. Its obvious this auction house does little
or no research and simply accepts items based on the fact it
comes with some silly worthless COA. An extremely dangerous practice
and not in the best interests of collectors and the entire hobby.
Clean Sweep is offering a Land Grant they say is signed by President
Zachary Taylor. For those with the very basic knowledge in presidential
autographs, you know theres no need to look further. No
way is this thing genuine. It is a well-known and well-documented
fact that Zachary Taylor did not sign Land Grants. The auction
house has an asking price of $1,000.00.
Colllectors with the minimum, basic knowledge of presidential
signatures will know the signature on this document is NOT GENUINE.
Then comes into the picture of James Spence and his staff. Does
everyone remember the interview with Spence where he says before
he issues a COA his whole staff has to approve of the signature?
Lets take a look at his staff and who on there would deal
in presidential signatures. Just look at the names, John Reznikoff,
Herman Darvick and Bob Eaton. These are the names associated
with James Spence Authentication that would have to had looked
at this Taylor document before Spence would issue his COA.
- The Document Signed for Taylor by a Secretary
- A closer look at the Secretary's Signature
- Over and over and over we follow the leader
(Spences words not ours) down the path to a mistake that
even a novice would not make.
Simply another example of how some uneducated collector wasted
his money for a COA on what Spence will likely say its
just our opinion!
- Breaking News:
- April 20, 2011
Spence Authentication & PSA/DNA
...one of the most embarrassing episodes of authentication
by PSA & JSA
Looks like our story on www.autographalert.com
of May 3, 2009 [to read, see: Past
Articles, January - May, 2009]
is getting some wind behind its sails. We wrote about the horrible
and totally inexcusable mistake in authenticating by James Spence
and his boys and PSA/DNA with the Ed Delahanty letter.
The real hobby experts identified the letter as being written
by Delahantys manager Billy Shettsline. This secretarial
letter sold for $30,000 with the blessings of PSA/DNA and James
Spence. Obviously neither of these companies did an ounce of
research on this letter yet charged the owner a handsome fee
for simply a guess. Most obvious, is one of these companies handled
the letter first and the other just gave their rubber stamp of
Talk about having a lack of knowledge in authenticating and lack
of reference material, this letter was authenticated by both
named above. Not one of these companies even noticed the writer
of the letter mis-spelled Delahantys name. Spence runs
around telling those who will listen that before anything gets
his COA, his entire staff must pass the item.
A story about this same Delahanty letter recently appeared on
the web site of Richard Simon. Simon a hobby veteran in authenticating
has 27 years experience. Simon was one of the original PSA/DNA
authenticators along with James Spence. In a Sports Collector's
Digest interview with Simon on July 22, 2005, Simon stated
I dont mind telling the truth - they (PSA/DNA) were
looking for conformity in the authenticators, and myself and
especially Jim Stinson are not going to be conformists. The team
eventually was disbanded and Jimmy Spence was retained
Simon who knows Spence well has stated on his web site
letter (Delahanty) had been authenticated by PSA/DNA and James
Spence Authentication, but in one of the most embarrassing episodes
of authentication incompetence the letter was exposed as a secretarial
the authenticators didnt even note the mis-spelling
in their letters of authenticity
Heres just another example where a hobby veteran says it
like it is: authenticating incompetence."
- Breaking News:
- April 6, 2011
- John Reznikoff, After Major Stamp Scandal, He Enters
The Autograph Business
On February 26, 2011, www.autographalert.com received a very
lengthy email from a white collar crime investigator. His email
was filled with horrific scandals involving a person by the name
of John Reznikoff. Basically we are all aware of a John Reznikoff
based in Connecticut who is presently in our autograph industry.
Reznikoff didnt take long to get involved in the selling
of 7/8 million dollars of fake and worthless forgeries of John
F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe autographs. It is said by many
that this scandal breaks all of the hobbys records for
selling forgeries. However, little did this hobby know of Reznikoffs
background and why he needed to enter another hobby of collectibles.
After we read the email from the white collar crime investigator,
on Mar. 3, 2001 we emailed Reznikoff with the following email:
Subj: Request For Information
Date: 3/3/2011 5:46.19 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Dear Mr. Reznikoff,
We offer you the opportunity to confirm or deny any involvement
with the following named companies:
Wall Street Ventures, Inc.
Wall Street Ventures
Congor Minerals, Inc.
Also are you aware of anyone in the Stamford area that might
have the same name as yours? We would appreciate your early response.
- Mr. Reznikoff did not respond to us however he
posted a message on some autograph blog saying in part: I
just got an email from AA asking me for an interview.
Has anyone who read the above AA email to Reznikoff read where
we asked him for an interview? This guys ego is out of control
not to mention what he thinks is his clever ability to spin things.
he asked me if I was ever involved
in a company called Wall Street ventures, Inc. or Congor Minerals.
I never was and I am confounded by this
.so where is my
Now, would John Reznikoff lie? Reznikoff told every magazine
and journal that would listen to him that he bought Neil Armstrongs
hair. www.autographalert.com investigated his comments and posted
a story on this site proving that Reznikoff did not purchase
the hair. We illustrated a check from another dealer who in fact
was the purchaser of the hair. In addition, we confirmed this
with Armstrongs barber and he said he never heard of the
name John Reznikoff.
Would John Reznikoff lie? Remember when we checked the records
posted on his website about his college education? We contacted
his college and they stated in writing that he did not attend
the college for all the years Reznikoff posted on his website.
Would Reznikoff lie?
Anyone who knows John Reznikoff, especially after his taking
part in the selling of the JFK/Monroe forgeries have heard him
say the following about staying in this hobby: I have an
exit strategy. Seems like many are waiting for him to follow
up on whatever his plans are for getting out of this hobby.
The following is the email we received from the white collar
crime investigator. After reading this story see what we have
also discovered based on Reznikoffs comments through more
For most of the 1980s and 1990s I was a white collar crime investigator
based near Victoria, BC, Canada.
This past weekend, listening to the radio, I was surprised to
hear a documentary on the CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, about
John Reznikoff - a character central to Wall Street Ventures
Inc., a high-profile scam perpetrated on Vancouver's notorious
stock exchange in the late 1980s/early '90s. The show I heard
was originally broadcast by WBEZ Chicago's "This American
As the Wall Street Ventures stock fraud was exposed in the pre-YouTube
era, I don't believe you'll yet find the tv exposures of it online
today. I expect you'll find all the print stories available in
archives - particularly those of Canadian newspapers and stock
There was plenty on the public record that would have enabled
Seymour Hersh to know Reznikoff was not to be believed before
he got far into "The Dark Side of Camelot" had he done
proper due diligence. When we spoke about the MM/JFK hoax in
1997 I told Hersh that Reznikoff's claims could not be taken
at face value in light of his history.
In any event, "This American Life"'s documentary on
Reznikoff, (about whom the PBS program "History Detectives
is now planning prompted me to update an old blog - with a reprint
of a 1997 article of mine, first published by Stockwatch, a respected
financial market trade journal and news service. That article
is below and shines some light on a scam perpetrated in Canada,
and perhaps less familiar to American readers.
Since updating my blog @ http://borneveryminute.blogspot.com
I received this email:
Your article is complete hogwash. I know for a fact that Mr.
never was in anyway an Executive of WallStreet Ventures Inc.
provide any filing documents that show his position or signature.
can't because there are none. He has done more to expose fraud
memorabilia business than anyone alive, and has paid the price
slander such as yours.
Knowing the writer of this anonymous message is lying piqued
my curiosity some more. Searching online to learn more of John
Reznikoff's current activities I find your fascinating and informative
website, "Autograph Alert".
Keep up the good work! I wish you much success in continuing
to expose the con-artists in the field.
Sincerely, Adrian du Plessis
Street Ventures principal graduates to American icons - JFK and
John Reznikoff, the former Chief Operating Officer and Executive
Vice-President of Wall Street Ventures Inc. -- creator of one
of the biggest
piles of worthless paper ever built on the Vancouver Stock Exchange,
predecessor to Hymex Diamond Corp. -- has surfaced as a central
figure in a
growing scandal involving documents purported to record hush-money
between the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy and movie star
Monroe. Related papers have been sold to U.S. investors for millions
dollars and almost fooled Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour
into including their contents in his just published book on JFK,
Side of Camelot". (Both NBC and ABC television networks
had, at different
times, planned news documentaries relying on the sensational
papers prior to
handwriting and other forensic experts exposing them as fakes.)
Grand Jury proceedings have commenced in the Southern District
of New York
to investigate the origin and sale of the series of forged letters
that have been the subject of coverage by major U.S. media outlets
months. Journalists with The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington
The New York Times, ABC TV's 20/20 program and the CBS newsmagazine
Minutes have been prominent among those to report on the JFK/Marilyn
case which is now being ranked alongside notorious twentieth
such as Clifford Irving's "autobiography" of Howard
Carl Person, a New York-based lawyer for Reznikoff associate
(Lex) Cusack, III maintains a web-site @ http://www.lawmall.com/jfk.mm
contains his clients' version of events. Cusack (a resident of
Connecticut), his wife, Jennifer Rush (her maiden name), an Atlanta
and sales agent for the letters, Thomas G. Cloud, and Wall Street's
Reznikoff, together with associated private companies, have launched
attacks on those who have discredited them and the papers. The
papers' backers claim that they represent "one of the great
document finds in recent decades: more than 700 pages of documents
secret files of Lawrence X. Cusack Sr. (LXCSr), the personal
consultant to John F. Kennedy (JFK), which show, inter alia,
Monroe (MM) threatened to expose JFK's personal relationship
with her and
other women and to make public the proof in her possession of
negotiations and dealings with members of organized crime, specifically
mafia chieftain Sam Giancana, who offered and achieved influence
1960 Presidential elections among other activities, and that,
as a quid pro
quo for her silence, JFK negotiated with MM to fund a trust (the
Baker Trust) for the benefit of MM's mother."
It is likely most adult North Americans know that Marilyn Monroe
1962 and John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November
Other facts, and many myths, concerning the lives and deaths
of these icons,
the Hollywood sex symbol and the first Catholic president of
the U.S., may
be well known, but, until now, there has been little public attention
focused on Monroe's mother, Gladys Baker, who died in 1984 after
three decades in institutions.
The legend of how some legal paperwork carried out for the late
and her daughter's estate evolved into the current international
richly detailed in a thirteen-page November 3 1997 New Yorker
"Fakes: Who forged the J.F.K.-Marilyn Monroe papers?"
authored by senior
U.S. journalist David Samuels. (In a move that will appear familiar
followers of Vancouver penny stock promotions, those involved
and selling the fakes have sued the magazine, writer Samuels
and other news
agencies and journalists. Since the wide public exposure of the
investors, who each paid from tens of thousands up to hundreds
of dollars for copies of individual JFK/Marilyn pages, have been
"buy-back" offer from the sellers. This offer is loaded
particularly strategic condition - investors have been told that
for such repurchasing will be drawn from any legal awards gained
lawsuits against media outlets and journalists.)
The New Yorker's "Fakes" essay recounts how Lawrence
Cusack Sr. acted as
attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and had
Catholic leaders. As well, in 1980 he was appointed guardian
to Gladys Baker
and began handling aspects of the Monroe estate. Following Baker's
1984 he closed his case file. Cusack Sr. himself died in 1985.
Lawrence Cusack, known as Lex, worked as a paralegal in the same
As he tells the story, Lex stumbled upon a treasure trove of
records while sifting through his deceased father's papers. Typed
and notes handwritten by JFK about a secret trust arrangement
sensational among those papers that have since been sold for
will, no doubt, make the living players in the scheme famous
-- at least in
movie-of-the-week fashion. Cusack told The New Yorker that when
he set out
to dispose of a small collection of stamps his father had left
him, the only
dealer who would give him an appointment was John Reznikoff.
Up to this
point, the only other person reported by Lex to have seen the
papers was his
wife, Jennifer Rush. Within a few months of their first meeting,
weeks after talking between themselves about a relationship of
Cusack Sr. to
JFK, Reznikoff and Lex Cusack were partners actively working
JFK/Marilyn Monroe documentary riches.
If Cusack Jr. did find anything of great interest in his father's
estate files in 1991, as he claims, it was not until meeting
teaming up with him in early 1993 that the bounty began to manifest
in a public, tangible, form. Lex's explanation for his failure
on the discovery, "one of the great historical document
finds in recent
decades", for so long is that he feared for his life. He
needed, he says, to
find a dealer he could trust.
He found what he was looking for in Stamford, Connecticut where
Reznikoff operated a stamp dealership with an entrepreneurial
Described in the "Fakes" article as "president
of University Archives, a
historical-documents business in downtown Stamford", Reznikoff
maintains a celebrity-hair collection featuring the select follicular
remains of Geronimo, Franz Liszt, Napoleon and other historic
hair collection is purportedly a source of DNA used in the making
tags, key chains, pendants and other desirable collector's items
under contract by an outfit called StarGene.
And, a few years prior to his being trusted with Cusack's life-endangering
secret, Reznikoff was COO, Executive VP and one of several promoters
VSE-listed Wall Street Ventures Inc. Before it metamorphosed
into a diamond
venture as Hymex (under new management and backers), Wall Street
notoriety as an outrageous stock promotion in a marketplace highly
competitive for that sort of thing.
When, in 1990, ABC TV's PrimeTime Live shipped a news team to
(the city's equivalent to New York's Wall Street), "looking",
Chris Wallace explained, "for elements of the classic Vancouver
found much of what they were looking for in Wall Street Ventures.
In October 1990 PrimeTime Live aired its documentary, "Too
Good to Be True?"
and Wallace outlined a generic VSE penny stock promotion to millions
Americans: "It typically works like this. First, insiders
buy up a so-called
'shell' - let's call it PrimeTime Mining - a dormant resource
available for pennies a share. Then they change the name, and
announce a new
venture, something like - and these are real examples - a collection
obscure Mideast stamps, or a Hungarian herpes ointment. Next,
hype the business. Promoters send out press releases and videos,
parties, and the owners buys and sell shares - anything to make
look hot. If the hype works, the public starts to buy in and
the stock takes
off, and that's when the insiders begin getting out, unloading
and taking huge profits. Then the hype ends, the company's prospects
evaporate, and the stock plummets back to pennies a share, ready
the game all over again."
Once Howe Street players learned that a hidden camera had been
midst, panic gripped "the street" and VSE stock deals
began to fall from
their unnatural heights. In the twenty days immediately prior
to ABC airing
its documentary on the hyperbolic Vancouver penny stock trade,
composite index fell to 20 consecutive record lows - plunging
during the period and finally bottoming at 585.85 points on October
the day of the PrimeTime broadcast. (After years of robust markets
worldwide, and record-breaking upward moves by senior exchanges
those in New York and Toronto and junior markets like the similarly
speculative one in Alberta, today the Vancouver stock index sits
marginally higher - at 604.66.) The PrimeTime visit was also
one of the most
memorable days in the career of ex-VSE president Donald Hudson.
an eye-witness observer, after his on-camera interview with Chris
former department store PR man Hudson bolted into a private office
a cartoon character, pressed himself back up against the door
that he pulled
shut behind him.
While ABC investigators borrowed elements from the Wall Street
stock scam to draw their viewers an outline of the classic penny
operandi, the promotion of Wall Street and the company's public
had collapsed before the news team arrived in Canada. Details
well-deflated Wall Street and its principals were out of the
picture as the
PrimeTime broadcast featured examples of then VSE high-fliers.
Had Wall Street's case history been publicized in the US -- either
promotion was being debunked in Canada in 1989 and 1990 or during
subsequent legal battle that pitted Church of Scientology members
Time magazine -- American journalists could have learned about
world of stamp dealing once inhabited by John Reznikoff, the
JFK/Marilyn Monroe papers player.
Wall Street Ventures Inc. was incorporated in British Columbia,
February 28 1986 as 9006 Investments Ltd. The company changed
its name to
Wall Street Ventures before it began trading on the Vancouver
February 11 1988. Originally saying it was looking for gold,
other minerals in Nevada, by early 1989 Wall Street had announced
going to acquire and market bulky collections of Middle Eastern
stamps under the guidance of Reznikoff and a new board of directors.
In total, Wall Street claimed to have entered into transactions
access to at least 713 crates of stamps - issued by governments
in Aden, the
Trucial States and similar Arabian locales - weighing about 100
These stamps had been authenticated by assorted N.Y. and Connecticut-based
appraisers found by the company who valued them at upwards of
million. Wall Street announced to investors: "These transactions
to be among the largest in the history of the philatelic world,
available information, and are believed to make Wall Street the
holder of South and Southeastern Arabian postal issue stamps
in the world,
as well as in all likelihood the world's largest stamp company."
Overseeing this philatelic treasure was a new management slate
included: a pair of Beverly Hills-based PR consultants and Scientologists,
Michael Baybak and George Duggan (both of whom have been associated
other Vancouver penny stock promotions); a reputed "Sultan"
Al-Qu'aitl, said to be a "Self-employed consultant on Arabian
Islamic art and business"; and Denis Potvin, the retired
New York Islanders
hockey star. Ex-NHLer Potvin was referred to in one promotional
article as a "retired professional hockey player and collector
East stamps." And, it was claimed that, Wall Street officer
Rockefeller of Norwalk, Connecticut held "an informed appreciation
unique and growing appeal of the South and Southeastern Arabian
represented in the company's inventory." John Reznikoff,
who was Wall
Street's Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President,
was the only
board member to have a professional background as a dealer in
Reznikoff also served as COO and Executive VP of Congor Minerals
privately incorporated BC company through which Wall Street was
to get into
the stamp business via a stock market manoeuvre known as a "reverse
take-over" or RTO. (Corporate regulatory filings accepted
by Vancouver stock
exchange officials identify stamp dealer Reznikoff's address,
a post office box in Stamford, Connecticut.)
Once the Wall Street/Congor RTO had been effected, the company's
returned to trade on the VSE and immediately jumped from the
$0.52 level to
$5.125. On March 16 1989, only two weeks after trading had resumed,
Street stock hit an all-time high mark of $6.625. But, almost
as quickly and
dramatically as "the world's largest stamp company"
had appeared on the VSE,
the company's published claims were criticized and rejected by
collectors and philatelic authorities.
Wall Street's description of its COO as "President, University
Inc., which is one of the largest suppllers (sic) of stamps to
houses, retail dealers and investment and serious collectors
in the United
States, 1980 to present" was soon disputed. "We wouldn't
agree with that",
Dick Sine, editorial director of Scott Publishing, publisher
reputable Scott's stamp catalogue, told a reporter with The Globe
newspaper. As for the company's tons of stamps, Sine explained,
list any of them. We question their legitimacy." While they
may look, smell
and taste like stamps, "they just don't quack".
David Allen, an executive member of the BC philatelic society,
Vancouver journalists as well as stock market regulators that
"None of the
reputable stamp catalogues around the world will touch these
Provisionals". (The Aden stamps were the first collection
to be touted by
Wall Street.) The stock promotion was a matter to be raised at
the June 1989
meeting of the Royal Canadian Philatelic Society. Allen noted:
International Federation of Philately is actively campaigning
such as these which it says are harmful." Another local
stamp dealer put it
bluntly: "These stamps are nothing but junk."
Wall Street's stamps, from various "sand dune" countries,
had never enjoyed
acceptance as collectible stamps of value. They served as filler
of starter stamp collecting kits for children and, on occasion,
been given away as free prizes in specially marked boxes of breakfast
The marketing goal of the Wall Street group to suddenly make
previously undesirable or worthless stamps tremendously valuable
incredible even by VSE standards. Public ridicule of the company
claims resulted in BC stock market regulators asking for verifications
further stalled the penny share promotion.
Support for the company's stratospheric valuations came from
a small circle
of parties primarily located in New York and Connecticut. Those
Connecticut relied upon by Wall Street in making its public representations
included Walter Ponichtera and Bruce Corson of Stamford, Kenneth
Huntington and Armand-Marc Rousso of Greenwich.
While there was little that could reduce the company's already
level of credibility among independent philatelists, it did not
that Marc Rousso was known by authorities to employ deceptive
strategies such as using fronts to attempt buying stamps at higher
their market value in order to create new and artificial price
connection with the Wall Street stamps case, a private company
Rousso, Coach Investments (which listed Steven C. Rockefeller
as a director
and was one of the proposed vendors of stamps to Wall Street),
full-page advertisement in "The Stamp Wholesaler" (a
philatelic trade paper)
offering to buy certain Aden-Quaiti stamps at 10 times their
dubiously quoted price. (Earlier stamp deals involving Rousso,
himself "The Croc" in homage to the thick-skinned reptile,
had been exposed
in a series of articles published by the Los Angeles Times in
Street Venture's other experts included Edward Corbat of Throg's
York and Lee Rosenbloom of Regal Stamp and Coin Company, Fifth
City (Rosenbloom was also a director of Coach).
But the company's share price was grounded by public exposure
of the stamp's
actual status as unmarketable pieces of sticky paper and by the
end of July
1989 the stock had dropped from over $6 to the $1 mark. Shares
to a year low of $0.35.
Following concerns raised about the legitimacy of the stamps
company's acquisition of the Aden Provisionals and certain other
Eastern stamp collections failed to be approved by VSE regulators.
January 1990, Wall Street proposed exchanging 50% - 60% of its
States collection (stamps that it had been allowed to acquire
public controversy arose) for 30,000 acres of property in Oregon
This trade never materialized but in December 1990 the company
did swap 30%
of its stamp holdings for an interest in a Nevada gold prospect.
By this time, new players were getting involved with Wall Street
stamp promotion had little life left. During 1990 the company's
ranged from a high of $0.90 to a low of $0.09. By an agreement
November 11 1991, Wall Street officially ended its career as
self-proclaimed ("in all likelihood") world's largest
stamp company by
disposing of its remaining stamp inventory for payment of US$45,000
return of some Wall Street shares by Martin Sellinger, a White
York stamp dealer.
Sellinger had begun the cycle as the vendor of the Trucial States
Omar Mukharesh, identified in VSE filings as a Saudi Arabian
who joined John Reznikoff and others on the board of Congor Minerals.
Congor, on paper at least, acquired the Trucial States stamps
before vending them to the publicly traded Wall Street Ventures.
1992 the VSE accepted the Wall Street-Sellinger arrangement and
only had the stock promotion cycle ended (collapsing from a market
capitalization of over $22 million to under $400,000) but the
"asset" itself, the stamps, had, in their comic way,
come full circle.
On March 18 1993, Wall Street's shares were consolidated on a
for four-old) basis and the company renamed Bionic Enterprises
Middle Eastern stamp promotion was now history.
By this time John Reznikoff was busy helping with a marketing
would give value to a different type of collectible. After Lex
visited him to sell a small stamp collection, the matter of the
Kennedy-Marilyn Monroe papers had been raised. By March or April
Reznikoff had told Thomas Cloud, an Atlanta-based gem and metals
about the JFK-Marilyn letters. Before the year was out, he and
Cloud had a
deal that would see them each receive commissions of 10 -20%
per item for
the sale of the papers to Cloud's clients.
In order to market the documents to investors, Cusack and Reznikoff
earlier set about getting the letters authenticated. Some of
used to bring legitimacy to the letters and their sale value
creative stamp marketing practices of Armand-Marc Rousso and
They also would not be out of place in a penny stock promotion.
Handwriting and other experts contacted were not shown more than
a few of
the JFK-Marilyn papers at any one time. This made it impossible
for them to
compare numerous of the documents as to their consistency. Genuine
handwriting can be expected to change from page to page. Without,
an opportunity to review enough documents for their consistency
- or lack
thereof - it can be difficult to spot forgeries. authenticiIn
one instance, Lex
Cusack's wife mailed three handwritten note cards to a pair of
sale. Next, acting as a front for John Reznikoff, a Texas collector
to buy back the Kennedy documents affixed with the experts' imprimaturs
authenticity. It's estimated that between US $6 and $7 million
spent by Americans buying up the product marketed by the Cusacks,
Adding to the cachet of the letters was the developing interest
in them by
prominent U.S. journalist Seymour Hersh. Hersh was researching
of John F. Kennedy when, in late 1994, he first heard of the
materials that were being sold to collectors. (By this date,
Street-Bionic had been completely reorganized, renamed Hymex
and, under a new control group was off exploring for "diamonds,
associated minerals" in Guinea, Africa.)
In July 1995 author Hersh signed an agreement giving him access
JFK-Marilyn papers. The arrangement suited all parties. Hersh
was able to
finally document aspects of the late president's life, particularly
relationships with Marilyn Monroe and the Mafia, that had long
about but had yet to be pinned down on paper. For the Cusacks,
Reznikoff and Tom Cloud, the involvement of a media figure of
the stature of
Seymour Hersh made pitching investors on the merits of the letters
simpler, and potentially much more lucrative, enterprise.
Once Seymour Hersh started showing the papers to his contacts
and sources he
began to be told that they were fakes. In mid-1996 NBC paid nearly
million to a television production house that was creating a
based on "The Dark Side of Camelot". After its forensic
experts examined the
JFK-Marilyn papers, however, the network backed out-only to be
few months later by ABC TV. (ABC directed almost US $2 million
In the summer of 1997, after further forensic examinations, ABC
concluded the letters were forgeries. Review of numerous documents
showed up an unnatural consistency to the letters purportedly
Kennedy. "It is the complete lack of change in the handwriting
the documents away", one expert told The New Yorker. Evidence
documents had been created with lift-off type not invented at
the time, and
with the aid of correctable carbon ribbon that was not available
early 1960s helped sink the hoax.
The perpetrators of the fraud have yet to be identified. The
launched Grand Jury investigation, various civil lawsuits (including
instigated by Lex Cusack and others who, a la Bre-X Minerals
insist the find is legitimate) and continuing media coverage
attention on the roles and actions of three central suspects:
Jennifer Rush and John Reznikoff.
Looking for clues in the background of the players, there will,
no doubt, be
different parties interested in digging up and/or burying the
Wall Street Ventures/Congor Minerals. Whoever is proven responsible,
whatever Reznikoff's part in the scheme is found to be, this
surrounding two of America's most famous modern figures already
ranks as one
of the most colourful international episodes to involve a VSE
Curiously, John Reznikoff is not the only VSE alumni to have
Seymour Hersh's Kennedy book research. Pierre Salinger, a White
secretary in the 1960s, ABC News correspondent in the 1970s and
director of disreputable VSE penny stocks in the 1990s, had a
to the text. Salinger, who has been a principal of Vancouver-listed
Global Teleworks Corp and International Tire Recycling and Manufacturing
Corp, claimed to have once found Robert Kennedy in bed with his
Salinger's now ex-wife denied the story -- saying that JFK's
had certainly had affairs, "Unfortunately, not with me."
- 31/12/97 -
- Would Reznikoff lie?
The above chart is reprinted from the respected financial market
trade journal and news service Stockwatch.
It certainly appears that John Reznikoff did lie about his involvement
in what is called by many possibly the largest crime and scam
perpetrated in the Canadian Stock Exchange.
So we have the stock scam, then the JFK/Monroe scam. Whats
a celebrity hair scam?
Remember the story we wrote about Reznikoff and his Beethoven
hair? See part of it below.
- There was recent conversation not long ago
between a mid west autograph dealer and one of those east coast
sellers of autographs who try to flood the market with hair.
The conversation went something like this...mid west dealer asked
"If you have what you truly believe what may be a genuine
sample of celebrity hair, well documented, and while examining
the sample a few strands of your own hair fall into the pile
and get mixed in, what can you do?" The reply from the east
coast seller (JR) was "well, shit happens!"
- If you invested some of your hard earned dineros
for what you believed to be a celebritys lock of hair,
you are probably getting very nervous or saying maybe the author
of this article is just having a bad hair day. If that is the
case, lets take a moment and go to class. Lets choose
a recent sale of a celebritys hair that sold for a large
amount and walk through the description point by point. Then
- In a recent February 2006 sale held by Heritage
Galleries in Texas, item # 26644, being offered for sale was
two strands of Ludwig von Beethovens Hair. For the record
Beethoven died in 1827. The description states: "Two strands
of hair taken from a larger lock probably clipped the morning
after his passing. The hair was housed in a carved, dark wood
frame along with a lock of Niccolo Paganinis hair; the
antique lignum vitae frame can be dated to c1845. The composers
hair was purchased from Robert C. Eldred, an antique dealer and
auctioneer in Massachusetts, who confirmed that it was obtained
from a well-known musicians family residing in Rhode Island.
This large collection also included a Toscanini letter which
was consigned to Eldrid. It was customary in Beethovens
time to snip a lock of a loved ones hair to keep as a tangible
reminder after their passing. Although it is unknown how many
locks were originally taken, it has been ascertained that at
present only a few remain in private collections. Only a few
presentations of Beethovens hair have been prepared, when
they are dispersed, no more will be offered. Each is accompanied
by a certificate of authenticity from University Archives and
a video tape recording the first opening of the frame since it
was originally sealed. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.
- Lets start at the beginning of the description,
keeping in mind Beethoven died in 1827. Two strands of hair taken
from a larger lock "PROBABLY" clipped the morning after
his passing. Who created this fabrication? Probably? Dont
you know? This statement of fiction was created by a recent cataloguer.
Moving forward: "..frame can be dated to c1845.." What
does this mean? If the hair was removed in 1827, and we still
dont know by whom, where was the hair for 18 years?
- Was the hair not important enough to protect it
for nearly two decades. Also we must keep in mind that a frame
from 1845 can be purchased today in many antique shops. To continue:
"...the composers hair..." now we are calling
it the composers hair, are you convinced? Where up to now has
that been determined? Continuing: "was purchased from Robert
C. Eldred, an antique dealer in Massachusetts.." This sale
was not held long ago, the dealer is still in business, where
has the hair been since 1827? Moving forward: "who confirmed
that it was obtained from a well-known musicians family
residing in Rhode Island." Did anyone consider asking the
name of this well known family? I guess its more believable
that it came from an unidentified musicians family rather that
a well known plumbers family. Besides, Rhode Island is
as good a place as any in the United States for Beethovens
hair to appear. The description goes onto say: "...this
large collection also included a Toscanini letter...." What
does this have to do with authenticating the Beethoven hair?
To cloud the description and create a lengthy story taking your
mind of what they call Beethovens hair they continue: "It
was customary in Beethovens time to snip a lock of loved
ones hair to keep as a tangible reminder after their passing."
This could be true but what here tells us this is Beethovens
hair? Now its time to break up this lock of hair and it
is stated: "only a few presentations of Beethovens
hair have been prepared..." They think by now with their
created description you are actually believing this is Beethovens
hair. Moving along: "each is accompanied by a Certificate
of Authenticity from University Archives." A COA based on
what? Continuing: "And of video tape recording the first
opening of the frame since it was originally sealed." Now
we have a video tape of the opening of a frame that contains
whatever you want to believe from the flimsy description. The
frame is from c1845, but when was it originally sealed? The hair
could have been put in this frame a century later!
- We save the best for last: "accompanied by
LOA from PSA/DNA." If this hair was actually given to this
company who advertises they authenticate autographs, lets
take a guess regarding how many samples or scans of Beethovens
hair PSA/DNA had in their file to be able to determine that the
hair from this frame was from Beethovens head based on
their usual claim that they "thoroughly examined" and
that the hair is consistent because of color, angling, spacing
and size and it did conform to known exemplars.
- Interestingly, other offerings of celebrity hair
by University Archives, that come with a COA signed by John Reznikoff
have similar problems with "provenance credibility."
We have attempted to contact Mr. Reznikoff on multiple occasions
regarding this issue. He refuses to respond! Adding to this most
unfortunate issue, many auction houses are very much aware that
a large amount of this hair being fed into the autograph market
is extremely questionable, yet they continue to take these items
on consignment. The best way to answer this is the hair offered
above as Beethovens sold for more than $8,000 with little
or no credible provenance. Its all about money.
The idea of John Reznikoff and his exit strategy idea sounds
better every day!
- Breaking News:
- March 30, 2011
- Autograph Quarterly
A New Magazine For The Love And Education
of The Hobby Has Arrived
A BOOK REVIEW
Weve almost given up a few years ago thinking that this
hobby would not have a magazine that we could all look forward
to. One with educational articles covering many subject matters
and especially one who would not take advertisements from criminal
types. One advertiser actually spent time in prison for an autograph
related incident. Many innocent readers have been hurt by trusting
some advertisers in the old magazine.
Arrived is our copy of Volume #1, Issue #1, March 2011 of the
hobbys only professional magazine on autographs: Autograph
Upon lifting the envelope we thought their might be two or three
issues enclosed. We were wrong, one issue, quite heavy in weight
and as we look through, quite heavy in content.
We discovered, lucky for the advertisers, that approximately
8,500 copies of this issue were printed and mailed. The cover
is rich in color and proudly states, in this issue you will find
an in depth Michael Jackson Signature-Analysis (that can save
you thousands of dollars) written by non other than the noted
in person collector, Nelson Deedle. Also mentioned on the cover
is an article on Stonewall Jackson by n Civil War experts Brian
and Maria Green.
Begin to immerse yourself as this magazine begins with an Editorial
Brief followed by three pages of The Publishers Two-Cents
You are invited to rediscover and reconnect to what this hobby
was like two decades ago. Inside this wonderful treasure trove
of information is 28 different and interesting articles covering
many fields of collecting. From five pages of information about
several presidents and the Dalai Lama signing a most unusual
book (and probably a first for him) a Holy Bible to articles
on baseball by non other than the industries most respected expert
on Baseball Hall of Fame signatures, Ron Keurajian. For those
interested in boxing, Mother Teresa, Bad Boys of the USA, Tony
Blair, Heads of State, Richard P. Feynman: Scientifically Speaking,
and Muhammad Ali, this issue will excite you. All articles are
written by industry professionals and experts.
Theres so much more, such as For The Love of the Hobby,
U.S. Historic Highlights, How I obtained President Bill Clintons
Autograph, The Autograph Authenticator Report, Ten Quick Tips
To Avoiding Forgeries, The Official Autograph Price guide, Collectors
Bookshelf, Celebrity Autograph Conventions, Signs of the Times,
Signature Reference Guide and one of our favorites for reference
This edition has a tribute and a two page dedication to Charles
Hamilton. Also most interesting is the early support of International
writers Tove Myhr from Norway, Santosh Kumar Lahoti from India
and Dr. Zoltan Marian from Hungary.
Refreshing for all we have spoken to is the publisher is focusing
on taking ads only from professional dealers with a proven track
record. A noted forger and two companies who claim to authenticate
autographs but have a bad track record were denied advertising
For those of you who have missed Issue #1, the first 1500 copies
were numbered and signed by the CEO of Star Wares. The special,
color limitation page was devoted to The Mummy Returns.
The page also contains a Certificate of Authenticity stating
that the one inch cloth affixed to the page is a portion of cloth
used in the Universal Studios film The Mummy Returns.
Autograph collectors and dealers who are determined to continue
to educate themselves will find Autograph Quarterly a
newly discovered diamond mine. A long awaited collectors
The publishers are looking for those who have a genuine expertise
on a specific subject to submit articles that may be of interest
to the International autograph community.
Because of many of the comments emailed to www.autographalert.com,
its obvious the new magazine is a big hit with both collectors
and dealers. Some wonderful compliments are all those who received
Issue #1 and contacted the magazine for additional copies.
Below are just a sampling of emails we have received regarding
Just received the first issue of Autograph Quarterly,
lucky me, I was one of the first 1500 and it looks great. Its
going to take me awhile to read this book. Bible
story was really fun reading. I havent even finished reading
the first issue and cant wait for the next!. Charles,
"Vol. #1, Issue#1 was a bit hit in our home, the articles
are fascinating. The limited edition containing original Mummy
cloth is worth the price of the whole years subscription.....
Philip, New York
Thanks to your site I learned about the new magazine Autograph
Quarterly. A pleasant surprise has arrived, the very first
issue. The magazine is filled with wonderful articles and packed
with information. This looks to be a needed reference for any
collector. Some nice exemplars and reference studies
up the great work and thank you once again for the great site.
..I just received my issue of Autograph Quarterly
and I wanted to tell you how pleased I was with it. I had to
go to church last night but once I got home it was to bed and
reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Koschals article about his
Bible and I have to admit that is a good idea to have presidents
sign. It was quite impressive the amount of work he did in obtaining
the signatures. I also loved the fact that not every page was
a full page advertisement or an auction. It is truly refreshing
to have an actual magazine to read with real articles. Thanks
so much for steering me in the right direction as I would never
have known about this magazine
Richard, New Jersey
unbelievable and about time. Just what this hobby
needed, finally a friendly magazine with the hobbys best
interests in mind. Count me in as a writer
Wow! Impressive! I love it. Sandra, Illinios
Cool. Much needed magazine, I wish it and its publishers
and contributors the best of luck. A much needed improvement
for the hobby of autographs.. Paul, California
a fabulous volume for a first issue..have no suggestions
for improvement other than it has to go monthly.. John,
Volume number one has arrived, Im excited and want
to order three extra copies
Finally something to look forward to. I dropped my subscription
to the old autograph magazine for several reasons. Inaccurate
articles, advertisements by some who should probably be doing
time, attacks on reputable persons shockingly by the magazine
own publisher and more. Volume #1 of Autograph Quarterly was
a shocker, much more than I ever expected from a new publication.
My hats off to the publishers. Michael, New Hampshire
For more information about writing for the magazine, subscribing
or taking an ad go to www.autographquarterly.com
- Breaking News:
- March 28, 2011
You may have read about this individual
recently on www.autographalert.com
He has been one nasty and ignorant individual hiding under aliass
as BD or Don Barcardi and posting negative
messages on the Internet about those he has never met or have
ever spoken to.
This individual became one of the few parasites of Steve
anti-Semite Cyrkin. However he was eventually exposed
and his name is Dennis Bishop of Douglas, Massachusetts.
Bishop has been called a real horses ass and
a typical moron who is blind without a cane.
We have just been advised that Bishop, who did business with
the auction house Coachs Corner, has been officially banned
from bidding in their future auctions.
- Breaking News:
- March 21, 2011
- James Spence
Another Nail In His Coffin,
- Authenticates Signature of Man 2 Years
On February 7, 2011 in an article on this site, we asked James
Spence of JSA and John Reznikoff of JSA and PSA/DNA and Bob Eaton
of RR Auction and PSA/DNA what research they do when they authenticated
as genuine a secretarial signature of Dwight Eisenhower.
The readers of www.autographalert.com are still waiting for just
one of these fellows to respond. These folks need to step up
to the plate and be accountable for their inexcusable authentications!
Once again, this hobby cries out for regulation. As said before,
a barber needs a license to give a $10 haircut but some whipper
snapper can come into this hobby and sell millions of dollars
of forged John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe items and they just
get their hands slapped.
Their autograph education is their shadow and some have no shadow
at all. What makes James Spence an autograph authenticator? Has
he taken just one of the 14 autograph educational courses that
were available around the United States? The answer is NO! Has
he even taken the free autograph educational course available
on this site? The answer is the same, NO. So what are his credentials?
We would love to hear from him.
There are some quarter wit forgers who still infiltrate our hobby,
however the list of half wit collectors and autograph sellers
who are ignorant enough to pay a high profile 3rd party company
who can only claim they can authenticate autographs gets much
smaller. Example, Spence recently appeared in a sports autograph
store in South Florida. Reports tell us that only 6 people showed
The only reason we can attribute this poor showing is collectors
are becoming slowly educated. It seems every day another professional
autograph dealer will not issue a refund based on a guess, backed
by nothing, from a third party authenticating company. These
companies when approached by an irate autograph collector will
be told you paid for our opinion. As we all know,
everyone has an opinion and many educated dealers will give you
theirs free of charge.
Some of these authenticators are so hungry for business they
are now offering packages of a minimum of 400 items. They will
authenticate them for $8 each. What you get is an uneducated
guess and one very ugly sticker that serves as nothing more than
an advertisement. In some cases and in such a short period of
time, these stickers are already doing damage to the item.
One long time professional dealer recently stated that what these
wannabe authenticators should do is take several of these silly
stickers and completely cover the autograph they just authenticated.
Their COA can state the autograph under the stickers got the
best guess from ABC or DEF or GHI Authentication company. This
way no one can later see or question the autograph.
Has anyone seen the latest item for sale in American Memorabilias
Auction? This outfit who has a long history of selling items
mis-authenticated by 3rd party authenticators has what they describe
as a 1948 Leaf - Jack Johnson Signed card #17. Opening
A genuine signature of Jack Johnson is quite uncommon. According
to several genuine autograph experts, the signature on this card
is a very poor quality forgery and no respected authenticator
would ever attach their name to it. Yet, this poor quality forgery
passes muster by James Spence. This item has been authenticated
as genuine by James Spence at JSA Authentication.
Once again, how could this happen? How in the world was any research
done on this signature by James Spence to pass this horrible
forgery as genuine? Again, we ask James Spence to come forward
and tell us what he did to determine this signature of Jack Johnson
is genuine? What did he do time wise for the money he was paid
to authenticate this item? Where in the world did he find even
one exemplar to make such a horrible guess? What credentials
does James Spence have to be an autograph authenticator?
- 1948 Leaf Card of Jack Johnson Authenticated
by James Spence
- No matter what James Spence has to say to even
attempt to justify his latest blunder, may we also state that
Jack Johnson died on June 10, 1946, two years before this card
- The following is an email we received recently.
It is like so many others we have received.
3/15/2011 1:44:23 Eastern Daylight Time
I also want to mention to support your story on JSA. I
was given a ball hand signed by Albert Pujols, he actually put
the ball in my hand. JSA (James Spence) was having an event in
Feb with Steiner Sports. I decided to take the ball over to them
JUST to see what they would say. Of course, they asked where
I got the ball prior to actually looking at it. I responded,
what difference does it make where I got it? They
failed the ball, at which point I then told them where I got
the ball. And of course they did not believe me and said it was
a fake. Worst of all they still charged me the 430. What the
experience did was reinforce the fact that 3rd party authenticator
means Jack S
! Thanks much, John W.
- Breaking News:
- March 16, 2011
- Steve anti-Semite Cyrkin
Could He be the Hobbys
- Most Well Rounded Imbecile?
When was the last time anyone saw a person do so much to destroy
What has this person done thats positive to help promote
the autograph industry?
His autograph business Starbrite was a complete failure.
Its been years since he closed it down and in his own words
was removing the forgeries from his inventory. My
goodness years of removing forgeries and still no Starbrite.
As late as March 6, 2011 Cyrkin states on his own blog:
signed photo in the article looked like a secretarial. Its
the one I uploaded from Starbrites inventory. Enough
His Autograph magazine was a complete disaster. Matter of fact,
it published the most embarrassing article ever printed in any
autograph journal. An article about a guitar chock full of so
called in person signatures that was easily proven after the
article was published that the signatures were forgeries. To
no ones surprise, it was written by none other than a UACC Director.
Journalistic malpractice at its best!
Many are still trying to get refunds for undelivered non published
magazines from their yearly subscriptions. We dont even
want to think about any poor advertisers who may have paid in
We have all witnessed the rapid decline of the hobbys best
known anti-Semite. One reader of this site recently commented
on Cyrkin and possibly said it best. What we are hearing
is Cyrkins death rattle, what he is doing now is just circling
Cyrkin has become very delusional and now cant even remember
what he said not long ago. Regarding his horrific anti-Semite
statement, that he was dumb enough to put in writing, you may
all remember what he said many times before. He said over and
over that when those comments of his were published over the
Internet, those exposing it didnt know he was Jewish. So
that was supposed to make his most horrific statement acceptable.
Now the anti-Semite changes his story. A email message Cyrkin
sent on March 1, 2011 now states: I am Jewish, born and
raised. You all know it and you have all along.
Problem here is as one collector stated:
also part Jewish and look what he did to his people.
Cyrkin put in writing the very worst thing one Jewish person
could call another. The meaning of the word has been confirmed
by many of our Jewish readers and a Rabbi. Please take notice
that Cyrkin NEVER has even denied calling a Jewish autograph
seller a kike. One can only surmise that Cyrkin as
late as today stands by his words.
The reason you must believe this is that www.autographalert.com
has given Cyrkin several chances to apologize for his statement.
An autograph organization has given Cyrkin 4 different opportunities
to apologize for his anti-Semitic remarks. Cyrkin refuses.
There is no place in this hobby, business or even culture for
such an individual. Yet he has a following of a handful and a
few implants he has created who spew venom, some under fictitious
names. Just look at the crowd who Cyrkin attracts. Most need
Mike Airing???? For those of you who do not know who Mike Airing
is just ask Cyrkin. We refer to the most embarrassing article
ever written in an autograph magazine. According to Cyrkin in
a phone conversation he had with an industry leader, Airing is
the one who came forward stating he got all the rock and roll
signatures on the guitar in person. Cyrkin was dumb
enough to say this and then pleaded to the person he was talking
to not to reveal this information. Cyrkin was duped by Airing
and went with the story which ended up being the beginning of
Cyrkins demise. We all know now that all the signatures
on the guitar were forged. Who forged them? Only Airing can tell
you, as he stated to Cyrkin he got the signatures in person.
And finally we have the infamous DB????
DB loves to spew venom and we have contacted every single person
he has attacked. Not one person he has attacked knows who he
is. They never heard of him, never met him so he appears to be
a Cyrkin implant. We did find out after an investigation this
is a yo yo of the 3rd kind. He is so hateful and knows so little
that he goes under different aliases. DB for one,
Don Barcardi for another. This unknown uses his real picture
from his high school yearbook and penciled in a mustache to hide
his identity. The truth is his name is:
Dennis Bishop, and he lives at 161 Martin Rd., Douglas, MA 01516,
email email@example.com, Phone 508-476-1980. Hes 61 years
old and graduated from Doherty High School. Bishop can now take
an eraser and take off his phony mustache.
Cyrkins life has been falling apart for a few years. Seems
like everything he says is beyond ridiculous. Lets not
forget what this wannabe authenticator said not long ago when
asked to authenticate an autograph. His response was: I
say its real.
When a few of his sidekicks and implants said otherwise, embarrassed,
Cyrkin flip flops and says the unbelievable: Now that Im
awake, having coffee and looking at a few exemplars, Im
not comfortable with it. Maybe if he had a pork chop and
some wine, we might get a definitive guess.
Whats Cyrkins latest disaster? His failing blog!
As we said before, just look at the handful of names that support
the blog. Most are the last of his advertisers. Its near
impossible to find a respected name in the hobby attaching their
name to that blog. Most seasoned and professional collectors
and dealers will not associate themselves with his blog.
For the educated and respected, its the place to avoid!
Cyrkins own pathetic words of March 7, 2011 about his own
this site is turning into a war zone.
Its not OK to turn almost every blog and discussion into
lets kill third party authentication
are getting out of hand.
Cyrkin squirms when the autograph collecting community tells
the truth about a company he co-founded (Collectors Universe
and he is a stockholder in the company) on his own blog. What
a kick to his rectum!
Cyrkin spends most of his time deleting messages that tell the
truth about 3rd party authenticators or about anything else he
disapproves. Its a one sided site, set up for which appears
to be bashing those who have exposed this anti-Semite.
Everyone who has turned on Cyrkin during the last year all feels
the same. He needs to apologize to the handful of people he has
attacked. He knows hes wrong and its still not too
late to join the good and honest side of the hobby.
Unfortunately for Cyrkin, his life continues to go down hill.
According to an official of whats left of the UACC, this
officer has recently stated that Cyrkin has had a nervous breakdown.
By the time you read this story, Cyrkin will have the first of
a major rude awakening, one he has invited and is well deserved.
- Breaking News:
- March 13, 2011
- Brandon Mysinger
as an Autograph Expert and World-Renowned Authenticator
- Who the Hell is this Person?
Recently, the name Brandon Mysinger has been brought to our attention
several times. Nothing good has been said about it so far. At
first we and others thought this had to be a fake name.
We traced this odd name to a blog site run by Steve anti-Semite
Cyrkin. Cyrkin is known for attracting some very undesirable
persons in this hobby.
The only good thing about that is they are all in one place and
identifiable. That is one place that you will not see most legitimate
collectors and dealers associate their names.
The following email was sent to www.autographalert.com by a very
well known autograph professional. This person asked us not to
publish their name for they are well aware of Mysinger tactics
of reprisals on others:
- BRANDON MYSINGER
Some customers who have been burned by 3rd party authenticators
would agree that they get it right about 30 to 50 percent of
the time. Some dealers argue the percentage is much lower. One
would ask why a collector would waste their hard earned money
for such a guess? Better results could be had by flipping a coin
or asking the recently deceased Paul the Octopus for an opinion.
We have never seen a third party authenticator who got it WRONG
100% of the time. This obviously took some doing!
Brandon Mysinger is the official NASCAR authenticator
for Global Authentics which is the defunct GAI. When GAI cleaned
house of Mike Baker, Steve Rocchi and Justin Priddy miraculously
the unknown Brandon Mysinger got to stay. It has been rumored
that while at global he authenticated much more than NASCAR.
Recently on his own, Mysinger has branched out to authenticate
Non-NASCAR items and the results have been devastating. He denies
this but simply got caught in a lie.
- Autograph Alert has shown two real experts
dozens of random celebrity autographs from two dealers that Mysinger
authenticates for, Race World and Icebox Collectibles. The result:
100% of the items boasting certification from Brandon Mysinger
came back as non-authentic.
For proof of this individuals incompetence, we will illustrate
just one example of a very embarrassing item authenticated by
Brandon Mysinger. It is described as a signed photo of Roger
Moore. One well-known dealer stated, This is a photo of
a young Roger Moore that appears to have the signature of Van
Williams on it and Im not even sure the Van Williams part
- Roger Moore photo with signature of Van
- Mysinger's Authentication Credentials
as stated for the Roger Moore
- What can one make of the above illustration. Would
Van Williams sign a photo of Roger Moore. We think not. Only
conclusion anyone could come up with is this photo was signed
by one dumb forger and authenticated as genuine by Mysinger.
For some other Mysinger authenticated bloopers (below) you can
find Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey, Orlando Bloom, Nicolas Cage,
Tom Hanks and more past and presently listed on bidStart or eBay.
- Nicholas Cage SP authenticated by Mysinger
- (presently on Ebay, Item number:190411015828)
We have made inquiries as to Mysingers success rate on
NASCAR items but we couldn't find one qualified dealer that carried
the niche category or even cared. Rumor has it that Mysinger
is gearing up to break off from Global Authentics and start his
own authentication company!
One individual, easily found on Cyrkins fledgling site
and said by many to be a forger recently stated on the Cyrkin
site: Michael Jackson would always stop and sign autographs
for me. We both had the same name and he thought that was cool.
Now that I had Mysinger authenticate the items they are now ready
for sale on eBay. I only have 200 left
Mysinger recently got nailed and exposed in one of his lies.
Mysinger, the stereotype to be found on the anti-Semites
site posts a message:
Because I do not authenticate
anything but NASCAR, Ive always made it clear that NASCAR
IS IT. Not even other forms of racing.
- Mysingers lie is now exposed with a quote
from an email: All of our entertainment and NASCAR autographs
come directly from Brandon Mysinger
. This was written
and sent by Wayne Frazier, The IceBox Cards and Collectibles,
31 Commerce Park Drive, Unit A2, Barrie, Ontario L4N 8X1 Canada.
Mysinger also has no problem breaking rules. Looking at his site
on eBay, he lists links on his sales page to two different organizations
which is strictly against eBay rules.
Take some autograph fairy dust and an odd name, add water, and
you have another instant autograph authenticator polluting our
once beloved hobby!
You cant make this stuff up!
- Breaking News:
- March 9, 2011
- One of the Biggest Piles
- of Worthless Paper
(Postage Stamps) and a
- to a Person named John Reznikoff
Autographalert.com has received a very lengthy and interesting
email from a white collar crime investigator based in Canada
who was active in the 1980s and 1990s.
He sent detailed information about one of the largest crimes
and scams perpetrated in the Canadian Stock Exchange. The company
involved was called Wall Street Ventures Inc. which was incorporated
in British Columbia, Canada on February 28, 1986 . The company
changed its name to Wall Street ventures before it began trading
on the Vancouver Exchange. Wall Street claimed to have entered
into transactions giving it access to at least 713 crates of
stamps issued by governments in Aden. Each crate weighed 100
pounds and the collection was valued upwards of US $386 million.
At the time, according to reporter Chris Wallace he stated for
elements of the classic Vancouver scam they found much
of what they were looking for in Wall Street Ventures.
According to a 1997 article, first published in Stockwatch, a
respected financial market trade journal and news service, the
article shines much light on the scam.
According to the report some of the names associated with this
- Michael Baybak and George Duggan of Beverly Hills
- Sultan Ghalib BinAwadh Al-Quaitl,
consultant on Arabian & Islamic Art
- Denis Potvin retired N.Y. islanders hockey star
- Steven C. Rockefeller of Norwald, Ct and a
- John Reznikoff who listed his address as a Post
Office Box in Stamford, Ct.
- What some have said about the stamps:
Dick Sine, editorial director of Scott Publishing, publisher
of the Scotts Stamp Catalog: As for the companys
crates of stamps We dont list any of them. We question
their legitimacy. While they may look, smell and taste
like stamps, they dont quack.
David Allen, executive member of the BC philatelic society told
stock market regulators: None of the reputable stamp
catalogues around the world will touch these Aden Provisionals
International Federation of Philately is actively campaigning
against stamps such as these which it says is harmful.
The marketing goal of the Wall Street Group was to suddenly make
tons of previously undesirable or worthless stamps tremendously
The names listed in this reported scam aroused our interest as
the autograph hobby also has in it a similar name, John Reznikoff.
Mr. Reznikoff we know may be best know for his participation
in selling part of the 7/8 million dollars worth of forged Marilyn
Monroe and John F. Kennedy items. During this fiasco he resigned
from PADA an autograph organization he was a co-founder.
Autographalert.com is looking to back up the information we already
have and request any of our readers who have knowledge of any
printed stories, Canadian newspaper articles or stock market
journals that refer to Wall Street Ventures, Hymex Diamond Corp.,
Congor Minerals, Inc. or any of the mens names listed above
to please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Breaking News:
- February 14, 2011
- James Spence Authentication: Authenticating
- Pushing An Agenda?
- JSA Fails Pieces It Already
- Certified As Authentic
We have heard people in the autograph
and memorabilia collecting community say that James Spence Authentication
(JSA) will fail anything that has previously been certified by
any other forensic examiner.
- We decided to put this assertion to the test, with
an unusual twist. We had several pieces certified by JSA. We
then had them certified by Christopher L. Morales, Forensic Document
Examiner (Chris Morales). What would JSA do with the pieces that
already had JSA certifications after they also had certifications
from Chris Morales? Would JSA really fail pieces it had already
- Look at the results and you can decide for yourself
what a JSA examination really amounts to.
- The first item is a pair of boxing trunks signed
by Joe Frazier (detail below).
- The piece comes with a JSA sticker affixed to it,
W54017. It states that Joe Frazier signed the piece in front
of a JSA staff member. It is part of their "Witnessed Protection
Program," the highest guarantee JSA can give (below is the
- We showed the same piece to JSA again after it
had been certified by Chris Morales. The only difference is now
it has a hologram and certificate from Chris Morales (see below).
- As seen, it is the same pair of boxing trunks.
It has the same signature. What did JSA do with the piece?
- That's right, they failed it. JSA gave eight reasons
to explain the flaws in the JSA "Witnessed Protection
Program" piece of memorabilia. Apparently, the mere
presence of Chris Morales' certification has caused the JSA "Witnessed
Protection Program" to grow atypical letter slant, angle
and/or pitch. Did this problem occur when the JSA staff member
witnessed the piece or afterwards?
- Not only did JSA fail the piece, but Larry Studebaker,
James Spence's main authenticator, laughed out loud and said
the piece was "fucking horrible." Really? A piece from
JSA's "Witnessed Protection Program"?
- According to Larry Studebaker, James Spence himself
personally checks all of the items before he issued a JSA certificate.
James Spence did not overrule Larry Studebaker. According to
JSA, their previously witnessed piece is now a forgery.
Did the irregular letter shape and/or formation occur when Joe
Frazier signed the piece in front of the JSA staff member? Did
it occur after JSA put its identifying sticker on the boxing
trunks? Did it occur after Chris Morales certified it?
Just what does the "guaranteed to be authentic" on
the original JSA certificate mean if JSA fails its own witnessed
piece? How could this happen? Would it happen again?
- The next piece is a Mickey Mantle jersey (below).
Accompanied by a full JSA Letter of Authentication, it has JSA
sticker number B35319.
- Same test. Would we get the same results? Would
JSA fail an item JSA had previously passed if Chris Morales passed
- The answer is yes:
- This time, JSA found twelve reasons to fail the
Mickey Mantle baseball jersey that had already been certified
by JSA. Apparently, now the signature suffered from such problems
as "Drawn slowly, Labored & contrived," "Hesitation,
tremors, patching, and/or pen lifts" and "Unusually
positioned on item."
- When did these problems, and the other problems,
creep into the signature? Before or after JSA issued its first
certificate? After Chris Morales certified it? How did that change
- It certainly seems that JSA was examining Chris
Morales' certificate more than the Mickey Mantle jersey the second
time JSA looked at the same piece JSA had already certified as
genuine. How is that a legitimate business act? Shouldn't JSA
actually be judging the signature instead of any other certificates?
- Apparently, now that Chris Morales had certified
the jersey, Larry Studebaker feels the signature "isn't
- Once again, when James Spence personally checked
the item before he issued a certificate, he did not overrule
Larry Studebaker. According to JSA, their previously certified
piece is now a forgery.
- Surely, JSA would not do it again, right? Surely
JSA would base its reports on the merits of the memorabilia.
- The next piece is a Paul McCartney World Tour booklet.
Signed boldly by McCartney on the cover, it is accompanied by
the full JSA Letter of Authentication, and has JSA sticker number
Once again, Chris Morales examined it, concurred with the initial
JSA findings, and issued a certificate of authenticity.
- Would that solitary piece of paper be enough to
make sure JSA would no longer have faith in the piece, even though
nothing has been done to the signature? The answer again, is
- Apparently, failing items certified by Chris Morales
is more important than the validity of memorabilia, even if the
same piece has previously been certified by JSA.
- This time, there were twelve problems with the
piece. Apparently, at some time between the first JSA certificate
and Chris Morales' certificate, the booklet developed, among
other things, "Irregular letter slant, angle and/or pitch,"
"Excessive pen pressure and/or improper shading," "Sizing
of letters Disproportionate/Exaggerated/Undersized," and
"Irregular letter shape and/or formation".
- According to the JSA examiner, he had personally
obtained several signatures of Paul McCartney, and the signature
on the booklet was "nothing like Paul McCartney's signature.
Chris Morales will pass anything."
Didn't the twelve issues that JSA observed after Chris Morales
certified the booklet bother JSA when it originally certified
the piece as genuine?
- Once again, when James Spence personally checked
the item before he issued a certificate, he stated that their
previously certified piece is now a forgery.
- In JSA's original certificate reported that the
signature on the booklet was consistent with JSA's "extensive
database of known exemplars." Ironically, the JSA certificate
passing the very item before Chris Morales certified it stated
"The signature is consistent considering a wide range of
specific qualities, including slant, flow, pen pressure, letter
size and formation, and other characteristics typical of our
extensive database of known exemplars we have examined throughout
our hobby and professional careers".
- Four of the very reasons JSA used to praise the
booklet when JSA originally passed it became reasons 1, 4, 6
and 12 when Chris Morales' certificate seems to have caused JSA
to fail the same piece.
- Apparently, the problem is not limited to JSA's
"Witnessed Protection Program" and their full letters
of authenticity, but their "Basic Cert" auntentications,
- According to the JSA website, the only difference
between the full certificate and the Basic Cert is the price.
"Popular among dealers and collectors alike, the Basic Cert
employs the same valued authentication process to verify lesser
valued autographed items. Included with the Basic Cert program
is a 3" x 5" James Spence Authentication registration
card printed with a unique certification number corresponding
to the alpha-numeric tamper evident label. Of course, similar
to the Premium Letter of Authenticity each certification number
is uploaded into our exclusive database for 24-hour customer
verification access. All Basic Cert cards are fully transferable
- Unfortunately, if Chris Morales sees the piece,
the "fully transferable" concept goes right out the
- It certainly seems that JSA is likely to fail any
piece that is attached to Chris Morales' certificate.
- The same seemed to be true of witnessed pieces.
- Chris Morales certified this Upper Deck certified,
witnessed piece. Tiger Woods signed the piece in front of Upper
Deck's certified witness program.
- Unfortunately, if JSA gets the chance to turn down
the Chris Morales certified piece, which is a clean, textbook
example of Tiger Woods' signature, JSA makes the most of the
- JSA even went so far as to list "C. Morales
7-18-08" as the type in the descriptor box.
- JSA listed twelve reasons for failing the Upper
Deck witnessed piece. In fact, when the piece was examined, the
JSA representative picked up Chris Morales' certificate and stated
"it's amazing what this guy gets away with."
- Even worse, on JSA's own website, it lists "Valued
auction houses and dealers employing our services include"
guessed it: Upper Deck. JSA failed his own client's piece when
it showed up with a Chris Morales certificate.
- JSA proved consistent with another Upper Deck witnessed
pieces. JSA's client's witnessed pieces.
- Chris Morales certified the piece (below).
- Despite Upper Deck's guaranteed "5-step patented
hologram process," a Chris Morales certificate seems to
doom practically anything JSA sees.
- Other witnessed pieces did not fare any better,
like the below Bret Michaels signed guitar.
- Chris Morales certified the piece as authentic.
- One of our associates made an appointment with
JSA in a hotel conference room after one of their trade shows.
There were several clients there, all getting individualized
attention from JSA.
- An individual who Larry Studebaker told our associate
was a "regular client" also had a Bret Michaels signed
piece. Studebaker told our associate he was not comfortable with
the guitar. Larry Studebaker pointed out that the "regular
client's" piece looked "completely different"
than our associate's, so obviously his was a forgery and the
regular client had a genuine piece, which JSA certified as genuine.
- The problem?
- We know Bret Michaels of the group Poison signed
and personalized our associate's guitar. You can even see the
inscription in the photo. If the "regular client" had
a piece that looked completely different from our associate's,
and we have pictures of Bret Michaels signing and posing with
ours, shouldn't the piece that looks completely different from
the guitar be the one JSA failed?
- Apparently, JSA did not think so. As a matter of
fact, when you look at the following JSA report, in the descriptive
box, JSA even referred to Chris Morales report in the text
describing the type of guitar. What was JSA examining, the signature
or Chris Morales certificate?
- Incidentally, JSA also criticized, among the other
issues, the fact that the Ink doesnt have characteristics
normally found with naturally aged ink. This is quite a
perplexing criticism, when one considers the fact that Bret Michaels
is still alive and, theoretically, could have signed the guitar
the very day that JSA looked at it. How is ink currently on the
market used by living people possibly really recently
- supposed to age?
- Interestingly enough, our associate witnessed some
disturbing behavior during his visit with JSA. Another of the
"regular" clients came with a stack of 40-50 photos.
Larry Studebaker had the photos in a pile on his table. They
were upside down. The photo side with the signature was on the
bottom. While Larry Studebaker chatted with the regular client,
he placed a JSA on the back of each photo - without even turning
them over - and passed them on to his associate to process. He
did not even look at any of the photos, but they were all certified
- Apparently, being a "regular customer"
of JSA has its perks.
- One afternoon, James Spence had the opportunity
to show whether or not his practices detailed throughout the
story above were an anomaly or standard JSA operating procedures.
- James Spence sat down with a collector and briefly
looked through a collection of baseballs. Prior to his examination,
he was informed that all of the baseballs had been certified
by Chris Morales.
- You guess right. Everything failed.
- Were the baseballs bad?
- One of the three photos below is of JSA certified
baseball B91695. One of the baseballs below is of JSA certified
baseball B81823. The other baseball was one of the baseballs
that James Spence said was a forgery, after he had been informed
that Chris Morales had certified it.
- They are in no particular order. We defy you to
figure out which one is the "forged" baseball. To make
this more like a pop quiz, we have removed the photo of the "forged"
baseball from JSA's report. Can you tell which one is the failed
ball? Can anyone justify that one of these was written by anyone
other than the signer of the other two?
- James Spence told the collector that everything
he had were "fakes and frauds." He further told him
that he should get his money back ASAP.
- At the very least, the preceding test cases question
the company's ability to carry out the service of authentication.
In each of the above test cases it was found JSA failed the same
pieces that they had already certified as authentic. It certainly
lends creedence to the assertion the company will fail anything
that has previously been certified by any other forensic examiner.
This includes a piece, the Joe Frazier trunks, that was signed
in front of them.
- What then is a JSA certification worth if their
own authentication standards are disingenuous, capricious, and
- Considering the work that James Spence and his
staffers do, and their apparent combined bias and indifference
to the genuineness of the memorabilia they are charging customers
to examine, there is a problem with "fakes and frauds."
If James Spence and his staffers want to determine where the
source of such "fakes and frauds" are, they might want
to start by looking in a mirror.
Many we have spoken to in
the autograph hobby/business have had enough of the influx of
non genuine autographs entering the market with COAs stating
the item is genuine. These COAs have been created by the
people who call themselves autograph experts. They are supported
by just a handful of auction houses and sellers of autographs
who apparently dont care about selling genuine autographs.
They take no responsibility for the junk they sell. Try to return
an item and youre most likely told the authentictaor
said it was genuine!
- Breaking News:
- February 7, 2011
- John Reznikoff of PSA/DNA and University
- and Bob Eaton of RR Auction,
- Questions Need to be Answered
John Reznikoff who represents PSA/DNA and JSA Authentication
is well known for many very horrific mistakes he has made attempting
to authenticate autographs. Mr. Rezniikoff hates this site and
at one point tried to purchase it from one of the founders so
he could remove the stories about him.
Recently we were contacted by a well known individual in this
hobby who had a series of phone conversations with John Reznikoff.
The dealer states that Reznikoff is quoted as saying on multiple
occasions: I want (named one of the founders of this site)
dead! We have been watching our backs.
Just some of Reznikoff blunders in authenticating autographs
are as follows.
King George III eventually went blind. His signature while he
was blind is fairly common. Reznikoff obviously has yet to learn
to read his signature properly. Reznikoff on his web site illustrated
the Kings signature upside down.
The well documented situation where Reznikoff was selling the
signature of Margaret Mitchell described as the noted author
of Gone With The Wind fame yet what he was actually selling and
illustrating was the signature of Maggie Mitchell, a Civil War
How about the full page handwritten Oath of Office
by Ronald Reagan submitted to PSA/DNA where Reznikoff authenticated
the item as genuine and against PSA/DNA rules tried to purchase
the item from the submitter. It was one of the officers of this
website who educated Reznikoff word by word of the
Reagan Oath to prove it was a forgery.
Lets not forget the forged John Hancock letter regarding
John Paul Jones valued by a East Coast dealer for $125,000 because
Reznikoff said Looks perfectly OK to me.
Heritages Auction of a Samuel Sewall signed document authenticated
by Reznikoff which turned out to be signed by Stephen Sewall.
Samuel and Stephens signature are not even close to looking
To add to the list authenticated by Reznikoff as genuine was
a Bill Wilson (Alcohol Anonymous fame) secretarial signature,
a Nixon autopen, the wrong Theodore Roosevelt (family member),
a Martin Van Buren secretarial, a stamped Andrew Johnson signature
on a document, a printed Gerald Ford signature on The White House
card, and Eisenhower and Franklin D. Roosevelt secretarial signatures
authenticated as genuine. On a larger dollar value scale was
the 7/8 million dollars worth of JFK and Marilyn Monroe forgeries
Reznikoff took part in selling and the 1926-27 NY Yankees Team
album containing high end forgeries placed on eBay for a starting
bid of $25,000. EBay removed the album from their site because
of the complaints the album contained so many forgeries. Theres
more but you get the point.
As far as Reznikoff being far removed from the subject of authenticating,
can you imagine he even signed 250 Certificates of Authenticity
where the word authenticity was mis-spellled.
Mr. Reznikoff thinks hes the king of fluff
but that backfired on him when the University he attended did
not confirm the dates Resnikoff posted as his education.
Not to mention the advertising disaster when Reznikoff told many
newspapers and magazines that he was the purchaser of Neil Armstrongs
hair. The publicity in his favor lasted for months until he was
exposed. The barber who sold the hair to a Midwest dealer never
heard of Reznikoff. The story can be found on this site with
an illustration of the check from the dealer who bought the hair
from Armstrongs barber.
His involvement in the sale of seven to eight million dollars
worth of forged JFK and Marilyn Monroe autographs is legendary.
Over this scandal he was forced to resign from an autograph club
he co-founded. Another autograph club cancelled his membership
over ethics violation. Can you believe Mr. Reznikoff is still
dealing with autographs of JFK and attempting to authenticate
them for the uneducated. Well quote from two emails we
received from collectors/dealers who know the facts:
.attached are two JFK signatures
that Reznikoff authenticated as genuine. JFK signature on The
White House card that he insists is secretarial. Of course. Ill
never buy anything from him again. It seems funny that hes
an authenticator for PSA and is allowed to sell autographs. Mine
are authentic but yours arent, so buy from me
seems unethical at the very least.
2) ..when you started after JR I did not know whether you
were justified but, as I have observed what he is doing and after
talking to various people I respect., I am convinced that he
is or has become a rotten apple. Furthermore, I think he knows
that what he is doing in many areas is wrong, and that is particularly
Selling and authenticating bad autographs appears to be two of
his skills. You read on this site where he sold a handful of
Thomas Edison unsigned handwritten letters in pencil. When the
purchaser complained about not being aware there would be several
unsigned letters in the collection Reznikoff replied to just
take a pencil and add an E know one will know.
- As for Bob Eaton of RR Auctions, one only needs
to go to the story on this site dated Jan. 5, 2006 and read the
article on Britney Spears.
How can some people try to tell the autograph community that
they are autograph experts when they make all these mistakes?
Why would anyone believe them? Why do a few auction houses continue
to use these people? Why would anyone purchase an autograph from
any auction house or dealer who uses these authenticators. Why
does PSA/DNA and JSA use people like this?
Why would anyone trust a COA attached to these people?
This craziness continues with this very basic and embarrassing
blunder. The following Dwight Eisenhower signature was offered
by RR Auctions in their Catalog #358 of June 2010. Item #31.
See illustration below.
- Dwight Eisenhower, item #31 RR Auction
- The catalog description clearly states Pre-certified
by John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
For those with the slightest bit of knowledge of presidential
signatures there is no need to read further. You know the signature
How can these so-called autograph experts certify this extremely
common secretarial signature is genuine? Do you still want to
call them experts?
For those of you who do not collect presidential signatures the
following is just a Readers Digest condensed study
of the above Dwight Eisenhower signature. Examples of this secretarial
signature can be found in many autograph reference books. For
example see illustration below from Charles Hamiltons book
Scribblers and Scoundrels, page 55.
- Secretarial signature from Scribblers
This book has been around since 1968 and is quite popular with
genuine professional dealers.
There was an entire autograph reference book dedicated to the
signature of Eisenhower titled The Eisenhower Files. The
chapter on Eisenhowers proxy Signers starts on page 117.
On pages 126 and 127 the following two signatures are identified
as secretarial examples.
- Illustration of Eisenhower secretarial
signatures from The Eisenhower Files
- This book states these are typical secretarial
signatures (no middle initial) sent out during Eisenhowers
We can easily continue, go to Kenneth Rendells well known
book Forging History. No serious dealers reference
shelf should be without this book. On page 100 the following
Eisenhower signature is illustrated as a secretarial signature.
- Secretarial signature (missing middle
initial) from Forging History
- These kind of sophomoric mistakes simply cannot
be made by anyone simply because there is so much reference material
available to collectors and dealers.
There is simply no excuse for this signature to be passed as
genuine by people who want you to believe they are experts. Both
Bob Eaton and John Reznikoff have signed off on the Eisenhower
secretarial signature as being genuine. This is just one more
example of bad, non-genuine autographs that can get into a persons
collection with two bad certifications.
Now the million dollar question that the International autograph
community wants to know. We ask both Bob Eaton and John Reznikoff
to reply to the above fiasco. Their reply will be posted on this
What research was done on the item #31 Eisenhower signature in
the RR Auction Catalog 358 in order of both of you to authenticate
this secretarial signature as genuine? Who authenticated it first
and what research was done by the second person to back up the
first persons findings?
Too many autographs, over the years, have been authenticated
by these two men that have been found not to be genuine. The
hobby is waiting, via this site, and wants to hear from both
of you on this specific Eisenhower secretarial signature.
Its past time to pin these people down who seem to enjoy
calling themselves autograph experts. These people finally need
to be held accountable! It almost appears these self proclaimed
autograph experts are allergic to wanting to educate themselves
by doing the minimum amount of research. This continued recklessness
is adding non authentic autographs to collections.
We ask both Reznikoff of University Archives who represents PSA/DNA
and James Spence Authentication and Bob Eaton of RR Auction,
who also represents PSA/DNA and James Spence Authentication,
what if any research did you do to authenticate the Eisenhower
signature? What was the reason for both of you issuing a COA
on this signature? Do you both still feel you are experts authenticating
The readership of www.autographalert.com awaits your reply!
- Breaking News:
- February 3, 2011
- John Reznikoffs Educational Course
- Another Black Eye For The Hobby?
The following educational course was instructed by
John psychic authenticator Reznikoff to a well known
autograph dealer. Reznikoff was very proud to be able to instruct
this dealer on how to deceive others by creating and sending
a fabricated email.
Who else better to discover this than the person who participated
in the sale of $7 to $8 million of forged Marilyn Monroe and
it is simple to create fake emails.
All you do is print out a legitimate email from someone (you
dont like) say from two years ago. Put a blank piece of
paper over the writing leaving only the headers, date, time,
etc showing. Then copy it on a copy machine. Then on the paper
with the copied header, type on a word program the content you
want to say and run the page through your printer. Now you have
a hard copy, fake email.
This fake email can now be scanned and sent to anyone you want
which will only hurt the innocent. There are several people in
this industry who are bitterly complaining that there are stories
being written on blogs about things they would never have said.
We have tried to contact John Reznikoff via email about his conversation
on how he instructed the dealer on how to send a fake email.
As usual he has refused to respond.
- Breaking News:
- February 2, 2011
- Todd Mueller Educates Hobby
- on "Value" of Affixing Stickers
- To Original Items
Todd Mueller of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is arguably the most
active autograph dealer in the world. Before he left eBay he
had more feedbacks than any other seller of autographs.
A major irritant to Mr. Mueller and most any autograph professional
is not only the use of most third party authenticators but the
horrific stickers they affix to items that are autographed. We
cant imagine anything more ugly and destructive than sticking
one of these stickers on a document such as next to a signature
of George Washington.
One of our previous stories illustrates an item that has a sticker
by JSA, James Spence Authentication. Spence attached the sticker
on the back of the item, right behind the signature. The sticker
is starting to show throw the paper which now affects the signature.
The following is a recent item being sold by Todd Mueller that
contains one of these stickers.
- Indiana Jones photo with 3rd party sticker
- The description of the item pretty much
says it all:
- Here is an 8x11 color card stock photograph signed
by Harrison Ford. Signed in blue felt tip ink. Light creasing,
otherwise in good condition. Unfortunately, it's got this ridiculous,
ugly PSA/DNA sticker affixed to the photo and it forever ruins
the photo as it cannot be peeled off without destroying the surface
of the photo. Sticking gum to it would have been better. The
rest of the photo is in fine condition.
- Breaking News:
- January 31, 2011
Darvick his Book
Collecting Autographs is an
www.autographalert.com wrote in
an earlier story how Herman Darvick admitted to forging two autographs
that were illustrated in his book. There will be more written
about those two autographs in the future.
Darvick wrote a childrens book on autographs in 1981. Any
author writing a reference book must truly be an expert and make
sure all your facts are correct. After all, you are trying to
teach your readers about the hobby of autographs and the illustrations
the author chooses will always be used for further reference.
At this point we wont even get into the contents of the
book but simply focus on the books cover. No need to go
further. Darvick illustrates some signatures on the cover and
just at a glance it is so obvious two are signed by the Autopen
machine and the other according to several experts is an outright
The first one is a signature of Hubert Humphrey illustrated below.
- Darvicks Hubert Humphrey
- It was well known for years that Hubert Humphrey
used the autopen machine and used at a minimum of two different
Autopen examples. The one on Darvicks cover is a common
machine signed example and can be found on different internet
sites and in the Autopen Guide, Seeing Double.
The second signature is that of Richard Nixon. Nixon had many
different Autopen signatures and the one Darvick used is quite
common. See below.
- Darvicks Richard Nixon
- This identical signature of Nixon can be found
in Casonis Signature Study of Richard Nixon, in the book
The Autopen Guide and in other articles written about Nixons
The third signature used by Darvick is that of Babe Ruth. Every
sports autograph expert we have spoken to says the signature
is an outright forgery. See illustration below.
- Darvicks Babe Ruth signature
- Herman Darvick of Rockville Center, NY is presently
working for John Reznikoff of University Archives located in
Connecticut. Darvick also found a place on the JSA, James Spence
- Breaking News:
- January 27, 2011
- Collectors Universe/PSA/DNA
Shock the Genuine Autograph Professionals
Has anyone seen the 2010 cover of
Collectors Universe 2010 Annual Report?
Collectors Universe is the parent company of PSA/DNA.
The cover has four illustrations. A gold coin, a stamp, a baseball
card and a baseball.
The pure white baseball contains a signature on the sweet spot
of what someone in their organization believes to be a beautiful
signature of Babe Ruth.
Problem is we contacted several genuine autograph experts about
this signature. There is not a single person on the staff of
PSA/DNA whose expertise comes even close to the several experts
we contacted. Contacted were industry respected sports autograph
dealers with decades of experience. If we listed their names
you would know them. Included in the list are also two persons
each with over three decades of specializing in Baseball Hall
of Fame autographs and are well know in the field of authentication.
One maintains a huge collection of Hall of Fame autographs. Another
is a well known author of articles on authenticating the signatures
of Hall of Fame members
Illustrated below is the baseball Collectors Universe illustrates
on the cover of their Annual Report.
- Baseball illustrated on the cover of
2010 Collectors Universe Annual Report
- Every professional dealer and autograph authenticator
that has seen the illustration of this baseball has offered the
same opinion. The signature of Babe Ruth is not genuine. Because
of this situation, the Annual Report has become an instant collectors
This is not the first time an embarrassing mistake by those who
call themselves experts.
It was several years ago their self proclaimed experts made a
horrendous error. PSA/DNA in an ad in the now defunct Autograph
Magazine ran an ad illustrating a machine/autopen signature of
Bill Clinton. Many thought there was no way the company could
survive after that embarrassment. See illustration below.
- Machine signed signature of Bill Clinton
on PSA/DNAs Ad
- So much for self proclaimed experts who offer an
opinion and guarantee nothing!
- Breaking News:
- January 25, 2011
- Roger Epperson Keeps Proving
- Himself Wrong!
Epperson, the International
Autograph Community Wants Answers
It certainly appears Roger Epperson
who claims to be an authenticator of music autographs cant
stop tripping over his own tongue.
He constantly whines about being attacked. He fails to realize
he is not being attacked, his incompetence and horrific mistakes
in authenticating is simply being exposed.
He has admitted to purchasing from two different forgers during
the years which tells the public he has difficulty telling a
genuine autograph from a fake.
Need more proof? On his website he posts a ridiculous story on
July 28, 2010. He tries to lead his readers to believe that he
is an expert on Paul McCartney. He illustrates the following
signed magazine cover as a forgery, stating, "Now that
you have seen the real ones Im going to show you some of
the forgeries that go around. Some are very good and others are
very easy to spot. Here is a sampling."
- Magazine published on Eppersons
site as a McCartney Forgery
- On January 27, 2010, months before, the autograph
authenticating service PAAS authenticated as genuine
this exact McCartney signed magazine. See illustration below.
- PAAS COA For The Same Magazine
- Many feel Mike Frost, who is chief authenticator
for PAAS, has more autograph experience than Epperson
will ever have. Mike Frost and a former partner would allow Epperson
to take a table at the Florida Autograph Extravaganza shows until
many complaints were placed by customers about Eppersons
material. Epperson was not allowed to take a booth at future
shows until his inventory was vetted by a autograph musical expert.
Epperson never did a show after that!
Regarding Paul McCartney, Epperson would probably like to say
this is a battle of experts?
Not so, lets listen to what the owner of the magazine has
to say. We refer to an email we received from the owner and we
quote from that email in parts.
- Subj: Roger Epperson
Date: 1/11/2011 6:19:57 AM Eastern Standard Time
Hi, I have a problem with the above named (Roger Epperson) stating
on his website that a Paul McCartney autographed magazine of
mine is fake. Obviously the worm wont reply to emails.
I am an ex Police detective, and was there when Paul signed it
was wondering if you have any experience of his expert
opinion and comment on what I can do about it. I would
point out that I have been collecting for the past 45 years,
Covert Protection and Investigation
- End of story, this is about an in person McCartney
autograph, obtained by a police detective and later authenticated
as genuine by Mike Frost of PAAS.
Epperson, not surprisingly, gets the whole thing wrong. Once
again he posts erroneous information on his website.
Epperson is the music authenticator for PSA/DNA, JSA (James Spence)
and RR Auctions.
- Breaking News:
- January 22, 2011
- Autograph Quarterly
The Autograph Hobby's New
- Premier Magazine
Volume #1, Issue #1 of Autograph Quarterly is scheduled
to be on time and distributed at the mega Hollywood Show, February
12-13, 2011. Copies will also be available at a collectors show
in Atlantic City, New Jersey and at other shows across the United
It is anticipated that 8,500 copies of the first issue will be
printed. The first 1,000 copies will contain an original collectible,
a strip of cloth from the Mummy in the film staring Brenden Fraser.
Impressive is International cooperation with news from autograph
clubs from around the world. Educational stories written by some
of the leading experts in the field of autographs on Stonewall
Jackson, Michael Jackson, Boxing, Baseball, Mother Teresa, Dalai
Lama and much more. Interesting will be exemplars from most fields
of collecting and a book review section.
Advertising fees are the lowest in the hobby and articles for
Vol.#1, Issue #2 are now being accepted for possible admission.
- Cover of Vol. #1, Issue #1
- We have seen a draft of issue #1 and we are very
impressed. There has been nothing like this before and additional
ideas will be added to issue #2 such as a collectors bulletin
board where collectors can list items they desire to add
to their collections and libraries and universities can list
items missing from their collections.
For more information on the autograph hobbies magazine, advertising,
submission of an article or to subscribe go to www.autographquarterly.com
- Breaking News:
- January 4, 2011
- RR Auction & PSADNA
Two More Worthless COAs
RR Auction and PSA/DNA are like two peas in a pod. The mistakes
made are inexcusable and one has to believe the autograph collecting
community is no longer ignorant of these two. Its obvious
one says its genuine and the other simply issues their
own COA otherwise how could both be wrong if any work was done
researching a signature?
In the field of collecting autographs of members of the Baseball
Hall of Fame, the signature of Zack Wheat is by no means scarce.
On a regular basis there are plenty of them available so being
able to identify a genuine Zack Wheat signature from a forgery
is a simple thing (for most anyone).
RR Auction of July 2010, item #1348 is illustrated below.
- Zack Wheat HOF Card from RR Auction
- Anyone, and we mean anyone who collects Baseball
hall of Fame signatures can tell you the signature on this card
is a terrible forgery. TERRIBLE!
Take the experts at PSQA/DNA, specifically Steve
Grad. He supposedly authenticated this signature as genuine.
We formally asked Steve Grad what did he do during his so-called
authenticating process to make a determination that this signature
is genuine? We want to hear from Steve Grad. Based on Grads
decision, PSA/DNA issued a COA. To illustrate how ridiculous
this whole situation is, in addition, RR Auction issues their
own COA for this item. This proves one of two things. The people
at RR Auction have no clue what they are doing or they dont
do a damn thing researching their own material and just rubber
stamp a COA based on an a person who has a job playing authenticator.
In this case, fortunately for an ignorant potential bidder, the
item was pulled from the auction. But even pulling the item RR
Auction just cant come clean. In RR Auctions revised
description they write: This lot has been withdrawn due
to the omission of information
No kidding, you mean
you forgot to describe the item contained a bogus signature and
came with a COA from PSA/DNA and RR Auction?
RR Auctions continues to use PSA/DNA as an authenticating company.
We said it before, any autograph that comes with a COA from RR
Auction or PSA/DNA needs to be re-evaluated by a professional.
- Breaking News:
- January 2, 2011
Professional Autograph Dealers Association?
Some Dont Think So!
You have read over and over on this site and others on the internet
about the atrocities of authenticating autographs performed by
James Spence Authentication (JSA), a company who claims they
can authenticate autographs. Their mistakes are legendary from
authenticating printed signatures, secretarial and forged signatures
as genuine. They have even authenticated items identifying the
wrong person. Its hard to imagine anything worse.
Look at some of the members of the James Spence team.
Scott Cornish, fired from RR Auctions because of collector outrage
over his email to a competitor who is without question a professional
astronaut autograph authenticator based in Germany. Part of Cornishs
email follows: ..no wonder Hitler took over your country
not like yall are still making lampshades out of human
skin or smashing babies heads against brick walls
John Reznikoff, holds the industry record for participating in
the sale of 8 million dollars worth of forged Marilyn Monroe
and JFK items. He resigned from PADA before they threw him out.
On ethics violations Reznikoff was also thrown out of the
Roger Epperson, known for authenticating as genuine modern made
record albums signed by celebrities that have been dead for over
20 years before the album was produced. He has admitted to purchasing
signed items from two different forgers.
Bob Eaton, RR Auctions who has a long history of selling non
genuine autographs. See stories on this website.
Herman Darvick, one of the hobbys modern day bad guys.
Forger, thief and liar and very recently sent an email to an
autograph club executive referring to Hitler and the Nazis to
a member of the autograph society. Darvick has found a new home
at the office of John Reznikoff.
PADA also known as The Professional Autograph Dealers Association
states they are an international organization of dealers in autographs
and manuscripts which promotes the highest standards in this
industry. They claim they have a rigorous code of ethics and
commitment to professional excellence. www.autographalert.com
thus far mostly agrees with PADAs statement. We took our
hat off to PADA for accepting John Reznikoffs resignation
over his participation in selling 7/8 million dollars worth of
Marilyn Monroe and JFK forgeries.
However, we have to ask, why does two of PADAs members
seem to have gone rogue and joined the team of James Spence Authentication.
JSA is an authentication service that has flooded the market
with numerous incorrect Certificates of Authenticity. Many of
the mistakes are secretarial, rubber stamped and printed signatures
authenticated as genuine.
The PADA dealers who are presently on the JSA team are: James
Camner, La Scala Autographs and Tom Kramer of Golden Age Autographs.
Some collectors and dealers are asking why would two individuals,
members of PADA in good standing, associate themselves with many
of the members of the JSA team listed above.
What has happened to PADA promoting the highest standards in
www.autographalert.com has been watching this situation very
closely for several months. A representative of www.autographalert.com
has met with an officer of PADA over this situation. The get
together was with the hopes that PADA would clearly understand
the seriousness of this situation and correct this situation
on their own.
It is not positive for the hobby or PADA that two of their members
are part of a team that has flooded and continues to flood the
market with fake autographs authenticated as genuine.
After several months, we were advised that PADA officials were
not able to hold a meeting to discuss this situation.
It will be interesting to watch what PADA does to promote
the highest standards in this industry in the weeks and
months that follow!