- Breaking News:
- October 31, 2011
- Herman Darvick Shunned
by the Legitimate Autograph Hobby
- It sure seems the legitimate autograph hobby continues to shun Herman "the admitted forger" Darvick. Darvick's world came crashing down when he, as the former president of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, was banned from the club because of serious ethics violations.
The ethics violations was filed against him by a female club member.
The UACC's statement read: "Mr. Darvick was expelled from the UACC for failure to pay a member monies owed from a sale at his auction and failing to return unsold items to the same member."
Also during that time, Darvick would start forging some of the signatures of presidents of the United States. He even forged the signatures openly at shows. Darvick was proud of his work and gave the forgeries away as souvenirs. We still have three original Darvick forgeries. Two that were produced in front of one of this sites creators and one of the forgeries was obtained from another dealer who got it in person.
Forging in public clearly indicates Darvick is not the sharpest pencil in the case. What makes him even more ignorant is many years ago, at one of the UACC shows, Darvick was forging the signature of Ronald Reagan. He was so proud of his work. He would write out the signature, smile, and look up at you for approval. You should have seen his face when he was told by a dealer exhibiting at the show that his imitation/forgery was not of Ronald Reagan's signature but of how Reagan's mother, Nelle signed Ronald Reagan's signature. Nelle for quite some time would respond to her sons mail. The dealer had to walk Darvick through the process of explaining to him the difference of how Ronald Reagan signed his name verses how his mother signed his name. Now educated, Darvick takes his new found knowledge and writes a very brief story for a club journal stating that Nelle signed for Ronald Reagan.
Not long ago Darvick's longtime practice of forging went public. The embarrassed Darvick, in writing, foolishly denied ever forging a presidential autograph. After some of his forgeries were published, Darvick placed the following message on a blog: "…he's called me, among other things, a liar, a thief and a forger without any evidence whatsoever to back it up. He creates the incidents that never happened…"
With all the hurt that Darvick has done to this hobby, didn't the UACC basically call him a thief, over 25 years ago, by saying he failed to return unsold items? It is clear that Herman "the admitted forger" knowingly lies when he blogs that there's no evidence?
Darvick has stated he never forged a presidential autograph. Yet when three of his forgeries were published, a Gerald R. Ford, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, the embarrassed and disgraced Darvick, caught in another outright lie was stupid enough to change his story and now he writes: "…yes, I would show collectors at UACC shows how certain signatures looked such as Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan and I possibly did so in front of Stephen Koschal…."
Unbelievable!!!! Darvick cornered like a rat, now admits to forging several more presidents then what we were aware of. Now he also admits to doing so in front of Stephen Koschal when earlier he claimed that "he's called me, among other things, a liar, a thief and a forger without any evidence whatsoever to back it up. He (Stephen Koschal) creates incidents that never happened…" Herman Darvick now proves in his own words that everything Koschal has stated about Darvick is true!
Can you believe Darvick is dumb enough to admit he just wanted to show collectors how certain signatures looked? Darvick had to practice those presidential signatures for quite some time, in his mind to get them to look right. Right enough that they looked very close to what an original signature of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan should look. If his real intent to show anyone what these presidential signatures look like, Darvick could have saved himself weeks of practicing these signatures by simply carrying around any one of the reference books that illustrates genuine examples of these presidents.
Many of you have read on this site stories of how Darvick has harmed collectors by selling bad material. Herman "the admitted forger" Darvick has basically single handedly destroyed the meaning of "Guaranteed Genuine" for the entire hobby. Why? Because Herman Darvick will not refund money for the secretarial and forged items that he has sold. He will tell you that he is no longer an autograph dealer and not in business anymore. We'll that's another Darvick lie as he is selling he wares for quite some time on eBay.
Darvick has become a very bitter person over the years. It appears the whole legitimate hobby has turned on him. To avoid giving refunds to all those who have purchased bad items from him, Darvick continues to say he is no longer a dealer. Attempting to keep his fingers in the hobby, Darvick has worked as a cataloger for a Las Vegas dealer and he is currently working for John Reznikoff of University Archives. Darvick is listing items owned by John Reznikoff on eBay. Herman "the admitted forger" Darvick is also listed as an authenticator for James Spence Authentication (JSA).
Reznikoff made a very embarrassing appearance on Pawn Stars recently. He blew it big time looking at a script for The Godfather and authenticating a handwritten inscription and signature of Al Ruddy as a genuine signature of Al Pacino. With all the advance time before taping the show, Reznikoff had no clue to what he was talking about. How little in touch was Reznikoff with the signature of Al Pacino? Even in the last issue of the hobby's only magazine, Autograph Quarterly, June 2011 issue, there was a three page study regarding Al Pacino and his autograph.
Believe it or not, Reznikoff is one of the authenticators for PSADNA, JSA and RR Auction.
Reznikoff, referring to a collection he sold recently, left a message on some blog. In part Reznikoff writes: "…most important is that just because these items originated with me, no implication as to the correctness of the signatures (I couldn't tell Barbara Eden from Anthony Eden) was ever implied or otherwise stated…"
Reznikoff has said to several in this hobby that he never sold an Elvis Presley forgery. If that were true why has he made a refund on a very high end Presley autograph? He will probably tell you that someone else sold it or a partner sold it. Reznikoff continues this practice today. Herman Darvick is selling Reznikoff's items on eBay. We are told recently two Reznikoff items were removed by eBay for not being authentic. Both items were said to be signed by Charlton Heston. For reasons of not being repetitive, we will just focus on one of the items. The eBay item number was 350481418176 which ended August 03, 2011. It was a typed letter signed on his stationery and included the original envelope postmarked August 24, 1993. The item was "Offered for sale on behalf of University Archives." It comes with a Money-Back Guarantee of Authenticity with a Darvick Certificate of Authenticity personally signed in ink by Herman Darvick.
Basically if these letters were not pulled from eBay and sold, Reznikoff could say "I never sold a Charlton Heston fake." He can tell you Darvick sold it.
The two John Reznikoff, University Archives Charlton Heston items were removed from eBay. The rule is, three bad items removed and the seller is removed from eBay.
Herman "the admitted forger" Darvick seems to thrive on finding or creating faults about legitimate sellers of autographs. He recently left a message on a blog about the largest seller/auctioneer of autographs in this hobby. This seller holds an autograph auction every single week. This week his staff has listed over one thousand two hundred items. Last week the auction house listed an item which was clearly illustrated with a genuine signature. However, the person on staff who lists the items either made a typo in the description or there was a cut and paste error. The item sold because the bidder saw from the illustration the signatures were genuine.
However Darvick, the knucklehead, had to make an issue on some blog over the typo. The professional dealer/auctioneer made an offer because of the typo and the item, totally genuine in all respects, will be sent to the winning bidder free of charge.
Darvick was an active bidder with this auction house. He would purchase items with a winning bid of eight dollars. Not long ago he even spent several hundred dollars with this same auction house. But Darvick's horrific reputation has caught up with him. The auction house who tries to avoid dealing with anyone who even appears to be morally bankrupt cancelled Darvick's bidder status. Darvick can no longer bid in the weekly auction of this major seller. Darvick has become even more of a bitter person.
Even an author of an autograph reference book refused to sell a copy to Herman Darvick.
Darvick sent his check for $13.00 for the book back in October 2008. Darvick is well known to forge presidential autographs and this book would not be sent to help educate him on the subject.
Darvick's check for autograph reference book. Not cashed.
Darvick note requesting reference book
- When chaos and incompetence collide, when a thief and liar collide and when a person expelled from an autograph organization and admitted forger collide, you have Herman Darvick! These are his qualifications to find a job in this hobby.
For anyone who has been "Darvicted" they can contact Herman "the admitted forger" Darvick through James Spence Authentication (JSA) in New Jersey or University Archives in Connecticut.
- Breaking News:
- October 25, 2011
- James Dean
Help Us Find This Photograph
www.autographalert.com is actively trying to locate the photograph illustrated below.
It is 8”x10” and is inscribed and signed as follows: “To Cindy, with my best wishes James Dean.”
- Awhile back, John Reznikoff of University Archives faxed a copy of this photograph to Stephen Koschal along with a letter basically asking if the inscription and signature was genuine. He was told the inscription/signature was a forgery.
He was also advised by another dealer that not only was this a forgery but he was told who the forger actually was.
The last known movement of this photograph was John Reznikoff offering this photograph to a high profile west coast autograph dealer.
If you know where this photo is, please contact: www.autographalert.com
- Breaking News:
- October 17, 2011
- Major Forgery on Ebay,
Originally sold by John Reznikoff
“Big Money is Being Made Selling Forgeries”
Shortly after his highly embarrassing stint on Pawn Stars, authenticating a Godfather script actually signed by Al Ruddy and telling millions of viewers that it was inscribed and signed by Al Pacino, John Reznikoff is back in the news.
This is the same John Reznikoff of University Archives based in Westport, Connecticut who was involved in the sale of the seven to eight million dollars of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe forgeries that made the news in many of the popular magazines and newspapers across the country.
One of the results of this fiasco was Reznikoff resigned from a major autograph organization that he was a co-founder. Later Reznikoff tried to resign from another autograph organization (International Autograph Collectors Club and Dealers Alliance) after serious ethics charges was filed against him. His membership in that club was permanently terminated by the ethics board. Ethics charges were also filed with the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. This club charges $625 a year for membership fees and has hundreds of members. Their response to the complaint by stated they didn’t have the resources to follow up on the complaint. We must keep in mind that the head of the ethics committee is a neighbor of John Reznikoff.
Moving along, it has been just brought to our attention by a dealer who is an expert on presidential autographs that a book is being offered on eBay by a bookseller in Las Vegas. The title of the book is “New Methods of Learning to Read Write and Speak Spanish”. The description states the book is signed by James A. Garfield. It is listed on eBay as item number 230686448568. You can “Buy It Now” for $7,500.00
After examining the illustration of the signature “James A. Garfield, MC” (Member of Congress) our experts here at www.autographalert.com completely agree with the expert who tipped us off to this sale. It is not only a forgery but a very poor one at that!
www.autographalert.com would love to hear from anyone with autograph credentials that is willing to say this signature of James A. Garfield even has the slightest chance of being genuine. See illustration below.
Signature, James A. Garfield, from book
The description also states the signature is signed in pencil. Anyone with the slightest knowledge on autograph collecting already knows that many forgers use a pencil to do their slimy work.
The seller on eBay was contacted by an autograph expert, not associated with www.autographalert.com and was told the signature of Garfield was not genuine. The seller responded in part: “it (the book with a signature James A. Garfield) was acquired from John Reznikoff of the University Archives…..even if the signature doesn’t exactly match, it most likely was signed by Garfield much earlier than his Presidency, and signatures changeover time as the signer ages…”
The eBay seller also stated that Reznikoff sold the book to a well known bookseller in Pennsylvania and they bought the book from the bookseller. Somewhat troubling is this same seller stated the Pennsylvania dealer has three other books from the same collection.
The eBay seller also had a book they believed was inscribed and signed by John F. Kennedy. This book according to the seller had excellent provenance. The seller was told by more than one that the book contained a secretarial inscription/signature and they did take that one down.
John Reznikoff has a very long history of mis-authenticating signatures in many fields and especially the presidents of the United States but seems incredible that even Reznikoff can blow this one.
That brings us to the next question. It is well known Herman “the forger” Darvick works for John Reznikoff. Darvick recently was cornered when some of his forgeries of the US presidents was exposed. First he adamantly denied it, then later admitted in writing to forging signatures of many of the presidents of the United States,
Could Herman Darvick have forged this Garfield signature?
Big money is being made selling forgeries!
Many of the sales of forgeries go unnoticed as slimy sellers of autographs sell forged items privately and these apocryphal items will sit in a private collection for years to come.
To get to the bottom of this major forgery now being offered on eBay for $7,500 that was once sold by John Reznikoff it is imperative that the International Autograph community know the provenance of this book.
We openly ask John Reznikoff of University Archives to provide documentation as to where he obtained this specific book. John Reznikoff needs to prove to this hobby that this book contained the signature of James A. Garfield when he purchased the book.
We are well aware that John Reznikoff reads this site daily, we and autograph collectors everywhere expect to hear from him on a timely basis!
We will keep our readers posted as to John Reznikoff’s response.
- Breaking News:
- October 11, 2011
- James Spence Still Can’t Tell
- A Printed Signature from Real Ink!
What is more embarrassing than a person running around trying
to act as an autograph authenticator and they can’t tell
a real ink signature from a printed signature?
This is not the first time James Spence and his group finds their
way into hot water. With all the mistakes James Spence Authentication
has made in the past, it’s a wonder why there is still a
single collector who would spend money on his COA’s. Are
they not aware that over 300 professional dealers will not accept
a JSA COA for a refund?
Two autograph organizations have warned their members about these
type authenticating services and their worthless COA's are not
recognized by the club.
When using these type of autograph authentication companies aren’t
the potential customers bright enough to ask the company who
is your expert and what their qualifications? Do you even have
How about a basic question….just tell me which authenticator
on your staff took just one of the many autograph courses that
were taught around the United States? Name just ONE!
Not a single high profile authenticating company can tell you
one of their experts on staff took one of the 14 courses that
Result is the following:
EBay, item #350475736609, Andre the Giant, Autograph Photo JSA,
selling price $2,499.99. (right and below)
Yes, you read the price right for what James Spence and company
says is a genuine signed photograph of Andre the Giant.
Problem is, this is a magazine photo with a printed signature.
Spence and company can’t tell real ink from a printed signature.
Spence and company blew the basics in autograph authenticating!
Now we have a seller on eBay named Cards & Games in Painesville,
Ohio selling this worthless item along with a worthless JSA COA
and having the gall to add in his description “Sold As Is,
- James Spence Authentication once again has placed
another fake item into this system stating it is genuine.
Collectors are leaving the hobby over these type mistakes. They
dont know who to trust.
Seems like everyone wants to know how these type authenticators
are allowed to exist.
WHERES LAW ENFORCEMENT?
The icing on this crumbling cake is that James Spence is an accepted
autograph authenticator for eBay. How embarrassed is eBay when
this item had to be taken down from their auction? A fake item
authenticated as genuine by one of their so-called experts had
to be taken down because it was mis-authenticated.
Once again, we ask, WHERES LAW ENFORCEMENT?
These fellows going around posing as autograph authenticators
need to be licensed or put out of business.
- If they make ONLY 10,000 mistakes a year they loose
their license to practice as an autograph authenticator!
- Breaking News:
- September 29, 2011
- On Autograph Collecting
- James A. Garfield Signature Study
- The Hobby's Newest Reference Book
The autograph hobby's long awaited
reference book is expected to be available on November 15, 2011.
James A. Garfield, A Signature Study With A Focus On His Presidential
Signatures has been in the works for quite some time.
Stephen Koschal, Internationally recognized expert on the signatures
of the presidents of the United States is the author. Koschal
is also the author of several other reference books on the presidents
autographs dating back to 1982.
Although this reference book focuses on the signature of Garfield
as president there is plenty of information about Garfield and
the items he signed before his presidency. The book is heavily
illustrated and there are sections about his different signatures
during the 1850s, 1860s, 1870s and for the
The book does focus on his signature as president of the United
States. It discusses what has been available during the four
months of his presidency. Most interesting is the author corrects
many mis-leading statements found in other publications about
Garfield's signature. Learn the truth about Garfields signature
Following the information on Garfields items signed as
president are sections on Garfield signed checks, free-franks
and signed photographs.
Most interesting, the author shares his knowledge regarding his
discovery of fairly common Garfield items that have been sold
as genuine in the past that are not hand signed by Garfield.
For years, many of these items were authenticated by a high profile
authenticating company and sold by dealers and auction houses.
The First Edition will be limited to only fifty numbered
copies, hand signed by the author. Cost of this study will be
$15 plus $3.00 shipping within the United States.
Reservations are now being taken for this valuable study that
will sure to save you money should you purchase something signed
by President James A. Garfield.
- Breaking News:
- September 24, 2011
- Have You Been Darvicted
- by Herman Darvick?
One of our readers who has been totally screwed by Herman Darvick
came up with the clever word Darvicted.
We can almost guarantee you that this new word will be seen and
used many times in the future by those collectors, dealers, auction
bidders and autograph club members who have been ripped off by
Herman Darvick during the last 40 years.
Darvicted applies to:
Those who Darvick refuses to issue a refund.
Those who were not able to contact Darvick. After 20 years, to
avoid those he harmed, he cancelled his long-time Post Office
Box 467, Rockville Centre, NY.
Those who repeatedly attempted to call Darvick on the phone to
complain. He would not answer the phone. He had caller ID.
Those who were the winning bidders for what turned out to be
non -uthentic and sometimes forged autographs he sold in his
Those who successfully consigned items to Darvick and your unsold
items were not returned.
Those who were not paid for items he actually sold at his auctions.
Those who received his worthless, while in hiding, Certificate
Those who he actually stole your items and he waited several
years and started to sell them.
Those who may have purchased presidential autographs that Darvick
Those of you who have been harmed by Darvick and he claims he
never heard from you.
Those of you who have been attacked on various web sites by Darvick
and his words were 100% fabrications.
If one or a combination of the above applies to you, then you
have been Darvicted.
- Breaking News:
- September 20, 2011
- Autograph Quarterly
The Premier Magazine For Autograph
Vol.1, Issue 3, September 2011
- Now Available
The third issue of Autograph
Quarterly has arrived and according to emails received, if
you can believe it, it just keeps getting better.
One collector has written:
.as far as content,
in my opinion it is getting better and better. I absolutely love
this magazine as it covers everything and is there to help educate
us. There is always a nice mix of writers who want to share there
knowledge of their favorite subject. If I had a store I would
be putting some sort of advertisement even if it were just advertising
their website and you could do that for as cheap as $200. I read
everything in this magazine and when I see a website I will visit
it at least once to see what they have to offer
A dealer writes:
I have had several orders from
my ad in Issue #2. They were from collectors that were already
on my mailing list but to my surprise I received three additional
orders for high end material from three collectors that I was
not aware of. Autograph Quarterly obviously has many on
their mailing list that are not members of any organization and
I was pleased to hear from them and appreciate this new business
Issue #3 is a remarkable issue. It takes quite awhile to read.
Its a collectors dream and has what everyone has
ever asked for and that is more articles, less ads. In the past,
few looked forward to magazines especially from clubs where there
was 75% ads and 25% content (with some of the content questionable).
There was nothing much to look forward to when getting your next
Autograph Quarterly changes all that. Inside this issue
are articles on Mae West, an in depth article on Babe Ruth and
his signature, Explorers, a 15 page story on Ian Fleming and
James Bond, a story on wrestling autographs, another on the Exorcist,
and a fabulous article on a Civil War Confederate celebrity.
This magazine with so much content would almost appear to be
a double issue elsewhere. It continues with a well written article
about Vietnam and its leaders, another article about Hitlers
double, a great story about Princess Diana, and nine pages about
a real life murder with an all-star cast.
Not surprisingly Autograph Quarterly has attracted some
of the most knowledgeable experts and writers in the hobby. Jeff
Benzinger, Ron Keurajian, William J. Noel, along with Richard
E. Altman, Jake Aurelian, Anthony Record, Brian Green, Dr. Zoltan
Marian, Stephen Koschal, Dorina Marian, and Victoria Gregory,
can all take a bow for turning this issue into a collectors
Special thanks go to Dr. Zoltan Marian and Dorina Marian, both
of whom reside across "the pond" in Hungary, for their
fine articles and for supporting this new venture.
Autograph Quarterly is the only in-print magazine for
the hobby of autographs. We have seen a preview of some of the
stories scheduled for the December issue. Its near impossible
to believe this magazine could get better and more interesting.
The December issue will disappoint no one!
Advertising is still only $200 for a quarter page, $300 for a
half page and only $500 for a full page. Email email@example.com
to reserve your ad space.
To subscribe to the magazine you can do this online at www.autographquarterly.com
- Breaking News:
- September 16, 2011
- Autograph Hell, The Truth About Collecting
- New Autograph Reference Book Not To Be Missed
The name of the book everyone collecting or dealing in autographs
should read is: Autograph Hell, The Truth About Collecting.
Author Charles G. Irion pulls no punches
and says it like it is better than anyone else has in a while.
For years www.autographalert.com has been trying to educate those
who dare get their fingers wet in the hobby of collecting autographs.
Much has changed in this hobby since many scoundrels entered
it in the late 1980s.
Charles Irion hits the nail right on the head with the
subtitle, It Doesnt Have To Be Real, It Just Has To
Motivated to write Autograph Hell, when his prized autograph
of first president George Washington turns out to be a fake,
Mr. Irion explores an industry he describes as incredible, but
in today's world troubled and fraught with frauds, fakes, and
forgers. Some quotes from the book are:
If you examine the credentials of some of the major
authenticators, you will find them to be questionable at best.
Some of the authenticators, the article revealed, gave
certifications of authentication for items they never even saw.
The apparent need for expert-for-hire seemed to be emphasized
by the scams uncovered by the FBI...we still have these authenticators
with us today..
Kenny Lindsay of the American Eagle Auction and Appraisal
Co., who has written an article called The Dreaded Certificate
of Authenticity. In it Lindsay says he gets a sick, helpless
feeling every time he sees the term Certificate of Authenticity
Quoting possibly the best known autograph expert on Baseball
Hall of Fame signatures, Ron Keurajian states in an interview,
there are no good authentication companies in the market
today that know what they are doing
Certificates of Authenticity
carry about as much weight as the Hitler-Chamberlain peace accord
Internet sites are notorious for problem autograph sales.
Because of that, sites like www.autographalert.com have sprung
up to keep collectors up-to-date on news in the autograph field,
particularly as it relates to shoddy certification of autographs
and autograph con games.
And even our own Stephen Koschal is quoted in this fine and educational
The book, in paperback, is 158 pages, over seven chapters, and
contains color illustrations. For a short time the author is
giving away free SIGNED copies of this book. You just have to
pay a $5.00 priority shipping charge. Paypal is accepted.
Contact the author for availability through his websites at:
17: Correction and apologies to our readers: according to
the author's blog site, the offer for a free copy of Autograph
Hell has expired. However, to purchase a copy of the book,
please follow this link: http://www.irionbooks.com/hell-series/autograph-hell
- Breaking News:
- September 13, 2011
- Scott Cornish of RR Auction
- Last time he was fired, now they say hes
retired! No matter what, some of the people we spoke to today
said they are glad hes gone. Those we spoke to also said
hopefully he's gone from the hobby.
Cornish has been the so-called expert on space related autographs
for RR Auctions for several years. Many of his decisions authenticating
autographs have been very controversial. Many of his authentications
were questioned by collectors and dealers with vast knowledge
on space autographs.
Cornish who appears to be a crude individual sent a horrific
email to a German autograph dealer and expert on space autographs.
One email he sent to the vice-president of a German stamp society.
It read in part: you are the German Al Hallonquist (UACC
Director) you are fat, unshaven, arrogant, cowardly pig..
On April 1, 2008 another Cornish email read in part: No
wonder Hitler took over your country
.its not like
yall are still making lampshades out of human skin or smashing
babies heads against brick walls. Remember what I said,
little boy. You have no clue how ugly I can get.
After posting Cornishs email in full on www.autographalert.com
it didnt take long for many in the autograph community
to rise up and contact Bob Eaton at RR Auctions. Cornishs
email was considered a hate crime by many.
A competitive auction house wrote Eaton: Really a stupid
fu_____ing comment if ever I heard one!
A collector wrote Eaton saying in part: I was appalled
by the statement and unless some measures of disciplinary measures
are taken I will refuse to ever buy any autographed item that
comes with a COA from R&R Auctions
I will forward this
to all my autograph collecting friends, a number of whom are
of the Jewish faith
There was a rare response from Bob Eaton. Just two days later
he responded to Steve Koschal at www.autographalert.com. In part
Eaton says: Dear Steve, Like you, and so many of the professionals
and hobbyists in our trade, I am both surprised and concerned
by the words written by Scott Cornish
They do convey a strong,
hurtful, message that is truly unwarranted. In short, we firmly
denounce the harmful words used in Scotts message
these reasons, R&R will immediately cease our relationship
with Scott Cornish
Sincerely, Bob Eaton.
We were told by an RR insider that this was only going to last
a short while. The RR plan was as things calmed down Cornish
would be rehired. Our insider was correct and several months
later Bob Eaton rehired Scott Cornish. This did not sit well
with the International autograph community.
However, the damage was done and there are persons in this hobby
we have spoken to that will not purchase or bid on space items
from RR. As a matter of fact they will not bid on anything that
appears in an RR Auction.
All this obviously has taken its toll and one of the workers
at RR recently posted a statement on a space related site that
Scott Cornish is retiring from the company. Can anyone imagine
the worker writes: ..most of all, Scott Cornish has shown
a level of integrity that is hard to match
A level of integrity???????? Apparently, this worker
makes it seem RR has some very low standards!
- Breaking News:
- August 25, 2011
- Pawn Stars, John Reznikoff
Becomes A Falling Star
- Were the people at Pawn Stars one of the last to
know about John Reznikoff and his past authenticating autographs?
- Did they not do their homework?
- Did they not know this is the same John Reznikoff
who participated in the sale of 7/8 million dollars worth of
forged John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe autographs?
- We are still trying to find just one of the approximately
150 investors who got a refund after purchasing the forgeries.
- Reznikoff, imitating an autograph authenticating
expert made a recent major blunder on the television program
Pawn Stars. A woman brought in a manuscript for the movie The
Godfather which contained a full page inscription signed AL.
She was hoping all the handwriting and signature was by the hand
of Al Pacino.
- Many in this hobby believe anyone with the slightest
knowledge of Pacinos handwriting would instantly know that
the handwriting was not Pacinos.
- Todd Muller of Todd Mueller Autographs broke the
story exposing this most notable blunder which is now the talk
of the International autograph community.
- Although this latest Reznikoff blunder in front
of millions of viewers is laughable at a minimum it has serious
- We have been advised by someone in the legal system
about the seriousness created by this inexcusable mistake.
- It leads to one question...John Reznikoff of University
Archives holds himself as an autograph expert and as an expert
witness. He has testified in court claiming to ne an expert witness.
In all the cases John Reznikoff has participated, if they were
criminal trials and convictions were based on his testimony then
those convictions can now be placed in question and even overturned.
- Autographalert.com contacted Pawn Stars for a statement.
Carmine who is their executive assistant stated how shocked they
were to discover Reznikoffs mistake in authenticating.
He wanted it known that Pawn Stars does not chose the experts
who appear on the program. He stated the people at The History
Channel are responsible for Reznikoffs appearance.
- It has to be one of the worst days in the life
of any authenticator who would make such a blunder in front of
millions of viewers who have witnessed first hand such incompetence.
- Collectors must be very cautious when bidding at
auction where the services of Reznikoff were used for authentication.
He is on the staff of PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentication)
and believe it or not still authenticating presidential material
for RR Auctions including items thought to be signed by John
- Breaking News:
- August 2, 2011
- PAWN STARS
Watch John Reznikoff Bomb
- Its pretty unique to witness someone trying
to impress 6 million viewers on television and watch that same
person who was thought by the program to be an expert on autographs
prove to the whole world watching that he had no clue and no
business authenticating an autograph.
- This happens often to John Reznikoff but this time
he does so on national television. There is no way Reznikoff
can spin what he did in front of millions.
- Those who watched Pawn Stars saw Reznikoff entertain
us with what many feel is the most embarrassing show of incompetence
in the last decade of the autograph hobby.
- Reznikoff sent many on his mailing list an email
that he was to be called in as an autograph expert/authenticator
on the hit show Pawn Stars. He strutted into the show dressed
in dark clothes like Darth Vader or Dracula. Interestingly, Reznikoff
post stories on different internet blogs and uses what appears
to be a high school graduation photo of himself. Yet, what showed
up on Pawn Stars was a scrubby old looking, unshaven fellow basically
unrecognizable to those who have not seen him in the last ten
- Immediately there seemed to be some sort of a problem
as the person representing Pawn Stars only identified Reznikoff
as John. Not as John Reznikoff or John Reznikoff
of University Archives as would be expected. Some feel this happened
as Pawn Stars may have googled Reznikoffs name after a
contract was signed.
- The fellow at Pawn Stars shows Reznikoff a script
for the movie The Godfather which was bound. Reznikoff
was to examine a full page inscription signed Al.
Reznikoff makes it appear that this is the first time he is seeing
the inscription and signature.
- The woman who is offering this script did not know
for sure but was hoping the inscription and signature was by
the hand of Al Pacino.
- Reznikoff pulls out his trusty magnifying glass,
like Sherlock Holmes, basically ignoring the fifteen word inscription
and focuses on a signature simply signed Al. Reznikoff
tells the viewers how there are no breaks and stoppages in the
signature which tells him its not a forgery. Adding a few more
standard comments he continues to give the appearance he has
skills and knowledge authenticating autographs. Reznikoff makes
the determination that the script is signed by Al Pacino. He
continues by saying that its his opinion the script has
a value of about $2,000.
- Based on Reznikoffs expert opinion
it appears everyone is happy. The person who owns the script
and now the people at Pawn Stars who hopes to purchase it. Yet,
not everyone watching the program was just as happy especially
serious collectors of entertainment autographs and those truly
familiar with authenticating autographs.
- Todd Mueller, a well respected autograph dealer
by the legitimate autograph hobby saw the Pawn Stars program.
It took Todd only a few seconds to know for sure that the fifteen
word inscription and signature was not by the hand of Al Pacino.
According to Todd, anyone with the slightest knowledge of Al
Pacinos handwriting would come to the same conclusion!
- Todd checked his exemplar files and discovered
the inscription and signature was without a doubt written by
Al Ruddy. Al Ruddy was the producer of the film. He won the Academy
Award for Best Picture for the Godfather in 1973.
- This is not the first time Mueller has had to set
Reznikoff straight. Many may remember when Reznikoff was running
around telling any reporter who would listen that he had purchased
Neil Armstrongs hair. Mueller came forward and proved Reznikoff
was not telling the truth. Mueller produced his cancelled check,
made out to Armstrongs barber. During a phone call with
Armstrongs barber he confirmed he did not know of any person
named John Reznikoff.
- Back to Pawn Stars, we must keep in mind that Reznikoff
was not seeing the inscription and signature on the script for
the first time when on television. You can bet that he had a
copy well in advance of his appearance on the show. He had ample
time to research this item, study the handwriting and signature
with known exemplars of Al Pacinos handwriting. Worse,
if he didnt know what to do he had all the opportunity
in the world to show the writing to his associates for whom he
is an authenticator before appearing on national television.
Whatever exemplars he may have used and who ever he talked to
in advance, they all got it wrong!
- John Reznikoff is well known in the hobby for mis
authenticating autographs. This is the same Reznikoff who took
part in selling several million dollars worth of fake John F.
Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe autographs. That ordeal still holds
the hobbys record for the most sold fake/forged autographs.
His name is also involved in the selling of those forged Elvis
Presley lyrics that came from Germany. Reznikoffs name
is associated with numerous mistakes in authenticating many presidential
signatures including the famous handwritten Oath of Office by
President Reagan that was a forgery. As with the case of Al Pacino/Al
Ruddy, Reznikoff has authenticated the wrong person in the past.
A few examples are his authenticating as genuine a signature
of Maggie Mitchell the civil war actress as Margaret Mitchell
of Gone With The Wind fame. Another Reznikoff blunder
was authenticating Samuel Sewall, Jr as his father the noted
judge at the witchcraft trials in Salem, Ma. For a Dallas based
- John Reznikoff is one of the authenticators for
RR Auction, PSA and James Spence (JSA). PSA and JSA are authenticators
- Shortly after the Pawn Stars show aired, the usual
handful of suspects came out of the autograph hobbys litter
box. They were on a site run by Steve anti-Semite
Cyrkin who has been given multiple opportunities to apologize
to the Jewish person he made the statemen to. Www.autographalert.com
and an autograph organization have called on Cyrkin to apologize
but he refuses obviously standing by his hateful statement. This
is the same Cyrkin, called an autograph terrorist
by some in this hobby who is noted for his autograph business
failing while he admitted he was pulling all the forgeries out
of his inventory. For years, Cyrkin was in denial or simply outright
lying, telling all, that his company website was down because
he had no time to bring it up to date. Yes, the same Cyrkin who
took a well respected hobby magazine and run it into the ground
publishing stories like the one of dozens of autographs on a
guitar that later proved all to be forgeries.
- A handful of bloggers on his site, many who hide
and go under fictitious names and others using multiple names
praised Reznikoff for his appearance on Pawn Stars. Obviously,
every one of them knew as much about authenticating autographs
as Reznikoff did.
- On another blog site one collector wrote: Id
be afraid to send Reznikoff my Abraham Lincoln signed item to
be authenticated. It may come back as being a genuine Art Linkletter.
- John Reznikoffs recent blunder in front of
the world is the talk of the International autograph community.
The story and its horrors was recently picked up by a Las Vegas
- The popular website www.autographnewslive.com has crashed over
the overwhelming amount of hits regarding this story.
- You can click on the above link to see what other
viewers have to say over Reznikoffs recent blunder. It
also has a link to the Pawn Stars story.
- Breaking News:
- June 25, 2011
- Steve Cyrkin - The Anti-Semite Continues
to Post More Fabricated Stories and Outright Lies
- By Stephen Koschal
After Cyrkins failed autograph business and his failed
magazine on Autograph collecting it appears this fellow is focused
on bringing down the rest of the hobby with him. He continues
to post messages loaded with fabricated stories and untruths
with the intent to harm others.
I was asked by a handful in this hobby to address some of Cyrkins
creativity so those that may read his rants are not mislead.
There is much to tell however Cyrkin in in the midst of a lawsuit.
He has not retained an attorney and it attempting to represent
himself. Presently there are afew others who are contemplating
filing a lawsuit against Cyrkin. Cyrkin has also been very busy
back tracking and removing some of his lies and fabrications
from his site. This is being done because of cease and desist
letters he has been receiving from those who may potentially
file a lawsuit against him.
On February 2, 2011, Cyrkin posts a message that Stephen Koschal
was being sued but months of trying to serve Koschal have
so far been unsuccessful.
I can assure you that no one up to that point to my knowledge
has knocked on my door to serve me. I have not at any time tried
to avoid service of any kind.
Cyrkin continues: It is unknown if Koschal is under investigation.
This is a Cyrkin fabrication. Anyone with half a brain can read
into this, if its unknown, in his own admission. Investigation
by whom? Its another statement this man has constructed
in his mind.
Cyrkin continues with another total fabrication. He posts that
the court ordered my attorney to accept service. The fact is,
once I was aware of the frivolous law suits, I retained an attorney
and my attorney accepted service upon my request.
The plaintiffs are John Reznikoff of University Archives,
Bob Eaton of RR Auctions and James Spence of JSA Authentication.
Cyrkin goes on to write: some of his (Koschals) associates.
According to Mueller (Todd Mueller), this was when he (Mueller)
started distancing himself from the site (autographalert.com),
famously stating, I feel I paid crop dusters to dust my
farm and instead they drove the plane into the Twin Towers.
I contacted Todd Mueller regarding this Cyrkin statement. Todd
Mueller absolutely denies ever distancing himself from the site
and supports the site 100%. Todd Mueller also states that Crykin
is absolutely lying. Todd says he never said that statement about
crop dusters to Cyrkin. Never, this is all made up by Steve
Todd also states that everything posted in the article on www.autographalert.com
about the Neil Armstrong inscribed and signed photograph is accurate.
Cornish got it totally wrong. Cornish authenticated the machine
signed signature as genuine and he also authenticated the secretarial
inscription of Armstrong as genuine. Two major blunders on the
same item! Not only did these blunders come with a COA from Cornish
but the photo was backed by a COA from RR Auction.
Cyrkin posts that Todd Mueller wrote an apology to RR Auction
over the Neil Armstrong/Cornish situation. Once again totally
untrue according to Todd Mueller. How can one ever apologize
over a story that is totally accurate? According to Mueller,
Bob Eaton of RR Auctions appeared to go berserk when he read
the article on www.autographalert.com. Eaton called Todd Mueller
regarding it. After all, no one likes to have their atrocious
mistakes aired to the collecting community.
However, just two days earlier, Eaton called Mueller about participating
in the purchase of a supposedly large collection. The article
about Armstrong and Eatons authenticator Cornish came out
two days later.
Mueller wrote a personal email to Eaton (not for publication).
It started out that the article about Armstrong/Cornish made
Mueller cringe. Mueller confirms that he did cringe about the
powerful article. He did so solely because of the timing of the
article. Mueller feared the article might kill the purchase of
The email was a private email from Mueller to Eaton, however
Eaton gave it to one of his employees to forward to Cyrkin. The
employee writes: Todd Mueller, who has asked us to post
his email apology
is absolutely false according to
Mueller. Nowhere in that email is there an apology of anything.
The employee at RR Auction repeats: I am posting Todds
email in full as he has asked. Another outright lie. It
was an email from Mueller trying to soften the blow that the
100% factual story would not affect the current deal that Eaton
was supposedly working on.
Eaton purposely gave the email to his employee to have Cyrkin
post it on Cyrkins site with no other reason than to continue
the turmoil in this hobby. Cyrkin did not do his homework and
accepted the words from Eaton's employee as gospel. Cyrkin has
been burnt big time before with his failed magazine by not doing
his homework before publishing a damaging article.
Cyrkin continues with his fantasizing and creates a statement
that: (Koschal) largely outcast by the legitimate autograph
community since the 1990s. How insane is that statement?
I wont comment further because of possible legal action
Cyrkin and his little cronies have been posting the following
message for years. (Koschal) failing to pay child support
that has been outstanding for decades. This is just another
Cyrkin fabricated statement with intent to harm my reputation.
The statement is false. Many who know me believe only an evil
person would make such a false statement.
Therefore, anyone who believes the words Cyrkin writes deserves
to get sucked into his labyrinth of deceit. His continued fabrication,
deception and lies about legitimate leaders in this industry
simply fuels dissention within the autograph hobby.
- Breaking News:
- June 16, 2011
- Scott Cornish an EXPERT only
at RR Auctions????
Who makes these unknowns instant experts?
- You may all remember the Scott Cornish/RR Auction
scandal where the International autograph community put pressure
on Bob Eaton of RR Auctions to fire Scott Cornish over his horrific
remarks, in writing, about the Germans making lamp shades out
of human skin. This remark was sent by Cornish to a German collector.
Bob Eaton fired Cornish to keep the autograph community calmed
down but knowing well in advance it would be just temporary.
Several months later, this instant expert was back on RR Auctions
Who made Scott Cornish an expert on astronaut autographs??????
Does RR Auctions think collectors are just plain dumb?
The following are just a few samples from our files OF EMAILS
FROM RR AUCTIONS. They regard space related autographs RR/Cornish
Portion of an Email from Elizabeth Otto, Consignment Manager
Please find enclosed a check for $2,577.51 representing
a refund for the Apollo 11 signed photo that you purchased in
..when recently submitted for consignment, our
subsequent study of the signatures determined that the Armstrong
autograph could not be supported with our guarantee of authenticity
How about another email from Elizabeth Otto of R&R
I am writing to inform you that lot 554 Apollo 11 has been
withdrawn from our May auction
.it was determined that the
Armstrong signature was done by autopen with the associated inscription
.I apologize for any inconvenience or
disappointment caused by this change in auction status
Please read this last paragraph once again. We went to RR s
catalog and in the description it clearly states that this item
comes with a Scott Cornish and R&R COA.
What this indicates is both Cornish and Bob Eaton of RR have
no clue on how to authenticate Neil Armstrongs autograph.
What both have failed to do is they were both incapable of having
enough reference material to determine Armstrongs signature
was signed by a machine. More embarrassing is that both were
incapable of determining Armstrongs handwriting. Both failed
to understand the difference between a genuine Armstrong inscription
verses an inscription signed by a secretary or possibly even
If all this is not bad enough we saved the best for last.
The consignor of lot 544 described above with the Armstrong signature
being an Autopen and the inscription being secretarial responded
to Elizabeth Otto of RR after being advised the item is withdrawn.
He sent Otto the following email:
Elizabeth, can you give me a refund for this? I bought
if from you (RR Auction) for around $2,200.00.
Many of our readers have told us we point out the incompetents
but rarely suggest who to use. It is from our personal experience
the best authenticator for space related autographs is Florian
Knoller. In the past he has corrected many of the errors made
by Scott Cornish. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Breaking News:
- June 7, 2011
- A Current Look at the Authenticators
SO VERY SAD!
The following information was sent to us by a very well known
collector in the autograph industry. He spent only several minutes
on eBay and this is what he found. All extremely common mistakes
made by the three high profile companies who claim they can authenticate
autographs. The sellers of autographs spent good money for the
worthless Certificates of Authenticity they received for the
James Spence Authentication (JSA)
Here is a beautiful secretarial Rosanna Arquette authenticated
as genuine by JSA (James Spence Authentication). This information
was discovered over 10 years ago. (link provided)
Here is a beautiful Thomas Dekker signature authenticated as
genuine by JSA (James Spence Authentication). The only problem
is that it's Dwight Yoakam's signature.
A beautiful Jack Lemmon secretarial signature authenticated as
genuine by PSA/DNA
Here is a Global authenticated signature card of Laura Harring
authenticated as Lauren Bacall! Its listed on the Global website.
Lauren Bacall is the most common autograph in the hobby. She
famous and signing autographs for over 50 years.
A common Bob Hope secretarial authenticated as genuine by Global
- A common Jack Nicholson secretarial authenticated
as genuine by Global
- A common 1990's Demi Moore secretarial authenticated
as genuine by Global
- A Charlton Heston secretarial authenticated as
genuine by Global
I should be an authenticator!! This all took me 8 minutes to
eBay. There is so much more!
Autograph collectors name withheld by request.
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