Steve Zarelli
  • Male
  • Ballston Lake, NY
  • United States
Share on Facebook

Steve Zarelli's Friends

  • Andrew McFadden
  • Mupplvr
  • John Spillane
  • Graeme Knappick
  • Greg
  • Ray Mason
  • nicholas pansini
  • David Jones
  • stephanie cooley
  • Lucas Rhodes
  • John ryder
  • Eric K Longo
  • Vinod Kumar
  • Ian McGregor
  • Jeffrey Prater

Steve Zarelli's Discussions

Easton Press / California Autograph Law AB 1570

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Zarelli Feb 25. 3 Replies

Easton Press is no longer shipping signed books to California. …Continue

Tags: Easton Press, Autograph Law, California

A trip in the autograph collecting time machine...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Zarelli Jan 11. 14 Replies

Back in the old Geocities days -- the 1990s -- I had a collecting web site where I kept a journal. I found an old html page on my computer of the journal and read through some of the entries.Check…Continue

Neil Armstrong signed photo sells for $56,301!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Cushman Nov 1, 2016. 23 Replies

This amazing Neil Armstrong signed photograph sold at the recent RR Auction Space Auction for $56,301 (including buyer's premium). WOW!!It's a 16x20 photo of Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon,…Continue

Tags: RR Auction, Neil Armstrong

Stephen King on autographs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Williams Jun 10, 2016. 2 Replies

Rolling Stone published a short interview with Stephen King, in which he discusses autograph seekers.The worst part of the job … this is weird, but I'm going to probably go see the Red Sox play this…Continue

Tags: KIng, Stephen


Steve Zarelli's Page

Latest Activity

Steve Zarelli replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion Walking Dead Collectors Unite!
"Cattle call! ;-)"
7 hours ago
Rich replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion Walking Dead Collectors Unite!
"At Walker Stalker con in Chicago. Haven't even gotten our tickets yet. Just miserable command and control over the lines and queuing in general"
7 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Chad Kessler's discussion A Time to Authenticate
"Who is authenticating these items? Who are the signers?  I understand your concerns, but it would help to get more context. It's possible the "failures" are incorrect. Feel free to share photos of the questioned items."
8 hours ago
Steve Zarelli commented on Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's blog post Which Mickey Mantle is Real? You Can Learn How to Tell!
"Hey... I should be getting royalties on the one of the left! :-)"
8 hours ago
Christopher replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Dave Matthews Band signed, original lineup.  My own design on this one, which they liked so much at the frame shop today when I picked this up, they offered me a job.  Politely declined :).  "
23 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to mark's discussion APOLLO 11
"Glass, i.e., framed under glass."
Steve Zarelli replied to mark's discussion APOLLO 11
"Is the Armstrong dedicated to "Neil Armstrong"?!? In any case, the images are too small to offer a firm opinion, but I can't see any obvious problems in the images provided."
Steve Zarelli replied to mark's discussion APOLLO 11
"Bigger pic please?"
Steve Zarelli replied to Chris Derck's discussion Opinions on Mercury 7, Neil Armstrong and Elliot See Autographs
"A bit blurry, but looks ok."
Steve Zarelli replied to Chris Derck's discussion Opinions on Mercury 7, Neil Armstrong and Elliot See Autographs
"A terrible fake in my opinion."
tim hendrickson replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Derek Jeter -  this one is not new to my collection, but i had seen so much discussion go back and forth on Jeter autographs that i thought i would pull mine from one of my son and i got this after a minor league game in…"
Bob Studabaker liked Steve Zarelli's discussion Neil Armstrong signed photo sells for $56,301!!
Steve Zarelli replied to Jan Cogo's discussion Donald Trump - real or fake?
"As President Trump would tweet, #FAKE SIG! Sorry... I could not resist. :-)"
Steve Zarelli replied to Jan Cogo's discussion Donald Trump - real or fake?
"Trump is a challenge and there are a lot of sloppy campaign sigs that would be difficult to authenticate with confidence. That said, this one is an obvious problem. Bears little resemblance to even the campaign scribbles."
Steve Zarelli replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Officegirl02 Sells Forged/Autographed Derek Jeter Baseball
"Hard to believe one of those ugly fakes would sell, let alone four."
Mar 18
Steve Zarelli replied to dcorrado's discussion Ted Williams signed ball - Cronin - Value
"That is a beauty. Ball looks flawless, too. Is the signature contemporaneous with the ball or is it a later signature added to an old ball? In any case, maybe a good starting point would be average FMV for a Brown ball + $100. Just a guess on the…"
Mar 18

About Me

What kind of member are you? Industry professionals must use their real names and identify themselves as such. (Check as many as apply.)
Collector, Professional Authenticator
What brings you to Autograph Live?
Meeting and discussing autographs with other seasoned collectors.
Who can we thank for telling you about Autograph Live?
What do you collect, or want to collect?
Sports, History/Politics, Books/Literature, SciFi, Space/Aviation/Military
Tell us more about your collection, specific areas of interest, etc.:
I collect Space and aviation. NY Yankees, Baseball HOF, political and some classic Hollywood.

I am the owner of Steve Zarelli Space Authentication. I provide autograph authentication consulting services to individual collectors, dealers and organizations, including: RR Auction, James Spence Authentication (JSA), Sportscard Guaranty Authentic (SGC), PSA/DNA Authentication and others.
What is your level of expertise?
Advanced Collector, Professional
What is your favorite autograph in your collection?
Hard to pick just one. Favorites include Reagans, Armstrong, Jimmy Stewarts, Mariano Rivera game used baseballs.
Why do you collect?
I love the connection with history and the wonder of signed items that passed though the hands of historical figures.
You can ask anyone living or dead for their autograph. Who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln

Steve Zarelli's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Steve Zarelli's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Steve Zarelli's Blog

Yuri Gagarin, 1st in space, Autograph Study by Steve Zarelli

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 6:44am 6 Comments

On April 12, 1961, Soviet Air Force pilot Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space. Launched aboard his Vostok spacecraft, Gagarin orbited the Earth and beat American Alan Shepard into space by 23 days. 

On March 27, 1968, Yuri Gagarin was killed in a training flight crash at the age of 34.

Despite not being as much of a "household name" as Alan Shepard, John Glenn or Neil Armstrong, Gagarin is a tremendous historical figure and there is strong demand for his…


When the “proof picture” proves it's a fake!

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 10:00am 12 Comments

Astute collectors know that crooked sellers use phony proof pictures to sell their fakes all the time. They steal images from other signings, pluck a photo from an internet search, and so on.

These so-called proof pictures rarely prove anything, but in this case, it proves the item is a fake, or at least, it is not the same photo that is being offered!

Here is a photo supposedly signed by Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Billy Martin and Mickey Mantle.…


Top 5 Risky Space Autographs by Zarelli Space Authentication

Posted on October 8, 2015 at 7:00am 5 Comments

What are the top five most dangerous space autographs? What space autograph is fake 75% of the time in my opinion? You may be surprised at some of the names.

I wrote the attached article for the Fall 2014 edition of the…


James "Jimmy" Stewart: Autopen Signature Study

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 12:25pm 3 Comments

This article originally appeared in my blog, Steve Zarelli presents: The Collecting Obsession.

James Stewart was a willing through-the-mail signer for many years. However, after suffering medical problems in the 1990s, his office fulfilled mail requests with secretarial signatures and an Autopen machine.

The proxy signatures -- typically signed "James…


Comment Wall (5 comments)

You need to be a member of Autograph Live to add comments!

Join Autograph Live

At 5:10am on September 17, 2014, hitmanten said…

Hey, Steve. Wascher had suggested I might try contacting you for your thoughts on this Armstrong I came across. Sorry for the terrible quality, best pic I could get from seller at the moment. Would feel better knowing I had an expert eye look at this. Many thanks!  -Bill (hitmanten)

At 7:22pm on May 26, 2014, Henrik H said…
At 6:25am on April 1, 2014, michelle said…

Hello.  I seem to remember if my memory serves me correctly that someone said you could kindly recommend someone who could iron out creases on archival paper as opposed to shirts!!!.  I was wondering if anyone deals in ironing out creases on photographs.  Apologies for bothering you if I've got the wrong person. kind regards & best wishes Michelle

At 4:28am on February 23, 2014, Gareth 1989 said…

Hey Mr. Z, was wondering if you know of anywhere online that I could find good examples of Bill Anders autograph? I can only seem to find autopen examples, I know he's a rare signer and theres probably more autopens and fakes out there than genuine sigs, but I've been looking at a few pieces and can't tell?

At 8:13am on June 10, 2013, Ryan said…

© 2009-2017   Created by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service