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Easton Press / California Autograph Law AB 1570

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager Jun 16. 5 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

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Steve Zarelli replied to Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's discussion Is there a forgery industry?
"Let's not forget the items available for donations... I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the fund: Joe Torre baseball - $35 shipped - 100% to AML Whitey Ford signed photo - $30 shipped - 100% to AML"
3 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Adam Price's discussion Is This Pete Rose Legit?
"Rose fakes occupy the same rarified air of Bob Feller fakes. Despite both men signing a zillion autographs that are available very inexpensively, astonishingly, fakes exist."
15 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's discussion Is there a forgery industry?
"Count me as the first two.  We need 18 more... let's do this folks."
Steve Zarelli commented on Julie Snyder's photo

Tony Dow & Jerry Mathers signed July 8, 2017 ttm Hollywood Show

"That's great. I was not aware Dow did paid signings. I think he was tough for a long time. Hugh Beaumont was really tough."
Steve Zarelli replied to Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's discussion Is there a forgery industry?
"Two more items for sale - 100% of proceeds to the AML Defense Fund. Whitey Ford signed 8x10 Joe Torre signed baseball"
Steve Zarelli added 2 discussions to the group Free Buy, Sell and Trade Group
Steve Zarelli commented on Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's blog post The Todd Mueller Autographs, Nelson Deedle and Iconographs Lawsuits
"They would never do it because you would have their real names and addresses.  And, you would just refund the payment after you've gathered their data, costing you nothing. A dumb plan."
Steve Zarelli replied to Ryan Faley's discussion Mantle and DiMaggio authentic?
"Check out this blog post I did several years may be helpful. How to tell authentic autographs from fakes"
Steve Zarelli replied to Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's discussion Beatles, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin, Elvis—and 28 More on One Guitar
"I don't know where it's from, but the fantasy assemblage of signatures is so over the top, I assumed it was a replica and not a serious offering."
Steve Zarelli replied to Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's discussion Beatles, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin, Elvis—and 28 More on One Guitar
"What's up with this? Are they being billed as facsimile signatures?"
Steve Zarelli replied to Ryan Faley's discussion Mantle and DiMaggio authentic?
"They are known mass-produced cookie cutter fake styles, so to trained eyes, they are obvious. The first thing to notice is the Mantle in blue and the DiMaggio are slowly penned. Not smooth and flowing like a natural signature. Instead they look…"
Jul 19
Steve Zarelli replied to Ryan Faley's discussion Mantle and DiMaggio authentic?
"Negative on all."
Jul 18
Steve Zarelli replied to Pete Carelli's discussion Starting an autograph baseball collection....
"Another thing to consider is that generically signed baseballs from common show signers are mass produced. Long after these guys are gone, they will still be in high supply. As Terrier mentioned, you are better getting a playing era signed ball, or…"
Jul 16
Steve Zarelli replied to Robert's discussion Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope Dilemma
"Find an AML member in the UK who can buy stamps and send them to you. Or, mail order stamps directly from Royal Mail. I've done this many times with no issues."
Jul 16
Steve Zarelli replied to Lizzie's discussion Michael Jackson drawings (Miscell inc. 'Historic portraits' and 'Disney characters')
"Well said, Chris."
Jul 15
Steve Zarelli replied to John Spillane's discussion Mantle signature Real????
"Thumbs up."
Jul 14

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.
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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

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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…


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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…

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