Christopher Williams
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Christopher Williams replied to Michael Wain's discussion Michael Jackson?
"I call them delusional autograph collectors and impulse buyers."
11 hours ago
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"The bottom line is that they are no-brainer forgeries, Ezra. I don't know what further moves you can or want to make regarding the pieces you purchased, but the obvious is that they are blatant forgeries."
15 hours ago
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Ezra, have you tried the Dry Erase Marker test?"
19 hours ago
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Ezra, Nicholas Burczyk never authenticated one sports autograph.  His name was used and dragged through the mud with his name attached to thousands of Florida forgeries."
Friday
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"I'm curious, Ezra, if they were any COAs accompanying your photos? Any holograms on the photos?"
Friday
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Forgeries are meant to have the appearance of looking authentic to those who don't know autographs. The Forgery Industry is huge (especially on Ebay). In my opinion and from observation, more forgeries are sold on Ebay than authentic autographs."
Friday
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Below are just a few links about the "Florida"…"
Thursday
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Ezra, no one has exposed the "Florida" forgeries and sellers of them more than me. I have literally written and posted hundreds of threads on the "Florida" forgeries and the sellers of the "Florida" forgeries. Yours is…"
Thursday
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Ezra, you can do the Dry Erase Marker test on the ink. I describe how to do it in my below…"
Thursday
Christopher Williams replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"You can't be serious? Those are mass-produced forgeries. Those are also obvious forgeries."
Thursday
Richard S. Simon commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"I wrote this to the seller of a Mantle-Maris ball: If you send the ball to get authenticated, to PSA or JSA, and it comes back authentic, I would pay $7000 for it.Deal? https://www.ebay.com/itm/112746014946?ViewItem=&item=112746014946 Bet he…"
Tuesday
Brian commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"I see your point Scott. It’s just ashame because I love the hobby and it’s so frustrating for us as collectors. These scam artists wreck our hobby and force people out of collecting because of this when they work hard for their money.…"
Aug 13
Scott Paul commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"Brian I understand where you are coming from but the problem remains that would mean many smaller ticket items would never get sold. It would hurt small time sellers. There is also the fact that many of us are uncomfortable with the major TPA's…"
Aug 13
Anthony Bautista commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"Yes, so many patented items like apple chargers and such are sold by chinese sellers on ebay and have destroyed the us economy and market. Look at the market for jerseys. Anything that people buy, there will be knockoffs soon. "
Aug 13
Richard S. Simon commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"Autographs are not the only ebay problem. Knock offs on brand name products and probably all other collectible categories are problematic.  When you add those categories up I am sure there is a general policy on ebay to not work very hard to…"
Aug 13
Steve Zarelli commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"Autographs is such a tiny portion of overall eBay sales, I find it hard to believe that taking out the scammers makes more than a rounding difference in their balance sheet. Unless, there are certain category managers whose performance is based upon…"
Aug 13

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Collector
What brings you to Autograph Live?
Help rid the autograph hobby of forgeries like those certed by Stephen Rocchi and his Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators group.
Who can we thank for telling you about Autograph Live?
Mr. Steve Cyrkin
What do you collect, or want to collect?
Sports
Tell us more about your collection, specific areas of interest, etc.:
Tom, Tresh, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Derek Jeter and Teresa Wright.
What is your level of expertise?
Advanced Collector
What is your favorite autograph in your collection?
Tom Tresh 1963 Autographed Card.
Why do you collect?
History.
You can ask anyone living or dead for their autograph. Who would it be?
George Washington

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Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention

Posted on August 5, 2018 at 4:25pm 41 Comments

Below is a link to Rich Mueller's "Sports Collectors Daily" from August 5th, 2018.

Rich, by the way, does a great job of posting hobby-related news and I highly recommend subscribing (doesn't cost a penny) to his daily column.

I want to thank Rich for posting the below.…

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Forensics (GFA, Stephen Rocchi, Goraczyk) Ebay, Forgeries And Autographs

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 7:00pm 6 Comments

Before I start here, immediately below are a few links to Blogs about  Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA) headed by Stephen Rocchi and John Goraczyk.

https://live.autographmagazine.com/profiles/blogs/guaranteed-forens...…

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Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators COA (GFA): What Methods Do They Use? Billy Martin Mantle Signed Photo

Posted on January 16, 2018 at 4:00pm 17 Comments

Immediately below you will find a link to my Part 1 of "Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA):  What Methods Do They Use?   Please read that before you continue with this blog.…

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Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA): What Methods Do They Use? Stephen Rocchi John Gorajczyk

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 10:30am 84 Comments

Stephen Rocchi opened Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA) in September 2011, with John Gorajczyk listed as their forensic document examiner.

I remember reading in one of the baseball forums that numerous autograph collectors were excited that a new Third-Party Authentication (TPA) company was going to compete with PSA/DNA and JSA.

But that excitement was short-lived when collectors…

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Examples Of Mickey Mantle Autographed Forged Photo COA GFA Rocchi Part 2

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

This is Part 2 of showing various examples of Mickey Mantle forged photos.

Immediately below, is Part 1 and a second lick to forged Mickey Mantle photos/baseballs "authenticated" by Stephen Rocchi and his Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA) group.…

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At 7:04pm on July 10, 2018, CuJo said…

I also have some unique collectibles that I believe could be one of a kinds to include a Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball.  I have been collecting stuff for many years and would about bet the bank that the Babe Ruth signature is legit.  Here is the twist.  On the opposite Sweet Spot there is nothing.  On the other sweet spot it has Babe Ruth and I cannot tell if it was printed or signature but I am thinking this was printed and is the label?  Below this "Japan 1934" and after this it has what I would bet almost anything on his is signature.  The weird thing is the 2 symbols inscribed on each side of the ball.  I had a Japanese collector tell me this is the symbol of the Order of the Golden Kite that was an elite clan/ninjas/whatever that served the Emperor of Japan.  It was dissolved in 1947 I think it was by the commander of the Japanese Allied Forces.  I mean I have seen thousands of baseballs and never seen anything like this.  Everyone I show it to freaks out and I am including collectors and some are thinking that it could be a one of a kind.  Might be worthy of posting on a major sports memorabilia or auction site.  

At 6:56pm on July 10, 2018, CuJo said…

Thanks for allowing me on this site and thanks for the message Christopher.  I just bought a Joe DiMaggio autographed photo from BOXSCORE.  I then read some of your articles as you know and immediately sent a message to them that when the item arrives I am probably going to return it.  I then got a long email from him that some sites are under litigation for false accusations against him and other new sports memorabilia authentication companies.  It was a long letter telling me he is an avid collector and that he would never sell a forgery.  With that being said, it sounds like you have no doubt about them?  

At 11:19am on January 31, 2013, Ryan said…

Chris can you please accept my request so I can send you a message. I have received a complaint about a fake Mantle I pointed out. 

At 7:51am on July 12, 2012, T M EVANS said…

Thanks for the heads up,but did you really have to post my pic and site? I had no idea....thanks

At 6:14pm on April 22, 2012, David Jackson said…

Hey CW.  I was wondering if you could please look at the Derek Jeter Autograph I listed and give me your opinion on it?  Thanks for your time!

http://live.autographmagazine.com/forum/topics/derek-jeter-signed-baseball

At 8:18pm on December 22, 2011, CEE GEE said…
Happy Birthday Chris...A true hero in the war on fakes and forgeries...I personally owe so much to you because if it wasn't for you I may have never knew how bad the industry has been destroyed and corrupted....one of the greatest voices in the industry....my hats off to you for all your great and hard work you have put in over the years....Happy Birthday bro....many more happy holidays Chris...
At 6:55pm on December 22, 2011, Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager said…

Happy Birthday Chris Williams...one of the heroes trying to protect autograph collectors from forgeries.

At 4:50am on August 5, 2011, CEE GEE said…
hey Chris....when you get a chance check out my quick youtube video i put together on my page....also check the forum I posted on Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio...those forgeries are insane !!!
At 6:26am on July 30, 2011, Tiger Lapointe said…
Hello good friend.   Glad to be here to offer my help in the fight against the bad guys!
At 1:38pm on July 20, 2011, CEE GEE said…
I have always loved your videos and i am now starting my own...i love your insight and i think on this site we all can help each other out on making a real purchase from a fake....but we may never win the battle of the dirt bag thieves out there...i applaud your work you put in over the years and because of  you which made me want to have a voice to be heard i want to help in the battle
 
 
 

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