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Find Out if Your Stan Lee Autographs are Real

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott M Jun 14. 40 Replies

The founder of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee, passed away Monday at age 95.Along with Jack Kirby, Stan…Continue

Tags: Captain America, Thor, the, X-Men, memorabia

X-Files - help me decide

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin McKay Nov 9, 2018. 18 Replies

I'm going to treat myself to an X-Files signed photo from an upcoming Official Pix signing. I'm wavering between two poses.This one signed by Anderson and Duchovney:…Continue

Lee Van Cleef opinions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Zarelli Jul 6, 2018. 7 Replies

This came from a solid looking TTM collection from the 70s and 80s. Not a signature I have studied, but looks likely good based on the limited exemplars I could find.Thoughts?…Continue

Tags: Lee Van Cleef

Robert Shaw signed card - opinions please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe W. Jun 18, 2018. 4 Replies

Opinions please. Thank you.Continue

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Steve Zarelli replied to datitguy84's discussion The much debated Ruth removed from the frame
"In your jest you may have stumbled across something. :-) The light and dark sections of the signature didn’t look totally natural to me, and the feathering bothers me as well. There does appear to be rubbing to parts of the signature. I…"
7 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to datitguy84's discussion The much debated Ruth removed from the frame
"Very astute observation, Ballroom. There appear to be areas where the lines have been lightened by "erasing" or rubbing. It's clear in the top of the R."
7 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Danny Francis's discussion Is Mantle Jersey real?
"Obviously a poor photo, but what is clear is a strangely humped baseline on "Mickey" and a stretched out "Mantle." That plus the Vegas gallery style frame job does not give a favorable impression. "
12 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to JCB's discussion Any help with these DiMaggio autographs would be appreciaed!
"The photo is a definite no-doubt thumbs down. "
yesterday
Steve Zarelli replied to Mark Greenwich's discussion Willie Mays...real?
"As I mentioned, this style has been questioned by many. I would not touch it for my collection."
Monday
Steve Zarelli replied to Mark Greenwich's discussion Willie Mays...real?
"This looks like the "Sey Hey" style that many people have questioned. Does it have a "Sey Hey" sticker?"
Monday
Steve Zarelli replied to JCB's discussion Can anyone help on the authenticity of this Mantle signed ball?
"Not good IMO."
Sunday
Steve Zarelli replied to Mark Greenwich's discussion 4 separate Ted Williams autographs...are any real?
"No good IMO."
Sunday
Steve Zarelli replied to Mark Greenwich's discussion 4 separate Ted Williams autographs...are any real?
"This is no good IMO."
Sunday
Steve Zarelli replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Skipgriz Sells Forged Signed Mickey Mantle Cap Worthless COA CDP Walter Johnson Baseball
"On the bogus Scoreboard COAs... I love how they can't even bother to clean up the background of Ken Goldin's signature. It's clearly copied from something else and pasted there. "
Sunday
Steve Zarelli replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Dgerber06 Lists Forged Roger Maris Mickey Mantle Photo Worthless COA Signed Certified Memories
"There are certainly inexperienced and innocent victims of fakes. Moms looking for a gift for their kid and they just don't lnow any better, etc. However, a scam often requires TWO greedy parties. I believe a lot of the buyers of these fakes…"
Sunday
Steve Zarelli replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Dgerber06 Lists Forged Roger Maris Mickey Mantle Photo Worthless COA Signed Certified Memories
"It's astonishing that anyone can read the so-called "certificate of authenticity" from some no name worthless company and place any value in it at all."
Sunday
Steve Zarelli replied to JCB's discussion Can anyone help on the authenticity of this Mantle signed bat
"Not authentic. Looks like a DD special."
Sunday
J.Seah replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Thirty Seconds to Mars."
Nov 7
Steve Cyrkin Community Mgr. replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"I think this was a great find! At first glance, I was concerned about authenticity, because of the uniformity of the pen pressure, like thickness, and almost no trailing. But the names I know are in-range and this does not look like it could have…"
Nov 5
J.Seah replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Glee Full Cast Signed Promo Pic. Picked it up from the thrift store tonight."
Nov 5

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?
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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…

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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.…

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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 UACC magazine, Pen & Quill. I am pleased to share it here for your reading…

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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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