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Lee Van Cleef opinions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Zarelli Jul 6. 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

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Robert Shaw signed card - opinions please

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

Opinions please. Thank you.Continue

Easton Press / California Autograph Law AB 1570

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager Jun 16, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

 

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Steve Zarelli replied to B. Anderson's discussion Renter's Insurance for Autographs
"Often homeowners and renter's insurance has a small cap on collectibles. It could be only $1,000. I use Collectible's Insurance to insure my collection and for items submitted to me for review. No hidden limits and no need to itemize items…"
16 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to George Kimmy's discussion The late great Leonard Nimoy And William Shatner Autograph Opinion.
"No doubt. In my opinion, the alleged "private signing" Shatner + Nimoy signed pics all over eBay for under $100 are fakes. If you also consider them fakes, then 90%+ on ebay are not authentic."
yesterday
Steve Zarelli replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"I am very sorry to read this. I was hoping you had not purchased them. Yes, most con men are friendly and good salesmen. That is how they gain your CONfidence."
Thursday
Steve Zarelli replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"Sources: * Years of experience and study :-) * One of many threads detailing these common mass-produced fakes"
Thursday
Steve Zarelli replied to George Kimmy's discussion The late great Leonard Nimoy And William Shatner Autograph Opinion.
"Doubtful in my opinion."
Thursday
Steve Zarelli replied to Ezra Spurlock's discussion Joe Dimaggio/ Mickey Mantle
"100% sure-fire fakes."
Thursday
J.Seah replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Kendrick Lamar signed debut studio album Section 80 released by TDE. Circa 2011."
Wednesday
Steve Zarelli replied to Steve P.'s discussion Anybody know anything about this Authentication company
"I believe this may be one of the certificates used by the Operation Bullpen forgery ring."
Wednesday
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…"
Monday
Steve Zarelli commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"Forcing sellers to use a third-party service seems pretty draconian. And not fair to the vast majority of eBay sellers who are honest and selling good product.  It would be unreasonable to force sellers to use a third-party…"
Monday
Steve Zarelli replied to Bertrand's discussion You all know Frank Caiazzo, but do you know Fredrick Caiazzo? You should...
"Hopefully Frank Caiazzo aggressively pursues this. In my opinion, it is a clear case of intentional confusion and trademark violation and there is significant civil liability. They are using his name and reputation, a knock off of his site, a close…"
Aug 12
Steve Zarelli replied to just some dude's discussion Buzz Aldrin
"While I don't see any obvious issues, this photo is much too grainy to offer a firm opinion."
Aug 12
Steve Zarelli commented on Christopher Williams's blog post Ebay Representatives Meet With Dealers/Sellers At 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention
"As usual, a great article, Chris. It’s difficult to take eBay’s claim seriously when they do not enforce their own banned COA list and they dismantled the EMR program. The program was not perfect, but it put a serious dent in the mass…"
Aug 11
Steve Zarelli replied to Bertrand's discussion You all know Frank Caiazzo, but do you know Fredrick Caiazzo? You should...
"Yes. "
Aug 11
Todor replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Yesterday Vanilla Fudge were in town and I was able to add Mark Stein to my "Hear'n'Aid" lp that I have been working on for many years now. I have 26 out of the 40 musicians, unfortunately I was not be able to get Ronnie before…"
Aug 9
Dave Lee replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
" I have aquired some 338 items signed thus far this yr from around 142 replies. I Love collecting WW2, but only major event People such as Tuskegee Airman, Doolittle's Raiders, Flying Tigers  ,Aces, 442nd, Pearl Harbor Survivors ect.…"
Aug 9

About Me

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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…

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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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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?http://www.ebay.ie/itm/371009705098?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2649

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

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