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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

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 goodcat53's discussion Babe Ruth
"I guess the seller hopes that a buyer naive enough to buy a bogus Ruth with a phony "Barry Halper" letter, they will also be naive enough to believe they can't attempt to get a refund when they have been defrauded. Memo to fake…"
1 hour ago
Steve Zarelli replied to goodcat53's discussion The Horror of slabbing (Vince Lombardi)
"Graded autographs are not to be taken seriously. It’s a marketing gimmick. Period."
9 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Matthew curcio's discussion Planet of the Apes
"You could keep it for the authentic Harrison (and maybe Hunter). I have the same situation where I paid for Harrison at a show and added her to a secretary Heston (in the 90s before I knew better). I have come thisclose to shredding them a number of…"
19 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Matthew curcio's discussion Planet of the Apes
"I have a bunch of Heston secretary signed photos. How much would you be willing to pay me for them? :-)"
20 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Matthew curcio's discussion Planet of the Apes
"It's not signed by Heston and has no value, even if the secretary was authorized to sign it."
20 hours ago
Paul Hakimian replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Thanks Steve,you are right in that Chris and i definitely  have different approaches.Steve,feel free to start the post,im sure it will be a great topic of discussion and quite a hot thread."
23 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Matthew curcio's discussion Planet of the Apes
"Heston is secretary. Harrison looks ok. I don’t know hunter well enough to opine. "
yesterday
Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Christopher and Paul, Thanks for explaining how you determine authenticity before you purchase. (Christopher's explanation is on Pg. 332 and Paul's is on Pg. 333.) You have somewhat different approaches: Christopher almost always has a…"
yesterday
Steve Zarelli replied to Christopher Williams's discussion Ebay Seller Anthocasse Sells Forged Signed Derek Jeter Jersey
"The "Jeter signature" looks like a spirograph that went haywire."
yesterday
Paul Hakimian replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"which one did u purchase?"
Sunday
Paul Hakimian replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"thanks Ian,it was my second favorite one out of the first group of 5"
Sunday
Ian Baldock replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"These are no good,not hand signed,so I destroyed it. Didn't cost much anyway."
Sunday
Ian Baldock replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"That was the one I wanted first but was sold out when I purchased mine. Very nice Paul!"
Sunday
Paul Hakimian replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"no need to say sorry,i feel better now lol!!"
Sunday
Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Paul, Neither of you rubbed me the wrong way, sorry. I think your responses were valuable—thank you both. I'm just jammed and want to reply once I can take some time on it. I'll join back in the conversation by evening. Steve"
Sunday
Paul Hakimian replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Steve,both Chris and i responded to your request and we both took a little time to express our collecting views.We haven't received any comment or acknowledgement from you .Is there something we said that rubbed u the wrong way?"
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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…

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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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