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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 David Albert's discussion Babe Ruth $1 JSA HELP!
"It’s always best to assume it may be a scam, and look to verify."
15 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to David Albert's discussion Babe Ruth $1 JSA HELP!
"I would verify this is truly authenticated by JSA. Ask to see the letter. "
15 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to John Spillane's discussion Mickey Mantle Forgery!
"Yeah... I don't even waste my time going back and forth with people selling fakes. It could literally be a full time job and life is too short. Obvious a mass produced "Milkey Mautle" style fake."
yesterday
Steve Zarelli replied to James's discussion Lou Gehrig “signature” and phone number?!! Say what?!!!
"Not to mention area codes did not exist in Gehrig's lifetime."
Thursday
Classic Rock replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Very nice Stefaan!"
Monday
Fuddjcal commented on Steve Zarelli's blog post Collectibles Chat: Liberating a Mickey Mantle signed photo
"Thanks Steve!!!!!"
Monday
stefaan replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Nice clean Keith autograph."
Monday
terrier8HOF replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"very nice John!"
Monday
John Spillane replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Just added another beautiful autographed Mantle to my collection."
Monday
Mike Wood replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"That is exactly what needs to be done."
Monday
Martin Peters commented on Steve Zarelli's blog post Collectibles Chat: Liberating a Mickey Mantle signed photo
"Good job, Steve!"
Dec 8
Martin Peters liked Steve Zarelli's blog post Collectibles Chat: Liberating a Mickey Mantle signed photo
Dec 8
Paul replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
Dec 8
Steve Zarelli replied to Steverino's discussion CHARLTON HESTON x3 - Are any of these good?
"The middle one is certainly secretary. The top one is likely secretary.  I believe the bottom one is likely a fake, not a secretary. Letters appear too carefully formed and deliberate. "
Dec 7
Steve Zarelli replied to Justin Tyler's discussion 2000 Fleer Greats Yogi Berra
"Awful fake."
Dec 7
Steve Zarelli replied to Mike Wood's discussion 97 HOF program autos by Berra, Mays, Dimaggio & Eddie Mathews, I doubt it.
"Good Lord... no."
Dec 6

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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Collectibles Chat: Liberating a Mickey Mantle signed photo

Posted on December 1, 2019 at 1:10pm 6 Comments

I have been blogging and writing magazine articles about autograph collecting in general since the mid-90s. I can't believe it's been almost 25 years!

My latest adventure is trying my hand at videos. While I am a professional authenticator specializing in astronaut autographs, my videos will be a mix of space-related and more general for a wider range of interests.

With that, I invite you to check out the first episode of "Collectibles Chat," which focuses on removing a Mickey…

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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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