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Find Out if Your Stan Lee Autographs are Real

Started this discussion. Last reply by Woody2Shoes Dec 1, 2018. 9 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 John Spillane's discussion Beckett fails Mantle ball !!
"Beckett made the right call."
Steve Zarelli replied to phillip's discussion Mantle Help
"Fake.  Signature aside, does anyone think the Mick was sending out Strawberry Shortcake style Christmas cards? ;-)"
Steve Zarelli replied to MadSeb80's discussion Muhammad Ali real? Thanks
"I cannot comment on the autograph itself, however the COA is the boilerplate "Court qualified" claptrap we typically see from crooked companies who sell nothing but fakes. GIven that, I am not optimistic."
Patrick1977 replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"My two new Rock LP's. Ok Bon Jovi is missing some signatures but hope to add them this year"
Steve Zarelli replied to Paul Borges's discussion Ted Williams.
"I believe SGC made the right call. "
Steve Zarelli replied to michelle's discussion nigel bruce and basil rathbone. what kind of price would you think this is worth please?
"Rathbone is a signature that I am familiar with. I agree with Steve C's comments. Also a bit too convenient for me how they signed in a manner so conducive to cleanly matting. I'd like to see a much larger image to be more definitive. I…"
Jan 14
Steve Zarelli replied to terrier8HOF's discussion Roger Maris' 61st Home Run Photo. Or is it?
"Actually, it does affect value. While a signed photo of Armstrong in almost any form is desirable, the rare signed images that are actually him sell for MUCH more. These are the only two images of Armstrong on the moon, and they were not easily…"
Jan 10
Steve Zarelli replied to terrier8HOF's discussion Roger Maris' 61st Home Run Photo. Or is it?
"Great info and thanks for sharing. A similar situation is that the vast majority of Neil Armstrong signed poses from the lunar surface actually depict Buzz Aldrin. There is only one grainy photo of Armstrong on the lunar surface in addition to…"
Jan 10
Steve Zarelli replied to Jaro's discussion DeForest Kelley
"The signature style, pose and pen type are typical for his later signatures. I believe this is likely good."
Jan 10
Steve Zarelli replied to terrier8HOF's discussion Roll Back the Clock-1968 Did Yaz Really Sign Those Books? The 50 Year Mystery
"Interesting topic, Terrier. Thanks for doing this!"
Jan 9
Paul replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Mike King! Amazing"
Jan 8
Paul replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Steve birch"
Jan 8
Steve Zarelli replied to John Spillane's discussion Mickey Mantle signed glove!
"I'm not a fan. I understand a glove may be a difficult surface to sign smoothly, but this still seems way too slow and deliberate. The "ck" formation is terrible. "
Jan 8
Patrick1977 replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"also very cool and great signature"
Jan 7
Brian Keeling replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
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Brian Keeling replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
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Collector, Professional Authenticator
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Meeting and discussing autographs with other seasoned collectors.
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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…


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.…


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…


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?

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


Official Pix is offering a near complete Vacation cast signing with Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Dana Barron & Randy Quaid, with Personalization, Character Name & Quote options! The order deadline for Chevy Chase is this Monday, Jan. 14. Send-Ins need to arrive by Jan. 16. The other signings will be in February & March. Go to now to see over 130 different photos & posters to choose from—or send your items in now!

Premier Collectibles, America's Largest Autographed Bookstore, is holding a Live Video Book Signing with Jackie Chan of the Hardcover Collectors Edition of his Book, Never Grow Up, on January 22 at 7PM ET. You can watch it live and ask a question that Jackie can answer during the signing. If you're a Jackie Chan fan you won't want to miss this!

STEINER SPORTS has relationships with thousands of athletes spanning every major sport. We bridge the gap between you and your favorite athletes. Want your ticket autographed by Stephen Curry? No problem. A personalized "Happy Birthday" photograph from Kristaps Porzingis? That can be arranged, too. See all the signings coming up between now and March 31 at Steiner

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