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Easton Press / California Autograph Law AB 1570

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager Jun 16. 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. 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 Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"Here is a Glenn Strange signature comparison for discussion. I'm not settled 100%... I'd sure like to have more exemplars, but they are hard to come by. There are some formation differences that I have not identified in the graphic, but…"
9 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"Ken Curtis signed fan club card. Yes... a real signature... not a facsimile!"
12 hours ago
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"Yep. He no longer acts to my knowledge, but is a prolific western artist. He often appears at rodeos and other sorts of western themed events. "
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"My DVD has over 100 episodes waiting for me. LOL  I'll catch up some over the holidays. :-)"
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"And here's Roger Ewing as Tad."
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"You can still get Buck Taylor through his online store on his website. One of the few surviving main cast members. To my knowledge, only Buck Taylor, Burt Reynold and Roger Ewing are still alive."
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"Amanda Blake as Ms. Kitty. I obtained this not too long ago."
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"I believe that there are Glenn Strange proxy signatures in play and many offered as authentic are indeed proxy. I need to throw together a visual compare from my files."
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"Milburn Stone. I'm always looking for Milburn Stone photos."
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"Here are some examples I got directly from James Arness."
Steve Zarelli replied to Scott Paul's discussion GUNSMOKE Autographs
"I have been a Gunsmoke fan and autograph collector for many years. I love seeing this topic. I have listened to all 500 or so Gunsmoke radio shows and am working on the TV shows now. I've watched many, but still have a way to go. I'll post…"
Steve Zarelli replied to Bruce Juice's discussion PSA's "Autograph Grading" is a JOKE if this Macca got a perfect "10"
"I don't know one knowledgeable collector who takes autograph "grading" seriously. The grade apparently is based on how dark the ink is an how well it adhered top the surface.  I've seen "10s" in dark spots with…"
Steve Zarelli replied to Ashley Whittingham Samuel's discussion Donald Trump autograph: Authentic or autopen?
"I suspect the signature is printed. "
Steve Zarelli replied to Thomas William's discussion Wilbur and Orville
"Agree. eBay is flooded with fake Orville Wright signatures."
Steve Zarelli replied to dave calderson's discussion opinions on this mantle auto?
"It's possible he would have signed across the lighter area in the upper deck, but I think the salient point is, Mantle likely NEVER signed this pose in his life. The vast majority of authentically signed Mantles were done on a handful of poses;…"
Steve Zarelli replied to Mwat9050's discussion Hey guys!
"Nice start. Welcome!"

About Me

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Collector, Professional Authenticator
What brings you to Autograph Live?
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…


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