All Blog Posts Tagged 'authentication' (7)

Watch Out For This Guy, Brian Burkel, of

I recently ordered 2 signed guitars and 1 LP. The guitars signed by all the members of Led Zeppelin and the LP by all original members of The Guess Who.

They were a gift for my friend in New Jersey who is like a brother to me. You see I'm a 63 year old vet, I'm disabled and in a wheelchair due to dealing with RA for 20 years now along with…


Added by Bob Merc on June 17, 2020 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Space autograph expert Steve Zarelli joins the RR Auction team of authenticators

In RR Auction’s continuing mission to deliver 100% guaranteed authentic items to our customers, we are proud to announce the addition of Steve Zarelli to our team of authenticators. With over 15 years of experience collecting and closely studying space and aviation autographs, Zarelli has placed himself at the forefront of identifying deceptive forgeries. His findings have been published in the definitive space-collecting reference, Relics of the Space Race, as well as the…


Added by Bobby Livingston on December 15, 2011 at 4:50am — 6 Comments

How to buy celebrity autographs and music memorabilia at auctions without getting ripped off.


Assume the autographs are fake.

I can tell you with my decades of experience in this industry and having researched and examined millions of autographs, the greatest majority of autographs you are going to consider purchasing are going to be fake.  The FBI documented that their estimation is around 80% of online autographs are fake.  I can tell you with the premium names, especially in rock and roll music autographs, the % of forgeries out there is much higher.  While…


Added by Michael on March 1, 2011 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

IADA-CC, Michael Frost & Richard Scott Apologize to Rock Expert Roger Epperson for False Articles


[Editor's Note:  Dave Wakefield photos were added Feb. 23, 2011]


February 22, 2011—In 2009 and 2010, the Internet Autograph Dealer Alliance (IADA-CC) published several articles about…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 34 Comments

Robert Edwards Auctions/Rob Lifson thanks third party authenticators.

Note To Autograph Authenticators: Thanks!

Published by Robert Lifson on Tagged Uncategorized

REA would like to take the time to express a special thanks to all the authenticators who have contributed to uncovering often ingenious and complicated fraud, and in the process protecting consumers. It’s a thankless job and these guys are often literally on the firing lines of retribution by those whose interests they cross. It is a given that these same authenticators sometimes make… Continue

Added by john reznikoff on December 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 24 Comments

A question about authenticators...

Here's a question bound to stir up some more controversy on this site. I suppose the best way to put my question forth is by way of example:

Dealer Joe Schmoe provides his time to PU Authenticators, a publicly held firm, by viewing historic artists' autographs on their behalf. His job is to determine whether an item is authentic or not. When he "passes" an item, the owner is charged a fee by PU and in turn receives a certificate signed by Schmoe. In exchange for his…


Added by Bill Panagopulos on December 3, 2010 at 12:30pm — 26 Comments

Should Autograph Authenticators sell or Consign Autographs to Auction Houses were they authenticate?

Now here is a fair question to ponder upon. Many on this site will be angry and attack, but yet a fair and important question that needs to be addressed. My answers and reseach will come at the end of the Blog Post.

I am Scott Davidoff.

Added by Scott Davidoff on September 21, 2010 at 9:00pm — 33 Comments

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