Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's Blog Posts Tagged 'forgeries' (7)

Lessons Learned by a New Autograph Collector

A new collector sent this in for us to publish:

I've written some observations about being a new collector. If you think it's of any merit, I'll forward it to whoever you feel could post or print it to try to help others."

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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on July 23, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Courtesy of American Royal Arts

When Iowa custom home builder Rick Garceau found American Royal Arts, he thought he was in Rock 'n' Roll Heaven.

Owner Jerry Gladstone trumpeted ARA as the world's largest seller of autographed rock 'n' roll, and they had an eye-popping selection of rare, signed, classic rock memorabilia. Garceau spent over $88,000 with ARA in 2006 and 2007, snapping up Beatles-signed "Abbey Road" and "Sgt. Pepper's" albums; guitars signed by the Grateful Dead, Wings,…

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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on January 9, 2012 at 2:30am — 37 Comments

Judge Throws Out Christopher Morales Expert Testimony—From Small Claims Court

Christopher Morales and the sellers who use him claim that as a "forensic document examiner," his "scientific methods" and exhaustive procedures have earned him "court-approval." They say this makes him far superior to any other kind of autograph authenticator.

Forensic document handwriting analysis generally requires at least 10-15 known handwriting samples, preferably from the time period of the writing being analyzed. The "scientific" part is primarily ink and paper analysis to try…

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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on March 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 29 Comments

Is John Lennon Still Signing Autographs in Southern California?

His was a time before eBay, so John Lennon wasn't that jaded about signing autographs—if you could get to him. But few fans carried records around to be signed back then, so any album signed by Lennon since the early '60s is rare.


But not at Forever Legends, an autograph dealer in suburban Los Angeles. While Beatles experts might not be able to count up 10 Lennon signed Imagine albums, Forever Legends has had at least 23 on their website from 2007 to…
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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on October 26, 2010 at 2:00am — 20 Comments

FBI Investigating American Royal Arts, Christopher Morales and Others Over Rock and Roll Forgeries

The rumors circulating autograph hobby are true. Since 2008, the New York Office of the FBI has been investigating Florida-based autograph and memorabilia gallery chain American Royal Arts and its owner, Jerry Gladstone, over the suspected trafficking in rock and roll forgeries. According to marketing claims by Gladstone, American Royal Arts was the world's largest seller of signed music memorabilia, specializing autographs of the Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones,…

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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on September 28, 2010 at 4:30am — 106 Comments

Beatles-Signed Abbey Road Albums: What's Real? What's Fake?

Sometimes you just have enough. Brian Waring, a collector from Colorado, was one such fellow. He tried to sell a Beatles-signed Abbey Road and a Stones-signed Sticky Fingers album on eBay, but his listings were kicked-off because they thought they were forgeries. He was sure eBay was wrong—he paid tens of thousands of dollars for them from… Continue

Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on July 6, 2010 at 10:00pm — 443 Comments

Safe Autograph Buying 101

Autograph collecting is an exciting and rewarding pursuit, and there are hundreds of dealers and auction houses that are dedicated to selling only no-question genuine autographs. Because every autograph is unique, even the best make mistakes from time to time. But every reputable autograph dealer, and most reputable auction houses, sell autographs with a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity that you can take to the bank. The guarantee you want will be similar to this:…



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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on November 9, 2009 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

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