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Antiquities Caesars Palace, GFA/Stephen Rocchi and AAU/Drew Max Sued for Autograph Fraud

According to the Courthouse News Service, Mr. Daniel Odobas has filed a lawsuit against Antiquities Of Nevada (Toby Stoffa), Drew Max (Authentic Autographs Unlimited) and Stephen Rocchi (Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators for "Fraud, Deceptive, Trade, Misrepresentation, Unjust Enrichment, Conspiracy, Bad Faith, Breach Of Contract and Breach Of Warranty."

Immediately below are links to the story.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/08/30/vegas-memorabilia-house-ac...

http://www.inquisitr.com/3472565/vegas-antiques-and-memorabilia-dea...

In my opinion, this was a long time coming.

Drew Max of Authentic Autographs Unlimited, gives himself the title of Forensic Document Examiner (FDE).  

What in the world does "Forensics" have anything to do with autographs?

Very, very rarely in my opinion.

I don't know of any Forensic Document Examiner who knows sports or music autographs

It is also important to know that COAs and LOAs issued by Forensic Document Examiners or by authentication companies that use them, are much less likely to be genuine.

I have yet to see an authentic autograph of Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams with a COA from Drew Max (AAU).

Not one.

Just below is a link to a thread I wrote on Drew Max and one of his performances on the Pawn Stores show as he Forensically Examined an FDR "Letter To Clergy."

 http://live.autographmagazine.com/profiles/blogs/drew-max-forensic-...

Then, of course, there is Stephen Rocchi and his Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA) group.

In the six years since Rocchi started GFA, I have yet to see one authentic Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams or Joe DiMaggio autograph with a COA from GFA (Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators).

Also, since when does a Forensic Examination only cost $25.00?

Rocchi does all of the below for $25.00 and still can't get it right.

From Rocchi's website.   Seriously?

You do not need "Forensics" to determine if an autograph is authentic or not.

http://live.autographmagazine.com/forum/topics/ebay-mantle-dimaggio...

http://live.autographmagazine.com/forum/topics/joe-dimaggio-forgeri...

http://live.autographmagazine.com/forum/topics/roger-maris-forgerie...

Just below is a typical Mickey Mantle forgery on a baseball with a COA from Stephen Rocchi and Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators.

It can be opined in less than one second as a forgery.

What is Rocchi thinking when he issues a COA for the below Mantle forgery?

Rocchi (Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators) has certed dozens of the below set of Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris forgeries on a reproduced Safe At Home poster.

A real authenticator would laugh and dismiss this garbage in a millisecond, but Rocchi has certed dozens of these as authentic.

These are, at best, laughable.

 

When will all of this "Forensic" madness finally end?

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Tags: aau, antiquities, caesars palace, drew max, forgeries, fraud, gfa, lawsuit, pawn stars, rocchi, More…toby stoffa

Comment by Steve on February 15, 2018 at 5:20pm

Chris, you gotta love the $69 Mantle Maris Williams DiMaggio Koufax Aaron Mays or whatever variation they are peddling with a best offer on top of it.  Of course, we all know that any variation of these items, if real, would bring several hundred, if not thousands.  Of course, I'm willing to sell my "authentic Forensic guaranteed" one of a kind item for a mere fraction of the cost because I have a huge stack of the same photo right over there on that table behind me.  

I just cannot  not get over the amount of multi level stupidity out there, especially on eBay.  

Comment by Christopher Williams on February 15, 2018 at 6:11pm

I agree, Steve.  

The reason the Forensic BS works is because it impresses the delusional and the scammers use it as a shield to justify selling that garbage.

Comment by Evan on February 15, 2018 at 6:33pm

Sad. Someone should do something. Most of those looked fake even to me and I know nothing about MM sigs. My general rule of thumb is, if it looks perfect and being sold at a not perfect price, it's fake. 

Comment by fugazi buster on April 12, 2018 at 3:29pm

KEITH VELTRE and Lisa Veltre   owners of  Art of Music Las Vegas are  the biggest distributors of Forged Merchandise in the Country and Nobody does anything to them  ! WHY ??? FBI are u listening???

They have robbed a LOT of innocent people

Comment by Christopher Williams on April 14, 2018 at 7:03am

Good question, Fugazi!!!

Comment by Bob Asher on December 24, 2019 at 11:10pm

https://imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/8-news/20302-man-charged-w... Here is the guy who sold a lot of crap to the Vegas memorabilia stores

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on December 24, 2019 at 11:23pm

I heard about this—finally!

Comment by Christopher Williams on December 25, 2019 at 5:26am

Great find, Bob!!!

Comment by Richard S. Simon on December 25, 2019 at 5:31am

I want myself and Chris and Steve to be on that guys jury :).

Comment by Christopher Williams on December 25, 2019 at 5:32am

YES!!!!!

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