Immediately below you will find a link to my Part 1 of "Guaranteed Forensic Authenticators (GFA): What Methods Do They Use? Please read that before you continue with this blog.
There will be a final Part 3 following this blog post.
Below you find another GFA-certed purchase of mine. We have observed the below image of Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford and Billy Martin sold hundreds of times on EBay with certs from GFA (Stephen Rocchi and John Goraczyk) and numerous "Florida" COA's.
Mickey Mantle passed away in 1995 and Joe DiMaggio passed away in 1999.
Billy Martin was killed in a car crash in 1989.
Let's examine the below image.
My own "Forensic" examination of the paper under my ProScope.
As you can definitively see, the image was produced on inkjet paper.
The dry erase marker test immediately below. As you can clearly see, because inkjet paper is porous, the dry erase marker cannot remove the signature from the surface of the image.
If it was near to impossible for Mickey Mantle to have signed an image of himself produced on inkjet paper, then how the heck could have Billy Martin, who died in 1989, sign the above image that was produced on inkjet paper!!!
Question to Stephen Rocchi and John Goraczyk:
Again, what "Forensic" and "Scientific" methods are you two employing to determine that the above four autographs are "genuine?"
From the GFA website:
"Without having the proper training experience, education and exemplars, a third-party authentication is just an opinion, not a scientific fact of determination."
From the GFA website:
As of Sept. 2011, the sports memorabilia authentication companies have used collectors and dealers as their authenticators. These authenticators, highly respected in the industry have for their collecting and selling expertise have had little or no formal training in forensics and document examination.
Stephen's background in law enforcement along with his years of experience in authentication, working with well-trained forensic and document examiners, combined with today's latest technology, can produce scientific proof that signatures are authentic or counterfeit.
All of the above, and "Forensics," and "Today's Latest Technology" were unable to determine that the above Mantle, DiMaggio, Ford and Martin image was produced on inkjet paper!!!
And with Rocchi's "Years of experience in authentication" why was he unable to determine that the above image was produced on inkjet paper!!! The feel of an image produced on inkjet paper and photo lab/file paper is significantly different, which begs the question "Did anyone at GFA physically examine any of the photos I have posted during the past six years" that were certed by GFA?
Below is an image that sellers of GFA-certed "autographs" were using in their auctions to enforce Rocchi's so-called authentication skills while he was at PSA.
They never posted the full COA. Here it is below. Notice the "In The Presence" on the COA.
Below are completed auctions showing the image of Mantle, DiMaggio, Ford and Martin.
I've observed that image being sold on EBay (with GFA COAs and Florida COAs) in the hundreds and I would bet my life that all of them were images produced on inkjet paper.
If this isn't incompetence, then what is it?
I will also add that since GFA started in Sept. 2011, I have yet to see an authentic Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, etc autograph with a COA from GFA that is actually authentic. Not one.