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Find Out if Your Stan Lee Autographs are Real

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott M Jun 14. 40 Replies

The founder of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee, passed away Monday at age 95.Along with Jack Kirby, Stan…Continue

Tags: Captain America, Thor, the, X-Men, memorabia

X-Files - help me decide

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robin McKay Nov 9, 2018. 18 Replies

I'm going to treat myself to an X-Files signed photo from an upcoming Official Pix signing. I'm wavering between two poses.This one signed by Anderson and Duchovney:…Continue

Lee Van Cleef opinions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Zarelli Jul 6, 2018. 7 Replies

This came from a solid looking TTM collection from the 70s and 80s. Not a signature I have studied, but looks likely good based on the limited exemplars I could find.Thoughts?…Continue

Tags: Lee Van Cleef

Robert Shaw signed card - opinions please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe W. Jun 18, 2018. 4 Replies

Opinions please. Thank you.Continue

 

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J.Seah replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Kurt Cobain, Los Angeles, 1993 Nirvana Concert at The Forum. “His last Nirvana concert in Los Angeles at the Forum... and my last shot on the roll.” - Signed by Photographer Henry Diltz."
5 hours ago
nicolò fabbris replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"beautiful l7!!!!"
6 hours ago
Tacoma Blues replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Self-titled debut LP by Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers. This is an original copy of the very first record ever put out by Alligator Records. it is signed on the back cover by the full band, including Hound Dog Taylor, Brewer Phillips and Ted…"
16 hours ago
Joe W. replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Absolutely awesome, Alan!"
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alan david munns replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Ok finally cracked it photo wise I'm sure one or two of you will like this a artists proof print signed by the artist  Jody craddock  and Robert plant as you may or may not know robert is a big Wolverhampton  fan and payed to…"
yesterday
alan david munns replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
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alan david munns replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
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Cory Clarkson replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Alfred Hitchcock signed postcard Charlie Chaplin signed postcard"
Thursday
SuspiciousMatt replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
""Nobel Peace Prize" Shirin Ebadi, Autograph with dedication to me and my museum of resilience! www.museodellaresilienza.org"
Thursday
Steve Zarelli replied to Zabrina Mee's discussion Willie Mays Say Hey real or fake hologram???
"I am not comfortable with this signature. In my opinion, it is consistent with the style that has been  questioned by many educated collectors. Regarding the hologram... no one seems to have definitive answers. Stolen holograms, swapped…"
Thursday
Steve Zarelli commented on Brad Zirlin's blog post Mickey Mantle autograph signed to my brother at a trade show in 1972 or 1973
"In all likelihood, what someone’s going to do is crop out the “to Robbie” and mat  it with a photo display so the “best wishes, Mickey mantle” is displaying. The issue is, there’s some background text that…"
Sep 7
Steve Zarelli replied to Mike Shepherd's discussion Star Wars Collectors Unite!
"Very nice!"
Sep 6
Harald Greisen replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Walking Dead photo signed by 8 of the cast and crew."
Sep 3
Steve Zarelli replied to Terry South's discussion Any ideas on who signed this and what it is? thanks terry
"It all appears to be in the same hand. A list of people with royal titles and ambassadors. Perhaps someone was noting attendees to an event?"
Sep 3
Paul replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
Aug 25
Steve Zarelli replied to Terry South's discussion Therodore Roosevelt Autograph on old album page.Is it real? Also who else signed this page?
"Here is a Roosevelt that is authentic. Comparing the two, there are significant differences in slant, letter formation, pressure... and on and on. And there are a series of atypical breaks in the questioned signature."
Aug 25

About Me

What kind of member are you? Industry professionals must use their real names and identify themselves as such. (Check as many as apply.)
Collector, Professional Authenticator
What brings you to Autograph Live?
Meeting and discussing autographs with other seasoned collectors.
Who can we thank for telling you about Autograph Live?
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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…

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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.…

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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 UACC magazine, Pen & Quill. I am pleased to share it here for your reading…

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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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