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  • U.A.C.C. - Universal Autograph Collectors Club- up for bids

    After all the years of exposing the horrible inner workings of the U.A.C.C., including the hiding of revenues, very corrupt Ethics Board and a very sad Board of Directors who kept giving each other awards, and much more. The control the Board had over the process of elections of officers  over the decades was a disgrace.  Evidence is how a few maintained their positions for decades.  It certainly appears the hundreds of International collectors and dealers who joined together to boycott the…

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  • Stephen Koschal Autograph Authentication (COA) Enters The White House

    A major entertainment organiztion, who wants to remain annonymous at this time, has put together a fabulous autograph related gift, expertly framed, for Donald J. Trump's 74th birthday.  The gift was received and accepted at The White House on Friday, June 12, 2020.According to records, this is the first time any item that has been accepted at The White House as a gift came with a Certificate of Examination.  Stephen Koschal Autograph Authentications was first choice to authenticate such a…

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  • Autograph Authenticators, Most Destroying the Future of the Hobby

     The folllowing is an email no professional autograph dealer wants to receive.  Third party quasi high-profile companies who claim to authenticate autographs have caused much damage to the health of the autograph collecting industry.  -----Original Message----- From:  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX To: Sent: Sat, Jun 13, 2020 8:27 am Subject: Authentication ServiceMr. Koschal, Good morning, I see that you offer authentication services on your site. I live in Denver. Would it be possible…

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  • Stephen Koschal Challenges Steve Grad (Beckett) to a Authenticating Conference

                     Stephen Koschal Challenges Steve Grad                         (Beckett)  to a Conference on                          Authenticating Autographs                                                                                                                                               June 12, 2020 Most likely the worst thing that has happened to the autograph hobby is the proliferation of what are called autograph authenticators. There are hundreds of them and most all are…

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  • The International Autograph Community would  be terrified if they were aware of how many forgeries, preprinted and secretarial signatures that are being sold that come with Certificates Of Authenticty from sellers of autographs that claim to be members of the UACC.

    The Certificate of Authenticty Reference Library is associated with PADAH. The library is overwhelmed with autographs that are deemed forgeries by three autograph experts. Each of the forgeries comes with a COA stating that the seller is a member of the UACC.  The following are six more forged signatures donated to the Library that come with COA's from UACC members.  Elizabeth Taylor

    3642853726?profile=RESIZE_710x  Robert Downey, Jr.…

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  • Horrific Forgeries Offered by Auction House

    In today's autograph market and with all the reference books on autograph collecting how can trash like this pass the "experts" at a well known autction house?

    There is absolutely no excuse for mistakes like this to take place.  It makes one wonder what ealse has been passed for genuine by the auction house "expert".   

    How can this many mistakes be made in one lot?  Obviously these books came from the same consignor.  Wouldn't you love to know who the consignor is?  You got 8 days left to make a bid....3635011360?profile=RESIZE_710x

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  • PADAH Membership List March/April 2019

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  • Any one having issues on getting graded 1986 MICHAEL JORDAN rookie autograph from flight school camp.. I have submitted 2 recently to PSA and Beckette and came back not authentic Both are autheticaded by upperdeck  with coa and hologram.. i havespend over spend over 1k on both5 company's.. I feel been rob by the 2 companies.. By the way psa lost one of my certificates from flight camp...

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  • We would like to hear from those who know autographs signed by Mickey Mantle.

    Illustrated below are two signed photographs from the same source.

    There is a question of their authenticity.

    We would like to hear from anyone familiar with his genuine signatures.   Good or Bad or Too close to tell

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  • Most collectors don't realize the work that can go into authenticating an autograph.  We are not talking about those who claim to authenticate at shows. Hired hands go behind a curtain and look at examples on eBay. They would have no clue as to whether the one on ebay is genuine or not. This explains the thousands of mistakes made by all the ABC type authenticating companies.

    Most of the mistakes they make are horrific even limited editions of 1,000 copies claimed authentic were obvious forgeries to a professional.

    Some of these ABC types even have authenticated names spelled wrong and issued a certificate as authentic. When cornered on TV some of these so-called experts will say the forger did a good job.  $150 down the drain!

    We here in Colorado Springs do a fair amount of authenticating for people who really want to know if the item they purchased is genuine.  The other side of this business are the crooks who know their item ins NOT genuine and hope the…

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  • Before Herman Darvick came up with all those Joe Jackson signatures how many Jackson signatures has anyone seen sold in the market years before.

    In some circles it is said that Jackson could not sign his name yet Darvick mysteriously comes up with a few in a short period of time. You can read about these signatures in Peter Nash's fine articles in Hauls of Shame.

    Herman Darvick an admitted forger of autographs can clear up this mystery.  Some believe that the forgeries of Joe Jackson signatures that Darvick sold in his auctions were possibly signed by Darvick.

    Darvick who always has a lot to say about him being a forger can easily clarify that those Joe Jackson signatures sold in his auctions are not attributed to him.

    Just publish the names of the consignors from those sales made years ago.

    Of course you have made public that you will not make refunds based on bogus autographs that you have sold because according to you, you are no longer in…

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  • Herman Darvick was let go from his job at two different autograph companies.

    Herman Darvick no longer honors his Lifetime Guarantee to all those who purchased bogus autographs from Herman Darvick.

    Many emails from very unhappy collectors are in the files regarding Darvick selling bogus autographs, not refunding and even claiming he never sold the autograph.

    Now Darvick left on his own is trying to find those who know little about him to consign autographs to him.  This is exactly what an autograph group says about Herman Darvick.

    Read carefully, "failure to pay a member monies owed from a sale".  "..Failing to return unsold items to the same member.."

    This is not a one time example, there are plenty more just like it.  Herman Darvick needs your items....learn from the past!…


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  • UACC President Michael Hecht Dies

    My one and only interaction with UACC Hecht & NitBert was met with them closing ranks, threats of expulsion (like I gave a rat's ass) and diversionary tactics.  They couldn't even find the membership number - it might as well be a 2nd rate circus sideshow. While a not a fan of UACC leadership; may the road rise to meet you Hecht on your new journey. 

    It is with great sadness that I tell you that our president and one of my best friends Michael Hecht has passed away after a long illness.1353795?profile=original Mike fought a brave battle and never let you feel sorry for him which sums up why he had so many friends. I knew Mike for over 30 years. We talked regularly and emailed a lot. He was the best a man could aspire and will be missed by many.
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  • Prosecutors say hundreds of victims bought fake autographs, complete with phony certificates of authenticty on eBay between 2010 and 2015. Clifton Panezich, 30, appeared before a judge in Ohio Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. According to local media reports, he pleaded guilty to aggravated theft, identity fraud, telecommunications fraud, money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and three counts of forgery with a forfeiture specification.

    hopefully, at sentencing it's not a slap on the wrist.  Now, I wonder about those buyers of the fakes.

    Panezich pleads guilty

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After all the years of exposing the horrible inner workings of the U.A.C.C., including the hiding o…
"My first email to Steve Grad has been ignored.  A reminder (second request) was sent to Beckett min…"
A major entertainment organiztion, who wants to remain annonymous at this time, has put together a…
 The folllowing is an email no professional autograph dealer wants to receive.  Third party quasi h…
                 Stephen Koschal Challenges Steve Grad                         (Beckett)  to a Conf…
"Steve Zarelli is the Frankenstein of authenticators. From nowhere he was created, someone who can b…"
Rusty Jenkins on June 12, 2020 stated; "$10k dollar signed LP for $50 because of the "opinion" of f…
Greg Jeranek and ADUDE FAFA AKUE are now friends
"June 6.   Update: Leland has pulled the lot from their auction. Congratulations for their honesty.…"
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 Same ole story year after year. The incompetence of the so called companies that pass themselves o…
"There should be a separate section on Planet for Frost. Keep his informativec rap from the rest of…"
         Steve Zarelli & Mike Frost like oil and vinegar to the Autograph Hobby The very popular au…
"People are finally waking up and realizing these "Self Proclaimed Experts" aren't truly experts at…"
                                                                     Steve Grad What You Don’t Know…
Those who are aware of what SCP Auctions of Laguana Niguel just pulled off are very, very disappoin…
When will this craziness of attempting to authenticate an autograph stop?  How many major blunders…
Don't know how many more times this autograph authenticating scam has to be repeated but here we go…
          Mickey Mantle FORGED Autographs  by Mike Frost and Certified by PAAS Mike Frost is a fake…