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.

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Sent: Sat, Jun 13, 2020 8:27 am
Subject: Authentication Service

Mr. Koschal,

 Good morning,

 I see that you offer authentication services on your site. I live in Denver. Would it be possible to drop off an item then pick it up once the authentication process is concluded? The item is a Fleetwood Mac album insert.




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Re: Authentication Fleetwood mac album insert


Mon, Jun 15, 2020 7:32 am



I read a lot of your articles. I will never buy another autograph. If you can’t trust the big 3, there’s no point in ever buying anything. Too bad because it’s a fun hobby. Thanks again.

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                                                                          THE OFFICIAL LIST

                                        of Preferred Autograph Dealers and Auction Houses



                                                                                                                               June 2020


 In the international world of collecting autographs, PADAH is unique.  Its goal is to ensure collectors of autographs and signed books have a place to go to acquire genuine autographs. The members of PADAH are the true professionals in the business. It would be a very rare experience that any  collector would have an unpleasant situation dealing with one of its members.  PADAH is free of corruption and politics!  There is no money involved in PADAH, no collection of membership dues and no hiding of yearly accounting reports. PADAH is operated by a handful of volunteers. Membership is FREE.

Should a collector have an unpleasant encounter with a seller outside of  the PADAH family, we cannot help you get a refund. However, we may be able to give you guidance through our COA Reference Library where records are maintained of those who sell forgeries on a regular basis and listings of the many sellers who have been removed from other autograph organizations.

Most importantly,  many collectors and most dealers are aware of the thousands of serious mistakes made by those companies who claim they can authenticate autographs.  Should any collector purchase an autographed item from a member of PADAH and is ignorant enough to waste money on having the item authenticated by the ABC type authenticating companies, PADAH professionals are NOT required to issue a refund.  A guess or an opinion from one of those companies is basically useless. In almost all cases the collector will not know who examined their autograph and will be unable to find out who did so when contacting the company. In most cases it really doesn’t matter.  The bill of sale from a PADAH member is a collectors only legal document!

Before purchasing an autograph,  look at the updated monthly list of PADAH members  on or just look for the PADAH logo on the dealers web site.


 These are autograph professionals who research their items and will honor their guarantee of authenticity.


The following professional autograph dealers do their diligence authenticating the autographs they sell.  


 There are dealers who may have been inadvertently left off the list.  May we hear from you for possible submission?



Abraham Lincoln Bookshop – Dan Weinberg, Chicago, IL

Adam Andrusier – London, UK

Alexander Historical Auctions – Chesapeake City, MD  Bill Panagopulous                        


Andreas Wiemer Historical Autographs - Kelkheim Germany,


Antiquar & Auktionator - Holland -  Weil der Stadt, Germany,  Florian Noller

Bauman Rare Books - N.Y., N.Y.

Brian & Maria Green, Inc.- Kernersville, NC

Bruce Gimelson Autographs – Garrison, N.Y.

Burkhard Schubert –  Niedernwohren, Germany

Charles “Chuck” Bird – Escondido,  CA

Cowan’s Auctions – Cincinnati, OH  Danielle Linn

Custodians of History – Plymouth, MA    Peter Forman

Deco Memorabilia – Beverly Hills, CA   Nelson Deedle

Diana J. Rendell, Inc. -Waban, MA

Erasmushaus Ltd. – Basel, Switzerland

Frameabilia -Alexandria, VA   Rick Badwey

Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Inc. – Bedford, NH

Greg Nazareth – Pompano Beach, FL

Greg Tucker Autographs – Henderson,  NV

Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. – Chicago, IL

Historama – Jerusalem, Israel      Martin Teller

Historic Autographs – Coral Springs, FL    Howard Storfer

History Makers Autographs - Nokomis, FL   Steve Nowlin                                               


International Autograph Auctions, Europe SL - Malaga, Spain

Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles – Los Angeles, CA

Jack Bacon & Co. – Reno, NV

J.A. Stargard -  Berlin, Germany

JG Autographs – Peabody, MA   Jared Gendron

Jim Stinson Sports – St.  George, UT

John K. King Books – Detroit, MI

JR’s Autogramme – Nurenberg, Germany Jorg Riess

Julian Browning -  London, UK

Kenneth W, Rendell, Inc. -South Natick,  MA

Kotte Autographs -  Rosshaupten, Germany  Thomas Kotte

L’Autographe SA – Geneva, Switzerland   Renato Saggiori  informations@l’

LeLands Auctions – Matawan, NJ    Joshua Evans

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers – Chicago, IL

Librairie Signatures – Paris, France

Lim Antigua –Lucca, Italy      Massimo Fino

Markus Brandes Autographs – Kesswil, Switzerland

Neale Lanigan -  South Piedmont, AL

One of a Kind Auctions – Coral Gables, FL   David Gindy

Pat Claren – Colorado Springs, CO

Profiles in History – Calabasas, CA    Joe Maddallena

R.J.M. Autographs & Antiques – Boston, MA  Bob Minnocci

Rolf Ramseier Autographs – Guntershausen,  Switzerland

Ron Gordon – Las Cruuces, NM

Ron Keurajian – Rochester Hills, MI

Ron Meininger Antebellum Cove – Gaithersburg, MD

Schubertide Music & Arts – Newton, MA    Gabriel Boyers

Scripta Historica – Kleindstheim, Germany    Robert Fecher 

Scripta Scientism - Germany

Schulson Autographs – Milburn, NJ     Claudia Strauss

Second Story Books – Washington, DC   Allan Stypeck

Seth Kaller, Inc. – White Plains, NY

Skip Hensel – Metarie, LA

Sophie Duprie Autographs – Calne, UK

Star Shots -  Port Charlotte, FL    Arnie Meyrowitz

Stephen Koschal -  Colorado Springs, CO

Tamino Autographs, N.Y., NY     Nestor Masckauchan

The Raab Collection – Ardmore, PA      Nathan Raab

The Written Word – Tamworth, NH      Dan Rowe

Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books – San Francisco, CA

Todd Mueller Autograph Auctions – ColoradoSprings, CO


Tom Lingenfelter  Heritage Collector’s Society – Doylestown,  PA.

Treasures in Writing – Keystone Heights,  FL    Lynne Keyes                      

Vintagememorabilia – Bremerton, WA  Gary McAvoy  vmail@vintagememorabilia com



Thank you, Steve, and all the best.

You and your fellow members of PADAH deserve a big round of applause for bringing integrity and honesty to this field of collecting.    Jim D, N.C.



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