Stephen Koschal, The Most Trusted Autograph Authenticator

When it comes to choosing a real person to authenticate your collectible autograph who do you think the others who claim to authenticate call on when they have doubts? More on this later.

What makes Stephen Koschal’s autograph authentication different than the others:

His “5 Star” service is second to none. Trusted, Honesty and Accuracy.  Koschal is best known for getting it right the first time.

Koschal has built and maintains the largest autograph reference library in the hobby. A representative from PSA/DNA once offered to purchase it.

Items received for authentication usually are returned in 24 hours.

Most important Koschal does not get involved in the scam of pricing for authentication.

Many quasi authenticators try to get away with pricing depending upon the value of the item to be authenticated.  Guess who determines the value.  Value of an item has nothing to do with authenticating. Actually, some signatures valued at $25,000 are easier and take less time to authenticate than a $250 item.  Stephen Koschal autograph authentication charges $50 for a Certificate of Examination, no matter what the value.

TRUSTED:  a recent well known serious collector trusted Stephen Koschal to authenticate an original painting executed and signed by Claude Monet.  Value approximately $500,000.

This painting was shipped across the United States by Fedex.

 

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                       Koschal outside his office door with an original Claude Monet painting to be authenticated

 

HONESTY: never has there been a case when a customer was told their item never arrived. This is somewhat common with other authenticators.

ACCURACY: Koschal is best known internationally for getting the authentication right the first time.  Koschal’s Certificates are accepted by all legitimate autograph collectors, dealers and auction houses.

One more major difference, with a Koschal authntication, there will never be a silly sticker attached or invisible ink put on any original autograph that will eventually discolor or in years posssibly at through the paper.  Worse, they will devalue your item.  

 

The following are emails to Stephen Koschal from the other high profile authenticators/companies -

"Steve, thanks so much for your opinion....there are few people in this industry I have trust in their judgment like you" .....................................................................Jimmy Spence

"...Jimmy (James Spence) and I needed a second opinion on this Nixon piece, and we would like your thoughts..." ..............................................Steve Grad, California, Authenticator PSA/DNA

"...your work may have helped change the certs which now clearly say that only one or more have looked at the item. Thus, in some regard you have been part of the solution... hope your voice changes other policy... in fact when people ask me about you and your expertise I always give you glowing reports in fact I say that you are among the few left who really knows what he's doing..." ..............John Reznikoff, Connecticut, PSA and JSA Authenticator

"...I love you and admire your energy... I have always looked at you as an honest man and true friend .....................................................................................Roger Epperson, Texas, JSA Authenticator

"...Bob (Eaton) asked if I could ask you for a favor... would it be possible for you to type up a general endorsement of our company on your letterhead... as far as we are concerned, you are one of, if not the most respected autograph authorities we know, and it we think it would be quite impressive to have a good word from you about us...".............................Ron Lavallee, New Hampshire, RR Auction - PSA/DNA Authentication

"...as a matter of public record, Collectors Universe paid over $300,000 in the twelve months ended June 30, 2004 for errors....we continually seek the advice and council of competent individuals outside our organization in the collectibles market-dealers, auctioneers, collectors-such as you..." ......Michael Haynes, California, Chief Executive Officer, PSA/DNA

"I, Michael Frost President and lead authenticator of P.A.A.S. Professional Autograph Authentication Services have known Stephen Koschal for over 20 years. I am proud to have worked with Stephen Koschal for many of those years on autograph studies and autograph authentication. I would consider him as the top autograph expert in the world today. Stephen Koschal's library of autograph exemplars is second to none and I have had the pleasure of using and viewing his autograph exemplar library. Stephen Koschal has written many books and 100's of articles on autograph collecting and autograph reviews and authentication. Stephen Koschal is one of my teachers and mentors when it comes to autograph studies and authentication. I have spent 100's of hours working with Stephen Koschal as well as reviewing his authentication work. I have always found him to be very professional and one of the most honest people I ever met within the autograph industry. In all the years I have known Stephen Koschal and worked with him I cannot recall a single item ever being returned or questioned on the basis of authentication."..........................................................................................................Mike Frost, Florida


"...on behalf of the FBI, I thank you for your assistance in the investigation and prosecution of forger Steve Lyons, one of the convicted subjects in the FBI's Operation Bullpen case. The hours you spent working with Special Agent Timothy Fitzsimmons and assistant United States Attorney Melanie Pierson were very helpful in the government's case. Your knowledge and professionalism resulted in Judge Jeffrey T. Miller accepting your trial testimony, after qualifying you as an expert witness in this matter, You should know that in the recent sentencing of Steve Lyons, Judge Miller singled out your expert testimony as very illuminating... Judge Miller ultimately sentenced Lyons to 36 months in federal prison. I also want to thank you for your continuing assistance to law enforcement in combating memorabilia fraud... I encourage you to continue in this worthwhile endeaver.....Kenneth W. Boschen, California, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

CHALLENGE:  With all the other authenticating companies, just try to find out who authenticated your item.  Impossible!   Companies with initials as names like ABC Authentication do not authenticate autographs, people do!  So common as you obtained your autograph in person and ABC or DEF Authentication failed your item.  God luck trying to get someone on the phone unless you are an exceptionally large submitter of autographs for authentication.  Then it is fairly easy to get them to reverse their guess.  They never want to lose a good customer.

You are invited to try Stephen Koschal’s Autograph Authentication.  Get him directly on the phone at 561-315-3622 or email him at skoschal@aol.com. Log onto www.stephenkoschal.com for additional information

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  • The greatest part of collecting autographs are not just the autographs, but the friendships you make! I consider Stephen and Pat GOOD friends! Thank you for making this hobby enjoyable and fun!

  • I've been dealing with Koschal since the early 90's and have been pleased 100% of the time. No auction house has ever refused a consignment that comes with a Koschal COA.  He is totally professional, answers every question and has triple or more knowledge than any other person who authenticates autographs. Highy recommended.

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