Steve Grad

 What You Don’t Know About The Experts On Pawn Stars

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Steve Grad was a Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) who appeared on Pawn Stars between 2013 and 2014. Unfortunately, some embarrassing controversies make it very unlikely he’ll reappear on the show anytime soon. The trouble started when Grad found himself at the center of a 2011 lawsuit; apparently, his company tried to pass off a signature as belonging to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s own daughter came forward with an expert and successfully challenged the claim.

It turned out that Grad’s “expert opinion” had cost collectors hundreds of thousands of dollars after he allegedly approved scores of forgeries as legitimate—and it gets worse: despite heavily implying that he’d been educated at the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism, further research determined that Grad had briefly attended Columbia College Chicago in 1993, but never actually graduated. In fact, during a court-ordered deposition, he revealed he’d received no formal training of any kind to back up his “expert” label. He instead credits much of what he knows to being mentored by the “King of Memorabilia” Bill Mastro—a man who landed in prison after being busted for various acts of fraud.

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  • People are finally waking up and realizing these "Self Proclaimed Experts" aren't truly experts at all or of anything autograph related.
     
    A big part of Pawn Stars is the experts who come in to authenticate antiques and other items, but many whom we've come to know and love have turned out to be ... less than angelic, to say the least.
     
    For instance, take Johnny Jimenez Jr., a frequent toy expert on the show, who was arrested in 2015 for battery and domestic violence, after he was caught on camera allegedly yanking his drunk girlfriend to the ground. Then there's autograph "authenticator" John Reznikoff, who misidentified Al Pacino's signature on a script of The Godfather in a 2011 episode. It actually belonged to producer Al Ruddy, proving Paul Simon partially right: you can call someone Al, but don't ignore the surname.
     
    It turns out that yet another "authenticator" was involved in a fraud scheme as well, this time outside of Pawn Stars. In 2015, Drew Max, an authentication expert featured on the show, was involved in a New Jersey lawsuit in which he "identified" fraudulent sports memorabilia. The memorabilia had been seized by authorities, then auctioned off, but most of the items were phony — Max "fixed" that problem, so to speak. In August 2016, Max was sued for "massive fraud," because he had been selling misidentified memorabilia. Imagine that.
     
    The plaintiff in the case claims that Max was using his Pawn Stars fame to lend further credence to his business. What other "experts" will be exposed by the intense public scrutiny that Pawn Stars has created? And how much more of this show will the public stand before it becomes mere background filler, to inevitably be replaced by better background filler? Please, for the love of television, it's time for Pawn Stars to go.
     
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