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Barack Obama Signatures. Beware

Now and in the Future


Collecting autographs is getting more complicated as the years pass.  Technology is something collectors and dealers must become aware of.  On eBay, one seller is offering many photographs of Barack Obama, signed. The seller asking price is only a dozen dollars for each.  See just a handful of what is being offered.


Obviously, these signatures are identical and signed by machine.  It gets more complicated when they start showing up inscribed and signed.


How long will it take before some unscrupulous person starts to purchase many of these, waits a few years and starts selling them as genuine.  One can almost image an uneducated seller asking anywhere from $599.00  up to $1,200  for one of these machine signed signatures.

 You can be assured not a single dealer member of “PADAH” will be offering one of these “signed” photographs in the future.

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Buying AUTOGRAPHS on eBay

A continuing disaster


eBay is the place only a seasoned autograph collector should even attempt to purchase an autographed item. Collectors should never be fooled that an item that comes with a “COA” will be genuine.  Many COA’s (Certificates of Authentication) are as fake as the autograph that comes with it.  THIS ALSO GOES FOR ALL THOSE ABC TYPE COMPANIES WHO CLAIM THEY AUTHENTICATE AUTOGRAPHS. How many collectors that got fooled with the “COA” scam no longer collect?  When the collector attempts to sell the autograph at a later date, discovered the autograph was fake.  They gave up collecting.  This is just one reason that the PADAH (Professional Autograph Dealers and Auction Houses) was created.  Since the time PADAH was created, not a single complaint was filed against one of their members.

The following is just one sad reason to avoid eBay.


First week of 2003, one seller has a photo of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, signed by Mother Teresa for a mere $69.00.  100% Positive Feedbacks.  During the same week, a different seller has the same, identical photograph for $4,999.99 and they have 100% Positive Feedbacks.  See below:


One can bet, if even noticed the $69.00 photo is a steal.  Steal might be the right word being used and that’s what happens when the collector buys the $69.00 photo.  Their money was stolen.  See the close up of the sentiment and signature of Mother Teresa.


Any member of PADAH can tell you the writing is a terrible fogery!  What, if anything, is eBay doing to police their sellers?????????????????????

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                                                   January 2023      THE OFFICIAL LIST  of Preferred Autograph Dealers and Auction Houses
 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.
                                For more information about being a member email:
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 does not 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, auction houses and book dealers who offer signed books do their diligence authenticating the autographs they sell.  
                               There could be professional dealers who may have been inadvertently left off the list.
                                                            May we hear from you for possible submission?
Philippe Petit - PhP Autographs, Auderghem, Belgium.
 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.
B&B Rare Books, Ltd.-N.Y., N.Y.  Joshua Mann
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
Dr. Gary Brucato – Queens, N.Y. –
Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Inc. – Bedford, NH
Greg Nazareth – Pompano Beach, FL
Greg Tucker Autographs – Henderson, NV
Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. – Chicago, IL
Heroes and Legends, Myron Ross,- Encino , CA        
Historama – Jerusalem, Israel      Martin Teller
Historic Autographs – Coral Springs, FL    Howard Storfer
History Makers Autographs -   Steve Nowlin   - Nokomis,  FL  
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
Philippe Petit - Auderghem, Belgium  - phpautog@scarlet,be
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 Autographs & Professional Autograph Authentication -  Colorado Springs, CO
Tamino Autographs - N.Y., NY     Nestor Masckauchan
The Bull Pen – N.Y., N.Y.
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 – Colorado Springs ,
Tom Lingenfelter Heritage Collector’s Society – Doylestown,  PA.
Treasures in Writing – Keystone Heights,  FL    Lynne Keyes                              
Vintagememorabilia – Bremerton, WA  Gary McAvoy  vmail@vintagememorabilia com
Whytes - Dublin, Ireland - Ian Whyte
Note:  A few of the dealers listed above may have retired or are deceased.  Their names remain to indicate the quality of autograph professionals that met the requirements to have been a member of "PADAH."

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.
Steve, it seems everything you touch turns to gold. This list is precious, no need to go anywhere else. A safe place to purchase autographs.    Mike J.  Iowa
Steve, the last four things I bought you authenticated them as not genuine. I learned my lesson and will only purchase from members of  PADAH. Mark L, Florida
Mr. Koschal, this was my second purchase from a PADAH professional. I am very happy with these club members.  Joseph H. Italy
Mr. K., you've done it again, helped make our hobby safe from the handful of undesirables in this hobby, love my latest purchase. Marjory S., England
Mr. K " a past member of the U.A.C.C., PADAH is like night and day, I really appreciate the PADAH list of professionals, I have vowed to only purchase from their members and as of today have had no problems. Finally, a breath of fresh air..." Carol P., GA
Steve, "using your authentication service is heavenly. Tired of paying up to $150.00 using others in the past and finding out their opinion is wrong is disheartening. I really appreciate you flat rate no matter what the value of the autograph."  Julius, Amsterdam
STEPHEN  "I don't know what came over me, but I decided to go to one of those ABC type authenticating companies to get a second opinion on my Babe Ruth autograph and paid $400.  They failed it, since then two PADAH members who I offered to sell it to said it was genuine.  Never again will I use those ABC type companies....."  Kevin M., California
Mr. Koschal. "I purchased three autographs from two different PADAH members.  I have to see for myself what this authenticating scam was all about.  I contacted PAAS and Beckett for a second opinion and told them what website to go to and look at some of the autographs.  Both companies stated that the three autographs were not likely to pass authentication.  All the negative stories I have read about the authenticating companies have to be true. Live and learn............."  Juan C. Puerto Rico
Steve.  "...can't tell you enough how much money and trouble I have avoided by using your authentication service, here are 12 more items I need a COA.  You have one great reputation here in Europe, keep up the good work...."  Gunter C. Germany
Mr. K.  "...your list of PADAH dealers is priceless.  I personally have saved thousands of dollars by almost purchasing an item from someone not on this list......Eric K. Poland
Steve "I have only been purchasing autographs from PADAH dealers and have had absolutely no problems. Dealing with PADAH sellers is just like having an autograph insurance policy. My hats off to you...."  Brian M.  New Hampshire
Mr. K. "So glad the hobby of autographs finally has a list of dealers a collector can trust....." Michelle L. Brazil
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