Tuesday, November 25, 2014

George Steinbrenner: Future Hall-of-Famer?

Is George Steinbrenner a future baseball hall-of-famer? I think there is a strong likelihood he will be and I am always on the lookout for Steinbrenner signed items. He did sign some baseballs through Steiner, but regrettably he used a thick sharpie resulting than less than prime signatures. You can easily find these on eBay in the $300 range.

I was happy to add this signed photo to my collection for a very reasonable buy-it-now on eBay.

Be cautious however, there are a lot of Steinbrenner forgeries on the market. There have been certain eBay sellers with an endless supply of "perfectly and neatly" signed George Steinbrenner baseballs, many with "The Boss" inscriptions, etc.

Also, it appears that he did have a secretary sign for him at times... I often see secretarial signatures on Yankee letterhead.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Steve Zarelli Space Authentication: Virgil "Gus" Grissom Autograph Study

Steve Zarelli Space Authentication has published an online signature study focusing on Virgil "Gus" Grissom.

Included are a number of verified signature exemplars that span the short period Gus Grissom was signing autographs, as well as Autopens, secretarials, pre-prints and suspected forgeries.

In my estimation, Grissom is in the top five risky autographs of flown astronauts. Hopefully, you'll enjoy the study and it is of value to the community.

As always, comments and feedback are welcome and thank you for your support!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

True Story About The Forgeries Sold By Bergen County NJ’s Baseball Memorabilia Auction: Expose by WPIX TV

WPIX Channel 11 in New York ran an expose of the forgeries sold in the Bergen County, New Jersey Baseball Memorabilia Auction. The three part piece is excellent and well-researched. Kudos to the reporter, Howard Thompson, who really did his homework.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Charlton Heston Secretarial Study: Redux

Hard to believe it's been three and a half years since I published the Charlton Heston secretarial study on this blog.
As a footnote, since the study was introduced, the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, most credible dealers, collectors, JSA, PSA and SGC have all accepted the study. The UACC published a version of the study in the Winter 2014 edition of the Pen & Quill.