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For the record, as the owner of some of the rarest space memorabilia (including one of very few items signed by all 12 moonwalkers) I can attest that Steve Zarelli is among the best forensic autograph reviewers in the world, and is widely respected by reputable auction houses and dealers around the world. I started using Zarelli for authentication several years ago at the recommendation of several of the best known space collectors and dealers in the U.S.

and Europe. Steve will not attach his authentication to a signature unless it passes a very rigid authentication process. He rarely renders an opinion that a signature is a forgery, unless it is a precise match with known forgers.

It is a bitter pill when you have purchased a signed photograph or text with no verifiable provenance, and finding that the best authenticators won't sign off on it. And that is the basis for the handful of rants against Zarelli on this site, which I consider nothing less than unfounded slander -- which is why they are all "anonymous."

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Anonymous
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada #1290958

i dont know where you have been but you better get with the real world pal... this guy zarelli could not even get a date right...june of 1944 to august 1945 is not 2 months as this bogus authenticator stated.....he said the item was fake because it was only 2 months old. try 14 months pal....

Anonymous
Herkimer County, New York, United States #1147442

Here's an Autograph Authenticator that is great. If you don't believe that Steve Zarelli is great then just ask him and he will tell you..."I'm Great ! "

Anonymous
to TonyZarelli47 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada #1290960

yes ...his middle name is cassius ....

Anonymous
Yonkers, New York, United States #1016458

I find it interesting the the REAL Mark Caldwell has read this and responded below.

Anonymous
Amarillo, Texas, United States #866830

Zarelli might pretend to be more knowledgeable than he really is. He might frequent make mistakes when reviewing autographs.

The HATEFUL messages on his sites distress me the most, like the one about charity auctions and how no one should support them. Has Zarelli ever had a child with cancer ?

has Zarelli ever served his country in the military ? or does he still live with mommy and daddy and read comic books ?

Anonymous
#865919

>>Steve will not attach his authentication to a signature unless it passes a very rigid authentication process. <<

That process include some guessing ( a 50/50 chance ) , and a side by side comparison (like most collectors do ).

Steve Zarelli has no classroom hours in HANDWRITING FORENSICS and his COAs have a legal disclaimer along the bottom stating that it only represents an OPINION.

The only thing Steve does different than most collectors is that he has marketed himself and that is something Steve does very well.

Anonymous
Utica, New York, United States #859258

The original poster has not replied to my inquiry as to if there is another person with the same name as myself. I did not post the above and the only connection that I have to Mr. Zarelli is one of my co-workers knows him and sent me a link to this forum and the other various postings

Anonymous
Utica, New York, United States #858620

My name is Mark C Caldwell and I live in Herkimer NY . I am employed in the banking industry .

I want to go on the record That I Do NOT Know Steven Zarelli.

I have never posted anything about him. Today I was sent a link by my co-worker. My co-worker apparently knows the Zarelli family.

I want to go on record that I have never posted anything (Positive or negative)about Steven Zarelli or his family. .If someone is using my name then please stop doing so.

If someone,by coincidence,someone has the same name as myself then publish a phone number or an address to prove who you really are.

my Phone number, for verification is ***********. No prank calls please.

Mark C Caldwell

Herkimer New York

Anonymous
Houston, Texas, United States #851659

It is a bitter pill when a young collector begins helping fellow collectors and along the way he begins to get lost in his own narcissistic cocky overconfident ways and becomes sloppy . It is nice to thwart off forgeries but not at the expense of honest collectors and dealers.

It is my own opinion that Steve should take a long hiatus and refrain from reviewing any more autographs for a while. Steve needs to spend some quiet study time and refresh his authentication studies. Every time an authenticator makes a judgment on a written piece his/her goal needs to be the truth and not a pat on the back. Authentication is not a popularity contest.

It is unfair to make hasty inaccurate calls and it is the innocent collectors who pay the price for errors. This is my unbiased opinion

Anonymous
to AP #851820

AP Thank You ! Well stated !

Anonymous
Trenton, Ohio, United States #851613

It is a bitter pill to buy an autograph that comes with a COA from a Novice Collector and an experienced authentication firm tells you the item is "likely Not Authentic".

Anonymous
Liverpool, Texas, United States #851479

IT IS A "BITTER PILL" TO WAIT IN LINE TO GET GET AN "IN PERSON" AUTOGRAPH AND HAVE SOME BLOCK HEAD DECLARE IT A FAKE.

Alyse Calini

Anonymous
Baltimore, Maryland, United States #851434

It is a bitter pill to get an on line opinion on a space forum and the item turns out to be not real

Anonymous
#851275

It is a bitter pill to stand in a long line waiting your turn to have some books signed (especially when you have bad arches) and after all is done some mad bugar tells your customer that the signature is not real. This is a bitter pill indeed my friend.

Anonymous
Gurley, Alabama, United States #851054

It is a bitter pill when an authenticator that you have trusted for years makes a mistake and it costs you big money.

Anonymous
Johnson City, Tennessee, United States #850991

It is a bitter pill when...someone you trust , on a "Collect Space" forum ,gives you a thumbs up on an autograph that you saw on eBay and after buying it you find out it is not authentic at all.

Anonymous
Bloomington, Indiana, United States #850856

"Steve will not attach his authentication to a signature unless it passes a very rigid authentication process. "

He probably decides it is a fake if his *** doesnt get hard!

Anonymous
Bloomington, Indiana, United States #850854

i will jump in on this and state that i bought an autograph from the UACC Warehouse and this clown prince of authentication made a "mistake" when my eBay buyer sent it to him for an "authentication" OOOOOoooooooooooops !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everybody makes mistakes but this guy *****.

Anonymous
#850786

It is a bitter pill when your books were signed in person at Kennedy Space center and some i dio t authenticator declares one of the books as not authentic.

Anonymous
#850738

Beware of autograph sellers offering a "Certificate of Authenticity". They are absolutely worthless.

If you will fake and autograph you will fake a COA.

Most reputable autograph dealers will not offer COA's but instead offer a lifetime unconditional guarantee. If you are unhappy, simply return the item is the condition it was sold to you.

You will see sellers offering guarantees that run out in 7 days, 10 days, 30 days, etc. That should be unacceptable to you as a buyer.

Some sellers will state that a questionable signature cannot be returned without it being authenticated by an expert. They know that this is VERY expensive to do.

To get a signature authenticated will often run in to hundreds of dollars. These sellers know that no one will go to that trouble for an autograph that was bought for under that amount.

The Universal Autograph Collector's Club (UACC), one of the most - if not THE most respected autograph organizations in the world, have long renounced the use of COA's. Here are a few FAQ's straight from their web site: Q: Are Certificates of Authenticity endorsed by the UACC? A: The UACC has been very vocal about the fact that Certificates of Authenticity (COA's for short) are totally worthless.

The UACC does not issue COA's and always encourgae collectors to get a signed receipt for merchandise, instead of a COA. Frankly, they aren't worth the paper they are printed on. A COA is only as good as the dealer that has issued it. If you buy from a UACC Registered Dealer and get a receipt, you are following the correct procedure.

Q: I was looking at some items on Ebay, and I saw that an item came with a UACC Certificate of Authenticity. Is that possible? A: No it is not. The UACC does not issue "Certificates of Authenticity" The person selling that item should immediately be reported to Ebay.

Just use common sense when you purchase autographs. Ask the seller questions. Ask about their return policy.

Learn these things up front so you will not be disappointed when your signed item arrives to your doors. Show less

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