Walton, New York
54 comments

I sold a PETE CONRAD autograph on eBay. To those who do not know who Pete Conrad is, he was the third man to walk on the moon. Conrad signed several items for me , IN PERSON back in the early 1990's. He inscribed all the items and in retrospect this made it difficult to sell these. I did keep two for myself.

I sold one of these to a guy in Canada and in turn this Canadian guy sent the autograph to Steven Zarelli. Steven Zarelli is a notarized space autograph authenticator who charges $ 75-100 each for his examination and a Certificate of Authenticity on his letterhead. Zarelli is widely accepted as an expert in Space Autographs.

Since my autograph was signed IN PERSON , I was amazed that Steven Zarelli gave an opinion that the item was a CRUDE FORGERY. The buyer filed a complaint with eBay and he not only got a quick refund(Ebay just automatically took the funds from my Paypal account) and the buyer was told , by eBay, that he had no obligation to return my autograph to me.

My name is Dan Burns and I met Pete Conrad many times . I managed an auto parts chain and Pete Conrad made public appearances at several of my stores. I even have photographs that prove that he was in my stores as well as group photographs with me in these group shots with Pete.

I do not agree with Steven Zarelli's opinion and his opinion and rejection letter directly resulted in eBay taking action against me and most likely, the photograph, despite being real, was likely destroyed by man that bought it from me on eBay.

I am certain that Steve Zarelli has studied astronauts but my experience does not give me confidence in his abilities nor does it make me trust any so-called authenticators.

Monetary Loss: $150.

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Anonymous
Schenectady, New York, United States #1064173

This poor man thinks he is a space autograph expert but he is not an expert at all. I am embarrassed for the guy because his writings convince me of just how ignorant and green this guy is regarding space, space history, and space collectibles. He has nothing of value to offer and his postings are full of untruths and ignorance.

Anonymous
Denver, Colorado, United States #928910

I can honestly say that Steve is as honest as the day is long. I know him, trust him and take at face value everything he says!!

Anonymous
to wife of steve Mount Dora, Florida, United States #931356

Honesty and Competence are two very different traits.

Anonymous
to wife of steve Rochester, New York, United States #934936

There are dozens of complaints online about Steve. Not one complaint attacks Steve's honesty.

I will point out that Steve worked very hard to put his name on the line while promoting himself as an expert on autographs. It is unfortunate that people expect Steve to be 100% correct every time, especially when they are paying Steve a monetary tribute, although we do know this is not the truth at all. In fact if Steve "authenticates" 1,000 items per year and if he were 97% accurate (not likely), he could expect no less than thirty people being upset with him. I personally doubt that Steve is anywhere close to being 97% accurate.

Realistically, I think he is closer to 70-80% leaving behind a considerable number of disgruntled collectors . This is my honest opinion on the matter.

Barry S.

Rochester, NY

Anonymous
#907887

For just this reason, eBay is not a proper place to sell autographs. You have been warned.

Anonymous
Shelton, Washington, United States #904469

Why would a forger add an inscription ? There are so many Conrad autographs on the market right now that this item would be very hard to sell because most collectors are going to go for the un-inscribed version. Case Closed !

Anonymous
#860578

Unless I am missing something this autograph looks authentic to me .

Anonymous
to Nate #868414

The point is that it is authentic. Zarelli apparently rejected it because Zarelli makes mistakes.

Anonymous
Needles, California, United States #837300

Do yourself a big favor and just buy your autographs from a UACC Registered Dealer and you'll be fine. Zarelli has a disclaimer in tiny letters on his COAs so instead of paying money for worthless paper,use your $ 100 toward buying something very good from a reputable dealer.

Steve Zarelli is a very good salesman and exceeds at self promotion, but I personally am not impressed with any of the items he is alleged to have authenticated and I would not spend money on any of them either.

I am 73 years old an collected autographs my whole life. ( my advice take it or leave it )

Anonymous
Houston, Texas, United States #833263

"Steven Zarelli is a notarized space autograph authenticator" Notarized ? Notarized by whom ?

This Zarelli charactor wrote some simpleton articles and all the low IQ collectors have been eating up the bull ever since. He has won over many people but he was never notarized or anything of the kind.

Anonymous
to Gibson #833561

Steve Zarelli became famous and well respected overnight when he wrote"the Flag test". The Gist of the article is this: The is a WSS(white Space suit) portrait, printed by the US Government that is frequently autographed by Neil Armstrong is almost always signed by Neil in the very same area.

On Neil's Arm, in the portrait, is an American flag Patch. Neil Armstrong never writes on the flag and usually inscribed his autographs just below that flag.

The article is very long and yet it not only says a very little, and it only expresses an old idea that was already written by another author one year earlier. There are some incredibly *** autograph collectors out there that think Zarelli is their Autograph God because of this article.

Anonymous
to Gibson Henderson, Nevada, United States #836541

I totally agree.

Anonymous
Manhattan, New York, United States #829849

What ever happened to the old way of selling autographs. it used to the the dealer that gave you a receipt that had the authenticity guarantee and refund policy printed right on it.

Today dealers have these third party certificates from(god knows who) stating an opinion. Todays dealers have a refund policy stating that the autograph is not returnable if it is certified.

Kind of backwards, wouldn't you say ?

Anonymous
to Walter D Washington, District Of Columbia, United States #845196

Great Point !!!

Anonymous
Mansfield, Ohio, United States #825224

There is no such thing as a "False Opinion". An opinion is not a fact but the belief of one single individual.

A fact and an opinion are two very different things. The owner and seller of the above item has taken the position that this photograph was signed in front of him. The owner and seller is stating a fact. Another individual,who was not present at the time this was signed, stated an opinion that the photograph was forged by someone else.

I realize that the opinion,despite not being a fact, was put in writing, but that changes nothing because it is still an opinion. An opinion can be verbal or written and it carries the same veracity.

Ebay was wrong to accept an opinion and wrong to allow the buyer to get both a refund as well as allowing him to keep the item. The item should have been returned to the seller regardless of the reason for the refund.

Anonymous
to Jerry Beretta #825526

I AGREE COMPLETELY ! A person can have any kind of opinion at all and it matters not how the opinion is presented an opinion is never a true fact.

I read over some material from Zarelli's web sites and I find it fascinating that he is very careful with the words and phrases that he uses because it appears that he intentionally writes everything on a third grade level. This Zarelli knows his audience well and has tailored his writing as such.

Anonymous
to Wallace Mansfield, Ohio, United States #825916

This guy knows his fellow collects are not too sharp .

Anonymous
to Jerry Beretta Mansfield, Ohio, United States #825981

Errrr...This Guy knows his fellow COLLECTORS are not too sharp !

Anonymous
to Wallace Killeen, Texas, United States #827371

He knows most collectors are dullards and he can win them over with bull***. He looks at the autographs and does side by side comparisons then looks at the ink to be sure it is not printed .

He does not go as far as a certified forensic graphologist because he is self taught. His articles are not new ideas but written in his owns words but exactly the same information written already by R.Still years earlier.

Anonymous
#825205

I too wish to defend Steve Zarelli. Steve Zarelli has authenticard most of my autographs for me and he issues a COA for everything no matter what because he is an honest trustworthy man. I know for a fact that Steve Zarelli never authenticated this Conard autograph because he knows what forgeries look like.

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