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Thursday, June 01, 2006

PSA Authenticating the Wrong Person's Autograph

This item is being sold on ebay as of 5/23/06, Item #6589943097. It is a letter signed by German Fuhrer Karl Donitz. (Donitz replaced Hitler). He was the Fuhrer who surrendered to the allies for Germany and ended the European theatre of WWII. This letter is clearly identified in the PSA COA as being signed by Admiral Nimitz (US Navy Admiral during WWII, he served in the Pacific). The PSA COA is signed for PSA by James Spence and Steve Grad. It is dated April 24,2003. The item being sold (obviously a copy of the original historical document, collectors will create these types of items) was signed and dated by Donitz in 1976. Admiral Nimitz died in 1966. They totally misidentified the signature and ID'd it as a man who had been dead for 10 years. The question is did James Spence or Steve Grad do even the least bit of research on this signature and document? Apparently not. Authenticators can disagree on the validity of an autograph. This particular item is not a disagreement on the validity of an autograph. This is a sample of the work PSA has done. The local Better Business Bureau has given the company a D rating. That is the second lowest rating possible from the BBB. PSA has authenticated facsimiles as authentic, has authenticated rubber stamps as authentic, has authenticated autopens as authentic and has misidentified autographs by not even naming the signature correctly.

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    BARACK OBAMA AUTOGRAPH STUDY IS ALREADY IN THE WORKS
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  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger aunt pearl said…

    BARACK OBAMA AUTOGRAPH STUDY IS ALREADY IN THE WORKS
    Date: 1/18/2009
    Michael Frost is the foremost expert in the Country on the signature and handwriting of Barack Obama.
    Michael Frost head autograph authenticator for P.A.A.S. "Professional Autograph Authentication Services Inc." with over 25 years in business has been established as one of the foremost authenticators in the autograph industry. P.A.A.S. authenticates autographs of sports, entertainment and historical signatures using handwriting experts and state of the art security detection technology. Michael Frost is the foremost expert in the Country on the signature and handwriting of Barack Obama. He has a signature study about to be released through the IADA-CC. Michael Frost has studied and authenticated hundreds of Barack Obama signatures over the past 2 years. P.A.A.S. now has a library of over 1000 exemplars of Barack Obama signatures and handwriting going back to his early Political career.

    Mike Frost has obtained over 45,000 autographs in person and has authenticated over 7500 autographs. Michael Frost is a true pioneer in the autograph hobby and autograph authentication industry. Mike Frost has worked hand and hand with 100's of athletes and celebrities with private signings and personal appearances.

    ** Michael Frost could be reached at specialagent711@aol.com
    or www.paasautographs.com
    He is looking for examples and all input on Barack Obama handwriting and auto pen signatures.
    He is also looking for in-person experiences and comments for his upcoming Obama study..

     
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  • At 12:33 PM, Blogger GEORGE said…

    Hi. everybody! I actually saw the piece in question, which for months was displayed in private to reputable dealers, and was a source of great mirth to us all. At auction, I have actually bid on legal boxes of manuscripts, being literally thousands of documents sold as one lot, with the entire box signed off on as authentic by Psa/Dna. In one sale I bid on at least 20 massive groupings of documents, each being sold as one lot, bearing a certificate of authentification for each box. In some cases, documents in the lots in question were still sealed from the date they were written, and had never been opened. In examining these, I had images of Johnny Carson as "The Great Carsoni" holding a document up against his forehead and stating the contents of the envelope.

    Does anyone believe that an authenticator went through the thousands of documents in each of these group lots and authenticated the thousands of documents involved?

    Things like this breed distrust among the members of the hobby, and the more pressure put upon people who advocate and participate in such practices, the better.

    Collectors, the first rule of this business is to check out the people you are dealing with. If you are reading this, you have made a great start in that direction. If you are dealing with a reputable dealer, your receipt is all you really need to be protected from such problems.

    If anyone takes offense against my stating the obvious, so be it.

     
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