ANOTHER PHONY AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTICOR BITES THE DUST HE IS NO EXPERT
James Spence is the owner and chief authenticator for James Spence Authentications. Unfortunately, some embarrassing controversies make it very unlikely he is an expert in autograph authentication. The trouble started when Spence found himself at the center of a 2000 lawsuit; apparently, his company failed two pieces sold by a reputable dealer that were previously authenticated by AAU, Drew Max, a board certified and court approved forensic hand writing examiner.
It turned out that Spence's "expert opinion" has little to do with his training in hand writing analysis. .—and it gets worse: despite heavily implying that he'd been educated in hand writing analysis, nothing could be further from the truth. .In fact, during a court-ordered deposition, he revealed he'd received no formal training of any kind to back up his "expert" label. He instead credits much of what he knows to taking a four-month part-time correspondense course offered by Andrew Bradley of Denver, Colorado. To make things worse, he completed the course on or after February 23, 2000.
Upon further examination, he was asked what hand Babe Ruth signed his name. Spence claimed he signed everything with his left hand and saw him do it in a TV documentary. Something an expert should know. HOWEVER, BABE RUTH SIGNED EVERYTHING WITH HIS RIGHT HAND. How could a so called exert make that mistake?
In addition, a firm purchased a quantity of JSA authenticated items, put a forensic hand writers stickers on top of the JSA stickers and resubmitted them to JSA for certification. Amazingly everyone came back as not authentic. What? They were already certified authentic by his firm. Is there an agenda here, that no other company is right specially trained forensic hand writing examiners. We have the evidence and it is malicious.
Steve Grad was a Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) who appeared on Pawn Stars between 2013 and 2014. Unfortunately, some embarrassing controversies make it very unlikely he'll reappear on the show anytime soon. The trouble started when Grad found himself at the center of a 2011 lawsuit; apparently, his company tried to pass off a signature as belonging to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh's own daughter came forward with an expert and successfully challenged the claim.
It turned out that Grad's "expert opinion" had cost collectors hundreds of thousands of dollars after he allegedly approved scores of forgeries as legitimate—and it gets worse: despite heavily implying that he'd been educated at the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism, further research determined that Grad had briefly attended Columbia College Chicago in 1993, but never actually graduated. In fact, during a court-ordered deposition, he revealed he'd received no formal training of any kind to back up his "expert" label. He instead credits much of what he knows to being mentored by the "King of Memorabilia" Bill Mastro—a man who landed in prison after being busted for various acts of fraud.
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Steve Crykin purchased a great magazine a few year back titled Autograph Collector. After a short period of time the magazine when out of print and he started 'Autographmagazinelive' online. Although he purchased the magazine from two forensic document examiners he continues to be anti Forensic Document Examiner and boasts of the expertise of the untrained industry types. Wondering why? Well Steve works for PSA and is a stock holder in PSA/Collector's Universe, the parent company of PSA/DNA. Hmmmm, financial motive in his reporting or as he calls it moderating. It is also interesting to note that most of his commentators on his site are anonymous with fake names and fake photos. It is my humble opinion that some of these are Steve himself, generating trash that he hopes people will read withoutany basis of fact. Just generating trash that he hopes people will read without any basis of fact. Also interesting to note, that he defends the industry types JSA, PSA and BSA although none of their so-called examiners have any training in handwriting analysis or document examination and cannot even testify in court as experts. So reader beware....Crykin has a financial interest in seeing these companies survive. Check the facts before listening to him and his anonymous commenter's spewing lies and trashing people.