The following information is provided as an explanation of why I do not accept the opinion of third party authenticators. Unfortunately for every one knowledgeable collector there are thousands who are not. Also unfortunately, as with this plaintiff, I realize that many of these same people, rather than having an autograph which can be supported with exemplars and evidence, would rather have an autograph accompanied with a LOA which contains no exemplars or evidence and has no legal bearing whatsoever. Our opinion with supporting evidence:
Below is a breakdown of a lawsuit filed against me
The plaintiffs claim was: I sold them a non-authentic/fake autograph of Robert Fitzsimmons
The plaintiffs sole piece of evidence presented was a PSA/DNA rejection letter stating the letter formations, slants, spacing and ink are all inconsistent with the signature of Robert Fitzsimmons
At no time did the plaintiff provide any evidence from their authenticator, or any other source, to help support their claim
Evidence was submitted by myself proving the incompetence of the authenticating company along with evidence supporting the defense of my items legitimacy
Robert Fitzsimmons vintage signed White Studios
Cabinet Card - One of the finest signed
Fitzsimmons items in the hobby.
civil court ruling
the plaintiffs only evidence
PSA/DNA letter of rejection
evidence of the authenticators incompetence
From the web
site of PSA/DNA
FAQ: Do you guarantee that the autographs you certify are genuine and those you do not are fake?
PSA/DNA: No. We do not guarantee autographs under the Vintage Certified program. By using this program, you are paying for the opinion of the top experts in the world, using state-of-the-art examination tools and techniques.
PSA/DNA non authentic signed Battling Nelson photograph
PSA/DNA non authentic signed Joe Louis check
actually all in the hand of Louis' manager Marshall Miles
PSA/DNA non authentic James Earl Jones
PSA/DNA non authentic Andrew Johnson signature
PSA/DNA non authentic Ed Delahanty letter
PSA/DNA non authentic Cy Young autograph
PSA/DNA non authentic Mary Pickford autograph
PSA/DNA non authentic Ernie Davis autograph
PSA/DNA non authentic Admiral Nimitz signed letter
A list of the PSA/DNA so-called authenticating experts.
Pointing out their staff is made up of people who, they themselves, sell
autographs through web sites and by other means. The argument being, this is a
major conflict of interest having a company affiliated and made up of my
competition is then going to render an opinion of my item's legitimacy.
evidence of my item's authenticity
Robert Fitzsimmons signature exemplar file
Robert Fitzsimmons signature comparison
after the fact
Robert Fitzsimmons non authentic signature authenticated by a third party authenticator
Muhanmmad Ali non authentic signature authenticated by PSA/DNA
Robert Fitzsimmons non authentic signature authenticated by the third party that rejected our genuine item without explanation or supporting evidence
Marvelous Marvin Hagler non authentic signature authenticated by the third party that rejected our genuine item
Joe Louis non authentic signature authenticated by the third party that rejected our genuine item
John L. Sullivan non authentic ALS authenticated by the third party that rejected our genuine item
If anyone has had a similar experience with one of these companies or if you are a victim of one of their misrepresentations please don't hesitate to contact me, if I can be of some assistance I'll be glad to help.
“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in
the end; if you look for comfort
you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to
begin, and in the end, despair.” C.S. Lewis