world wide? Remember John Reznikoff appearing on the popular cable
television program Pawn Stars. Reznikoff had as much time as he needed,
in advance, to prepare researching a movie script with a full page
handwritten presentation inscription. He did his research and
embarrassed himself in front of six million viewers. Before the program
ended, Reznikoff made the biggest blunder in authenticating while
holding his trusted magnifying glass.
appeared to act as a Sherlock Holmes wannabe as he attempts to examine
the original handwriting with his magnifying glass. He proudly comes to
a conclusion and determines that the handwriting and signature is of
actor Al Pacino.
seconds many autograph experts watching this program and not even
seeing the original items asked Todd Mueller, a true expert in
authenticity, accepted by the autograph hobby what he thought of the
handwriting and signature. Mr. Mueller wasnt immediately available for
comment as he missed the show. He had to watch it later and said the
handwriting and signature was not that of Al Pacino but of Al Ruddy.
Albert Ruddy later agreed in print stating he screamed at his
television set when he saw the so called expert John Reznikoff
authenticate his signature as Al Pacinos. Again, Reznikoffs blunder
made headlines on the internet and the entire autograph world saw the
difference between a genuine expert Todd Mueller and an imposter who
appeared on the show and blew it big time. This mess in front of 6
million viewers may explain so many other mistakes authenticating
autographs. Reznikoff is on the authenticating team of PSA/DNA. It is
known that Todd Mueller was asked to join the authenticating team but
refused to allow his name to be a member and have his good name printed
on thousands of certificates that are in error.
Stars was informed of this blunder and John Reznikoff has not been
invited back. These are facts. Pawn Stars was so embarrassed they went
back to using their old authenticator, Drew Max who has been right at
someone walks into the Pawn Shop with a book Say it Aint So, Joe.
The books author is Thomas L. Stix and the book has a signature Joe
Jackson on the first page. The boys at Pawn Stars are very excited,
especially Rick. Rick believes the signature of Joe Jackson is the
rarest of all baseball players. The seller is asking $30,000 for the
Corey, who is Ricks son states to his father. Do you realize this could be the biggest hit we ever had?
with the book comes a Certificate of Authenticity dated March 23,1994
from an unknown name Herman Darvick. The COA states that Darvick
personally examined the signature. Darvick also boasts about this on
his resume on James Spences site for authentication. Darvick praises
himself and says he is one of their experts.
of the fellows at Pawn Stars were not aware of Darvicks name. They
also did not know that Darvick is an admitted forger of autographs.
Based on the COA, Rick negotiates the price of the book down to $13,000
even admitting he never heard of this guy (Herman Darvick of New
York). Rick buys the book.
feel absolutely sure, Ricks father, son and one of the workers Chumlee
mock Rick for not having an expert look at the book first. They all
agree Rick should have had an expert on autographs look at the signature
in the book. Rick, now sweating is beginning to think he may have been
burned in what could be the biggest hit he ever had. On the program
he takes the book to a book store in Las Vegas. A girl named Rebecca
who works in the book store looks at the signature of Joe Jackson and
determines the signature is likely not genuine. She says if it was real
the book would be worth $100,000. Rebecca was shown the COA signed by
Herman Darvick and she says the COA is only as good as the person who
A girl in a bookstore trumps Herman Darvicks opinion.
is known as the former president of the Universal Autograph Collectors
Club (UACC). His membership was terminated over 30 years ago because of
mis-treating another club member and violated a few of the clubs
it surprise anyone that most dealers who specialize in sports never
seen or handled a genuine signature of Joe Jackson. But Herman Darvick
in the course of only a few years, during his auctions sold multiple
items that he claimed to be signed by Joe Jackson.
from Pawn Stars is obviously nervous and wants yet another opinion. He
decides to send the book to a company who advertises they authenticate
sports autographs. He decided to send the book to PSA/DNA where Herman
Darvick was one of their authenticators. Darvick is known to say that
he felt the company was ridiculous in how they handled authentication.
book comes back from PSA/DNA with a COA dated June 13,2012. The
reasons for their decision comes back with their basically standard
printed reasons for turning down items. They do add the e in Joe had
been erased and started over. Everyone on the program started to laugh
out loud as the boss was just told by PSA/DNA he paid $13,000 on a phony
autograph the one Darvick brags about authenticating on JSAs website
as their authenticator. To top the embarrassment PSA/DNA turns down an
item once passes as genuine by one of their former authenticators.
says he does not honor his past guarantees as he claims he is no
longer is in the business. The fact is, Herman Darvick has been working
for John Reznikoff (who also bombed on Pawn Stars) for several years.
Darvick sells his own material on eBay and also lists Reznikoffs
autographs on eBay.
recently posted an old video of him when he had hair. It was from an
early Oprah Winfrey show in 1984 before she became wealthy. Darvicks
recent move was an attempt to divert the recent embarrassment with past
history. It worked on one site known to squash the truth from
collectors. Here the truth is always paramount and hurts more often
then not for these type of fraudsters. It is horrible for the viewers
and collectors to witness first hand on television and see how two who
claim to authenticate autographs cant get anything right on Pawn Stars.
Drew Max, has proven himself on this popular program and the
supporters of the fraudsters trash him. The real truth, just watch the
re-runs and see for yourself that Drew Max is far better then Reznikoff
and Darvick when authenticating autographs
Darvick, presently a third party authenticator got the signature of Joe
Jackson wrong. Costing Pawn Stars a loss of $13,000 or actually the
$100,000 they hoped the book was worth. This is the biggest loss Pawn
Stars has made based on a bad authentication by those who are self
proclaimed experts. A girl in a book store got it right. Need anything
more be said?
these guys who represent companies that advertise they can authenticate
autographs has been nothing else but watching a rodent run the wheel.
has been proven over and over again on the Internet and now on Pawn
Stars that no wannabe person who claims to authenticate autographs is
completely useless. They can always serve as a bad example!