Author: Steve Cyrkin, Editor

Man Inherits 80,000 Autographs: 22 Marilyn Monroes, 12 Steve McQueens, Elvis, James Dean, Disney, John Lennon, More

When Microsoft laid-off David Kuflik in 2014 he had lots of time on his hands—and lots of autographs inherited from his dad and aunt. Collected mostly in-person from the 1950s to 2012, the collection spans Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen, to Jackie Robinson, Elvis, John Lennon, Steven Spielberg and Tupac Shakur. And many multiples. It’s an incredible collection. My father, Harvey Kuflik, and aunt, Rhoda Kuflik, started collecting in-person autographs in New York in the early 1950’s and continued vigorously collecting their whole lives. Harvey passed in 2002 and Rhoda passed in 2012. Both collected for the love of...

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Official Star Wars Autographs & Photos Now Offered by Lucasfilm, Topps & MLB Division Partnership

Disney’s Lucasfilm, Topps and Major League Baseball’s Authenticators, Inc. subsidiary launched Star Wars Authentics, starwarsauthentics.com, on December 21, offering witnessed autographed photos of Star Wars actors, and official unsigned Star Wars photos. The launch follows the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Authenticators, Inc. and Topps have prior Disney connections. Authenticators is run by Major League Baseball, and Disney just made a billion dollar investment in their BAM Tech subsidiary. Topps is partially owned by Tornante, a company owned by Michael Eisner, the former chairman of Disney. “We identified a hole in the entertainment industry, a need for certified authentic pieces for the...

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Tom Gregory: Collecting Hollywood’s Stories

“Lucy, I’m ho-ome!” The driver’s voice booms out of the tinny speakers on the small green and white bus. The tourists’ laughter is lost in the sudden roar of a leaf blower. A gardener directs the flurry of leaves away from me as I stumble up the walkway to Tom Gregory’s front door. I’m distracted because I’m not sure my batteries will last the interview, I’ve had to dig through my trunk for a ragged notepad—and I’m late.

The home before me is daunting. I knew the address was in Beverly Hills, but I hadn’t expected this double-lot estate. I should have dressed better.

Tom Gregory is a good looking man with intense dark-framed glasses and short-cropped silvering hair. His engaging manner puts me immediately at ease. He gives me a tour of the house. The foyer’s grand, circular staircase is the starting point for a journey no tourist ever gets to travel. Tom takes me through exquisitely decorated and restored rooms, up one staircase and down another. I get a quick glimpse of a bathroom with lighted alabaster floors. The Golden Age of Hollywood has been faithfully restored and lovingly nourished. The house isn’t about wealth or luxury, it’s about staging—creating a setting for a life of elegance and charm in classic Hollywood style.

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Pawn Stars’ Steve Grad Launches Beckett Authentication Services

Beckett Media has launched an autograph authentication company, led by renowned autograph authentication expert Steve Grad of Pawn Stars fame. With Grad and Brian Sobrero as authenticators, Beckett Authentication Services is now accepting submissions at the Beckett Authentication Services website. “I am beyond excited to take this incredible next step in my career,” Grad said. “Partnering with Beckett’s talented global team will allow Beckett Authentication Services to deliver unparalleled service to dealers and collectors worldwide.” Grad most recently served as principal authenticator for PSA/DNA, building that company’s authentication business during the past 15 years. Grad has authenticated many of the finest pieces in...

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