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for its commitment to excellence in customer service. JOHN REZNIKOFF & UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES EXPLAINS WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO FOR CUSTOMERS
John Reznikoff is the President of Pres. University Archives and started the business in 1978 specializing in documents, relics, stamps, and rare book authentication. The company stated they are a leading authority of historical authentication in the country and have a huge library database and laboratory that is considered one of the best in the United States. The information provided in this report is based on comments made Jim Reznikoff during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward Pres. University Archives.Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business..
During the course of the onsite interview, John Reznikoff stated: “Individuals seek our company out to authenticate items and we will also seek out items.” The company goes through significant research during the authenticate process to determine if an item is legitimate. Furthermore, Pres. University Archives states their resources matches that of an FBI lab and they utilize a large collection as reference known as forgeries. After an item is authenticated, the company dates the item in their system.
Pres. University Archives mentioned they have a lifetime guarantee. If something was proven to be not be authentic, they provide a refund.
In referencing the level of service provided for complaints, John Reznikoff stated: “I just had a situation with an overseas credit card. The client asked the item be shipped to a different address than the one listed, however this caused a shipping delay. We offered the client a discount and he was satisfied.”
To honor Ripoff Report’s request to “do whatever it takes” to make things right with the consumer, John Reznikoff has made himself more available to clients.
John Reznikoff explained: “In a leadership role with Pres. University Archives, I lead by example and all employees follow. In regards to the Ripoff Report complaints, I believe it was an anonymous complaint in an attempt to tarnish my reputation and 35 year record of service.”
Pres. University Archives is happy to be a part of Ripoff Report’s Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program because they can show their company has nothing to hide by letting someone come in and check out their operations. The company is happy that Ripoff Report helps them restore their reputation. ”
John Reznikoff, founder and President of University Archives, is a well-known authority and writer on the subject of rare documents and manuscripts. For more than thirty five years, he has bought, consigned and sold historic documents and relics to institutions and individuals, most of whom return time and time again as need and desire arise. John is arguably the most requested Authenticator for historical items in the world. His clients have included the U. S. Justice Department , the FBI, state law enforcement, top auction houses, and the largest rare book dealers in the world. Mr. Reznikoff is regularly sought out by print and broadcast media to comment on current issues in the autograph industry. Every item we sell meets his high standards for authenticity. Click About John Reznikoff or Contact Us for more information.
Every item we sell is backed by a lifetime guarantee of authenticity for the full purchase price to the original purchaser, without time limit. Every item we agree to purchase is accorded a fair price, and often we can pay you within 24 hours. Every purchase is wrapped with care and insured for loss or damage. We treasure our documents and our customers. Click here for more information.
The University Companies began in 1979, but it was more than 10 years before that time that Reznikoff first started as a collector. A child of 8, Reznikoff was given some stamps by his grandmother, who had years before escaped Nazi Germany. At age 13, his mother would ferry him back and forth to various trade shows and watch proudly as her son conducted business from one table to another. Reznikoff is one of the few people in the trade who can claim the Triple Crown of collectibles: 2 Honus Wagner baseball cards, 3 Inverted Jenny (C3A) stamps, and Declaration Signer Button Gwinnett, the rarest of American autographs. In his 35 years in business, he has bought and sold over $300 million in collectibles. Reznikoff has helped build some of the greatest collections in the history of autograph collecting, including for several individuals who are household names. On behalf of clients, he has built at least a dozen near-sets of Signers of the Declaration of Independence. He has supplied five William Henry Harrison documents as President. He has sold approximately 70 printings of the Declaration of Independence, including about 30 from the Peter Force printings of the Stone engraving. He has sold hundreds of letters and documents written by “The Big Three”, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln & Thomas Jefferson. Reznikoff has been an innovator in the field of relics, and even holds a Guinness Book of Records entry for this field. Currently, University Archives owns two of John F. Kennedy’s cars, Ernest Hemingway’s typewriter, Annie Oakley’s gun, and Abraham Lincoln’s desk, amongst many others of the world’s greatest treasures.
Reznikoff has been a fearless crusader to identify and eliminate theft and forgery within the industry. He has worked with many law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, and has helped put several fraudsters in prison. John is a tireless supporter of many charities, both local and international. He has over the years worked very closely with Paul Newman’s “Hole in the Wall Gang” charity, which provides support to terminally ill children. John raises a large and busy family. He is an avid tri-athlete and martial artist. He has trained with the US Navy Seals as well as other widely-respected foreign military forces." John Reznikoff / Testimonials.
John Reznikoff’s work as an Expert Witness has garnered him praise from attorneys and judges worldwide. Here are some recent statements: Letter
2009 from an attorney regarding Mr. Reznikoff’s Expert witness testimony vs. State crime lab forensic expert; “…the judge directly quoted some of your testimony. He made some very specific and complimentary findings in connection with your testimony.” ~ Kurosh L. Marjani, attorney 2008 Aguinaldo vs. Warner:
“This court was most impressed with Reznikoff’s testimony as to how he determined the authenticity of the known signatures from the questioned documents…” ~ Judge Grogins 2008 Aguinaldo vs. Warner:
“This Court finds that the testimony and evidence presented by the Defendant coupled with the Defendant’s expert [Reznikoff] that the purported signatures of the two disputed documents were forgeries. This Court unequivocally credits the testimony of the Defendant’s expert [Reznikoff] of forgery.” ~ Judge Grogins Here are some recent comments on the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association internet information board: "
I haven't used Reznikoff, but sitting as an ATR, and based on Reznikoff's say so, one side stipulated to the fact that a signature was forged. I never saw the report or heard him testify, but it convinced the original proponent of the document such that they didn't even bother trying to cross.” ~ From: ROBSKOV; Subject: Re: [ccdla] URGENT handwriting expert needed; To: [email protected]
Date: 2009. "
I have used Reznikoff for two cases and he is top notch. He is very knowledgeable, personable, and the clients really liked him. He is also very prompt in writing reports. Piper” ~ From: Piper Paul; Sent: 2009; To: CCDLA; Subject: Re: [ccdla] URGENT handwriting expert needed. "
I used him once on an issue regarding an entry in a diary in a sex case. He is fun to work with and knows his stuff.” ~ From: Pamala Favreau; Sent: 2009; To: CCDLA; Subject: Re: [ccdla] URGENT handwriting expert needed.
Mr. Reznikoff’s work as a document examiner has been so successful because he is the first and only expert to combine his primary work as an autograph authenticator with a great study of forensic document examination. His lab is one of the most advanced of its kind outside of the FBI and law enforcement in the country. The devices he uses include: the Video Spectral Comparator , a $30,000 machine which is not available to the general public and the PRO SCOPE an advanced computer-aided magnifier, as seen on episodes of the TV hit, CSI. He has used these items in cases and even on an episode of PBS’s History Detectives.
John Reznikoff has established a unique niche in helping prosecutors and public defenders to structure cross-examinations of opposing counsel’s expert witnesses. John does not rely on forensic document examination for his main source of income, and judges are acutely aware of the fact that he is not a “hired gun”. Because of this fact, Reznikoff’s reports often achieve a greater degree of credibility. University Archives Guarantee.
Each item is unconditionally guaranteed genuine without time limit. In the unlikely event a lot is declared to be not authentic, we may ask the purchaser to supply the written opinion of one competent authority acceptable to us. We will refund the original purchase price after documentation has been submitted. The buyer’s remedy under this guarantee is limited to the cancellation of the sale and the refund of the original purchase price. Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Rip-off Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike. Read about Rip-off Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program,.. A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. this program works.
As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program, they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer. NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
HERMAN DARVICK JOHN REZNIKOFF Herman Darvick Authenticator for JSA PSA DNA JSA Authenticators at large WESTPORT, Connecticut
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!