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  • Submitted: Thu, September 29, 2011
  • Updated: Wed, February 24, 2016
  • Reported By: kevin — Plainville Massachusetts United States of America
  • John Reznikoff University Archives TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. Every item backed by lifetime guarantee of authenticity for full purchase price without time limit. Preventing rip-offs, scams, forgers, conmen. John Reznikoff University Archives authenticates, auctions historically significant documents, manuscripts, letters, relics.
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    United States of America

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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. [continued below]....
..... University Archives.

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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.

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John Reznikoff University Archives Internet

Were the people at Pawn Stars one of the last to know about John Reznikoff and his past authenticating autographs?

Did they not do their homework?

Did they not know this is the same John Reznikoff who participated in the sale of 7/8 million dollars worth of forged John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe autographs?

We are still trying to find just one of the approximately 150 investors who got a refund after purchasing the forgeries.

Reznikoff, imitating an autograph authenticating expert made a recent major blunder on the television program Pawn Stars. A woman brought in a manuscript for the movie The Godfather which contained a full page inscription signed AL. She was hoping all the handwriting and signature was by the hand of Al Pacino.

Many in this hobby believe anyone with the slightest knowledge of Pacinos handwriting would instantly know that the handwriting was not Pacinos.

Todd Muller of Todd Mueller Autographs broke the story exposing this most notable blunder which is now the talk of the International autograph community.

Although this latest Reznikoff blunder in front of millions of viewers is laughable at a minimum it has serious consequences.

We have been advised by someone in the legal system about the seriousness created by this inexcusable mistake.

It leads to one question...John Reznikoff of University Archives holds himself as an autograph expert and as an expert witness. He has testified in court claiming to ne an expert witness. In all the cases John Reznikoff has participated, if they were criminal trials and convictions were based on his testimony then those convictions can now be placed in question and even overturned. contacted Pawn Stars for a statement. Carmine who is their executive assistant stated how shocked they were to discover Reznikoffs mistake in authenticating. He wanted it known that Pawn Stars does not chose the experts who appear on the program. He stated the people at The History Channel are responsible for Reznikoffs appearance.

It has to be one of the worst days in the life of any authenticator who would make such a blunder in front of millions of viewers who have witnessed first hand such incompetence.

Collectors must be very cautious when bidding at auction where the services of Reznikoff were used for authentication. He is on the staff of PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentication) and believe it or not still authenticating presidential material for RR Auctions including items thought to be signed by John F. Kennedy.

Its pretty unique to witness someone trying to impress 6 million viewers on television and watch that same person who was thought by the program to be an expert on autographs prove to the whole world watching that he had no clue and no business authenticating an autograph.

This happens often to John Reznikoff but this time he does so on national television. There is no way Reznikoff can spin what he did in front of millions.

Those who watched Pawn Stars saw Reznikoff entertain us with what many feel is the most embarrassing show of incompetence in the last decade of the autograph hobby.

Reznikoff sent many on his mailing list an email that he was to be called in as an autograph expert/authenticator on the hit show Pawn Stars. He strutted into the show dressed in dark clothes like Darth Vader or Dracula. Interestingly, Reznikoff post stories on different internet blogs and uses what appears to be a high school graduation photo of himself. Yet, what showed up on Pawn Stars was a scrubby old looking, unshaven fellow basically unrecognizable to those who have not seen him in the last ten years.

Immediately there seemed to be some sort of a problem as the person representing Pawn Stars only identified Reznikoff as John. Not as John Reznikoff or John Reznikoff of University Archives as would be expected. Some feel this happened as Pawn Stars may have googled Reznikoffs name after a contract was signed.

The fellow at Pawn Stars shows Reznikoff a script for the movie The Godfather which was bound. Reznikoff was to examine a full page inscription signed Al. Reznikoff makes it appear that this is the first time he is seeing the inscription and signature.

The woman who is offering this script did not know for sure but was hoping the inscription and signature was by the hand of Al Pacino.

Reznikoff pulls out his trusty magnifying glass, like Sherlock Holmes, basically ignoring the fifteen word inscription and focuses on a signature simply signed Al. Reznikoff tells the viewers how there are no breaks and stoppages in the signature which tells him its not a forgery. Adding a few more standard comments he continues to give the appearance he has skills and knowledge authenticating autographs. Reznikoff makes the determination that the script is signed by Al Pacino. He continues by saying that its his opinion the script has a value of about $2,000.

Based on Reznikoffs expert opinion it appears everyone is happy. The person who owns the script and now the people at Pawn Stars who hopes to purchase it. Yet, not everyone watching the program was just as happy especially serious collectors of entertainment autographs and those truly familiar with authenticating autographs.

Todd Mueller, a well respected autograph dealer by the legitimate autograph hobby saw the Pawn Stars program. It took Todd only a few seconds to know for sure that the fifteen word inscription and signature was not by the hand of Al Pacino. According to Todd, anyone with the slightest knowledge of Al Pacinos handwriting would come to the same conclusion!

Todd checked his exemplar files and discovered the inscription and signature was without a doubt written by Al Ruddy. Al Ruddy was the producer of the film. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture for the Godfather in 1973.

This is not the first time Mueller has had to set Reznikoff straight. Many may remember when Reznikoff was running around telling any reporter who would listen that he had purchased Neil Armstrongs hair. Mueller came forward and proved Reznikoff was not telling the truth. Mueller produced his cancelled check, made out to Armstrongs barber. During a phone call with Armstrongs barber he confirmed he did not know of any person named John Reznikoff.

Back to Pawn Stars, we must keep in mind that Reznikoff was not seeing the inscription and signature on the script for the first time when on television. You can bet that he had a copy well in advance of his appearance on the show. He had ample time to research this item, study the handwriting and signature with known exemplars of Al Pacinos handwriting. Worse, if he didnt know what to do he had all the opportunity in the world to show the writing to his associates for whom he is an authenticator before appearing on national television. Whatever exemplars he may have used and who ever he talked to in advance, they all got it wrong!

John Reznikoff is well known in the hobby for mis authenticating autographs. This is the same Reznikoff who took part in selling several million dollars worth of fake John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe autographs. That ordeal still holds the hobbys record for the most sold fake/forged autographs. His name is also involved in the selling of those forged Elvis Presley lyrics that came from Germany. Reznikoffs name is associated with numerous mistakes in authenticating many presidential signatures including the famous handwritten Oath of Office by President Reagan that was a forgery. As with the case of Al Pacino/Al Ruddy, Reznikoff has authenticated the wrong person in the past. A few examples are his authenticating as genuine a signature of Maggie Mitchell the civil war actress as Margaret Mitchell of Gone With The Wind fame. Another Reznikoff blunder was authenticating Samuel Sewall, Jr as his father the noted judge at the witchcraft trials in Salem, Ma. For a Dallas based auction house.

John Reznikoff is one of the authenticators for RR Auction, PSA and James Spence (JSA). PSA and JSA are authenticators for eBay.

Shortly after the Pawn Stars show aired, the usual handful of suspects came out of the autograph hobbys litter box. They were on a site run by Steve anti-Semite Cyrkin who has been given multiple opportunities to apologize to the Jewish person he made the statemen to. (((redacted))) and an autograph organization have called on Cyrkin to apologize but he refuses obviously standing by his hateful statement. This is the same Cyrkin, called an autograph terrorist by some in this hobby who is noted for his autograph business failing while he admitted he was pulling all the forgeries out of his inventory. For years, Cyrkin was in denial or simply outright lying, telling all, that his company website was down because he had no time to bring it up to date. Yes, the same Cyrkin who took a well respected hobby magazine and run it into the ground publishing stories like the one of dozens of autographs on a guitar that later proved all to be forgeries.

A handful of bloggers on his site, many who hide and go under fictitious names and others using multiple names praised Reznikoff for his appearance on Pawn Stars. Obviously, every one of them knew as much about authenticating autographs as Reznikoff did.

On another blog site one collector wrote: Id be afraid to send Reznikoff my Abraham Lincoln signed item to be authenticated. It may come back as being a genuine Art Linkletter.

John Reznikoffs recent blunder in front of the world is the talk of the International autograph community. The story and its horrors was recently picked up by a Las Vegas newspaper.

The popular website (((link redacted))) has crashed over the overwhelming amount of hits regarding this story.

You can click on the above link to see what other viewers have to say over Reznikoffs recent blunder. It also has a link to the Pawn Stars story.

CLICK here to see why Rip-off Report, as a matter of policy, deleted either a phone number, link or e-mail address from this Report.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

John Reznikoff Speaks Evil and Spreads Evil

AUTHOR: KNIGHTSKK - (United States of America)

I have seen the John Reznikoff comments and I have done a complete GOOGLE search.  John Reznikoff is spreading the teachings of Satan in his business practices and in his existence and life style. God made law the TEN COMMANDMENTS to follow. Illegal an unethical business practices is not the way to go through life. I do not collect autographs but I do know criminal and selfish behavior when I see it. The internet is full of information about Tribesman Reznikoff and his lawlessness .  I have read about forged Marilyn Monroe Letters, PSA DNA and fake baseball cards sold by Mastro Auctions.  Fake Kennedy Letters . A connection to bribes, corruption, manipulation, forged art , and a host of other unethical practices that show a pattern. 
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#2 Consumer Comment

John Reznikoff is cruel

AUTHOR: Sahid - (United States of America)

There was a terrible incident in NEWTOWN CONNECTICUT twenty first grade children were murdered by a twenty year old named Adam Lanza. There is a comment in the editorial from a John Reznikoff of Westport Connecticut and he states that "Its too bad  Mr. Lanza could not have been sent to visit the Palestinians because he could have made the world a better place "  What is this guy ?  A fake autograph salesman and a horrible human being , no wonder the History Channel dropped this guy.
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