Report: #989511

Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | PSA DNA Authentication

  • Submitted: Tue, January 01, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, October 02, 2013
  • Reported By: Dirk — High Ridge Montana United States of America
  • PSA DNA Authentication
    NEWPORT BEACH, California
    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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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.




For years, decades , Autograph collecting was a popular hobby. People often wrote to their favorite celebrity for a signature. A chance meeting would often prompt a customary request of a momento that was both a souvenir and proof of that chance meeting.

Early on AUTOGRAPHS became a popular hobby. One of the very first dealers ever, was a man named WALTER R BENJAMIN . Mr Benjamin's story is fascinating. He fished through trash and found relics in the way of letters,documents of historical interest that had been thrown away. Walter R Benjamin collected and marketed historical papers. Many historical papers were discarded or used as fillers.  Paper was also reused as is was a scarce commodity and it is a known fact that papers written by Mozart were lost forever as they were used to wrap fish ! Mr. Benjam not only found and pioneered a new market, he preserved history. His business was handed down to his daughter Mary Benjamin, and today lives on with Chistopher Jaeckel , Mary's nephew, running this business with the same care and integrity of his family members that began this company.

THE UACC, Universal Autograph Collectors club was once a thriving successful organization. This organization unified collectors,dealers, and combinations of, in the interest of maintaing integrity and legitimacy in the hobby of autograph collecting. Members like Mary Benjamin, Joe Rubinfine, Bob Batchelder, Al Whitnebert ,Roy Deally ,Cordelia & Tom Platt all helped to make this club a fantastic success. The UACC was successful for many  years . They had wonderful autograph shows. The magazine, PEN & QUILL had wonderful articles. Truthful articles with integrity.

A man named John Eaton , a wonderful talented artist , began integrating forged photographs of modern celebrities into the market place. These forgeries are so well executed that they are still in circulation today. This was one step toward the destruction of this hobby.

R&R Enterprises began putting out monthly catalogs. Robert Eaton sold  mostly modern material. He had a never ending supply of modern material. Bob wanted to really dominate this hobby. In the 1990's R&R Enterprise was in its infant stages. Bob and his staff began to call out other dealers on veracity. UACC member , Mike Minor was one of the first UACC members to be DEFAMED by circulation of scandal sheets being mailed to various UACC members ,the mailings bearing no return address , but New Hampshire and Massachusetts post marks. Bob Eaton began making accusations against certain UACC members. He called out Mark Vardakis, Monroe Mendoza, Paul Hartunian, and selective others, causing concerns heightened about authenticity to the point of creating a panic. There have been some people that theorize that Bob Eaton was somehow related to John Eaton, but there is no real evidence. The two men share the same last name, lived in the same geographic area, and both look very much alike. It is a fact that John Eaton was a forger and he lived in Florida for a while until he was prosecuted for identity theft. John served out his term in a Florida prison and was released a few years ago.

Collectors Universe was a high profile dealership. They contracted various astronauts to do signings. Influential people like Bob Eaton, Steve Grad, John Reznikoff, Steve Cyrken and Joe Orlando decided the "forgery issues" within the UACC and all the internal dishonest behavior within the UACC had reached an all time high. The power of suggestion is a powerful weapon and some have a talent for creating issues that simply do not exist, or are less of an issue than anticipated. The biggest forgery issue in autographs was the flood of John Eaton fakes of the late 80' and early 90's .

Using the power of panic , efforts were made to "educate" collectors about how dangerous the hobby was. Forgeries existed , but most were exposed. THE PEN & QUIL was a huge success for years, in thwarted forgery scemes. The UACC did a remarkable job  keeping autograph collecting clean and upright. The unfortunate thing about the UACC is that is is nonprofit. Authentication should be an opportunity to derive profit according to the motley crew of Eaton, Reznikoff, Cyrkin, ad Orlando. The idea of a third part authentication was formed.

Many old time autograph dealers of the UACC era , rejected PSA DNA as an authenticator. For many years , buying from a dealer, who was a UACC member meant that you were dealing with an honest person. Dealers had return policies. Any discovered trends in forgeries were shared with other UACC members via THE PEN&QUILL MAGAZINE. UACC shows had proctors to monitor the dealers . The UACC Membership meant EVERYTHING and it was extremely difficult to sell without being a UACC member. No dealers ever dared step over any lines of integrity and jeopardize their membership. Bob Eaton knew this and he was very successful in causing damage within the UACC early on.

With internet, many dealers began selling online. PSA DNA has promoted there ONLINE OPINION SERVICE. This service gives potential buyers an "OPINION" on an item prior to purchase. PSA DNA has been successful in discrediting honest dealers , giving false opinions, and has made UACC Membership totally worthless.

PSA DNA has a conflict of interest because Bob Eaton, John Reznikoff, Bill Mastro, Roger Eperson, and others are dealers. Many "opinions" given are based on excluding new dealers, or discrediting established dealers. There are numerous stories about individuals, who attended "IN PERSON SIGNING"  of books, baseballs, photographs and actually experiencing the joy of meeting a celebrity , and having the rug yanked from under them, as PSA DNA submissions from such signings are rejected . PSA DNA charges the same regardless of authenticity. Dealers who patronize PSA DNA on a regular basis get rewarded, but in the beginning will receive very disappointing  results until PSA DNA has collectively received the appropriate dividends. PSA DNA basically allows dealers to sell and gets a percentage.

Recently , Bill  Mastro was arrested by the FBI . His connections to PSA DNA have been questioned and an investigation is in progress. At a recent PSA DNA dinner, the Mastro investigation was referred to as the 800 pound gorilla. They served Chicken Marsala , which i understand was quite good  !

Pictured  is PSA DNA members, Bill Mastro, John Reznikoff, Roger Epperson  and Steven Grad . Steven grad is the dude with glasses, Reznikoff is wearing the white shirt, Epperson is wearing a black shirt, The Mastro's are wearing matching blue shirts. A nice photo !!! 
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