Report: #1168085

Complaint Review: Autograph Magazine Live

  • Submitted: Thu, August 07, 2014
  • Updated: Thu, August 07, 2014
  • Reported By: Autograph Pro — Ann Arbor Michigan
  • Autograph Magazine Live


Autograph Magazine Live Autograph Collector magazine Steve Cyrkin Slanderous Lobelous Hate Spewing Internet site Business collusion and racketeering Corona California

*Consumer Comment: Don't they have impartial moderators

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 Autograph Magazine wentout of business a long time ago yet the owner continued online not publishing a magazine but instead moderating a blog called autograph magazine live the reason behind this was simple he is an ex and or current employee of collectors universe who owns among other things a grading authentication company called PSA DNA.

Steve Cyrkin uses this blog as a bully pullpit to spread slander and libel about every dealer who of autographs who does not submit their items to the company he has a financial interest in - collectors universe and psa dna

His advertisers on the site are ONLY Psa Dna "authenticators" they believe in a scroched earth policy of running down everybody who doesnt pay them for their services regardless of the long standing in the field and previous reputation enjoyed by the dealer.

They have slandered multiple dealers who have done millions in business for decades in the field with perfect better business bureau ratings and other accolades to their name.

Not only do they slander their product and suggest in no uncertain terms these honest dealers of well reknown are selling fakes but they even get very personal suggesting awful things about them personally from the way they dress or smell ! to allegations of them having no business licences, their religious affiliations and more it is clearly a hate driven site.

More to the point it is business collusion and racketeering since they use people with fake names to make such comments in some cases the honest dealers have gone onto the site to rebut the allegations some having done so quite intelligently yet they same three or four pile on making more non sensical claims.

I dont know why more people have not sued them for this although the speeches on the site and even on this site shows that some have sued them before or are in the process of doing so now. Good luck to those folks as litigation is expensive and time consuming.

I would hope with so many entire sites online dedicated to showing this very thing I am mentioning and even other complaints on this site that a government agency or the FBI or someone will get interested in these opportunistic horrible few people spoiling the hobby for the rest of us

I have been a collector for years and years and this mess has only been in existence so long as Psa Dna entered the hobby charging people for their autograph opinions and claiming even on their site that you are ignorant if you dont use them

I myself attend many trade shows where sports stars come and sell their autograph for a fee and in the beggining I was beguiled into using psa dna too although in retrospect I wonder why I wanted someones "opinion" on items I KNEW to be real !? But in those cases they charged me money to tell me my items were fake - items I witnessed being signed in front of me and paid the celebrity athlete a fee to sign !!!

These people are bad its as simple as that and unless someone does something about them they will strangle the fun - the profit and everything else out of this hobby with their rather obvious business collusion.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Don't they have impartial moderators

AUTHOR: For The Record - ()

Now, they have a “new” moderator who uses the name WASCHER.  Some might think that is an alias but it is actually short for Wendy Ascher.  She raises dogs in Appleton Wisconsin. 

Read another blog on ripoff reports on Julien’s Auction that came under attack by Steve Cyrkin where her name came out.  Interesting read how that site provides a forum for them to attack the owner of Juliens with very little substance and lots of unproven speculation so it seems that relied on some suspect authentication services.

So what did they do, make one a moderator of his autograph blog.  From there she can bias, harass, make statements about others, and opine on autographs and even the law.

Now where does a Dog Groomer from Appleton Wisconsin who raises dogs get all her insight?

According to her;

Correct.  Steve and I are trying to implement ways of making the sight more user friendly. Allowing people to go off hammering each-other with personal insults instead of talking like adults, isn't a healthy atmosphere.  But it's also hard to control.... and neither of us can be right there on the threads at all times, nor do we know what someone is about to do... until after it happens.  So how to we stop this type of behavior?”

Yet, she condones nasty attacks from the followers as well as instigates it more often than not.  If someone throws it back, she delves into their information while harassing them to identify or deletes them yet many of the followers who do the same remain anonymous and verbally attack others who aren’t part of the circle.

Moderator note:  Loren has been removed for offensive language.” Although Wendy Ascher allows offensive language about others who are regulars to the blog.

This part time moderator, so she says, “I don't get "dragged" anywhere--if I read a post and it feels sarcastic, I'll step in to watch how it plays out.”

But if you post a comment about her it gets deleted like this one’ “by Jadzzo MJ Wascher the moderator (she is a psycho that 24/7 dedicates her time to attack and discredit any person she feels is not going to be a client of her PERSONAL FRIEND.  Michael Jackson justice/ wendy ascher (she was banned and her poisonous comments removed)."

Checking the blog referenced it does appear Wendy can no longer post on it as all references seem to be blank.  Didn’t take to long for that comment to disappear.  In its place was now a comment from Wendy.  Another member must have seen it as that member asked for clarification.  No response from Wendy Ascher, aka Wascher.who also says, “I'm usually one of the biggest skeptics of people who show up to defend their items--follow my moderating - and you'll see that. “ except when she is asked to explain.

Does she really act as a moderator?  Doesn’t look like it.  Appears she is merely a part time lackey.  Does she have experience in anything related to autographs?  Wendy responded to one member that she maintained other blogs not related to autographs.

Maybe we should just ask this recording secretary Wendy Jo Vandynhoven but what would be the point!  “its a weekend, ya know what goes on on weekends?  Dog shows. “  But that’s right Wendy already noted her experience, “My hobby & love, is the sport of purebred dogs & dog showing in conformation.  I run several Dog Club/Dog Club members websites, as well as own/moderate several private dog lists for my breed, and have been doing this for about 12 yrs.” And “Also as a non-collector (but very interested in the hobby) - please know that my helping out is totally neutral and unbiased.   I believe he runs a very good site here, and in no way plan to do anything but help him keep it that way.”

Neutral.  Unbiased!  Wait a minute, I’m confused.  Is this non-collector moderator who often casts aspersions of others, opines on autographs while letting her followers use vile language, and act immature know anything about autographs since she is often involved in discussions about them really neutral?

If you follow Wendy it appears she really lied in all the above as she fancies herself as a world authority on Michael Jackson.  So why would she get tossed off of a Michael Jackson blog?    What might happen if someone simply created aspersion about her breeding dogs as nothing more than a puppy mill?

Would that be fair?  Probably not, but the way she conducts herself and cast aspersions as if she is an expert is what that site seems to allow.  Or as her motto;” If you don’t like our sense of humor, tell  us so we can laugh at you”.  Maybe I’m not as confused as I thought or maybe Wendy is she looks;

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