University Archives Fabulous Autographs Auction from Ali to Lincoln auction is now up for bid through the invaluable auction site and will conclude on June 21, 2016, 10:30 AM EST. Bid, register and view items from the auction here. A great selection of 143 lots to bid on. You can bid “live” on a fine variety of outstanding autographed manuscripts and books of notable presidents, historical figures, literary figures and much more!
- Lot 5: Incredible 1968 diary by the late boxer Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay)
- Lot 8: Important Benedict Arnold 1779 ALS selling New Haven house as he plots treason!
- Lot 131: 3 language ship’s paper boldy signed by George Washington as 1st President
- Lot 104A: Ronald Reagan ALS as President re having Jesus in your life
- Lot 6: 4x signed contract by boxer Muhammad Ali for 2001 motion picture “Ali”!
To see our most recent acquisitions, we have provided a link to our website below. Just follow the link to our Home page, then click on the last 30 days red button. Call us at 203-454-0111 with any questions or for assistance.
In addition, check out our new eBay listings! As you know, we have contracted with noted dealer, Herman Darvick, to sell select documents for us on eBay. This is your opportunity to bargain-hunt, so please have a look. There are NEVER RESERVES on any of our AUCTION listings. Your purchase of any of these items at AUCTION prices will be accomplished through eBay only, so let the offers begin!
- Confederate Song Sheets – Starts at $9,99
- Englishman Joins the Confederate Army Application – Starts at $9.99
- Confederate VP Alexander H. Stephens free frank – Starts at $9.99
- Confederate Col. J. Taylor Wood Signed Letter to CSA Secretary of the Navy – Starts at $9.99
- Confederate Col. J. Taylor Wood Telegram to Wife – Starts at $9.99
- Confederate First Lady Varina Davis Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
- Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen R. Mallory Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
- Scientist George Washington Carver Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
- Union Leader Cesar Chavez Signed Farm Workers Membership Card – Starts at $9.99
- King Charles II of Spain Signed Document 1686 – Starts at $9.99
- King Charles II of Spain 1694 Document Signed in his name by Secretary – Starts at $9.99
- Giants Bobby Thomson & Dodgers Ralph Branca Signed Photograph – Starts at $9.99
- Lord Walpole Signed Letter to Disraeli – Starts at $9.99
- Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Stroud Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
- Revolutionary War Interest Payment to future U.S. Senator – Starts at $9.99
- 1st Marquess Wellesley free frank – Starts at $9.99
- Telegram received by Jefferson Davis re Capture of 35 Union ships – Starts at $9.99
- First Human in Space Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin Signed Photograph – Starts at $9.99
- Aviatrix Amelia Earhart Signed Check – Starts a $9.99
- 23rd President Benjamin Harrison Signed Check – Starts at $9.99
- Civil War Black Officer 55th Mass. James M. Trotter Signed Document – Starts at $9.99
- Authentic White House stationery – Starts at $9.99
- Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Signed Sheet – Starts at $9.99
- Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II Signed Document – Starts at $9.99
- Novelist Jack London Signed Check – Starts at $9.99
- Artist George Dunlop Leslie Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
- Henry Cardinal Manning Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
- Wizard of Oz – Dorothy’s Uncle Henry – Charley Grapewin Signature – Starts at $9.99
- British Statesman John Bright Signed Letter – Starts at $9.99
About University Archives
John Reznikoff, the company’s founder, started collecting in 1968. Then a third grader in West Hartford, Connecticut, his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, gave him a shiny glassine envelope of colorful stamps from around the world. A collector was born! Reznikoff quickly amassed an impressive collection by writing away to stamp companies listed in the back of the New York Times. By age 13, he was a part time dealer, and had diversified his interests to include early baseball cards, postal history, and yes, autographs. Fast forward five years, Reznikoff entered Fordham University, where his father, Dr. Marvin Reznikoff, was a professor. Reznikoff majored in Political Science and Anthropology, and minored in part time dealing of collectibles. What a marvelous way, he thought, to subsidize the incredible costs of getting an education than dealing in things that one could be educated by! By 1979, University Stamp Co., Inc., was formed.
In his 20’s, Reznikoff quickly made a name for himself as a leader of the industry, especially in his specialty, 19th Century Postal History, which of course included a plethora of manuscript material. By 1984, Reznikoff recognized a keen competitor in the persona of Bryan Camarda. Rather than compete, Reznikoff chose to join forces, and they have been partners ever since. In the mid-80’s, both men were asked by the prestigious Philatelic Foundation to be authenticators within their expertise. To this day, Mr. Camarda is considered to be among the world’s top experts in 19th Century United States Stamps and Postal History. He is one of the “Magnificent Seven”, a group of dealers who price the Bible of the industry, the Scott Standard Guide to Postage Stamp Prices.
Reznikoff quickly found his interests drawing toward postal history, and history in general. By the late 80’s and early 90’s, Reznikoff was exclusively dealing in manuscript material under the established division, University Archives. University Archives was quickly catapulted among the leading dealers in the industry. Reznikoff has authored numerous publications and complete chapters in the industry standard, Sanders Price Guide to Autographs. He has appeared on virtually every major news program in recent years. He has been written about in thousands of newspapers, including occupying front-page placement in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Reznikoff’s opinion on authenticity in the historical autograph field is the most requested in the world. Definitively.
Aside from that, Reznikoff has an incredible presence as an expert witness having to do with questioned documents, not necessarily autographs. He has also worked with the United States Justice Department, the FBI, and numerous local law enforcement professionals, to weed out fraud within the industry. Reznikoff’s and Camarda’s presence and accomplishments have made the University Companies what they are today – the top dealers in their discipline, and much, much more.