University Archives post-election auction promises to be one of the best we have had with exciting, new items added everyday! Join us for a chance to own some of the finest material in the world of autographs, books and relics at great prices! The auction kicks off at 10:30 am on Thursday, November 10, 2016 on Invaluable and eBay. A selection of some of our highlights are shown below.
If you have any questions about any of our items, please don’t hesitate to email or call.
- Among the finest known Zachary Taylor signed documents as President!
- An archive of Nobel Laureate Frederick Banting, co-discover of Insulin
- A Gutzon Borglum letter critiquing his Henry Ward Beecher anti-slavery statue
- Whitey Bulger signs an Alcatraz mug shot of Public Enemy #1 Alvin Karpis
- Superb condition John Quincy Adams land grant
- President Bush hopes the baseball player-owner dispute is quickly resolved
- Great signature & period photograph of Thomas Edison with important invention
- One of only two known postmaster’s appointments signed by Benjamin Franklin!
- Greta Garbo’s sophisticated and stylish French suede gloves!
- Striking relic of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster collected by the chief boatswain!
- Ferdinand & Isabella sign a letter on 7th Anniversary of Columbus Day!
- Over 60 words in Kennedy’s hand on US Senate stationery re domestic policy
- Abraham Lincoln signs commission for Connecticut officer who served at Antietam
- Rare! Two tickets to witness the swearing-in of Barack Obama as U.S. Senator
- Stunning A.A. Milne ALS penned just weeks before publication of Winnie The Pooh
- Watergate archive of ten letters signed by Nixon, Ford, and others
- Ronald Reagan fine designer tea cup, by Hertal Jacob, Bavaria Germany
- Beautiful Tiffany gold binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, to benefit the Canadian Red Cross
- Large Original First Generation Photograph taken aboard the deck of “Carpathia”
- Original photograph of the “killer iceberg” believed to have sunk Titanic
- James Watt writes re: opposition to first grist mill to employ his steam engine
- Fantastic Archive of letters, speeches, documents & relics owned by Lt Gen Geoffrey Keyes
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.