University Archives Fine Autographs & Manuscripts auction including selections from the The Collections of Charles E. Sigety are now up for bid through the invaluable auction site and will conclude on August 23, 2016, 10:30 AM EST. Bid, register and view items from the auction here or on Invaluable. A great selection of 179 lots to bid on.
- Lot 74: In a previously unreported letter Stonewall Jackson orders two spies from…
- Lot 140: Paul Revere requests the repayment of $150 from Judge Isaac Parker of Boston
- Lot 26: Bill & Hillary Clinton sign certificate for a Clinton Legal Expense Fund
- Lot 73: Col. Stonewall Jackson writes to his banker regarding money matters
- Lot 84: Handwritten Manuscript by Martin Luther King for his first book Stride Towards…
- Lot 159: Extremely rare Zachary Taylor Autograph Letter Signed as President!
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.