If you are bidding or plan to bid on any of the auction items please be assured that all of the memorabilia is 100% authentic. Mr. Herman Darvick, a close friend of the Figueroa family, volunteered to authenticate the items for us. Each autographed item will be accompanied by a personally signed Darvick Certificate of Authenticity, also signed by Alisa Figueroa for "Rally for Recovery." We are so thankful to him for supporting this cause.
Herman Darvick was one of the charter members of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, serving as its President from 1968-1987. He is the author of the book "Collecting Autographs", published in 1981 by Messner Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. In 1983, he was asked to write an article for the "World Book" encyclopedia. His "Autograph" article has been published in every edition of the "World Book" since 1984. Darvick ran his own autograph business from 1968-1985 and Herman Darvick Autograph Auctions from 1985-1995, selling memorabilia as well as autographs. In 1990, he received nationwide publicity when he authenticated and sold the first known genuine signature of Shoeless Joe Jackson at auction for $23,100. In 1991, Herman Darvick sold Jack Ruby's gun for $220,000.
From 1996-2005, Herman Darvick was the chief cataloguer and authenticator for Gallery of History. In 1998-1999, he was an expert witness for the United States on autograph authenticity and value when the Estate of Richard Nixon sued for the value of documents confiscated by the U.S. government after Watergate. Darvick has been interviewed by, among others, Oprah Winfrey, Bill O'Reilly, Larry King, Joe Franklin, and Phil Donohue, as well as by the Associated Press, UPI, Reuters, "USA Today," "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," "Yomiuri Shimbun," "Der Spiegel," ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, CNBC, and other media.Since 2006, Herman Darvick has been a Consultant Authenticator for PSA/DNA Authentication Services.
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