Steve Zarelli

Steve Zarelli

With flag flown to moon on Apollo 11

With flag flown to moon on Apollo 11

Steve Zarelli

I have been collecting and studying space and aviation autographs for 20 years. I have met many astronauts in-person at events where I obtained their signatures and, like many collectors, sent mail requests. 

I soon discovered that I had a good eye for identifying fakes, and before I knew it, many of my fellow collectors, as well as dealers, were seeking out my opinion.

Over the years, I have been on the forefront of identifying deceptive forgeries, often working collaboratively with other experienced collectors. In that time, I have built a deep and comprehensive exemplar file of known authentic examples as well as documented forgery styles.

Most importantly, in my years in the hobby, I built a reputation of being a conservative analyst, passionate and ethical.

We are all products of those who came before us, and over the years I have been very fortunate to have friends and mentors who I consider giants of the hobby: Al Hallonquist, Bob McLeod, Gerry Montague, Scott Cornish and Ken Havekotte to name a few.


Hobby Membership and Awards

  • Board of Directors, Universal Autograph Collectors Club: 2011 to current
  • Ethics Chairman, Universal Autograph Collectors Club: 2008 – 2011
  • Universal Autograph Collectors Club Ethics Board: 2005 – 2008
  • Distinguished Service Award 2006, Universal Autograph Collectors Club

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