Appraiser Sports Memorabilia Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Appraiser, Appriaser Intructor, Sports Cards, Sports Memorabilia,

Experience and Expertise

  • Appraisal Instructor for the International Society of Appraisers, Advanced Report Writing co- instructor, International Society of Appraisers / Northern Illinois University 2010 – 2015; ISA CAPP Course 105: The
  • Appraiser As Expert Witness, and Core Course 101 – Professional Appraisal Practices; Appraisal Ethics, Business Practices, and Communication. Indiana University
    1989-1993.
  • Specialist Certified Appraiser of Personal Property in Autographs, Manuscripts & Historical Documents. A multi-year research, study, and testing certification issued by the International Society of Appraisers in conjunction with the University of Maryland. Registered Number 970119 June 30, 1997. Re-certified as a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property. Re-certification, September 2002. Retested and passed CAPP
  • Recertification examination April 2009; Re-qualified as Certified Appraiser of Personal Property, October 28, 2013, and most recently in November 2018
  • Co-developer and presenter of Understanding USPAP: A Personal Property Perspective — An intensive one-day seminar addressing the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
  • Designer and presenter of: Turbo-Charging Your Appraisal Practice, and NAC Appraisal Marketing Bootcamp — nationally delivered seminars on expanding and marketing personal property appraisal firms.
  • Designer and presenter of Appraising the Appraisal — A continuing educational seminar for insurance professionals and agents. Created to help insurance professionals understand the appraisal process.
  • USPAP Certification Class: 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Tested and successful completed the 7-hour, 2020-20201 USPAP Program Update November 2019 — Completed the 15-hour USPAP program with Examination 2017.
  • Chairman New York Winter Antique Show Vetting Committee on Autographs, Manuscripts & Rare Books: Responsible for vetting all autographs, documents manuscripts, and rare books displayed and sold at this most prestigious show. Committee Chair 1993-1995 and 2013 – present; Committee Member 1996-2012
  • Successfully completed International Society of Appraisers / Indiana University CAPP program courses 101, 102, and 103, resulting in Designated Member Status. Indiana University / International Society of Appraisers Continuing Education Program.
  • Successfully completed ISA CAPP Course 104: Advanced Appraisal Theory & Report Writing and ISA CAPP Course 105: The Appraiser As Expert Witness
  • Chairman of the International Society of Appraisers – Hearing and Discipline Panel of the ISA Ethics Committee 2001- 2003;
  • Chairman International Society of Appraisers Ethics Committee 2003- 2006: Vice Chair ISA Ethics Committee 2001- 2003 Chairman: ISA Marketing Task Force. 2008-2012
  • Chairman New York Winter Antique Show Vetting Committee on Autographs, Manuscripts & Rare Books: Responsible for vetting all autographs, documents manuscripts and rare books displayed and sold at this most prestigious show. Committee Chair 1993-1995; Committee Member 1996-present
  • Successfully completed International Society of Appraisers / Indiana University CAPP program courses 101, 102, and 103, resulting in Designated Member Status. Indiana University / International Society of Appraisers Continuing Education Program.
  • Successfully completed ISA CAPP Course 104: Advanced Appraisal Theory & Report Writing and ISA CAPP Course 105: The Appraiser As Expert Witness
  • Chairman of the International Society of Appraisers – Hearing and Discipline Panel of the ISA Ethics Committee 2001- 2003;
  • Chairman International Society of Appraisers Ethics Committee 2003- 2006: Vice Chair ISA Ethics Committee2001-2003 Chairman: ISAMarketingTaskForce.2008-present

Sports Cards and Sports Memorabilia Appraisal Expertise Specialty Assignment and Appraisal Engagements

  • Fleer / Skybox International – Sports card manufacturing company: Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors: Appraiser and Consultant (Sports memorabilia appraisal and consultation of the Fleer sports memorabilia inventory). Appraisal services and valuation consulting included the appraisal of more than two million sports cards, professional sports players’ clothing, and game–used sports memorabilia items (basketball, football, hockey, and baseball).
  • Tammy J. Parsons v. Scott D. Parsons, State of North Carolina, County of Wakefield, in the General Court of Justice District Court Division: 07 CVD 14236: Appraisal of sports memorabilia and collectibles.
  • Richard Nixon v. United States of America (Nixon Watergate Papers Case)
  • Sharon, et al v. Northeast Self-Storage, Inc. and Manchester Self-Storage, Inc., New Hampshire (personal property collectibles valuation including: vintage and contemporary sports cards, sports memorabilia, dolls, toys, action figures, celebrity memorabilia and television collectibles)
  • Lead appraiser in numerous bankruptcy cases, dissolution of marriage cases, and estate tax liability appraisals containing personal property including: sports cards and sports collectibles, rare books, aircraft, classic cars, Hollywood & rock memorabilia, and residential contents.
  • Charitable contribution appraisals for written works, books, sports collections and archives, from and by Members of the US Congress, US Senators, US Presidents, well-known authors, Hollywood celebrities, NASA Moon-walking astronauts, professional athletes, sports figures, and world dignitaries.

Federal State and Local Government Engagements

  • Prime contractor for US Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS); serving as the lead appraiser and litigation consultant in sports memorabilia, sports autographs, and sports art cases. These engagements included the appraisal of sports cards, sports memorabilia, and sports autographs, with one case claiming to have a Fair Market Value in excess of three million dollars.
  • Prime contractor for US Department of Justice, US Marshal Service, serving as appraiser and consultant of sports memorabilia, sports autographs, fine art, jewelry and coins. Sports memorabilia cases include identification, consulting, and valuation including; — one case consisting of more than 172,000 sports cards.
  • Named subcontractor for US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection Service, providing appraisal, consulting and litigation support services for sports memorabilia, sports collectibles, sports autographs, fine art, high-performance automobiles antiquities, ancient artifacts, sculpture, illustrations, manuscripts and works on paper. Recent appraisal services include the valuation and identification of more than ten thousand basketball, baseball, and football sports cards.
  • New York Supreme Court: Court-appointed sports memorabilia appraiser in the dissolution of marriage case: Supreme Court of New York County of Queens; Laurence R. Margolin v. Sara R. Margolin – Index No. 22467-07 Honorable Jeffrey D. Lebowitz
  • Griffin & Taylor v. United States of America (7-14-98) Cr69643.0 (Nixon Watergate Papers Case) Blockage Analysis Appraiser and Litigation Support

Additional Sports-related Appraisal and Consultation Engagements

  • Authentication, identification and valuation services of sports autographs, sports cards andsports memorabilia for collectors, dealers, auction houses and major insurance companies including Chubb, Lloyds of London, Chartis, State Farm, and Selective Insurance.
  • Heisman Trophy insurance claim appraisal including identification, valuation and litigation support of an authentic Heisman Trophy
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame; related to the theft and return of what was reported to be the first baseball ever thrown by a President of the US to start a baseball game. (William Howard Taft)
  • Authentication engagements of sports autographs of major league sports figures in the fieldof basketball, baseball, football, and soccer

Professional Associations and Memberships

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS: Personal Property Appraisers Professional Society. President of the New Jersey Chapter, 1991-1992; International Society of Appraisers-NET Moderator of the PAPER computer network conference. 1989-1991. Chairman NJ-International Society of Appraisers Seminar ’93, the annual conference of the New Jersey Chapter of ISA. Secretary of the NJ Chapter of ISA, 1989-1990. Vice President NJ Chapter ISA, 1992-1993.

UNIVERSAL AUTOGRAPH COLLECTORS CLUB: Life member. Past Member of the Board of Directors and first UACC Director of Education.

AMERICAN PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Member and Guest Speaker. Presented an Autograph Authentication Program at National Conferences in, St. Louis MO, and Atlantic City, NJ. Member of the APS Appraisal Committee.

MANUSCRIPT SOCIETY: Member of the Board of Trustees, 2008-present. A document and manuscript organization dedicated to education and research of autograph history. Member and Contributor to Manuscript News. Member of the 2003 and 2009 Annual Meeting Planning Team and Guest Speaker at the Library of Congress.

Awards

  • Hackettstown Senior Hall of Fame – 2016 – For outstanding volunteer service to the community.
  • Kentucky Colonel – 2015 – For volunteer service to our nation, states, and local communities.
  • Special Award of Merit – 2012, International Society of Appraisers – For writing five consecutive annual scholarly treatises published in The Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies
  • Costello Commitment Award: Recognized for outstanding support and dedication to Project USE; Urban- Suburban Environments. Project USE, Newark, NJ 2011
  • Business Person of the Year, by the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce. 2009
  • Good Scout Award. Recognized by the NJ State Senate and NJ State General Assembly in a Joint Resolution for “meritorious record of service and commitment” to his community. 2008
  • Recipient of the International Society of Appraisers Media Award, 2004 and 1992, for Outstanding Efforts in the Education of the General Public in Qualified Appraisal Practices and Ethical Standards.
  • Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Hope, New Jersey. Presented by the Mayor of Hope and the Hope Township Council. 1999
  • 1990 Recipient of the International Society of Appraisers Marketing Award for Exemplary Marketing and Promotion of Professional Appraisal Services.
  • 1973 Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • 1996 and 1989 Recipient of International Society of Appraisers Service Award for developing Appraisal Education Programs for the ISA Computer Network, and ISA Service Award for work as Region 1 Representation of the International Society of Appraisers

Conference Attendance and Continuing Education

  • 2020 – Web Conferences: Appraising in the New Normal – Participant, Host and Speaker; Appraisers Back in Action – Participant, Host and Speaker
  • 2014 – 2020 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Webinar moderator and ‘color man’.
  • 2014-2015 Kansas City MO, Philadelphia, PA: International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference; Special Programs and Seminars in fine art, expert witness testimony, residential contents, historical artifacts, and IRS regulations
  • 2011 – 2013 Nashville, TN, Tempe AZ, Chicago IL: International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference; Special Programs and Seminars in early photography, civil war artifacts, art pottery, furniture, appraisal theory, and Residential Contents & Fine Art
  • 2003 – 2009 International Society of Appraisers Annual Conferences in Philadelphia PA, Houston TX, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Santa Fe NM, Fort Worth TX, Baltimore, MD, Charleston SC: Special Programs and Seminars in Residential Contents & Fine Art
  • 1996-1997, 1999 : International Society of Appraisers Annual Conferences in San Diego, CA, Houston TX & Alexandria VA: International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference; Special Programs and Seminars in Residential Contents & Fine Art
  • 1997 NJ Chapter of ISA – Seminar ’97 – Honing Your Appraisal Business Skills; speaker and participant
  • 1988-1994 Various ISA Conferences including: Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA and Long Beach ,CA
  • 1993 NJ Chapter of ISA — Seminar ’93: Residential Contents Specialty seminar; speaker and participant
  • 1987 Baltimore MD: International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference; Special Programs and Seminars in Residential Contents & Fine Art; Presenter and guest lecturer

Papers, Treatises, and Published Works
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