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Appraiser,Appraisals, Authenticated Sports Appraisals, accurate appraisals for individual sports memorabilia, collections of sports related items Trading Cards, Autographs, Figurines, Magazines Programs, Tickets, Lithographs Prints, Autographs, Bobbleheads, sports related, old or new, any sport, sports, appraisal, memorabilia, collectibles, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing, tennis, wrestling, golf, sports illustrated, autographs, cards, figurines, value, vintage advertising, antique furniture, antiques, art deco, art pottery, automobile racing collectibles memorabilia, balck memorabilia, boy scout memorabilia collectibles, vintage cameras, vintage carousel animals, celebrity memorabilia, christmas collectibles, clocks, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, currier ives prints, decorative arts, disneyana, vintage dollhouses, early vintage bicycles, early vintage lighting lamps, electric trains ephemera, fire memorabilia, firearms, folk art, fraternal memorabilia, early through 20th century furniture, guns, holiday collectibles, horse racing collectibles, hummels, ironstone, lladros, military, mission furniture accessories, music boxes, NASCAR collectibles, photographs, carte de visites andvintage daguerreotypes, political memorabilia, porcelain, postcards, pottery, prints, railroad collectibles, slot machines, steins, stoneware, vintage swords, early 20th century toys, TV memorabilia, USPAP qualified appraiser, vitorian, watches, world war memorabilia

Expert Witness No.1359

New York


Expert Witness 1359 has had an active interest in the antique business since the 1950’s, attending many auctions, buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  He holds a degree in engineering from Broome Technical Community College and graduated from Reiches College of Auctioneering.

In 1974 Expert witness 1359 was admitted to the American Society of Appraisers and, in 1980, advanced to the level of Senior Member, certified to appraise Antiques, Decorative Arts and Residential Contents.  In 1992 he joined the Appraisers Association of America as an Accredited Member and in 1995 he was elected to their National Board of Directors.  In 2005 the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors bestowed a Fellowship on him.  He has lectured, taught classes and conducted appraisal clinics for many years and appears frequently on television and radio talk shows and appeared weekly on a television show.  He is accredited by the University of the State of New York to conduct adult education courses on Antiques and Collectibles.  He is licensed and bonded auctioneer within New York State and by the State of Pennsylvania.

Expert witness 1359 has given expert court testimony in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts.  His appraisals are accepted by the Internal Revenue Service and many state courts. He is qualified to do the IRS form 8283 regarding non-cash charitable donations.

In 2005 the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors bestowed a Fellowship on him.
To date there are only 6 other personal property Fellows in the United States. To become a member one must demonstrate the highest standards of education, professional training and ethical conduct.


Involved in the valuation of cars from the 1950’s.  From 1959 through 1971 he was owner, promoter and manager of a NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) sanctioned track.  Since 1964 to the present, he has promoted many car shows and has been actively engaged in the used car market including appraising classic and specialty vehicles.  

Real Estate

Licensed by the Department of State of the State of New York since 1969 and currently is the Principal Real Estate Broker of a private company.  He has successfully completed the required education courses offered by NYS: Realtor Associate, Realtor and Real Estate Appraisal.  Since 1979 he has been actively engaged in the Auctioneering of Real Property.  In 1989 he passed a comprehensive written examination qualifying him as a Certified Real Estate Appraiser for the State of New York, certified to appraise real property for the Department of Transportation as well as other State agencies.  He has been appraising real property since 1974.

Sports Memorabilia Appraiser

1985 – Began appraising major collections of baseball cards for insurance purposes and litigation.

1988 – Auctioned a sports memorabilia business containing over 300,000 sports cards.

1991 – Began preparing 8283 appraisals of major sports items for non-cash charitable donation.

1995 – Selected by the Racing Hall of Fame, Saratoga, NY to appraise Kentucky Derby Trophy and other significant donated items.

1995 – Collaborated on Shaquille O’Neil’s personal sports memorabilia collection.

1996 – American Society of Appraisers and Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame initiated client referrals throughout the United States on sports related items.

1998 – Consultant for Sports Illustrated Magazine and Chicago Tribune Newspaper – Sports.

2003 – Appraised the world’s oldest known soccer ball (football) for the Soccer Hall of Fame, Oneonta, NY

2004 – Appraised the original Heisman sculpture from which all Heisman trophies have been made

2006 – Appraised items missing from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Museum in Springfield, MA


Broome Technical Community College – Mechanical Engineering Degree
Reiches College of Auctioneering, Mason City, Iowa

Lecturer and Instructor on Antiques and Collectibles

International Conference of ASA, 1986, Portland, OR, Values of American Clocks

State University of New York at Binghamton – Continuing Adult Education

Binghamton High School – Continuing Adult Education

BOCES – Continuing Adult Education Courses

American Society of Appraisers – Antique Clocks and Watches

NYS Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors – The Treasures of Russia

Personal Property Journal of ASA – Staff writer

Numerous Area Historical Societies and Service Clubs

Published articles in Ralph & Terry Kovel’s Monthly Newsletter

Lecturer and Instructor on Real Estate

Southern NY State Estate Planners, Syracuse, NY – Real Estate at Auction
Western New York Chapter of ASA, Rochester, NY – Real Estate at Auction

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