A showdown between two businessmen is bringing to light some ugliness in the autograph world.
A collectibles gallery in Florida is continuing its court battle with a collector/dealer over signed Beatles items, but the case could have ramifications in the sports world.
Jerry Gladstone, owner of American Royal Arts, is suing self-proclaimed Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo over Caiazzo’s claims of bogus signatures coming out of ARA. Gladstone was hopping mad, but in court last fall, Caiazzo’s attorneys produced photographs of musicians like Miley Cyrus and Don Henley purportedly signing guitars–photographs that were altered. That made-for-TV-drama moment was captured by Inside Edition. Gladstone claims he got the certificate of authenticity photos from a California company that was his distributor and he’s now suing them.
The Gladstone-Caiazzo suit –and the autograph business–also drew the attention of the Palm Beach Post, which served up more on the rivalry between big-time autograph sellers.