Consultant Authenticator, PSA/DNA Authentication Services
Specialty: Historical and Political Autographs
John Reznikoff is the founder of University Archives, a leading document and manuscript firm specializing in the appraisal and authentication of historical texts. The company has bought and sold rare documents since its inception in 1979. While Reznikoff may have started his career as a mere stamp collector at the age of 8, he now offers decades of professional experience in the autograph industry and is considered one of the leading historical document experts in the world. His encyclopedic knowledge of rare and historic manuscripts, documents, and relics draws the attention of curators, investors, collectors, foundations, and the press.
Over the years, Reznikoff has appeared as an autograph, handwriting, and historical document/manuscript expert on several major news/educational television programs or networks, such as ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Inside Edition, PBS's History Detectives, the History Channel's Pawn Stars, ESPN, Fox, NBC, the Smithsonian Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and the American Heroes Channel to name a few. He has also been the subject of thousands of newspaper articles, including cover stories in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has also authored and published many articles for Manuscripts, Pen and Quill, Linn's, and American Philatelist.
In addition, Reznikoff is a recognized expert in questioned documents (i.e., documents that are not necessarily autographs and/or the handwriting of famous subjects). He has worked with the United States Justice Department, the FBI, and numerous local law enforcement professionals to combat fraud in the industry. In fact, he is court certified at both the State and Federal level, and his lab and library are renowned in the industry. In 2006, he trained with forensic experts on the most advanced document examination equipment available at the time (the Video Spectral Comparator (VSC) machine) and is currently the only individual dealer in the trade to own and employ such a device.
Reznikoff is also affiliated with, and has served as an officer in, multiple professional organizations dedicated to the autograph industry. He has served as vice president and, subsequently, president of the International Autograph Dealers Association; he founded the Professional Autograph Dealers Association; he became the first approved authenticator/appraiser for the prestigious Board of Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) in 2006, was deemed their "Autograph Dealer of the Year" in 2009, and was voted to the board in 2012. He has also worked as an authenticator and consultant for various prestigious auction houses, dealers, government institutions, private parties, and authentication companies, such as PSA/DNA Authentication Services.