AutographCOA Authentication was launched in 2017 by Justin Steffman, the creator of the Real Autograph Collectors Club (RACC), the leading online community of 25,000+ autograph collectors, enthusiasts, and fans worldwide. The ACOA authentication team and it's expert network of experienced consultants have centuries of combined personal experience in the entertainment, music, and political autograph fields. With direct experience obtaining over 1,000,000 in person autographs during their careers and hobby pursuits, our team carefully examines every submission using our collective experience, direct knowledge, and extensive exempler pool.
Lifetime autographs obtained: 40,000+
Justin Steffman is a lifetime autograph enthusiast and leading authenticator with over 20 years of experience in the field. Justin is passionate about helping the collecting hobby and approaches every authentication with great care and diligence.
Born in Connecticut, Justin began meeting stars and obtaining autographs in person as a teen before relocating to New York City. Over the span of nearly two decades, Justin collected autographs in nearly every State and major city nationwide. He has personally met and obtained autographs from the majority of legends in music and Hollywood during his pursuits, and thousands of other famous people; ranging from reality stars to U.S. presidents.
Justin was featured on Paul McCartney's Back in the U.S. tour documentary, has made appearances on A&E and Fox television, and once appeared on the cover of both the NY Post and the NY Daily News while pursuing autographs.
Justin is the co-founder and lead moderator of the Real Autograph Collectors Club (RACC), an online community of in person autograph collectors and sellers with 25,000+ members in over 100 countries. Justin has also worked extensively as a celebrity photographer and his images have been featured throughout entertainment and news media, including Rolling Stone magazine, the Today Show, SNL, People magazine, and even in feature films. He is also a YouTube Silver Button award recipient with over 200 million video views.
Some of Justin's most memorable autograph experiences include touring coast to coast for Paul McCartney and Simon & Garfunkel, hanging out with Willie Nelson on his tour bus, and spending a day backstage with the Beach Boys.
Today, Justin resides in southern USA with his wife and two children as well as in New York City, and acts as the Lead Authenticator and CEO of AutographCOA, while traveling globally to authenticate autographs throughout Europe and the United States. He is also a proud vegan, web entrepreneur, occasional celebrity photo/videographer, and lifelong pop culture aficionado.
Lifetime autographs obtained: 10,000+
Bjarne Soderholm has spent over 30 years (since 1984) obtaining autographs in person throughout Sweden, Denmark, and the States. Bjarne's primary focus has always been on music and movie stars.
Bjarne's personal favorite collecting highlights include getting Def Leppard on a plane between Stockholm and Gothenburg in 1988, and his achievements over the years with Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, and Madonna.
Now residing with his family in Florida, Bjarne brings a great deal of expertise to the AutographCOA authentication team, and continues to collect in person autographs presently.
Lifetime autographs obtained: 10,000+
Jeff Stenzel has been researching and collecting autographs and memorabilia for most of his life. His hobby has taken him all over the country. Jeff is an avid collector of historical, presidential, film, musicians, and sports autographs and has collected thousands of in person signatures over a period extending more than 20 years.
Jeff has a deep passion for filmmaking and history, and has authored a book about his pursuits and traveling, Beyond The Red Carpet. He currently resides in the Chicago area with his wife Tiffany.