Norwalk’s A Yankee Peddler & Loan hosts one-time autograph authentication by world renowned James Spence Authentication

Ever wonder if those family heirlooms you inherited, or that signed sports memorabilia you collected, possess viable, authentic signatures?   Want to verify them and possibly maximize the value and interest of your signed collectible?   That opportunity is here thanks to A Yankee Peddler & Loan, Norwalk, CT’s well-known, family owned pawnshop.

The business will host a day of onsite autograph authentication by JSA James Spence Authentication, arguably the foremost authority in autograph authentication, at their 212 Main Street, Norwalk, CT location on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm.

“Often people have been given or inherited an item with a legacy,” says Alexander DeLucia, owner of A Yankee Peddler & Loan. "Perhaps the story associated with the item is that a family member had gotten it signed by a celebrity.  While that may be true, it could be a “fish tale”.   DeLucia routinely has people offer his business signed items, but since Yankee Peddler is not a verification expert, he generally declines the acquisition.

“JSA is the foremost authority in autograph authentication with the most extensive database in the industry,” he says. “I met owner, James Spence, at the National Association of Pawnbrokers convention in July.”   James Spence not only has experience with sports autographs but in his own personal collection has political leaders like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. JSA’s Letter of Authenticity (LOA) is highly sought after and is guaranteed to be accepted by collectors, dealers and auction houses worldwide.  “Given the large number of people that contact us with uncertified items, we thought this would be a great service to our local market.“  

JSA regularly attends major collectible venues across the country and people routinely pay to gain admission and access to their services. Those interested in taking advantage of JSA’s stringent authentication process at the September 30 event will pay for the authentication service up front.   At the end of the day, authentic items will be issued the highly sought after LOA and items of sufficient value will be issued a replacement value appraisal.  

“Receive your items back the same day and increase the value of your memorabilia by assuring its authenticity! “ says DeLucia.

For more information contact A Yankee Peddler & Loan at 203.847.5626


James J. Spence Jr. founded JSA www.spenceloa.com in 2005.   Autograph collecting is a Spence family tradition that has been passed down through four generations and, like his father and grandfather before him, James Spence started out as an avid collector of sports memorabilia. Today JSA has built a worldwide reputation as the premier autograph authenticator in the world. The firm has accumulated an impressive exemplar database of nearly 500,000 files, which are used by autograph authenticators to accurately assess the thousands of autographs submitted daily. JSA experts regularly visit auction houses, attend trade shows/conventions and constantly research the veracity of autographs of sports figures, celebrities, entertainers, politicians and historical figures.


A Yankee Peddler & Loan http://yankeepeddlernorwalk.com/ opened in Norwalk, CT in 2012. Owner, Alexander DeLucia, has owned and operated several pawn businesses throughout CT and in the 1990s founded the Connecticut Association of Pawnbrokers. Alex is a long time member of the National Pawnbroker’s Association and, when it existed, the International Pawnbroker’s Association. Yankee Peddler is a consumer store as well as a lending institution.   The business is always looking for gently used items such as jewelry, electronics, tools, musical instruments, video games, and more. Their friendly, experienced staff can quickly appraise your items and get you cash when you need it. Whether you're looking to borrow money, make a purchase, or just want to browse, their inventory changes daily.


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