Gerard A.J. Stodolski
Gerard A.J. Stodolski, through his firm, Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Incorporated, is engaged in the full-time business of buying, selling and appraising historic autographs, letters, manuscripts, documents, photographs, rare signed or inscribed first edition books and historical ephemera.
Mr. Stodolski's interest in collecting and dealing in signed books and historic autograph material developed during his studies at Boston University, Harvard and Columbia in the late 70s and early 80s. He was still a student when he issued his first book and autograph list in 1978. Then, in 1983, Mr. Stodolski became a junior partner at the firm of Paul C. Richards, the leading autograph dealer and expert of his day. Three years later, he was voted an associate member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA).
During the course of his career, Mr. Stodolski has earned an international reputation for the approximately 100 illustrated catalogues on historic autographs, manuscripts and rare signed and inscribed first edition books he has written and edited. These publications have required that Mr. Stodolski personally research, catalogue and revise nearly fifty thousand items and these catalogues continue to be considered indispensable reference materials for the study, authentication and valuation of historic documents by many collectors.
With a personal reference library that currently contains over one thousand volumes dedicated to historic autographs and manuscripts and over 25 years of daily experience in the merchandising of similar material for his business, Mr. Stodolski is exceedingly proficient in both authentication and appraisal. Regarded as a leading authority in his field, his client-list includes The White House and Library of Congress, as well as major libraries, colleges and universities worldwide. Additionally, he has been called upon to authenticate and appraise materials as unique and varied as a fragment of Abraham Lincoln's "House divided" speech for a Morgan Library patron, Louisa May Alcott's family archive at Harvard University and Thomas Edison's light bulb patent material for a private collector.
Currently a full voting member of the ABAA, Mr. Stodolski is also a member of The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), The Professional Autograph Dealers Association (PADA), The Manuscript Society (MSS) and The Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC). Additionally, he has been profiled in a segment on the ABC Evening News and has been quoted and/or interviewed by The New York Times, NY Daily News, The Washington Post and other major national and foreign newspapers.
With Mr. Stodolski serving as one of PASS-COs chief authenticators and graders, our clientele may rest assured that they have one of the industry's leading authorities personally overseeing the authentication of their item.
Rex Stark is one of the nation's foremost authorities on historic and political
Americana . As a leading dealer and collector for over 30 years, Rex is a familiar face to many collectors and dealers at countless shows and auctions around the , and
Europe . A lifelong resident of
Massachusetts , Rex received his Bachelors degree from MIT and went on to Stanford where he received his PhD. Since becoming a full time dealer in 1976, he has become one of the nation's leading dealers in Political and Presidential items from
Washington to Kennedy. As such, Rex has become well-known for handling the finest in political campaign items, textiles, prints, medals, buttons and early ceramics, as well as a variety of other collectibles. His seemingly endless and tireless travel schedule, along with an unsurpassed passion for the hobby, have also garnered Rex the reputation as one Americ's most knowledgeable and forthright dealers of militaria, advertising, old west and photography. Dr. Stark publishes a full color fixed price catalog offering such materials on a regular basis. These are eagerly awaited by his vast number of loyal and devoted collectors, and are a unique and valuable asset to the study and understanding of all types of
Americana . An avid collector himself, Rex has developed one of the nation's finest collections of early American ceramics, with an emphasis on pre-1840 materials. Rex Stark brings to PASS-CO the unsurpassed knowledge that few others in the hobby can match.
Scott J. Winslow
Scott J. Winslow began work in the collectibles field in the late 1970's as a cataloguer and researcher for a prominent mail auction house specializing in Americana. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business & Economics in 1983, he founded his own firm, Scott J. Winslow Associates, and has been a full time, professional dealer in autographs and historical documents since 1985.
Acknowledged as one of this nation's leading authorities in business history, Mr. Winslow conducts numerous auctions of historical documents and Americana with a special emphasis on business and financial history, and has produced more than one hundred large catalogs over the course of his career. Additionally, Mr. Winslow travels extensively in the United States as well as Europe so that he can keep abreast of his field's ever changing marketplace. As a result of his many years of experience both here and abroad, Mr. Winslow has accumulated an extensive database of information relating to the fields of his expertise. The ever expanding Winslow reference library contains virtually every important price reference guide, as well as related material necessary for the accurate evaluation of business history archives.
Mr. Winslow's experience and expertise has attracted many prominent clients; when the New York Stock Exchange needed to have their archives appraised and evaluated in 2005, they turned to Scott Winslow to provide the expertise they needed. Mr. Winslow has also worked with the Pabst family to evaluate and appraise the personal papers of Frederick Pabst, the prominent brewer, as well as with countless private collectors seeking to donate their holdings to a variety of institutions.
Mr. Winslow is the current Executive Vice-President of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association [PADA], and the Chairman of the association's Ethics Committee. In addition, he has formerly served as PADA's President and Treasurer. Scott is also a member of numerous other associations and professional trade organizations. These include the Currency Dealers Association, Universal Autograph Collectors Club registered dealer, member and former President of the International Bond and Share Society, co-founder of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association, member of the American Numismatic Association, the Ephemera Society, American Political Items Collectors, Check Collectors Society, International Banknote Collectors Club, Currency Club of New England, and Society of Paper Money Collectors.
Beyond his membership in these various groups, Scott is also a licensed auctioneer in New Hampshire [License #4002], and Massachusetts [Auctioneer License #2692].
Richard Bond is recognized today as on of the nation's pre-eminent authenticators of sports autographs and game used items. He has been involved with sports memorabilia for over twenty-five years. Beginning at a young age, Richard grew up with baseball cards in his hands, and quickly branched out into vintage autographs and the then-untapped area of game-used equipment. His knowledge and instincts in the autograph field are highly regarded throughout the industry and his services are in constant demand. Possessing a keen eye for authentic and forged signatures, Richard won coveted grand prize of the first World Series of Autograph Authentication contest held at the 2005 National Sports Collector's Convention in
Chicago . He was the competition's runner up in 2006.
Richard has worked as an authenticator and Director of Acquisitions for one of the nation's leading sports collectibles auction houses. He has handled literally millions of dollars of rare sports autographs and artifacts, gaining invaluable expertise and insight into his profession. He has been quoted in the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Providence Journal and Tuff Stuff.
Those " in the know" within the sports collectibles field are well aware of Richard's impeccable integrity and devotion to his profession.
David J. Holmes
David J. Holmes began his career as a dealer in rare books and manuscripts in
Boston in 1972, trading almost exclusively in English and American literary material of the 18th through 20th centuries. He also handles original artwork (usually illustrations for literary works), letters of English and American artists and illustrators, photographs of authors, and correspondence by playwrights and theatrical figures (mostly from the period prior to 1940).
His firm, David J. Holmes Autographs, currently located in
Hamilton, New York , maintains an active inventory of letters, manuscripts, archives and books written by a broad range of authors from the very famous to the lesser-known. Mr. Holmes is especially interested in the latter category and has always been a champion of the so-called 'minor' or 'neglected writer'.
The specialists at Holmes Autographs have helped in the building of many collections, both private and institutional, and collectors here in the and abroad, have come to rely upon him for his sound advice and counsel.
PASS-CO is pleased to be able to add his literary expertise to our team of experts.