Universal Autograph Collector’s Club (UACC)
The Universal Autograph Collector’s Club (or UACC) is a non profit organisation which provides education for autograph collectors through their website, journal, classes and publications. The club was founded in 1965 by a group of collectors from Long Island.
According to their website, the club is now the largest autograph organisation in the world and has members in over 20 countries.
Members of the UACC are invited to share their experiences in The Pen and Quill, the club’s award winning journal which is sent out to members four times a year.
The president of the UACC is Michael Hecht. He has been a member for over 25 years and has served on the board for over 10 years. As President of the club, his main focus is on increasing membership and increasing the educational content of the UACC.
Hecht began collecting autographs when he was just 12. After 40 years, he now has over 500 autographs.
Anthony Pizzitola is the Vice-President of the UACC. He has been a member and collector for over 30 years. He is considered a leading authority on Neil Armstrong and contributed to Dr. James Hansen’s authorised Armstrong biography “First Man”.
Al Wittnebert has been Treasurer of the UACC since 1983 and a Life Member of the UACC since 1970. He is a Charter Registered Autograph Dealer number RD007. Al has been collecting since 1962, focussing his collection on early television personalities.
The Pen & Quill
The Pen & Quill is a publication about collectible autographs and manuscripts created by the UACC.
The publication began in the 1960s as the club’s monthly journal, featuring news of members, collecting techniques, biographies of VIPs, auction information, dealer listings, terminology, research and informational resources.
Experts in the field of autographs and manuscripts have also contributed to the publication, including Charles Hamilton, Kenneth W. Rendell and Paul C. Richards.
The journal has since evolved to include information about the technology and popularity of autograph collecting including articles featuring handwriting analysis of important people such as Abraham Lincoln.
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