Professional Autograph Dealers’ Association



2015-06-26 10:45:00

The Professional Autograph Dealers’ Association (PADA) is a trade association for autograph and manuscript dealers worldwide.

PADA works to ensure that collectors and dealers can buy and sell autographed material knowing that it is accurate and authentic.

Only autograph dealers who have proved that they are experts in the field, and deal only in authentic material are able to join PADA. All membership applications are screened to ensure that this is the case. Members must conform to PADA’s code of ethics to remain a part of the association.


PADA has four committees: ethics, membership, programs and the New York show committee.

The ethics committee is made up of Scot Winslow (chairman), Catherine Barnes, Edward N. Bomsey and John Lubrano.

The membership committee comprises Steven Raab (chairman), David J. Holmes, Stuart Lutz and Nancy L. McGlashan.

The programs committee is made up of Stuart Lutz (chairman), Catherine Barnes, Edward N. Bomsey and William Butts.

The New York show committee consists of Stuart Lutz (chairman) and Gary Combs.

Code of ethics

PADA’s code of ethics is a set of rules which members must abide by to display that they are authentic and genuine.

The code states that all PADA dealers must:

“Conscientiously authenticate and accurately describe all autographs;

Provide a money-back guarantee of authenticity to the original purchaser, without time limit, for every autograph sold;

Strictly adhere to the payment terms agreed upon with the seller when purchasing autographs;

Conduct business honestly, fairly, and with integrity;

Treat each customer with respect and make every effort to promote customer satisfaction.”

List of members

Main article: List of Professional Autograph Dealers' Association members

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