Profiles in History

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Profiles in History is a dealer in guaranteed-authentic historical autographs, letters, documents, signed photographs and manuscripts based in California, United States of America. The company was founded by Joseph Maddalena.

Founding and ownership

Profiles in History was founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena who remains the president and CEO of the company today.

Maddalena was born into a family of antiques dealers and spent much of his childhood visiting antiques shows with his family. Maddalena was an avid card collector, and at the age 12 noticed that, although there was a large community of collectors in the New England area, there were not enough shows to accommodate them all. So at the age of 12, Maddalena decided to organise the first baseball card show in Rhode Island. Maddalena rented the American Legion hall in Cranston, Rhode Island with money that he had saved from his paper route and staged the first local show.

The show was a success and by the age of 14 Maddalena had collected over 1 million baseball trading cards as well as thousands of autographs and more than 100,000 comic books and original artworks.

In 1985 Maddalena opened his first office and Profiles in History was born.

Services and expertise

Profiles in History operates two divisions, retail and auction. The retail division allows customers to buy products from the website directly. Profiles in History also organises regular auctions whereby individuals can bid on items in person or over the phone.

Profiles in History is always looking to purchase new stock and is happy to be contacted by people looking to sell their collections and needing help with valuations and authentication.

Notable sales

Over the years, Profiles in History have sold many notable items. The following is a list of notable items sold by Profiles in History and their realised prices.

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