Jack L. Bacon, ISA AM, Fine Art, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts



Jack L. Bacon
ISA member since Dec 22, 2005

(775) 322-1901 (Office)

3550 Southampton Drive
Reno, NV 89509 map

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Jack Bacon, ISA AM is a longtime resident of Reno, Nevada with over 40 years of experience as an autograph and rare book specialist, art gallerist, consultant and appraiser. In 2018, Jack was guest curator of a major exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art featuring the paintings of Hans Meyer-Kassel - 1872-1952. Jack also published the first major book on the life and works of the artist in association with the Nevada Museum of Art coinciding with the exhibition.

Jack Bacon, ISA AM serves clients in the Reno, Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Genoa, Carson City, Northern Nevada area; and clients in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, San Francisco, Sacramento, Chico, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Ventura, California, Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

Appraisal and Authentication Experience

Lord John Press publishing archives, including correspondence and manuscripts of Ray Bradbury, Eudora Welty, Stephen King, Robert Bloch, John Updike and Gerald R. Ford; The Theodore Charach archives on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy; Robert Stroud (Bird Man of Alcatraz) correspondence and prison cell contents; The H. William Brooks archives and art collection of Hans Meyer-Kassel, gift to The State of Nevada Division of Museums and History/The Nevada Historical Society; The James R. Herz collection of Nevada historical paintings and Western Americana; The Franklin D. Roosevelt medical archives and WWII Pearl Harbor archives of Dr. Harry Goldsmith; The Frederick Hill FDR Adaptive Walk film footage, gifted to the National Archives Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum; The art, historical artifacts, and Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe, Nevada archives of the William W. Bliss estate; The Carter Center fundraising auctions, 1992-2019.


ISA - International Society of Appraisers. Core Course, 2011 Northern Illinois University

ISA - International Society of Appraisers. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 2012, with recurring updates. USPAP is the generally recognized ethical and performance standards for the appraisal profession in the United States.  USPAP was adopted by Congress in 1989 and promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation (authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications).

ISA - International Society of Appraisers. Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents, 2015. Northern Illinois University

ISA - International Society of Appraisers. Appraisal of Fine Art, 2016. Northern Illinois University

ISA – International Society of Appraisers. SEAK: How to Be an Effective & Successful Appraisal Expert Witness. Instructor, James J. Mangraviti, Jr., Esq. ISA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 2017

ISA — International Society of Appraisers. Advanced Appraisal Methodology II, Louisville, Kentucky, April 11, 2019.

Doris Harris - Doris Harris Autographs, Los Angeles, California. Authentication and identification of manuscripts, autograph letters, documents, 1980-2010.

Herb Yellin - Lord John Press, publishers, literary consultants, Northridge, California. Intern - rare books, publishing, design, author/client rapport, 1983-1995.

Loma Linda Academy, Loma Linda, California

Reno High School, 1976

Truckee Meadows Community College, 1976.

Professional Background

Jack Bacon & Company, 1977-2019. Autograph and rare book specialist, gallerist, appraiser, consultant, publisher.

Book publications include: Gerald R. Ford, The War Powers Resolution: A Constitutional Crisis? and The 38th President; Jimmy Carter, Korea Papers; George H. W. Bush, The 1990 Budget Deal and the No New Taxes Pledge; Buzz Aldrin, Magnificent Desolation, Senator Paul Laxalt, Nevada’s Paul Laxalt, Moya Olsen Lear, Bill & Moya Lear: An Unforgettable Flight, Guy Clifton, Dempsey in Nevada, Robert Greenwood, Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries – The Fight of the Century, Dr. Edward Teller, The Morality of Defense, Luciano Pavarotti, Operatic Roles, Hans Meyer-Kassel: Artist of Nevada in association with the Nevada Museum of Art.

Pacific Book Auction Galleries, San Francisco, California. Director of Autographs and Manuscripts, 1997-1999.

Universal Autograph Collector’s Club, accredited autograph appraiser.

Professional Memberships

The Manuscript Society

The Book Club of California

The Roxburghe Club, San Francisco, California

International Society of Appraisers, ISA AM

Executives’ Association of Reno, Nevada, 2006-present. President, 2011.

Historic Reno Preservation Society. Board of Directors 2012-2014.



  • Art
  • Books
  • Documents - Autographs
  • Ephemera
  • Memorabilia


  • Appraisal Review
  • Consultant
  • Donations
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Evaluations
  • Estate Tax

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Art
  • Books
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Documents - Autographs
  • Medals & Medallions
  • Memorabilia
  • Photography & Photographs
  • Sculpture