Jeffrey L Pearson, ISA CAPP



Jeffrey L Pearson
ISA member since Jul 22, 2011

(623) 776-6970 (Mobile)

Address #1
5525 North 12th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014 map

Address #2
120 Monte Carlo Street
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 map

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I am a "generalist" appraiser with an emphasis on "Oddities/Obscura", and True Crime (Murderabilia) collectibles.  I work for A-Z Appraisal and Estate Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona and proudly hold the honor of ISA-CAPP status. We are a company consisting of three ISA-CAPP appraisers and one apprentice working under one roof.  We persue each case with white glove mentality as your treasure are honored by us.  We live by morals, values, and integrity! We love what we do and we do it well.  

Murderabilia: Any collectible (writings, art, exhibits used in court, weapons, or other articles) directly linked to murderers, murders, or other violent atrocities and crimes.

Oddities/Obscura/Curiousities: This can be a very vague genre for one who considers something strange, may not be strange, odd, or curious to another. Today's "oddities" collector goes back to the original "Cabinet of Curiosities" collectibles which were:


Known in German as Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer; also Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms).  They were encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings), and antiquities. "The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron's control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction."Of Charles I of England's collection, Peter Thomas states succinctly, "The Kunstkabinett itself was a form of propaganda"Besides the most famous, best documented cabinets of rulers and aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science in Europe formed collections that were precursors to museums.


The term cabinet originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture. The classic cabinet of curiosities emerged in the sixteenth century, although more rudimentary collections had existed earlier. The Kunstkammer of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (ruled 1576–1612), housed in the Hradschin at Prague, was unrivalled north of the Alps; it provided a solace and retreat for contemplation [that also served to demonstrate his imperial magnificence and power in symbolic arrangement of their display, ceremoniously presented to visiting diplomats and magnates.[Rudolf's uncle, Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, also had a collection, with a special emphasis on paintings of people with interesting deformities, which remains largely intact as the Chamber of Art and Curiosities at Ambras Castle in Austria.



Today's society of oddities, obscura, and curiosity collecting has taken a more morbid turn for today's collectors.  Human skeletons and skulls, strange or deformed taxidermy pieces, vampire hunting kits, shrunken heads and wet specimen science lab-style pickled pigs, animals, and even human embryos.  This has been an important transition to me personally being I grew up in flower shops and funeral parlors.  The curiosity of my youth was comforting to me and I am sure that is why many collect "dark" and "strange" items in today's society.  I think they want to have something that can really make them appreciate the life they have.


Professional Membership and Designation 

- International Society of Appraisers, Accredited Member (ISA-CAPP) 

- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant 2021-2023

- Nominated for the 2014 BBB Ethics Award in Phoenix, Arizona


Education & Background 

- Northern Illinois University

- Completed five hour CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property) written test (2014)

- International Society of Appraisers Core Course 2011 with a 2014 revision

- International Society of Appraiser Antiques and Residential Contents 2012

- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (2021-2023)

- Previous owner of retail lifestyle clothing store

- Auction knowledgeable: attend weekly auctions to further my education in the different markets buying, selling and liquidation…continuing education

- Antique and collectible mall management-Antique Trove, Scottsdale, Arizona-responsible for inspection, evaluation and research of incoming merchandise; vendor and client assistance in identifying and research of items

- Emphasis in knowledge of true crime/"murderabilia" and Obscura collectibles

- Columnist: Ask The Appraiser: Sun Life Magazine, July, 2011- May, 2013

-Columnist: Ask The Appraiser: Arcadia News Magazine, August 2017-2022

- Studied abroad in Spain and Portugal in November, 2013 and central Mexico in November 2016 and 2022

- Toured the southwestern states of Arizona, California regions, New Mexico and Colorado to gain further education of the different cultures of Native American lifestyles and heritage in July, 2013

- Attended the International Society of Appraisers Foundation for Appraisal Education workshop at Michaan’s Auction in Alameda, California


- Buying and selling of antiques, collectibles and decorative artwork

- Continuing education in auctions and estate sales with hands on training

- Assistant to the International Society of Appraisers 2012 conference organizer Thomas Helms in Tempe, Arizona

-ISA-CAPP level certification in July of 2016

 Seminars Attended and Continuing Education 

- “Odd Ducks” The Curious Lives of the Oddities collectors

- Halloween is Not Just for Kids Anymore; The Collector’s Guide to Vintage Halloween Décor

- Popsike! Researching and Appraising Your Vinyl Records

- Tis the Season; Better Knowing Your Holiday Decorations

- International Society of Appraisers Assets 2012 and 2013 conference

- Your Money, Your Life by Sharon Lechter

- The International Collector’s Car Market by Malcolm Barber, Bonhams & Butterfields

- To Tweet or not to Tweet – How to Use Mass Media and Social Networking in Your Appraisal Business

- Legally Protecting Yourself as an Appraiser

- Mid-Century Furniture by Heidi Abrahamson, Modern Jewelry Studio

- Auction Houses and Galleries – How Do They Value Art to Sell?

- Toy Collectibles, Harlene Soucy, Arizona Doll & Toy Museum

- Investor Perspective to Art Valuation: Investment Returns, Risk Factors & Liquidity Metrics

- Unraveling the Mysteries of Good, Better, Best of Clocks: for the Generalist Appraiser

- Inspection Techniques for Fine Art: How to Recognize Condition Aspects and How Aspects Affect Value?

- Costume Jewelry Craig Lynch, Ouellet & Lynch

- How Do We Know What’s Real? Approaching the Question of Authenticity

- Appraising Autographs, Manuscripts & Historical Documents – Easier Than You Think

- North of Red River: the Art Pottery of Oklahoma at a Glance, Matt McNeil, ISA CAPP

- Introduction of Appraising Rugs, Ellen Amirkhan, ISA-CAPP

- Appraising Stamps and Coins: Tips, Tricks, and hints for Taking the Mystery out of Stamp and Coin Appraising, Brian Kathenes, ISA-CAPP

- A touring of the Surgical Museum of Chicago, Illinois

- Architectural sights of Chicago

- Netsuke: The good, The Bad and the Ugly, Norman Sandfield

- Today’s Silver Market, Peter Tinkler, Silver Vault

- How Federal Wildlife Laws Affect the Antique Market, Matthew Rogers, Special Agent, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

- Estate Sales Panel Discussion, Lyn Huck, ISA, Lyn Huck Estate Sales, Catherine Martin, ISA AM, The Perfect Thing Inc. and Matt McNeil, ISA CAPP, McNeil Appraisals and Liquidations

- Intentional Marketing: Becka Bates, Bates Meron Sweet Design

- Understanding the Market for 20th Century Design, Richard Wright, Wright Gallery

- The Appraiser’s Role in Insuring Jewelry: Janece White, Worldwide Jewelry Manager, Chubb Insurance

- The Chipstone Foundation: Building an Interpretative Private Collection, Claudia Mooney, The Chipstone Foundation

- When is a Dress Not Simply a Dress, When is a Bracelet Not Simply a Bracelet: Coco Chanel and Her Contemporaries-Don’t Dismiss the Clothing in the Closet!, Barbera Rosin, Douglas Rosin

- China Mania: The Market, The Trends, The Issues of Appraising Chinese Art, Suswan Lahey, ISA, Eastern Art Consultants, Inc.

- Fine Art Appraisals 2013: Fact vs Fiction, James Jackson, Jackson’s International Auctioneers & Appraisers

- The State of 20th Century Decorative Arts, Frank Maraschiello, Bonhams

- Attended opening night of the Phoenix Art Museum west coast premiere of Hollywood Costume exhibition

- Attended the 2014 International Society of Appraisers National Convention: April 25th thru April 29th, 2014

- Quality vs. Price: The Value of Art in Our Consumer Culture, Michael Findlay

- Serving as a Consultant and/or Expert Witness in Legal Proceedings, Peter Gaido

- The Assessment of American Indian Objects, Gaylord Torrence

- Managing Art as an Asset Class, Judith Pearson

- Yes, Virginia, ISA Does Offer E & O Insurance, Tom McDonough

- An Experts Guide to Identifying Religious Objects in the Decorative Arts, James Jackson

- On Quality: Connoisseurship and Art History, Dr. Bruce Robertson

- History of Tamarind Prints, How to Identify and Value Tamarind Prints, Meghan Ferguson

- Challenging Valuation Assignments: The Nuts and Bolts of Fine Art Appraising, Steve Roach, ISA AM; Cris Drugan, ISA AM and Matt Quinn

- Contemporary Photography: Trends and Techniques, Sylvie Penichon

- Treasures of the Presidential Libraries, Clay Bauske

- Promoting Your Appraisal Practice with ISA Marketing Tools, Todd Sigety, ISA CAPP

- Appraising Political Art: What Matters More-The Artist or the Subject, Gretchen Wolf

- Tiffany Studios: his Famous Works by Allen Michaan, Michaan’s Auction

- Contemporary Art by Susan Lahey, ISA AM, MA, Eastern Art Consultants, Inc.

- The Gold Rush by Brian Witherell, Witherell’s Auction House

- California Art by Peter Fairbanks, AAA, Montgomery Gallery

- Midcentury Modern by Steve Cabella, Modern I

- Problems of Art Authentication: What’s an Expert to do? Panel: Hilarie Faberman, Stanford Museum; Ben Marks, and Michaan’s Legal Counsel

- Certified Organic Snuff Bottles by Harry Huang, Asian Arts Expert, Michaan’s Auctions

- The Value of Celebrity by Laura Woolley, AAA, The Collector’s Lab

- Wood Identification: Lecture and Work shop by Rick McDaniels, McBeath Lumber

- Walking Tour of China Town: An Insider’s Tour by Henry Wong

- Days of Past: The History of Haight-Ashbury’s Modern Day

- LovedtoDeath: The Story of Obscura Collecting

- Art Endeavors: Making Victorian Theme Anthropomorphic Taxidermy Dioramas

- ASA Newsroom: The Importance of Preparing an Estate & Educating Others About the Appraisal Profession by Genice Lee

- Webinar; Values and Ethics: Foundational to Your Success Parts 1 and 2 by Lt. Colonel Ann K. Lee (USAF, Retired)

- Webinar; The Pathway to CAPP by Leon Castner, 2014

- ISA Webinar on the Broad Evidence Rule by Leon Castner, October, 2014

- Attended the 2015 opening of The DaVinci Codex exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona

- Webinar; An Update on USPAP Changes by Leon Castner

-The Art Appraisal: When and Why You Need One and the New Regulations seminar by Susan Brundage, Director of the Appraisal Service Art Dealers Association of America; conducted at the Phoenix Art Museum on October 27th, 2015

-Attended the Information for the Lifetime of the Art seminar at the Phoenix Theater on October 27th, 2015

-Attended an information seminar on IRS appraisals and the important rules that surround them at the Phoenix Theater on October 27th, 2015

-Attended an information seminar on Estate Planning: Factors to Consider at the Phoenix Theater on October 27th, 2015

Attended information seminar on the creation and history of the IRS Art Advisory Panel and their purpose in the art world at the Phoenix Theater on October 27th, 2015

-Attended information seminar on “Demystifying the Appraisal Process” by Alan Fausel MA FRICS, Director Museum Services, Bonhams of New York at the Phoenix Theater on October 27th, 2015

-Attended the International Society of Appraisers Assets 2016 conference in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in April, 2016.

-“Expanding Horizons: Appraising in a Landscape of Change” seminar instructed by Dennis McCuistion in April, 2016

-“Making Sense of the Market for Fine Art and Decorative Arts” seminar instructed by Michael Moses

- “Collectible Assets and New Directions for Wealth Advising; Creating Opportunities with Clients, their Collections and Estate Planning Professionals by Todd Sigety, ISA CAPP and Peter May, JD, LLM, CFP

-“Expanded Insights: Advanced Methodologies Employed in the DIA Valuation” by Michael Plummer

-“Rock Your Appraisals: Get Wired to Research and Record in a Snap instructed by Boris Pevzner

-Asian Turbulence and Market Upheaval: How to Keep Calm and Stay in Business” seminar by Lark Mason

-“The Challenges of Appraising International Art and Collectibles” seminar with Susan Lahey, MA, ISA-AM and Josefa Gonzalez Mariscal, ISA-AM

-“Things We Keep and Stories We Tell” seminar instructed by Wes Cowan

-“Taking Stock of the Closet Arsenal” information seminar with Jeff Shrader

-“Distinguishing European Furniture: Out of the Woods and Beyond” seminar with instructor Matthew Sturtevant

-“Lemons to Lemonade: Recipes for Repositioning in a Secondary Market” seminar conducted by Andrew Brunk

- International Society of Appraisers “Assets 2017, The Architecture of Appraising”-March 31-April 3rd, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

-“Masonry of the Market: Analyzing What Binds it Together”: John Dorfman, Editor-in-Chief, - The Art & Antiques Magazine

- “An Arching Perspective: What’s Trending Now, Millennials and Millionaires”: Evan Beard, National Art Services Executive, US Trust

- “Working the Bricks and Mortar” Developing Relationships with Gatekeepers”: Maggie Reynolds, Senior Fine Art & Collections Specialist, Chubb Personal Risk Services; Randall H. Borkus, Esq., Partner, Borkus Collins Law; and Jennifer Draffen, Executive Director for Exhibitions and Registration, The Art Institute of Chicago

- “Piercing the Façade: A Look into the World of Fakes and Forgeries”: Joshua Kaufman, ESQ., Art Law Expert, Venable, LLP, Head of Copyright and Licensing

- “Remodeling Business for the Future: Utilizing New Tools of Technology”: Pip Deely, Head of Sales and Partnerships, CollectorIQ

- “From the Vault: Organizations, Methodology and Valuation for Appraising an Archive”: Leila Dunbar, ISA-AM, President, Leila Dunbar Appraisals and Consulting LLC

- “The Nuts and Bolts of Appraising: Dealing with Challenging Clients, When and How to Authenticate, Marketing Techniques and More”: Perri Guthrie, ISA CAPP (FA_, Judith Martin, ISA CAPP (AFDA), and Diane Marvin, ISA CVAPP (AFDA)

- “A Quick Start Guide to Evaluating Estates and their Contents”: James Jackson, President and CEO, Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers of Antiques and Fine Art

- “Overcoming Barriers: New Perspectives for Challenging Comparables”: AF+DA Session, Libby Halloway, ISA CAPP, and Jacqueline Snyder, ISA-AM

- “Columns and Buttresses of the Business: Considering Specialties”: AF+DA, “Art Deco Jewelry: What’s Old is New Again”: Ben Macklowe, President, Macklowe Gallery

- “2018 USPAP Proposed Changes & the Future of Valuation Services”: Tim Luke, CAI, BS, MPPA, Professional Benefit Auctioneer







  • Donations
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Probate
  • Estate Tax
  • Insurance Claims

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Bronzes
  • Collectibles
  • Furniture


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