Ok, I searched for 'appraisers' but couldn't find anything on the site yet. The question about whether there were any reputable firearms appraisers in the area has come up twice for me in the past month. Asking in a room full of shooting-types, no one knew of one, or of what it took to become one. They only had sad stories about guys in the past who 'appraised' widows' collections and graciously bought them for what ended up being far under value.
So the question is: What does it take to become a licensed appraiser...someone with enough credentials to fill out a form for insurance and the like?