"I've been collecting autographs forever.
Whatever I liked and could afford.
I have a hand written letter from Puccini and another from Washington Irving.
An original Joe Palooka drawn by Ham Fisher. Several Dick Tracys by Chester Gould.
"I met him at the stage door at the Iron Horse in Northampton MA as he was arriving ... minutes before he was due on stage. One cool cat. His arthritis is bad ... he used two canes and had a very tough time getting out of his ride.
"OK...if we want to get really fanatical...I have found that the ink from some silver marker pens just won't dry..it sticks to everything, pulling the ink off.
Archival glassine sheets over the piece seem to help.
You can still view the item and…"
"Really - Itoya 8x10 binders are the best for archival storage.
If you live near a Michael's store, you can use their 40% off coupon and get it for about $6. Archival storage at a reasonable price.
Amazon has them too."
"Ali/eBay - you can't fix stupid. If people want to believe and make an impulse purchase - who cares?
You don't go out looking for an autograph AFTER somebody dies.
If you're a fan, it's easier when they're alive."
"Expert authentication is a myth. Please read any of the recent books published on art forgeries. Experts at the highest level were fooled by fakes and signed off on them. This is major museums and auction houses with all the latest forensic…"
"I have 3 in person Carly Simon autographs and this looks similar though I wouldn't presume to offer an opinion. Who's so vain....on my "Hot Cakes" LP she did not sign the front with her pregnant with a big belly, but instead…"
"I give up on "authentication experts". No such thing. The only person who knows if it is real is the person who obtained the autograph. Even if you have a photo of you with the signer I am not convinced - can be faked with photo shop. I…"