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James "Jimmy" Stewart: Autopen Signature Study

This article originally appeared in my blog, Steve Zarelli presents: The Collecting Obsession.

James Stewart was a willing through-the-mail signer for many years. However, after suffering medical problems in the 1990s, his office fulfilled mail requests with secretarial signatures and an Autopen machine.

The proxy signatures -- typically signed "James…

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Added by Steve Zarelli on March 29, 2015 at 12:25pm — 2 Comments

David Crosby is a D**k !

The first story I ever wrote for Autograph Magazine was called “David Crosby Flipped me the Byrd.” I was proud of it. I simply asked for his autograph, he was rude, and I had some choice words for him. He had a choice finger for me. It was the middle one. As he walked away, I told him he should be more…

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Added by Josh Board on March 25, 2015 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

The Hatfield-McCoy Fued for Autographs -- Juliana Hatfield Edition

I went and saw singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield the other night. I was surprised that there were only 45 people at the show (I counted). It was an amazing set, too. She was in the bands Some Girls, Blake Babies, and The Lemonheads…but her solo work is better. She’s had hits with “My…

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Added by Josh Board on March 23, 2015 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

A Rock and Roll Weekend

Two Hall of Famers and an 80's pop rocker played in Cleveland over the past weekend and those shows kept me quite busy.  First, Gregg Allman started his new tour on Friday at the Hard Rock.  Since it was the first day of the new tour, I figured Gregg might be in the mood to sign.…

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Added by Coachgd on March 17, 2015 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

Elvis Hair, Kanye Air

I’ve mentioned before how when I was 15-years-old, I read a story about a piece of toast George Harrison had taken a bite out of, selling at an auction for $20. That might seem pricey, until you think of the amount of money that one investor spent to have the bed sheets the Beatles slept in (he lost his shirt on…

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Added by Josh Board on March 8, 2015 at 11:10pm — 4 Comments

The British Invasion 2015

It's hard to believe that fifty-one years ago several bands/musicians from England stormed the shores of the United States and ruled the music charts for the next 2 decades.  Some of these acts decided to celebrate this turning point in music history and bound together to tour the States again.  Peter Asher served as master of ceremonies as he introduced each act and told stories about each performer.  The underlying theme for each act was the Beatles.  Either they worked with, wrote with or…

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Added by Coachgd on March 6, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Mick Fleetwood and Booker T Jones

Fleetwood Mac brought their On With the Show tour to Cleveland on a below 0 degree night.  I have always liked the Mac and my wife and I saw them on their last tour, minus Christine McVie.  I debated on going to this show to see the classic lineup, but decided not to.  A friend of mine and I decided to head up to the hotel before the show to see if we could snag an autograph or two.  There were 3 people total waiting out in the cold.  A little after 4, out walks Mick Fleetwood and we…

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Added by Coachgd on February 26, 2015 at 5:51pm — 7 Comments

Valentine's Day Autographs

It was Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago. All of us men bought are women flowers, chocolate, and wrote really sweet things in the card (or at least the person working for Hallmark did).

Yet I can only recall, of all the people I know, one wife ever stepping up. It was a friend I have known for 30 years,…

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Added by Josh Board on February 25, 2015 at 1:35am — 3 Comments

eBay Charity Selling Autographs

I posted a HELP message yesterday (which I quickly removed and I'll explain why) after working with eBay ID- helpinghumans EVERY DAY for ten days. They are (or were) a decent charity doing the right things for the right reasons donating 70-80% of everything they made (minus eBay/PayPal fees and other expenses) selling donated autographs on eBay. Donating 70-80% is VERY HIGH for a legal charity of any kind large or small (especially knowing that eBay/PayPal likely charges them 15% total of…

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Added by James McCay on February 14, 2015 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

Autograph Phone App

Does anyone know of a decent app for a phone for autographs? I'm looking for something to keep an inventory and a app with autograph exemplars.

Added by Tracy W Arasim on February 13, 2015 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

A sit down with Dr. Funkenstein and Chuck D

I have the pleasure of living close to Cleveland and Canton.  Two major Hall's of Fame are about a one hour drive from each other and both institutions put on special events from time to time.  This February, the Rock and Roll HOF had two Hall of Famers come in and tell their stories to fans as well as…

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Added by Coachgd on February 12, 2015 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

London Beatles Store - Please count genuine autographs - 15 items!

How many autographs do you think are real and authentic?

http://www.beatlesstorelondon.co.uk/beatles-autographs/beatles-autographs.shtml

Would be very interesting to read a correct result.

Added by Alexander Mehl on February 11, 2015 at 10:08am — 4 Comments

Say it Ain't So, Joe -- One of the Rarest Baseball Autographs Ever

Lately, I’ve been thinking about all the autograph collectors that have gotten burned over the years by purchasing something that turned out to be fake. We’ve all been there. It stings.

I thought what this website needed, was a story on the opposite end of the spectrum. So here it is.

About 10…

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Added by Josh Board on February 10, 2015 at 10:36am — 14 Comments

R.I.P. Mr. Cub

Let's take a moment and share any Ernie Banks stories/memorabilia. The world lost yet another great. Here is a comic I saw the other day that is just so great:

This picture can almost bring tears to your eyes, "Mr. Cub" with his last stroll past Wrigley Field:…

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Added by Ryan on February 4, 2015 at 1:22pm — 6 Comments

A Great Start for Rock N Roll Autographs

Rock N Roll tried to heat up a cold January in Cleveland, and it did!  My first show of the year was Rusted Root.  I didn't plan on going to this show, but my friend is a photographer and he got an extra ticket to the show and asked me if I wanted to go.  Can't pass up a free show!  They were great and the entire crowd was dancing in their seats.  Especially when they played their biggest hit "Send me on my way".  The band still has 3 original members and Liz Berlin and the new drummer met…

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Added by Coachgd on February 1, 2015 at 9:43am — 4 Comments

Super Bowl Sunday -- Some Heartwarming Autograph Stories

The Super Bowl is only days away. There are two stories we’re hearing so much about. There’s “deflate gate.” For those that don’t know, it’s the New England Patriots being caught cheating yet again, by deflating the footballs slightly, so they were easier to throw, catch, and hold on to.

There’s also the…

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Added by Josh Board on January 30, 2015 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

Autographs: Why Just Collecting "One" Is Never Enough

There are two questions I have been asked more than any other in my 30 years of collecting:

The first is, "what do you plan on doing with your collection" and the second is, "why do you need so many signatures from the same artists"?  I'll explore this second question as to how it relates to my collection with respect to "racking" or "hoarding" or whatever name its given when a collector obtains or builds a mountain of multiple signatures from a…

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Added by Stephen Duncan on January 29, 2015 at 8:27pm — 11 Comments

Autographed Body Parts

The best story about “signatures” you will ever see, will conclude this story.

Now, I’ve interviewed many rock stars over the years. Near the end of the interviews, I’d always ask a few autograph questions. One question that could’ve been fun, wasn’t. That’s only because it was always the same answer. I would ask them “What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever been asked to autograph?”

About 75% of the musicians told me “breasts.”

Ice Cube got a devious smile, before he…

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Added by Josh Board on January 26, 2015 at 11:44pm — 4 Comments

Autographs with...Seinfeld, Kathy Griffin, and The Motels

Often times when people talk about a certain Seinfeld episode, I’m lost. I’ve probably only seen half the episodes of that show. I liked it, just didn’t watch it religiously. Last night I saw one that had comedian Kathy Griffin. This got my mind thinking about a number of autograph…

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Added by Josh Board on January 16, 2015 at 10:10am — 4 Comments

1981 Rochester Red Wings vs The Baltimore Orioles

I picked this up the other day at the shop I work in, and I thought it may be of interest to some of our Baseball collectors.

The Ball is marked 1981 Baltimore Orioles, but half the signatures just did not fit. It took a bit of digging and searching but it all made perfect sense when I found a couple of youtube videos about the Exhibition Game the O's held every year pitting the Major League Franchise against its AAA club.…

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Added by Pete Chuka on January 13, 2015 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

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