The Authentic Experience
Recently there was a 2-day auction in Las Vegas where Burt Reynolds was selling off some of his possessions. Among those items were some autographs signed by Ali, Gretzky, etc. One item that caught my eye was a ball signed by Mickey Mantle and personalized to him. Here is the ball:
The Who is a band I’ve always loved. As a kid, I first heard them on the classic rock radio stations. All the hits everybody knows. When I’d save my allowance to buy an album, I was always pleasantly surprised by the other tracks on the record. Always the sign of a good band, when you can like the “b sides” (a term that the young folks won’t understand).
I was about 11 when The Who was releasing the “Face Dances” album. It would be the first without drummer Keith Moon,…Continue
Another good week for music and autographs in the Cleveland Area. Last Saturday, two original
members of Jefferson Airplane- Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, also known as Hot Tuna hit the Music Box for an acoustic set of blues based rock. Although I didn't have a ticket to the show, I decided to go up and see if I could get a couple of autographs from these legendary Hall of Famers. The Music Box is a great venue that has two levels and two stages. The first floor seats…Continue
I bought this autograph in an online auction with a COA from Los Angeles Rocks. Is it real?
Kirby in Arkansaw
I love classic rock bands. The one thing that doesn’t work for me is when I’m not a fan of the vocalist. I might lose a lot of cred when I say I’m not a Bob Dylan fan, but I just can’t take his voice. Sure, he has a few songs I like and his “Blood on the Tracks” is one of the greatest albums ever (I bought…Continue
Since we all hate dealing with the Black Friday shopping, I thought I’d start this blog off with a Black Friday deal you might be interested in. I heard about this a few weeks ago, and thought it would be lame. When I discovered it was kind of cool, I thought I’d give you the heads up. I had read that Barnes & Nobles bookstores would bring out autographed copies of various books, as one of many incentives to get people into their stores this weekend. The picture in the paper showed a…Continue
Check out these ugly Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, etc. forgeries listed by Piedmont Auctions under the AuctionZip platform.
These are obvious and typical forgeries that we see listed and sold on EBay every day.
The worthless COAs are from Authentic Autographs Unlimited (AAU) and Drew Max/Marc Goldman.
Drew Max, of course, calls…Continue
Following my original thread (link below) on the forgeries sold by the Bergen County Prosecutor (and Caspert Auctioneers & Appraisers), Howard Thompson (Help Me Howard) of Pix11 Channel 11 here in New York produced a two-part follow-up on the forgeries and how they were made available to the public.
First, the link to my original thread:…Continue
Four different classic rock acts came through NE Ohio last week and I decided to go to 3 of the shows. First, Todd Rundgren came to Kent for "An Unpredictable Evening". I'm not a huge Todd fan, but I do like his music so I decided to take a chance to see if anyone had an extra ticket to this sold out show. Luckily, got a $40 for $30 ( I love not paying full price). Todd and his band sounded very good and played a variety of
cover songs including 96 Tears, Muskrat Love, and Fire.…Continue
Hello-- A relative wanted me to find out if her Doors autographed photo appears to be genuine. It was acquired via mail from a fan club back in the 60's and was apparently taped on someone's wall. Please tell me if you think it is real & how much it might be worth. Thanks.
When I was a little kid, I loved collecting autographs. It could be the local newscaster or anybody like that. As I got older, I had to be a fan of the person before approaching them with pen in hand.
With the San Diego Chargers Blood Drive coming up, I remembered the first time I realized my…Continue
I picked up a couple of sketches from an estate sale over the weekend, one is Harry James and this one. I cannot figure out who this is, any help would be greatly appreciated. I know the artist is Dorothy Ahrens, she did this in pencil and the autograph is made out to her. Thanks for any help on this.…Continue
My favorite ‘60s band is The Doors. They’re closely followed by The Beatles. Yet one thing I’ve found when I became a movie critic 25 years ago was…there’s nothing interesting about asking somebody their favorite movie or favorite band. You always hear the same answers. I like to ask people the…Continue
Here's what Ewan McGregor thinks of Autograph hunters. Just thought I should share this if anyone was thinking of approaching him, I'd think twice!
From the article:
Ewan McGregor has branded autograph hunters "parasitical lowlifes".
The 43-year-old actor - who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 'Star Wars Episode I-III' - insists he rarely meets real fans, just people who want to make money from his signature.
Asked how 'Star Wars' fans have responded to him, he told…Continue
Hi I'm in north of London and selling my collection of mainly music autographs... is there anywhere else than Ebay? appreciate any advice... Thanks
I’ve talked with filmmakers and other movie critics about how sometimes crowd-funding campaigns have changed a lot. It used to be a filmmaker that didn’t have money, could go on Kickstarter or some site like that, and people would donate to help them finance their film. Somewhere along the line, big name…Continue
Jack Bruce was the first autograph I got. Sort of. I mean, it was the first autograph I ever got that I asked another person to get for me. I had just started working in radio, and was 20-years-old. An afternoon DJ was going to be interviewing him, and one of my all-time favorite albums was the Cream record “Disraeli Gears.” I didn’t think it would be professional for me to just “show up” at a time I wasn’t working, and bother the talent for a signature; but the DJ was a nice guy and I knew…Continue
As a movie critic, if a film has scenes with autographs in them, I like to let you guys know. The latest is the movie “Birdman.” It stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. I’m sure most of you have seen the scene in which Keaton is walking around New York in his underwear. This…Continue