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Art and Autographs -- The George W. Bush and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Edition

Lots of people collect autographs of the Presidents. There are lots of things you have to watch out for – secretary, autopen, etc. Oh, there’s also the guy that bought an autographed picture of the White House, signed by Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies…yet the charity selling it got it from Charity…


Added by Josh Board on April 15, 2014 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

What Would You Rather Have in Your Collection -- Willie Nelson's Armadillo or Hitler's Uniform?

I was all prepared to write the latest blog on this guy here in San Diego (well, Solana Beach) that keeps popping up in the news. Last time, it was for selling Hitler’s desk. This time it’s Hitler’s uniform (shirt, hat, medals), as well as stationery and other items. He bought these from a Long Beach collector for $1 million, and hopes to make over $3.5 million. You can go to if you’re interested.

I decided not to write a big piece on that, because I did the story…


Added by Josh Board on April 8, 2014 at 1:48am — 3 Comments

What do Autographs and Stocks Have in Common?

I remember the first article I ever read about autographs was when I was 11-years-old (I’m in my mid-40s now). It was pages and pages, all about sports signatures. I read about Ty Cobb signing in green ink. Lots of good stories on Babe Ruth.

There was one story about NFL players. It said that of all the athletes, they get asked for autographs the least often. They speculated that was because they wore helmets and were harder to recognize, without a jersey that had a last name on the…


Added by Josh Board on March 30, 2014 at 12:44am — 1 Comment

A Dopey Story

I've written a few books, the last one of which came out just over five years ago - Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera, tracing the rise of "fan films"—those homemade Star Wars and superhero movies you find on the internet. It was also about the histories of amateur filmmaking and science fiction fandom, but mostly it was about people who dressed like Spider-Man and then swung off six-story buildings without a net, because "I needed the shot, man." It got good…


Added by Clive Young on March 22, 2014 at 6:28pm — 4 Comments

It took 47 years but I finally got that wiley Rascal (Gene Cornish, that is)

In 1966 when I was 13 years old I went to see the Young Rascals in Rochester, NY, my very first concert. After the show the band passed out photo cards and they were signing from the stage. I got Dino, Eddie and Felix, but not Gene Cornish who is from Rochester. All these years I dreamed of getting that space filled in on my card and 47 years later I did when I saw the re-united Rascals in San Francisco on October 12, 2013. I spotted Gene's fiancee just before intermission, but she said she…


Added by Joe Alesi on March 12, 2014 at 10:51pm — 7 Comments

Hitler and Hats -- Big Prices For Unusual Items

There’s always controversy when Nazi and Hitler memorabilia hit the market. I thought I’d make a quick mention of the latest at the start of this story. It involved two rare editions of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, and they sold at an L.A. auction for $64,850.

The 1925 and 1926 editions were both signed, and of course, the purchaser wishes to remain anonymous.

Hitler gave the books to Josef Bauer, an early follower who participated in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich. They were…


Added by Josh Board on March 7, 2014 at 11:38pm — 5 Comments

The Pope, an Old Couple, and Pele walk into a bar....

The big story regarding “valuables” happened recently and by now, everyone has heard about it. An older couple walking their dog in Northern California and came across a few buckets of gold coins from the 1800s. They’re worth around $10 million, and while they were smart in not saying who they are or where they live…


Added by Josh Board on February 28, 2014 at 8:28pm — 37 Comments

Jethro Tull -- My Struggles Trying to Meet Ian Anderson and THE INTERVIEW!!

When I was a DJ at a classic rock radio station, my friends asked if I got sick of certain bands that seemed to get played endlessly. The answer was always no, because they have such a huge catalog of songs.

One of the bands that had over 10 songs always in rotation was Jethro Tull. They were also a band that would do great promotions and great concerts. I kept trying to get lead singer/flutist Ian Andersons autograph. It was difficult.

My friend Arnold, whose favorite band was…


Added by Josh Board on February 25, 2014 at 2:00am — 12 Comments

Graphing as a Family

My wife and my kids decided to support my hobby and go try and get a few Sandy Koufax autographs today as he has a line up. He was picky and choosy with people in a group and people were getting hurt. I let them know ahead of time that we would have to be up super early and get there by 6 a.m., a good round number.

The gates opened at 9 and it was…


Added by Tony Varvel on February 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

When Pens let you down!

You are lucky enough to meet your idols or at least get a friend who works at a venue to ask your heroes to sign something. You've brought along a great item and you're armed with pens/ permanent marker. And when you get the piece back, the damn pen has ceased or bled, basically mucked up that precious signing.

I had the pleasure of getting Cheap Trick to sign my copy of 'Budokan' I had waited years for them to play in Ireland and then they come...and I get the item signed and the…


Added by Micko on February 22, 2014 at 3:53am — 14 Comments


Motorcity Comic con has added some big names to their current line-up for May 16-18th.    

As Rocky's aserbic brother in law Paulie, BURT YOUNG has appeared in every Rocky film in the franchise, as well as in The Sopranos as an aging hit man called into duty one last time.

"The Best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be"  WWE Hall of Famer, author, actor and artist BRET "Hit Man" Hart will be appearing at the con. VIP packages available as…


Added by Steve Buchanan on February 19, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Great deal for a Lee Van Cleef autograph

Lee Van Cleef is an incredibly tough autograph to get; however, I came across the first signed Lee Van Cleef check I've ever seen.  I already have a signed photo (which took me years to find and a lot of research to establish its authenticity), and if someone here needs a Lee Van Cleef, this is the autograph you want in your collection.  Bidding is at only $100; the signature is without question authentic.  Hope someone here get it.…


Added by Mike P on February 19, 2014 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

An incredible encounter with Bob Dylan, really

My family and I stopped at the Ariston Cafe in Litchfield, Il, during our drive up to Peoria the day before the concert.  It's a cool historic diner located on route 66 full of neon lights and great food.  They gave us a bunch of complimentary goodies I'm guessing for no other reason than we…


Added by Mike Chervinko on February 18, 2014 at 7:00pm — 20 Comments

Rockinmemories4u selling fake autographs on Amazon.Com under Rockin memories autographs

Just noticed that rockinmemories4u the company that has been selling fake/ fraud signed memorabilia on ioffer for 6 years has now jumped on the band wagon and started selling their goods on Amazon. Their name on Amazon is rockin memories autographs. Guess they don't know when to stop. Please post this to other collectors and warn them of this company. I believe his first name is Tom.  

Added by michael fellner on February 17, 2014 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Shirley Temple & Grace Kelly

Both Shirley Temple and Grace Kelly signed autographs through the mail after their movie careers.

22-year-old Shirley Temple married Charles Black in 1950 and signed "Shirley Temple Black" if you sent her a movie still.

26-year-old Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 and signed "Grace de Monaco" on photographs picturing her as Princess.

BUT if you sent her a movie still or anything related to her movie career, she would sign "Grace Kelly" because she…


Added by Herman Darvick on February 17, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Proper Archival Framing to Protect Your Autograph

Being an active collector of autographs and in the archival framing industry for over 25 years, I am amazed at what I see when I remove autographs from most frames.  Framers should know better when framing autographs versus cheap posters.

My purpose in writing this is to inform collectors on what they need to tell their framer when having their items framed.

Truth be told, the incremental costs of framing it correctly is very little.  Yes, my wholesale costs to purchase true…


Added by Rick Badwey on February 17, 2014 at 7:41am — 11 Comments

MOTORCITY COMIC CON 2014 Announcement

Friends, Its just been announced that the biggest, and best produced Autograph and Pop Culture Convention in the Mid-West, will be happening May 16th thru the 18th.  It's the 25th Annual Motor City Comic Con, and promises to be the best so far according to promoters of the event.  

Scheduled to appear so far:  Joey Lauren Adams, Jason David Frank, Christopher Sarandon,

Karl Urban, and Star Trek Legend, and Spokesman, William Shatner as well as a slew of…


Added by Steve Buchanan on February 16, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Babe Ruth Autographed Baseball Drew Max AAU Video "8 On Your Side" Las Vegas Marc Goldman

Check out this video on a autographed Babe Ruth baseball "authenticated (cough, cough)" by Drew Max.

It's an ugly (the kind Coach's Corner sells every month) Babe Ruth forgery that was purchased for $1450.00 by a gentleman named Jim Clemmons.

I believe the Babe Ruth forgery was purchased under the auction platform.

I have absolutely no…


Added by Christopher Williams on February 16, 2014 at 9:00am — 23 Comments

RIP Sid Caesar - A comedy legend!

It's with great sadness that I see comedy legend Sid Caesar has passed away today at the age of 91!  Like any fans of classic comedy Caesar would always bring a smile to your face. Dig out that copy of 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad ,Mad World' or Mel Brooks 'Silent Movie' and remember the great man!

Added by Micko on February 13, 2014 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

Derek Sanderson Jeter, An end of an era is upon us.

With todays announcement of this being Derek Jeter's final season I'd like to start a blog for people to reflect back on a great untarnished career.

In my opinion being a Yankees fan of not you have to respect Derek Jeter as a Hall of Fame Baseball player.

All the Best this year Derek as you make your final tour.. Maybe you can get one more ring before you go 

Added by Jason D on February 12, 2014 at 2:15pm — 8 Comments

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A Dopey Story

Posted by Clive Young on March 22, 2014 at 6:28pm 4 Comments

Graphing as a Family

Posted by Tony Varvel on February 22, 2014 at 5:30pm 3 Comments

When Pens let you down!

Posted by Micko on February 22, 2014 at 3:53am 14 Comments

Great deal for a Lee Van Cleef autograph

Posted by Mike P on February 19, 2014 at 10:36am 1 Comment

Shirley Temple & Grace Kelly

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