The Authentic Experience
I’ve got some bad news, folks. I’ve been saying this for the last 8 years but…autographs are going to be harder and harder to get. It’s a mix of so many things. Paparazzi snapping pictures, or fans snapping pictures – and not knowing how their own cameras/cell phones work. That means the celeb you want a…Continue
Hello everyone! I am just now getting into building a music collection, and have for the past couple years tried to get some albums autographed by the bands that I would go and see at our Summer Concert Series in Woodstock, GA. So far, I have gotten autographs by Steve Boone and Joe Butler of The Lovin' Spoonful and Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band, who each both put on one heck of a show. But what I run into when trying to find albums for some of the bands that I plan on going to see…Continue
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…Continue
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 HistoryHunter.com if you’re interested.
I decided not to write a big piece on that, because I did the story…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Steve Buchanan on February 19, 2014 at 7:54pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
Added by Herman Darvick on February 17, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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 Priceline.com Spokesman, William Shatner as well as a slew of…Continue
Added by Steve Buchanan on February 16, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments
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 Proxibid.com auction platform.
I have absolutely no…Continue