I noticed that majority of the posts here are about Sports and Music (classic rock, rock, Jazz and R&B).
I'm just wondering if anyone here also collects signed books. Because the majority of my collection are signed first editions of modern authors (Gaiman, Grisham, Koontz, Joe Hill etc.).
I have a lot of signed books, but other than John Irving (World According to Garp), it's usually autobiographies of famous athletes or musicians. I also don't like books because...I'm running out of damn sapce to put them all.
I agree that space can be a problem not to mention portability. I live in California with its recent spate of wild fires and almost got evacuated which led me to thinking, "There goes my book collecting if our house catches fire".
I also have some autographs of movie celebrities. But I'm really being careful with my purchases due to the amount of fraud in the hobby and being a novice collector.
On the plus side of signed book collecting, less chance of fraud particularly with modern authors. One just have to watch out for the 'autopen'.
I have a small collection of autographed books. I particularly enjoy collecting Easton Press Signed Editions.
Although I do not consider myself a signed book collector, some of my most cherished signed items are books I have had signed through the mail and in-person by US astronauts. I grew up during the 1960s and the early years of manned spaceflight is fascinating to me. The books are almost always a great read and the astronauts are generally very generous in signing (and often personalizing) their books.
I love signed books, but I tend to collect books signed by individuals known for things other than writing (ie. astronauts/entertainers/athletes). I like that they tend to be much more affordable than something like a signed photo, and are often more readily available too.
My biggest gripe with signed books is that it's difficult to display the autographed page. I just picked up some more Portman signed books, and I can't think of a good way to show them off (short of just cutting out the signed page which I don't want to do).
I also have a few signed books by celebrities. I have Vincent Price' signed autobiography, his book on American Art and his cookbook co-authored with his wife Mary (yes, I'm a Vincent Price fan). And two books written by actress Lillian Gish.
Interesting that I found some autograph 'cuts' of Vincent Price for sale on Ebay which I suspect the sellers cut from his signed books.
I've found that's become more frequent as of late.
A fellow collector alerted me to a number of cases he found of books that specifically had their ffep's/title pages neatly trimmed out, either at a store or before they were donated. It's possible that they were removed because they had identifying information for previous owners, but I've found a marked uptick in cut signatures being sold on auction sites that bear part/all of a title page as part of the cut, ostensibly to "prove" authenticity (and backed with a bulls*** COA).
Yes, quite a few, but I've always found the market/understanding for such things is very limited on this site. Not a bad thing by any means, but it's a bit difficult to talk to people about certain authors, rare signatures and the like.
I have about 200 signed books - but my collection is very Canada-centric. Found lots of goodies in the wild.