Well that's a good question Adam... ;-)
We would have just kept it on the car. It was our autograph mobile!
Great story, Ricardo! Have you ever asked Macca for a photo opp, btw? Or does he completely refuses such requests?
Aside from the occasional "Pal" variation, Paul stopped signing for the public in the summer on 2013. The lead-up is a long story (ask someone who tried him about what happened at Dulles in July 2013), but those who went for him can verify this. I spoke with Mark Hamilton, one of his security people, at an event in 2015 who confirmed that he stopped, and that it's mainly due to his stuff showing up on eBay. You're thinking, "His stuff was on eBay before 2013! Why didn't they see it until 2013?" I don't know, and I didn't ask. In 2013 or so, an article came out that talked about this issue. Paul and his team referred to seekers as "bounty hunters". On a personal note, I miss meeting Paul, because he was always cool and gave out nice graphs. But I do NOT miss the hassle leading up to it. One could almost write a book about the shenanigans that went on at those airports. Perhaps I will one day...
Like Neil Armstrong, Ringo Starr, and others, he became more leary of seekers and aware of the business, causing him to virtually stop.
There was a charity auction in recent years. "Meet Paul before his concert, and get your copy of NEW (his CD) signed. No other memorabilia will be signed". The winning bid was around $25,000. If someone paying $25,000 to a charity (through a auction supported by Paul) can't get their Sgt. Pepper LP signed, no one else will, either.
Paul has always been nice. So was Neil Armstrong. He just will not sign anymore.
Where did he sign? What version did he give out? (I have no idea who Nick Maas is.)
Exceptions prove the rule, though admittedly not in-person. A story to warm the cockles of the heart. I read about this yesterday in a Swiss daily by the way - the reach of the media can be incredible sometimes.
Invest_In_Graphs: As Adam pointed out, I did get Paul last year as well as 2014. While the signatures weren't his best, he did indeed sign for me as well as a couple others on both occasions.
With that being said, Paul has definitely signed a lot less since 2013. That seems to be the last year that he signed in large quantities, at airfields, etc. It is without a doubt the worst time to try meet him, especially if you're looking to make money. If you're a fan it might be worth it, even if you just get to see him.
Attached are the autographs I got from Paul.
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