This is just a general question really, who do you think right now will make a good investment for 50 years?

Now let me rephrase, I don't mean The Beatles or Elvis. I mean more modern artists. Will Radiohead be a band that will be worth what The Stones are worth right NOW in 50 years? Who would be a good modern band to invest in now?

Who will stand the test of time?

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Do you think that will drop the value of Star Wars graphs in general or that newer fans will only care about the new movies so that is what they will collect? Older fans will probably lean more towards originals.

Even if the new film's stars attempt to limit their signing exposure (which they haven't) the supply will most definitely outweigh the demand. The prices are so crushing that it will cost thousands of dollars to complete a new cast piece. What can it possibly be worth down the line? There is just too much stuff and not enough interest in the autograph side of the massive SW fanbase.

The 1999-2005 prequels proved that, even with Liam and Natalie limiting their signing or not signing at all...that generation didn't care.

Now we are in the age of Disney... 2015 on will see a SW film or spin off every year for the next 2 decades, and the latest generation will care even less.

I hate to say it out loud, but just like stamp collecting, coin collecting and baseball card collecting......our hobby is slowly dying out. 

So I am turning 35, would you say best to wait 40 years for a good deal and start buying in 2057? ;) j/k(...But seriously) you are right about the younger generation.
I respect your opinion greatly, Pete...and I hope you are wrong. I love collecting autographs! I've thought, though, that with the ridiculous, insane popularity of Star Wars, and it being the highest-grossing movie series of all-time, there would always be demand for Star Wars autographs, especially from the original trilogy.

But I also sometimes wonder about music autographs...even dare I say The Beatles? I mean...even 20 or 30 years from now will younger people really care about collecting Beatles autographs?

But I've read that somewhere around 70% of Americans collect something. I think that is true too. Almost everyone I know collects SOMETHING...even if not autographs. But autograph collecting seems to be more popular, and less obscure, than the collecting of just about anything else.

So people will always collect something. The question is just whether or not that something will be autographs.

Every man and their dog is out graphing to make a buck. When John Lennon moved to New York, someone asked him why he left England, he replied because people don't bug me here in NY, they will ask for an autograph or say hello, but you know.. 

John wouldn't be able to say that today, he would be like the other Beatles and say, I'm not signing anymore!!

True. If John were alive today, he would be bombarded with requests everywhere he went! People have collected autographs for over 100 years, but it has gotten much more serious even since the 1970s and 80s.
The internet and ebay.

Don't forget, Twitter! See what the trending topics are.

It's a different era!

Lately Ive been after the gods of rock or mini movie posters of movies I enjoy so don't care to much about investment aspect.Historical figures are probably the best investment. I figure the rock stuff will hold value for me as I will be dead within 25 years or so. The funny thing is when you go to Wizard,Chiller,Monster,Star Wars,and other cons there are crowds paying big money for graphs.Makes me scratch my head. photos with are huge also.As far as the future of collecting autographs,I take a dim view also. Peoples signatures just suck,they don't write anymore so its scribble and who wants that and you can easily forge and forging techniques with copying is getting better and better.So collect what you enjoy

Some say early rave posters will go up in value

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