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Mike Shepherd's Discussions

Bruce Springsteen’s Forthcoming Letter to You Album

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Sep 29, 2020. 5 Replies

Is there any possibility that Bruce Springsteen will be signing copies of his forthcoming Letter to You album?  I have not heard anything, and I am not familiar with what Bruce Springsteen typically…Continue

Dry Mounting Autographed Photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Jul 24, 2020. 14 Replies

I recently noticed that one of my framed autographed photos is developing waves.  It may be from humidity, although there are other framed items in the room that are not being affected.  It may be…Continue

Marcia Lucas Cancels Private Signing

Started Aug 7, 2019 0 Replies

This is truly sad and unfortunate.  It is sad for the many Star Wars autograph collectors who were looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity.  It is also unfortunate that…Continue

Signed and Sketched Comics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Feb 29, 2020. 4 Replies

I thought that it would be interesting to create a discussion that would allow members to share their signed and sketched comics.  Members may also use this discussion to post images of signed and…Continue

 

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Mike Shepherd replied to Kim Richardson's discussion Help with Carrie Fisher autograph
"Atypical.  Not even close.  Sorry, Kim."
Sunday
Mike Shepherd replied to Alan Wall's discussion Is this Clint Eastwood autograph the real thing?
"Atypical."
Sunday
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"Thanks for the comment, Steve.  I agree about a signature in the white margin at the bottom of a work of art."
Saturday
Steve Zarelli commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"First... WOW on the Neal Adams commission. Fantastic. I have a Adam's Conan sketch on a comic backing board I picked up cheap many years ago for like $75. Prices are through the roof now on comic art. Glad I bought what I did back in the 90s. I…"
Friday
Mike Shepherd replied to Bryan's discussion Thoughts on this Sean Connery?
"Atypical."
Thursday
Mike Shepherd replied to rob kunne's discussion harrison ford real? dctradingcards(19588)
"The autograph looks pretty typical to me."
Apr 2
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"Very nice, Doug.  Thanks for sharing."
Apr 1
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"Materials are definitely a concern, and will continue to be.  The more historic the item, the more acceptable some form of restoration may be."
Apr 1
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"Thanks, BC."
Apr 1
Doug S commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"I used to keep these autographs in a drawer along with the 1947 ephemera.  I had these acrylic frames and put these pieces together with archival products.  I hung them on the wall and now I consider them art.  They are much more fun…"
Apr 1
Doug S commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
Apr 1
Paul commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"Restoration has to be part of autograph collecting because so many mediums are signed on paper or laminate that is deteriorating, just look at some of The Beatles signed lps that have been signed , the laminate is starting to stretch , the cardboard…"
Apr 1
BC commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"I look at a signature on an art piece as an extension of the piece and a way to authenticate the artwork."
Apr 1
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"I agree, Eric.  Thanks for the comment."
Apr 1
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
"Yes, Joe W.  A signed Charles Schultz drawing would be extremely valuable.  I believe that the same would apply to a signed Al Hirshfeld drawing, although it may be very valuable without his signature as well, depending on the subject of…"
Apr 1
Eric Keith Longo commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art?
""...I don't think that artwork restoration is comparable to altering or "restoring" an autograph...." +1 properly restored paintings never are restored to the point that the restoration is not visible."
Apr 1

About Me

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Collector
What brings you to Autograph Live?
I would like to participate in forum discussions.
Who can we thank for telling you about Autograph Live?
A member did not invite me to join.
What do you collect, or want to collect?
Sports, History/Politics, Books/Literature, Modern Hollywood and Stage, Classic Hollywood and Stage, Music, SciFi, Horror
Tell us more about your collection, specific areas of interest, etc.:
I started collecting when I was very young and I asked Phil Esposito for an autograph. Years later I also received autographs from Tom Seaver, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. It was in 1997 that I began collecting autographs as a hobby.
What is your level of expertise?
Intermediate Collector
What is your favorite autograph in your collection?
Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite autograph in my collection.
Why do you collect?
I collect because I enjoy history.
You can ask anyone living or dead for their autograph. Who would it be?
Edgar Allan Poe

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Autograph or Art?

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 7:00am 15 Comments

I have recently expanded my autograph collection to include original comic and sports art.  I created a discussion about it two years ago.  The hobby seems to be growing in popularity.  There is a growing interest in not only commissioning artists to produce original works, but to also have the original works autographed by celebrities and athletes.  I am currently undecided about having original comic and sports art autographed.  I am considering it for a few of my pieces.…

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Who’s To Blame?

Posted on February 20, 2021 at 4:30pm 14 Comments

Many years ago, I payed a deposit for a Christian Bale autograph.  You can imagine my excitement at the prospect of purchasing an authentic autograph from Christian Bale as Batman.  I selected the image, as well as the inscription.  “To Michael, Best wishes.”  The autograph company that was hosting the private signing was highly reputable.  As a matter of fact, they continue to be highly reputable today.  I have purchased quite a few autographs from them.  I have even watched them affix a…

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Is That Real?

Posted on January 23, 2021 at 4:30pm 4 Comments

Many years ago, a friend was visiting my home.  They asked a question that is understandable, and certainly not unusual, for any person who does not collect autographs.  “Is that real?”  My friend was referring to my framed Alfred Hitchcock autograph.  It was proudly displayed on my wall.

My framed, and proudly displayed, Alfred Hitchcock…

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The Lost Year

Posted on December 30, 2020 at 8:00am 6 Comments

I have never understood the attraction to celebrating on New Year’s Eve.  Even in high school, I found it strange that my friends and I would gather to celebrate....  What exactly did we celebrate?

As an adult, I relax at home with my wife, and watch The Twilight Zone marathon on SYFY.  I barely make it to midnight.

This year has been one like no other.  Our country has suffered tremendously.  Our hobby has also been affected.  Many major conventions have been…

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