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Autographs Behind the Glass

Started this discussion. Last reply by J.Seah Jan 26. 7 Replies

I thought that it would be interesting to create a discussion that would allow members to share their framed autographs.  I will get things started with my framed Daisy Ridley and Harrison Ford…Continue

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

 

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Mike Shepherd replied to Sparky1708's discussion Harrison Ford opinions please
"I agree, Sparky."
Nov 29
Mike Shepherd replied to Sparky1708's discussion Harrison Ford opinions please
"I saw that when I looked up the pricing last night. I agree that it is difficult to justify spending that amount.  My photo is 8x10, so it would cost me $1025 to add his autograph to it.  Perhaps one day I will be able to budget for it."
Nov 29
Mike Shepherd replied to Sparky1708's discussion Harrison Ford opinions please
"I need to add Harrison Ford to my Blade Runner photo as well.  I will also pass on the private signing in February.  I may regret it one day.  Best of luck, Sparky.  Please keep us posted."
Nov 29
Mike Shepherd replied to Sparky1708's discussion Harrison Ford opinions please
"It actually looks pretty typical to me.  I agree that it is likely to have been rushed and signed on the street.  Do you trust the seller?"
Nov 28
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"I have also been considering selling pieces of my collection in order to purchase other items.  I am glad that it was a success for you, Crazy Rabbits."
Nov 28
crazyrabbits23 commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"- that the collecting gods smiled upon me this year - that I met a rare book consigner who was able to get me some money for a handful of Canadiana signed items I wanted to part with... which funded more signed books - that I saw Margaret Atwood…"
Nov 27
Christopher Williams commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"You also, Mike.  Thank you."
Nov 27
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"Fifty years is quite a commitment, Scott Paul.  I am not quite there yet.  Thanks for the comment.  Take care."
Nov 27
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"Thanks for the comment, Christopher.  Have a great holiday season."
Nov 27
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"Well said, Ink Investor.  Thanks for the comment."
Nov 27
Scott Paul commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"I thank God for many blessings he has bestowed and for giving me strength in times of adversity.   I am thankful to live in an age to be able to watch the movies and television I have loved over the years.  I am also thankful I…"
Nov 26
Christopher Williams commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"Mike, I am thankful for so many things that I cannot begin to list them and none of them have anything to do with autographs or coin collecting. But I "Thank" God every day for the fortunate life I've experienced and continue to…"
Nov 26
Null commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post What Are You Thankful For?
"I fear Dylan and other hot button topics have taken precedence. This question shouldn’t be ignored. I’m thankful for my family, my career, my friends, my health. I’m grateful that I am in position to afford a hobby such as this…"
Nov 26
Mike Shepherd posted a blog post

What Are You Thankful For?

Family.  Friends.  Health.  Security.  We are thankful for so many things.  Dare I say autographs?  Let us have some fun with this question on Thanksgiving in the United States.  What about our hobby are you thankful for?I am thankful for Star Wars Celebrations.  Where else can Star Wars fans meet so many people who share the same interests?  What about you?  What about autograph collecting are you thankful for?Happy Thanksgiving!…See More
Nov 25
Mike Shepherd replied to Null's discussion Thanksgiving
"Same to you, Ink Investor!"
Nov 24
Mike Shepherd replied to JB007Collector's discussion Carrie Fisher Shockaholic signed book
"Looks pretty typical to me."
Nov 14

About Me

What kind of member are you? (Check as many as apply.)
Collector
What would you like to tell us about yourself, your collecting, or business.
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
Why do you want to join Autograph Live?
I would like to participate in forum discussions.
Who can we thank for telling you about us?
A member did not invite me to join.
What are your areas of interest?
Sports, History/Politics, Books/Literature, Modern Hollywood and Stage, Classic Hollywood and Stage, Music, SciFi, Horror
Why do you collect?
I collect because I enjoy history.
What is your favorite autograph in your collection?
Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite autograph in my collection.
You can ask anyone living or dead for their autograph. Who would it be?
Edgar Allan Poe

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What Are You Thankful For?

Posted on November 24, 2022 at 6:00am 9 Comments

Family.  Friends.  Health.  Security.  We are thankful for so many things.  Dare I say autographs?  Let us have some fun with this question on Thanksgiving in the United States.  What about our hobby are you thankful for?

I am thankful for Star Wars Celebrations.  Where else can Star Wars fans meet so many people who share the same interests?  What about you?  What about autograph collecting are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!…

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World Series or Bust

Posted on October 28, 2022 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Autograph collectors often work on projects that require a tremendous amount of patience.  Adding multiple autographs to a single item has the potential to be both frustrating and rewarding, particularly if members of the group are difficult to acquire autographs from.

My favorite World Series teams have always been the 1977-1978 New York Yankees.  Unfortunately, acquiring all of the players’ autographs on a single item is impossible to accomplish in person today.  Catfish Hunter,…

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Behind-the-Scenes Autograph Collecting

Posted on September 19, 2022 at 9:00am 15 Comments

I finally had an opportunity to watch the Light & Magic documentary about Industrial Light & Magic on Disney+ on Saturday.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of film.

While watching the documentary, I began to reflect on the many amazing people who are involved in the art of filmmaking.  Many of those people are famous.  Many are not.  How common is it for autograph collectors to not only collect the autographs of their favorite actors and…

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Pedigree Autograph Collections

Posted on August 29, 2022 at 11:00am 9 Comments

Last month, I shared a story about the first autograph that I ever collected.  That got me thinking about all of the many people who have devoted decades to the hobby of autograph collecting.

Is there such a thing as a pedigree collection in the world of autograph collecting?  So many autograph collectors rely on third-party autograph authentication for peace of mind.  Would they feel even more secure about their autograph purchases if they knew that the autographs originated from…

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