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Mike Shepherd's Discussions

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. 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

Steven Spielberg Autograph (Opinions Please)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Aug 1, 2019. 9 Replies

I have owned this Steven Spielberg autograph for many years.  It was…Continue

Original Comic and Sports Art (Signed and Unsigned)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Feb 26. 13 Replies

I thought that it would be interesting to create a discussion that would allow members to share their original comic and sports art.  I have recently expanded my autograph collection to include…Continue

 

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Mike Shepherd replied to Joe W.'s discussion Sean Connery autograph. Any thoughts?
"The Harrison Ford autograph is atypical."
yesterday
Mike Shepherd replied to Joe W.'s discussion Sean Connery autograph. Any thoughts?
"I agree with Owen.  Looks pretty typical to me."
Wednesday
Mike Shepherd replied to RDDB's discussion Intentionally Fail Items..?
"Thanks for the clarification, Mark."
Sunday
Mike Shepherd replied to RDDB's discussion Intentionally Fail Items..?
"I always find it interesting when members offer their opinions as facts.  Particularly when they mention company names."
Saturday
Mike Shepherd replied to Justin Hoffman's discussion Can I just say thanks?
"I could not agree more, Justin.  I have been appreciative of this website for nearly eight years."
Saturday
Mike Shepherd replied to RDDB's discussion Intentionally Fail Items..?
"They are more likely to scrutinize rare items, but not necessarily fail them."
Jul 1
Mike Shepherd replied to R. Tanner's discussion Daisy Ridley authentic or fake
"Atypical."
Jun 23
Mike Shepherd replied to Greg Jeranek's discussion Opinions Wanted on Bee Gees signed baseball, Real or Fake??
"Ask the seller when and where they acquired it.  I look forward to hearing their story."
Jun 22
Mike Shepherd replied to NotANurse's discussion Peter Mayhew autograph
"Atypical."
Jun 18
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"Exactly, Joe W.  If we treat our hobby the way that it should be treated, there would be no need to consider selling anything.  What we need is a database for collectors to post images of all of the autographs that they achieved in person."
Jun 17
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"I do not mind the stickers on photos, but I prefer not to see them on other items.  Thanks for the comment, Dan."
Jun 17
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"That is a great system, Joe.  Thanks for the comment."
Jun 17
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"That is a great comparison, Eric.  Thanks for the comment."
Jun 17
Eric Keith Longo commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"+1"
Jun 16
Joe W. commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"Everybody has their own comfort level. I have come to realize that experienced collectors are the most accurate. I also believe that quick opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. Now when it comes to Epperson, Zarelli, or Phil Sears their…"
Jun 16
Dan Morris commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Fourth-Party Authentication
"Very well said. I'd take the opinion of someone with an expert eye and many years experience over an authentication company. Sadly though often for sales the buyer wants that nice ugly and shiny sticker to give them comfort it's…"
Jun 16

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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Mike Shepherd's Blog

Fourth-Party Authentication

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

Reliance on third-party authentication has taken on a new meaning in recent times.  Some collectors will simply not consider purchasing an autograph without proof that it has received a passing grade from one of the respectable services available.  There is also the great debate over stickers.  Do collectors prefer them?  Do collectors not prefer them?  Should they be affixed to the front or back of a photo?  Should they be affixed to the actual item, or to a Letter…

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Who Do You Collect?

Posted on May 23, 2020 at 9:00am 19 Comments

As autograph collectors, most of us remember our first purchase.  If we do not, we remember the first purchase of our favorite person’s autograph.  At the time of that purchase, we probably did not expect to add additional autographs of that same person to our collection.  Why would we?  The purchase of a single autograph was an accomplished mission.

In most hobbies, the question of what people collect is often asked.  The question asked of autograph collectors is often more…

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Crazy Train Derailed

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 7:00am 6 Comments

I was visiting my son in Los Angeles in February.  We were driving through Burbank, when I heard a song on the radio that had a very familiar sound.  “Is this a new Ozzy song?” I thought to myself.  Then, as if he was reading my mind, my son said, “Dad, this is the new Ozzy song.”  I immediately reserved my vinyl copy of Ordinary Man at a local record store in Sherman Oaks, called Freakbeat Records.  The owner was a pleasure to deal with.  I could not wait to listen to the full…

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A Fate Worse Than Death

Posted on March 29, 2020 at 5:00am 9 Comments

COVID-19 may change our hobby forever.

We all know how difficult it is to procure the autographs of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison.  The unfortunate reason for the difficulty is that their tragic deaths have prevented them from signing the number of autographs that they would have if they had lived for many years.

Consider our current situation.  Comic conventions and social distancing are mutually exclusive.  Anyone who has ever attended New York Comic Con can…

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