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Mike Shepherd's Discussions

Autographs Behind the Glass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Jun 7. 2 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 banaguitar's discussion Sean Connery in person?
"Both autographs are atypical."
Saturday
Mike Shepherd replied to Mikex's discussion Marc Bolan Autograph eBay
"I agree, Mikex.  The shakiness and stops are obvious.  Marc Bolan was an incredible talent.  He was also very eccentric, so anything is possible with his autograph.  Regardless, this one is atypical."
Jun 18
Mike Shepherd replied to banaguitar's discussion Sean Connery genuine?
"Atypical."
Jun 16
Mike Shepherd replied to Etienne's discussion How do you feel about this? To "sticker" or not to "sticker' ... that is the question............
"Authentication stickers do not bother me."
Jun 16
Mike Shepherd replied to Timothy Santens's discussion The Time I Wrote Oscar Isaac and He Reacted My Fan Letter on a Disney Produced Video
"Great story, Timothy.  Your personal experience is better than an autograph.  Thanks for sharing."
Jun 15
Mike Shepherd replied to nicolò fabbris's discussion al pacino
"I agree with Rich."
Jun 11
Mike Shepherd replied to damageinc777's discussion Wolfgang Van Halen - Mammoth WVH - Signed Insert - Newbury
"This album dropped today, and it is excellent."
Jun 11
Mike Shepherd commented on Joe W.'s photo
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Mark Hamill

"Very nice."
Jun 10
Mike Shepherd commented on Joe W.'s photo
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Sir Sean Connery

"Very nice."
Jun 10
Mike Shepherd replied to Steve Zarelli's discussion What's new in your collection?
"Very cool.  Congratulations on an amazing new acquisition, Bjarne."
Jun 10
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art? (Part 2)
"Great story, Crazy Rabbits 23.  Congratulations on a fantastic new acquisition, and what sounds like a very successful resale.  Thanks for sharing."
Jun 9
crazyrabbits23 commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Autograph or Art? (Part 2)
"There was a lithograph I sold for a very pretty penny last year -- the only signed art (video game-related) I owned. I came across this at a Value Village and didn't hesitate to pick it up because I was a fan of the franchise it came from…"
Jun 9
Mike Shepherd replied to nicolò fabbris's discussion another al pacino signed
"You may want to consider purchasing one of his PSA ITP autographs.  There are plenty available."
Jun 8
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Inscriptions or Less?
"I agree about paying an additional fee for an inscription.  It is often worth it."
Jun 8
crazyrabbits23 commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post Inscriptions or Less?
"Depends on who's doing the inscriptions. I've specifically sought out inscribed books by certain Canadian authors because it's different from their usual norm (the standard "best wishes" or "for..."), even if it…"
Jun 7
Mike Shepherd replied to nicolò fabbris's discussion another al pacino signed
"I agree with JSA on this one.  The autograph is atypical of an Al Pacino full signature, but the “P” looks pretty typical to me."
Jun 7

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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Inscriptions or Less?

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 9:00am 13 Comments

There was once a time when celebrities would be happy to add an inscription to an autograph.  Many times, I have asked for a famous quotation or statistic to be added, and many times the celebrity would be pleased to do so.  They are typically very excited to meet a collector who is familiar with their accomplishments and work.

Inscriptions have become more popular.  Unfortunately, they have also become more expensive.  The days of celebrities adding free inscriptions have become rare…

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Autograph or Art? (Part 2)

Posted on April 29, 2021 at 3:00pm 10 Comments

Last month, I wrote about my autograph collection being recently expanded to include original comic and sports art.  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.

I also mentioned that I am very…

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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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