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Mike Shepherd's Discussions

Autographs Behind the Glass

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Keith Longo Jun 28. 5 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 SigAt's discussion Mark Hamill real or fake?? Sold by Tino Knudsen
"That is a great suggestion, Sparky.  He should at least be able to determine if he has been willing to sign that particular image."
6 hours ago
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"Joe, that is great news about the National Sports Collectors Convention!  I will be attending New York Comic Con in October, so I hope that my experience is very similar.  Thanks for the update."
6 hours ago
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"Steve, that is a great point about handshakes.  I have noticed the same thing.  Regarding the grading services, I have been wondering about that as well.  I was under the impression that the long delays may have been caused by a…"
6 hours ago
Joe Monk commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"There was a record fan turnout at The National Sports Collectors Convention last week,  with lots of good autograph signers and fan photograph opportunities at the Tristar Autograph Pavilion.     I didn't attend, so I don't…"
9 hours ago
Steve Zarelli commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"As a side note, I am not sure the various grading services will ever get back to normal. I want to submit a few comics for grading, but the wait times and increased costs are insane!"
13 hours ago
Steve Zarelli commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"All things pass. I believe the new normal will eventually be the same as the old normal. Sure, there may be some long term holdouts, but by and large, life will go back to what it was before. A year ago people were saying that "the handshake is…"
13 hours ago
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"That is very good news.  Thanks for the comment, Butters."
15 hours ago
Butters24 commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"Too be honest I haven't really been told no this year on the streets of Southern California.  Even last year in the middle of lock down I was still able to obtain a couple of autographs.  I rarely went to get someone last year, but…"
18 hours ago
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"Yes, it would, Terrier.  I also believe that many autograph collectors would be willing to pay a premium."
yesterday
Mike Shepherd replied to SigAt's discussion Mark Hamill real or fake?? Sold by Tino Knudsen
"It actually contains a few typical characteristics.  You should also know that Mark Hamill has become a very difficult signer since the release of The Last Jedi.  Best of luck."
yesterday
terrier8HOF commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"I wish more A list musicians would have their authentic autographs available in their on line sites.  if they are so concerned about in person hounds reselling for profit, wouldnt this take care of at least that issue?"
yesterday
Mike Shepherd commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"Great perspective and great points, Crazy Rabbits.  I have also been taking advantage of some of the private signings that have been occurring.  Take care."
yesterday
crazyrabbits23 commented on Mike Shepherd's blog post The New Normal
"The "new normal" has resulted in situations where major creators like David Gilmour, Demi Lovato and John Mayer, among many others, are upping their online presence to bring harder-to-find autographs to more people. Perspective is…"
yesterday
Mike Shepherd replied to Fritz's discussion Unknown Signatures Help
"The additional writing appears to be written by the person who acquired the autographs, and it appears to indicate identifiers."
Monday
Mike Shepherd replied to Fritz's discussion Unknown Signatures Help
"Jack Jackson was an English trumpeter and bandleader."
Sunday
Mike Shepherd replied to lgee's discussion Authentic Springsteen?
"It looks like someone really took their time signing it."
Sunday

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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Thanks, Mike. A number of upgrades are in the works. A graphic on the home page had been needed for years.

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The New Normal

Posted on July 30, 2021 at 10:00am 16 Comments

We hear a lot of discussion about the “new normal” these days.  For many of us, things will never be the same again.  We are constantly being reminded of how societal norms may never return to what they once were prior to the pandemic.  This may also be true for autograph collectors.

What will comic conventions look like in the near future?  Will celebrities only be willing to use their own markers, never allowing a fan to present to them the one that they prefer to be used on their…

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Closet Collectors

Posted on June 26, 2021 at 4:30am 11 Comments

I recently created a discussion about framed autographs.  The purpose of creating the discussion was to encourage members to share autographs that they proudly display.  Some of us have our autographs custom framed by professionals, and some of us frame our autographs ourselves.

Autographs Behind the Glass

Collectors spend a lot of time adding to their…

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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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