I remember the first article I ever read about autographs was when I was 11-years-old (I’m in my mid-40s now). It was pages and pages, all about sports signatures. I read about Ty Cobb signing in green ink. Lots of good stories on Babe Ruth.
There was one story about NFL players. It said that of all the athletes, they get asked for autographs the least often. They speculated that was because they wore helmets and were harder to recognize, without a jersey that had a last name on the…Continue
I've written a few books, the last one of which came out just over five years ago - Homemade Hollywood: Fans Behind The Camera, tracing the rise of "fan films"—those homemade Star Wars and superhero movies you find on the internet. It was also about the histories of amateur filmmaking and science fiction fandom, but mostly it was about people who dressed like Spider-Man and then swung off six-story buildings without a net, because "I needed the shot, man." It got good…Continue
In 1966 when I was 13 years old I went to see the Young Rascals in Rochester, NY, my very first concert. After the show the band passed out photo cards and they were signing from the stage. I got Dino, Eddie and Felix, but not Gene Cornish who is from Rochester. All these years I dreamed of getting that space filled in on my card and 47 years later I did when I saw the re-united Rascals in San Francisco on October 12, 2013. I spotted Gene's fiancee just before intermission, but she said she…Continue
There’s always controversy when Nazi and Hitler memorabilia hit the market. I thought I’d make a quick mention of the latest at the start of this story. It involved two rare editions of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, and they sold at an L.A. auction for $64,850.
The 1925 and 1926 editions were both signed, and of course, the purchaser wishes to remain anonymous.
Hitler gave the books to Josef Bauer, an early follower who participated in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich. They were…Continue