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Beethoven's Hair and Astronauts Insurance

My friends give me a hard time for being one of those old-timers that still likes to read the newspaper. I’m not sure what it is, but I just like to hold it in my hands. Sure, the black ink on your fingers sucks. I just don’t want to sit at a computer and read my news (even though, I...uh...appreciate you guys sitting here reading the stuff I’m writing on the computer). I thought Autograph Magazine was so much more fun in the magazine form, looking at all…

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Added by Josh Board on June 23, 2019 at 11:09pm — No Comments

John Cena Autographed Dollar Bill -- and the baseball player it was given to

I thought I’d be the one guy in San Diego that had a cool John Cena story. The former WWE wrestler and now action movie star (Bumblebee, Blockers, Daddy’s Home, The Wall, and the funniest movie nobody knows about -- Tour de Pharmacy), was at the CinemaCon convention a few years ago. When my wife and I went in for the awards ceremony, the ushers saw our “press credentials” and mistakenly thought that meant we were supposed to sit near the talent. So we were put…

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Added by Josh Board on June 19, 2019 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

Fake Kawhi Leonard Signing Autographs

One of my favorite “fake autograph” stories, is when Rod Stewart played a concert in San Diego, and a Stewart look alike showed up at a Radio Shack (remember those horrible electronic stores?). He got out of a limo, and had a bodyguard with him. Fans rushed him (well, the five people at Radio Shack), and he signed autographs, got back into his limo, and was off. Yet someone showed a photo to the newspaper, and they noticed he didn’t have a mole in his chin (or…

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Added by Josh Board on June 18, 2019 at 6:50pm — No Comments

I Have an AA Problem -- Autograph Addiction

My wife said I needed help. I think she’s considering having an intervention for me. You see, she witnesses the autographed CDs that arrive in the mail. She thinks I have a problem and I need help. I try to explain...I’m a functioning autograph collector. I can buy autographed CDs and still make a car and house payment. In fact, it would be foolish NOT to buy an autographed CD by artists that sell them. They’re usually the same price.…

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Added by Josh Board on June 13, 2019 at 12:18am — 9 Comments

Hank Bauer NOT Hank Bauer

As a kid, I loved watching the San Diego Chargers. When my stepbrother got a job working at their practice facility, he got me Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts’ autograph. I would end up meeting him years later, at various functions, and he was always nice to the fans.

In 6th…

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Added by Josh Board on June 11, 2019 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

Dr. John Death

Nobody knows the name Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., but if you know music (and have good taste in music), you surely know the name Dr. John. He was more than just the hit “Right Place, Wrong Time.”

The first time I ever saw him was in the early ‘90s as part of Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band. He was relegated to just a few of his songs, but it was great. Since that time, I had seen him live three times. He always put on…

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Added by Josh Board on June 6, 2019 at 5:41pm — 22 Comments

Tom Seaver -- His Health and His Hatred of Me

Tom Seaver yelled at me. I don’t hold it against him though. I thought about that when I read a story about how he wasn’t going to make public appearances anymore, but just spend time on his vineyard in California.

He’s 74, and his family has asked for privacy for the 3 time Cy Young winner. Seaver struck out almost 4,000 batters and had a lifetime ERA of 2.86, which is incredible. He was the Rookie of the Year,…

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Added by Josh Board on June 3, 2019 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

Counterfeit 2000 SP Authentic Sandy Koufax Chirography Autographs

About one week ago I was looking to sell some cards on eBay.

I needed some fast cash and decided to try and sell a 2000 SP Authentic Chirography Sandy Koufax I bought on July 27, 2018. I bought it for what I thought at the time was a great price, so I knew if I listed it I could list it cheap, and it would sell fast and I would get the money I needed at the time about one hour after I listed the card.

I received a message from an eBay member, perch712, I had never herd of or…

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Added by randy bondurant on May 22, 2019 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Tim Conway Autographed at Horse Races

I never met Tim Conway or got his autograph, but I had a number of times I could have. A guy I played racquetball with for 15 years, was a big deal at the Del Mar racetrack. He’s sit in the exclusive “turf club” where a number of famous people were. Since I didn’t bet on the ponies, I rarely went with him. But every time I did, I’d witness an autograph incident. One time it was celebrity couple Anne Bancroft (The Graduate) and Mel Brooks. I watched as someone…

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Added by Josh Board on May 14, 2019 at 3:10pm — 4 Comments

Chewbacca Died. Yes, he also turned me down for an Autograph

Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” actor who played Chewbacca, has died at 74. He got his start in movies in "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger," which when I saw as a kid, blew me away with the special effects (if you watch it now, it will feel very, very dated). For the first "Star Wars" (he did 5 of the Star Wars films), it was actually…

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Added by Josh Board on May 2, 2019 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

Babe Ruth Rookie Card -- Found Inside a Piano!

I sometimes imagine I’ll be driving by and see an estate sale, with a sign that says “autographed items” and I stop and get a great deal on something. What keeps that dream alive is hearing stories like this. A woman in Maryland bought a used piano at an estate sale from a woman that died in 1969 -- the year of my birth. When…

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Added by Josh Board on May 1, 2019 at 5:19pm — 2 Comments

Sandy Koufax Forged Counterfeit 2000 SP Authentic Card

Immediately below, is a link to my previous blog titled "Derek Jeter Forged Signed Counterfeit 1994/1995 Upper Deck Baseball Card:  Part 2."…

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Added by Christopher Williams on April 24, 2019 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Queen Item For Sale -- Freddie Mercury Handwritten Set List (story from TMZ)

One of the rarest pieces of Freddie Mercury memorabilia is now up for sale ... and it's the only set list personally written by the Queen frontman to ever hit the…

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Added by Josh Board on April 23, 2019 at 12:32am — 15 Comments

Long Shot -- Fans Getting Autographs at CinemaCon

There’s an incredibly fun and interesting convention for movie theatre owners called CinemaCon. It used to be called ShoWest, and it takes place for a week each year in Las Vegas.

As much as I love having actors sign my favorite DVDs, at events like this I don’t usually get autographs. It’s not very professional, and I’m there to do a job (in fact, the long story I wrote about the convention can be found…

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Added by Josh Board on April 16, 2019 at 4:31pm — 3 Comments

Samuel L. Jackson Asked To Autograph A Wallet

I know that the autograph scene in this funny bit isn't the main thing, but for us collectors, it adds a bit of fun. Watch this funny skit that "Funny or Die" has done:…

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Added by Josh Board on April 12, 2019 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

What do Doritos and Ringo Starr Have in Common?

Everyone is talking about actresses Felicity Huffman (and her husband William H. Macy) and Lori Loughlin getting caught up in this scandal where they paid off people to take the SAT for their kids, to help them get into college. Well, Loughlin did something that a lot of you would love, but most people hated. She signed autographs outside of court last week. It was probably bad form. Especially since Huffman has said she’s guilty and sorry. Loughlin seems…

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Added by Josh Board on April 11, 2019 at 11:24pm — 4 Comments

Winter Success Graphing in Cleveland

It is always tougher to graph in the winter in northern cities.  Opportunities are fewer and it really has to take a big name band to get me to stand out in freezing temperatures to see if they will sign.

For whatever reason, fewer bands made stops in Cleveland this past winter.  Actually, that was fine by me, although I have still managed to go to eleven concerts so far this…

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Added by Coachgd on March 24, 2019 at 7:25am — 7 Comments

Derek Jeter Forged/Signed 1994/1995 Counterfeit Upper Deck Baseball Card: Part 2

I began noticing these obvious forgeries months ago on Ebay, but with Ebay heavily-populated with forgeries, I really didn't think much of exposing them until I began observing them in numbers and that's when I knew I had to expose them.

Immediately below is a link to Part 1 of "Derek Jeter Forged Counterfeit 1994/1995 Upper Deck Baseball Cards."…

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Added by Christopher Williams on March 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Two Quick Autograph Stories -- Danny DeVito and Steph Curry

I was watching Danny DeVito on The Talk today (can somebody explain to me why these talk shows with all women are so popular? Both "The Talk" and "The View" are just awful). Anyway, his new movie "Dumbo" looks great. And, he was in my favorite sitcom of all-time -- Taxi. He started talking about the show and he said how he had a lot of stuff around him that a…

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Added by Josh Board on March 20, 2019 at 8:07pm — 5 Comments

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