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April 2010 Blog Posts (29)

TV Hosts and Autographs

I saw the sold-out Conan O'Brien show in San Diego, which he cleverly titled the "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour."

San Diegan, and national touring singer, Jason Mraz was the music guest. Not as cool as Pearl Jam in Seattle, but he's had a few big hits (but boy "Remedy" an annoying song).

We didn't ask for his autograph before the show, because we weren't sure it was him. After the show, he gave high fives to the 100 of us waiting near…


Added by Josh Board on April 30, 2010 at 12:08am — 1 Comment

Interesting - iPhone App for "Autograph It" as well as for Android..!

Please check out:

Here is the interesting iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app for Autograph.("Autograph It)

Also for Android also it's available -…


Added by Natarajan Sambamoorthy on April 26, 2010 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

Autographs in Film -- The Eclipse

An interesting, small little film.

The main plot involves famous authors going to a book festival. Many of them are asked to sign books during dinners or after speaking engagements.

One funny scene involves the most famous of the authors, who has been shown to be a jerk. He gets tipsy, and is looking for an author he had an affair with. As he stumbles around looking for her, he's asked by three different people to sign things.

Added by Josh Board on April 26, 2010 at 1:11am — No Comments

Great Cover for May 2010

I do think the Logo Jumps out at you and Grabs the eyes right off the Bat , Good Stuff to all at the Magazine ! And i also Read By May 1st Big thing for all also ! With E-bay and buying and selling and Helping New people and those who want to get started in this Great Hobby we Do ! Also to help The Magazine also to grow...The more the Better ! And those who try to pull the fakes shame on you , like it said in the News in the May Magazine. We will know them and they will learn about us Very… Continue

Added by steven foster mills on April 24, 2010 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Col John W. Ripley: Navy Cross Recipient, Historical autograph

With this 6th in my Valor series of blogs, I wanted to change it up abit. I use Col Ripley here for the great story of how an autograph request can led to something so much bigger. First, a little background as I know many here may not know what The Navy Cross is.

The Navy Cross is the highest medal that can be awarded by the United States Department of the Navy and the second highest award given for valor, only the Medal of Honor ranks…


Added by Steven Ryan on April 23, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Historic Pieces of Memorabilia

A cane that JFK used, was just turned into the Smithsonian Institution by a 91-year-old. Not sure why he didn't use it himself.

Red Robinson said he kept the prized piece hidden under his bed. He was a colleague of Kennedy's in the Navy, and this was used while he recovered from a back injury in 1943, due to a military accident.

The injury happened when Kennedy was on the PT 109, that a Japanese destroyer rammed. Kennedy jumped in the water and dragged men back…


Added by Josh Board on April 22, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

REPRINT AUTOGRAPHS: I still do not understand the "why".

I am sending out the white flag to this community. I am calling "uncle", and I will carry the spit buckets, I will chalk the field, and I will mow your lawns, wash your cars, and even consider picking up after your pit bulls (even on feeding day). I just need someone to please explain to me what is this infestation of reprint autographs for sale currently on Ebay. I know we have talked about this before, but do not still understand the "why" as to why anyone would want these, let alone…


Added by Stephen Duncan on April 21, 2010 at 2:59pm — 5 Comments

Al Pacino, Al Pacino Al Pacino -- Signing Autographs, Throwing Pens

I guess that title is a pit deceptive. It wasn't like Pacino was throwing pens in anger. He was just being funny and having a good time.

On TMZ last night, I saw him in an airport in New York, and he was signing up a storm. One reporter asks him the secret of looking so young and he replies "Keeping quiet."

Anyone that's ever gotten Pacino, knows the autograph is really just a round scribble. But hey -- he's one of the best actors of all-time, and he signs.…


Added by Josh Board on April 21, 2010 at 1:08am — 1 Comment

I got celebrity interviews and autographs galore at the Chiller show this past weekend!!

I was quite lucky at the Chiller convention in NJ. this past weekend on April 18th 2010.

I interviewed, Rita Moreno, Robert Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Kristin Bauer a vampire from True Blood, Martine Beswicke, and Caroline Munro.

Also, got a few autographs in exchange for mentioning a few guests on here and doing some photo ops with Kristana Loken the girl…


Added by Mark J Gross on April 20, 2010 at 7:38am — No Comments

real or fake

1981 pete rose autograph card/1988 barry sanders autograph card.are they real or fakes.got from a friend.can see pictures on albums.

Added by roberto perez on April 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Antiquities Owner Toby Stoffa

Hi Steve,
I very much liked your letter. Thank you for being passionate about your vocation, as am I.
By the way, just as a note, I'm Ms. not Mr., that's why I said the grandma in this business...:) My mentors were Cordelia and Tom Platt who were one of the grandparents of this business, and George Sanders before he died, even spending time at his home going through his amazing collection. I wish you could…

Added by Toby L. Stoffa on April 19, 2010 at 3:00pm — 31 Comments

It sounds like we share a common interest in keeping the collectors' confidence


It sounds like we share a common interest in keeping the collectors' confidence in the importance and authenticity of autographs. Antiquities has been in business for 25 years and has earned a stellar reputation for honest and fair dealings with its customers. You have twice mentioned companies that someone said I buy from and one I've never heard of, and the other I responded to and answered your question. It is not about the most money one can make in my mind, but the…

Added by Toby L. Stoffa on April 19, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Marilyn Monroe X-Rays

I remember going into the San Diego Sports Hall of Fame in Balboa Park 15 years ago, and seeing the X-rays of Muhammid Ali's broken jaw. It was broken by San Diego's own boxing champ -- Ken Norton, a former Marine stationed in Camp Pendleton.

I always thought having that signed by both boxers would be a cool piece to add to my collection.

Imagine my surprise when I saw an X-ray hit the auction circuit.

It's from 1954, and it's of Marilyn Monroe's…


Added by Josh Board on April 19, 2010 at 1:36am — No Comments

Lets all hold a warm thought for Mr. James Arness, aka Marshal Matt Dillon

This past weekend at ComicCon in Anaheim I was able to mingle and talk with some of the coordinators who represent the artists that appear at such conventions and sign autographs. Inside info, is always a treat to chat about and learn from. The subject of actor James Arness came up. I don't ever remember him appearing at any conventions at least here in the L.A. area that come to mind, but for a few years now he has maintained a reliable web site where he sells REAL personally signed…


Added by Stephen Duncan on April 18, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


Hi Steve,

Here is the thing that is important to know. When I must purchase something rather than being given the opportunity to get it from a private collector and have it authenticated, I send it out for secondary. I do not like using names, since my husband is a lawyer and hopelessly helpful but quite independent from my business. So referring to who you mentioned I bought some items from, when they went out for certification and were rejected, I was not allowed to…

Added by Toby L. Stoffa on April 18, 2010 at 5:56am — 6 Comments

Col. Mitchell Paige: Medal of Honor Autograph

This is the 4th in my VALOR series of blogs. Col Mitchell Paige was the 2nd MOH Recipient I sent a poster too and one of the many who sent back more than I asked for including a very nice letter commenting on my work. It ment and still means so much to me that a Marine as great as he was took the time to tell me; " I have autographed hundreds since WWII but none as attactive as those you sent me."

Known in the Marines simply…


Added by Steven Ryan on April 17, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments


Hi Steve,

Thank you for your information. I have no choice on the percentage rent since I am contractually obligated to The Forum Shops and as such, must run all sales through the store, which I always do and have done for 19 years of my 25 years in the business. Perhaps in the future, but that would be years from now. I want to keep the business dignified and valuable and yet it is more important to me to get great pieces into hands of autograph collectors like myself at a…

Added by Toby L. Stoffa on April 16, 2010 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

McLovin on McSigning Autographs

Actor Christopher Mintz (who probably hates everyone yelling "Hey McLovin!") was in Superbad, and that scored him a role in Role Models (a very disappointing comedy).

I just saw him in the movie Kick-Ass (you can read my full review on SanDiego.com).

Well, he was on Jimmy Kimmel to promote it. He talked about being at a restaurant and trying to impress his friends by sending a bottle of champagne to some older women. They sent it back and he felt foolish. As…


Added by Josh Board on April 16, 2010 at 1:32am — 1 Comment


Dear Steve,
I was pleased to get your response. You are right, I meant Autographs America. You asked why I would sell these things for less than they might bring. The answer is pretty simple for someone in the retail business at a high end mall with a few desperate consignors. So I put my prices very competitively so I can move things more quickly. I don't have the luxury of waiting to achieve the highest dollar per item, and the terrific people I have worked with as clients, who are now in…

Added by Toby L. Stoffa on April 15, 2010 at 8:38pm — 4 Comments

Autographs at Antiquities

During the 25 years of my business, I have been very careful, honest, responsive and delighted by the wonder of the autograph world. You made an example of Led Zeppelin. Just feel free to call and ask me if you ever have any concerns or questions. The collection I had in - many have now sold - came from an individual who had collected Zeppelin items for over 15 years, purchasing not just from me, but from so many members of Autograph magazine. Due to this client's financial hardships in this… Continue

Added by Toby L. Stoffa on April 15, 2010 at 4:09pm — 2 Comments

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