May 2010 Blog Posts (25)

R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

Now actor, Dennis Hopper has passed on! I never met him, but I do own his autograph I traded a dealer with for one that I owned. First Gary Coleman now Dennis.....who will round it out to make celeb death number three????

Here is a link.....

Added by Mark J Gross on May 29, 2010 at 11:46am — 5 Comments

John Finn dies at 100; oldest surviving Medal of Honor recipient

In retirement, he worked as a gunsmith, ran a salvage yard and raised horses and cattle. He spoke often of the Navy as a good career choice for young men and women.

"His story will continue inspiring generations to come while also reminding us all about the contributions and sacrifices of America's greatest generation," said Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine), a longtime friend.

Finn was particularly important to aviation ordnance specialists: sailors whose job, while…


Added by Steven Ryan on May 28, 2010 at 7:04pm — 3 Comments

R.I.P. Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman passed today. I interviewed him at the Chiller Con in 2008. He signed a few items for me after our interview. Here is a link...

Added by Mark J Gross on May 28, 2010 at 1:17pm — 5 Comments

Juliette Lewis -- A Great Signer

One of these days, I'll get around to writing my column about actress Juliette Lewis (anyone remember her dad Geoffrey, who played Clint Eastwoods buddy in thos 70s films?)

Her and I have had a few autograph moments together that I'll someday share, when I run out of other cool column ideas. US Magazine, it said that she was signing autographs outside a bathroom on a Delta flight from New York City to L.A.

I always wondered the…


Added by Josh Board on May 27, 2010 at 4:39pm — No Comments

A Woody Harrelson teaser, but the night was pure Peter Frampton

While waiting in line outside last night (5/26) to attend the Guitar Center (Hollywood location) in store interview and album release of rock legend Peter Frampton, Woody Harrelson comes riding up on his Triumph motor cycle. After being told by security to park it in back, he then comes walking up to the store entrance. Seeing my chance for basically a freebie signature, I asked him for his autograph. Right away he said no, he doesn't sign, blah/blah/blah......... . I indicated that if he…


Added by Stephen Duncan on May 27, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Authenticity Opinions Please

Added by Tim Henderson on May 27, 2010 at 12:09pm — 2 Comments

Anyone Want an Autographed Jewel CD?

I'm a big fan of Jewel, and was excited to see the former San Diegan doing this event.

I'm going to be writing about it later in Autograph Magazine, but thought I'd alert you to this now in a blog, in case you're interested.

It's a lot cooler than the listener parties some music stores do when a new CD comes out. This is an interactive concert, where you can go to a venue in your city, and watch Jewel perform. And, you can also buy a copy of Jewel's latest CD --…


Added by Josh Board on May 26, 2010 at 4:26pm — 2 Comments

Latest Michael Jackson Signed Item -- Autographed by his Kids!!!

On CNN's Headline News, I just saw an interview with these people that are selling a Michael Jackson tribute belt. It's going to retail for $1,500.

And to promote the thing, they have one belt that was signed by the Jackson family. This INCLUDED his three children (Blanket could barely spell out his name). This is going to be auctioned off Thursday online, with the money supposedly going to the family foundation.

Wow. Exploiting the kids in any way like this…


Added by Josh Board on May 26, 2010 at 9:59am — 4 Comments

Sex and the City 2

Don't see this movie. It's awful.

I hated the first one, and have found that so many women loved it. It baffles me.

And I was a big fan of the show!

There is one scene where a guy, who became a movie star in the first one (and Kim Cattral slept with, of course)...he shows up with a big movie he's promoting in New York. At the after-party, he's talking with Cattral, and a fan comes up and asks for his autograph.

Added by Josh Board on May 26, 2010 at 9:36am — 4 Comments

Autographed BaseBall Cards: Calling on all you experts...............

Some of you know, but for those that don't, I am an all volunteer umpire and rules instructor for Little League Baseball for the past 14 seasons. I umpire games all over So. California. Many people in my leagues know too that I collect Rock and Roll autographs. So they put 2 and 2 together and ask me over the years about autographed Baseball Cards. I must confess to them that the only autographed baseball cards I have, in spite of my extreme love for both BB and autographs, are from Steve…


Added by Stephen Duncan on May 22, 2010 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Expensive Paintings, Expensive Coin

When I read the newspaper this morning at 6 a.m., half asleep, two stories caught my eye.

A silver dollar from the late 1700s sold, for over $7 million dollars. Some collector had owned it for seven years and decided to sell.

There was also a story about an art gallery in Paris that had a big robbery. Apparently, the alarm system hadn't been working since March. The thief did that move where they cut the paintings out of the frames, and left the frames…


Added by Josh Board on May 21, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Jonah Hill on an Airplane

Jonah Hill was on David Letterman the other night, to talk about his latest film "Get Him to the Greek" (it was funny, but could've been better).

He talked about a guy next to him smacking him in the face. The guy was sleeping and he woke him up. This passenger explained he had "night terrors" when he went to sleep and he apologized (before falling back asleep). It was hsyterical. You wonder why if someone doesn't have a condition like that, they avoid sleeping on a plane. Or,…


Added by Josh Board on May 20, 2010 at 3:45pm — 1 Comment

Pre Concert Autograph Packages: Why not, they sell everything else.

In this age of VIP concert tickets, pre-concert dinner parties, and merchadise that used to be just t-shirts and programs but now includes jackets, underwear, mugs, caps, jewlrey and even condoms (yes, I bought some KISS condoms at a concert in Anaheim several years ago), why I ask are these artists not selling pre-concert autograph signing packages? These artists are still on tour for many reasons, but seemingly those that are making a living by these touring bands will tell you a concert…


Added by Stephen Duncan on May 17, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

NASCAR'S Jimmie Johnson......signture variations.

I have just added a discussion about the 4 time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion's signture structure and signing habits. I wanted to get this information out because of some recent problems where a couple of Non-NASCAR specific authenticators have been failing authentic Jimmie Johnson signatures. You can find that discussion here…


Added by Brandon Mysinger on May 17, 2010 at 7:32am — No Comments

Suns Fan Gets Thrown Out, Gets Autographed Basketball

This is the best story ever. First, because I thought it was insane that the Phoenix Suns, in a playoff game no less, wore shirts against the immigration bill. Second, because they handled the situation poorly.

I heard the guy talking on 570 AM in LA, and he seemed like a cool guy, not just someone trying to score some freebies.

When the Suns came up with the decision to wear "Los Suns" to protest the new immigration law (I wondered why it wasn't "Los…


Added by Josh Board on May 17, 2010 at 2:17am — 1 Comment

Springsteen, Stern, Travolta -- all signed this week

I just typed a long post on this, and for some reason, it didn't show up.

Bruce Springsteen was signing as he left an event. I saw him sign a Born to Run album, which not only is a classic album...lots of white space so the signature would show up nicely.

Howard Stern, who often walks while he signs, is in LA with his wife. She's doing lots of shows promoting her new book on dogs.

And John Travolta, always one of the best signers in…


Added by Josh Board on May 15, 2010 at 12:07am — 4 Comments

R.I.P Frank Frazetta, Sci-fi Fantasy artist

It is sad to know that Fantasy and genre artist Frank Frazetta has passed away at age 82.

He was a famous artist and icon in our culture, especially those of Sci-Fi Fantasy and Horror!

Here is an OBIT.....

I own a signed magazine he autographed with his artwork on the…


Added by Mark J Gross on May 11, 2010 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Ebay for Autographs? Instead, Ebay for Memorabilia to get Autographed.

Ebay as we all know, has its serious limitations when it comes to authentic autographs. However, I as a collector have used Ebay since 1999 as a source of finding some really rare and collectable items as a means of getting such rare goodies and memorabilia signed at a later point in time. Case in point:

Last February Helen Reddy was doing a one day signing in Burbank, Ca. Where else would I have found the 7 Helen Reddy albums that I brought to her to get autographed? Last…


Added by Stephen Duncan on May 11, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

When Athletes Leave the City They Got Famous in

When I was in 6th grade, I wanted to go to this basketball camp that Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were putting on. When my mom told me to call them and find out how much it was -- the $250 made her say "Absolutely not!"

As I got into autographs in the years that followed, I always wondered about athletes that do these sports camps in the city they play in. Some do them in the city they grew up in. Other athletes do golf events or other charity…


Added by Josh Board on May 10, 2010 at 9:36am — 2 Comments

Col. George "Bud" Day USAF Medal Of Honor Autograph

This 5th blog is for Col "Bud" Day a living MOH Recipient who signs faithfully. Col. Day has an amazing story he served in the Marine Corps in combat in WWII, in the Army during the Korean War, and flew combat missions in Veitnam as an member of the US Air Force.

On August 26, 1967, Major Day was flying F-100F-15-NA, AF Serial No. 56-3954, call sign "Misty 01", on his 26th sortie, directing a flight of F-105 Thunderchiefs in an air strike…


Added by Steven Ryan on May 9, 2010 at 5:57pm — No Comments

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