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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

Interviewing Dick Dale -- King of the Surf Guitar

Most younger folks (those under 40) probably only know Dick Dale from his great tune “Misirlou” being used to start Pulp Fiction off; or, they know the song that samples it by the Black Eyed Peas (in a concert I saw once, Dale said that Black Eyed Peas song made him enough money to buy a room edition on his home).

Those of us old fogies, or guitar lovers, know Dale as the “King of the Surf Guitar.” I was saddened…

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Added by Josh Board on March 17, 2019 at 11:02pm — 2 Comments

Val Kilmer -- A Horrible Evening Spent With Him

Val Kilmer is an amazing talent. The stories of his early days are legendary. He was the youngest actor to ever get into Juilliard acting program. He was offered lots of film roles while he was there, and did stage work before hitting the big screen.

It’s hard to pick your favorite role of his, because so many were great. Here in San Diego, most locals would pick his Ice Man character in “Top Gun” since it was…

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Added by Josh Board on March 15, 2019 at 12:04am — 34 Comments

Conor McGregor Arrest, James McAvoy Autographed Shirt

I thought I’d combine a handful of different things that are going on. The first, is what I heard about on a sports radio show. For a few days, they were talking about “cameos.” Now, as a movie critic, I think of a cameo as the point in a movie where a famous person comes on screen for only one scene. Well apparently, there’s a website (cameo.com) where you can pay to have famous people say a message to you, or for a friend/family member, for that special…

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Added by Josh Board on March 12, 2019 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Derek Jeter Forged 1995 Upper Deck Baseball Cards--Where Are These Coming From?

I began noticing these on Ebay approximately six months ago or longer.

Before I continue, below are links to Part 2 and to the Sandy Koufax "2000 SP Authentic" forged/counterfeit cards.…

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Added by Christopher Williams on March 10, 2019 at 7:30am — 55 Comments

Donald Trump Autographs Bibles

President Trump toured the area where a tornado killed over 20 people in Alabama. And, one of those bizarre autograph stories happened. Now, the last time I wrote about a weird autograph story involving Trump, it was when he held the photos up of folks that were killed by illegal immigrants. After he was done speaking, and holding up those huge photos, he autographed them and gave them to the family members. Now, it’s one thing if the family asked him to sign…

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Added by Josh Board on March 9, 2019 at 8:49am — 13 Comments

Autographed Rock T-Shirts -- The Doors and Queen Edition

I just read in the paper this morning that Guy Webster died. Most of you won’t know that name. He was a great rock photographer. He did The Doors first album. He did the photo of the Mamas & Papas that has them all in the bathtub (he said they were all so stoned, it was even hard to do that). Dunhill record label producer…

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Added by Josh Board on March 6, 2019 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

Completing a Set of Autographs -- Green Book

Watching the Oscars, I was thrilled to see that “Green Book” won for “best picture” and that it grabbed the gold for the “best screenplay” and “best supporting actor.” All well-deserved, although I’d say Viggo should’ve won over Rami Malek wearing a fake mustache to play Freddie Mercury. That’s an argument for another day, though.…

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Added by Josh Board on February 27, 2019 at 9:27pm — 9 Comments

Sports Shortz -- The Brandon Marshall, Lou Gehrig Edition

I was shocked (and disappointed) to hear the NFL settled with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He sued the league for collusion, claiming they conspired to keep him out for kneeling during the National Anthem. I think it was a mix of him not being a very good quarterback anymore, and the bad press a team would get from…

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Added by Josh Board on February 19, 2019 at 11:14pm — No Comments

My Incident with Ryan Adams

My incident with Ryan Adams isn’t as crazy as the recent ones that are popping up, but...I figured I’d share it anyway. Often times, a celebrity dies and THEN I share my story of meeting them. Since Adams is in the news, I figured I’d tell my story.

I wasn’t much of a fan of his first band “Whiskeytown” but I loved his first solo albums after that (Gold, Heartbreaker), and I kind of dug his band The…

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Added by Josh Board on February 17, 2019 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Autographed Get Well Card

I have autograph dreams (I just read that in a Martin Luther King, Jr. voice). They happen about once a week. I once dreamed I got onto the Queen tour bus, and everyone signed the “A Night at the Opera” album (perfect white background for a black Sharpie), except Freddie. I kept following him around bugging him, and in my dream, my mind said -- wait, Mercury is dead. How is…

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Added by Josh Board on February 14, 2019 at 9:48pm — No Comments

A Rare Babe Ruth Worth Millions...or is it?

There’s a story that came out the other day that confuses me. A baseball card collector named Dale Ball in Fresno, California, claims he’s holding a baseball card that might be worth millions. If proven to be real, it will put the Honus Wagner card to shame. And he only paid $2 for it, which didn’t surprise me. At first. I figured, he probably saw it at a garage sale or something. What blew me away though, is that he purchased it at Action Sports and Coin, in…

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Added by Josh Board on February 7, 2019 at 3:48pm — 16 Comments

Jimmy Kimmel and Super Bowl Autographs

I love how Jimmy Kimmel does the autograph thing. It’s weird with people in the media. I once gave Jay Leno crap because he was always asking musicians to autograph a CD for him. You could see that right before they went to commercials and Leno was handing a Sharpie and CD to the star. I always wondered if Leno kept those, or gave them to friends/family as nice gifts.…

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Added by Josh Board on February 4, 2019 at 10:44am — 3 Comments

Damaged Autographs -- The Jimmy Carter, Robin Yount Edition

Have you ever had someone damage one of your autographs or collectables? I’ve had two different girlfriends that have. One time a girlfriend had purchased me this huge glass frame, shaped like a baseball field. She thought I could put some of my autographed baseball cards in it. There were spots for cards to slip in near the position they play. So by the pitchers mound, a spot to slip a card in. By first base, second, third...all the outfield. I told her I…

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Added by Josh Board on January 22, 2019 at 11:21am — 3 Comments

World War II U.S. Brigadier General WHO?

Added by Herman Darvick on January 19, 2019 at 11:09pm — 7 Comments

Carol Channing -- Her Death, and Our Dinner Date

I’ll never forget the day I met legendary entertainer Carol Channing. Oh hell, who am I kidding. I did forget. Yet when I found out she died today, at 97, I quickly remembered.

The Hello, Dolly star was the toast of Broadway, and had iconic roles in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. She was funny, cute, and had that interesting, slightly…

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Added by Josh Board on January 15, 2019 at 4:24pm — 4 Comments

Autographed 'Thank You' and Christmas Cards for Critics

I always like to comment when movies have autograph scenes. The new movie “The Upside” (my review is here: https://fox5sandiego.com/2019/01/10/the-upside/ ) has two autograph scenes. In one of them, Bryan Cranston’s character talks about owning a lot of 1st edition books that are signed, that were gifts from his wife.…

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Added by Josh Board on January 10, 2019 at 10:55am — No Comments

The Time I Stole an Autographed Baseball

It’s strange that since I’m not the biggest baseball fan, that my next blog would also involve baseball. Yet a story popped into my brain that I hadn’t thought about since it happened when I was in 9th grade (more than 30 years ago).

The story actually starts when I was in 5th grade. A kid named Mike moved into town and everyone at our elementary school disliked him. He had this arrogance that was annoying, and his…

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Added by Josh Board on January 1, 2019 at 7:26pm — 8 Comments

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