NASCAR star Tony Stewart is probably bigger other places than his hometown here outside San Diego. That’s because racing isn’t a huge sport in the beach side communities. I’ve had many opportunities to meet him at events because he is from the area, but never cared enough to go.
Last Friday, he appeared at a spring car All-Star racing event in Jackson, Minnesota. It was to celebrate “Tony Stewart Night.” What could…Continue
In the 1990's, I walked into a thrift shop and walked out with some old typewriter. At the time, I was fascinated by writers like PJ O' Rourke and Hunter Thompson, and the organic nature of writing appealed to me. I also understood that Thompson especially, used a typewriter right up until he typed the word "counselor" on a single page before making a self-inflicted exit.
About that time I picked up Don Novello's "Lazlo letters" a compendium of letter written to all sections of…Continue
Bubba Wallace had a 2nd place finish in the Daytona 500 in 2018. It was the best finish ever for an African-American driver. He posted a photo of an autograph he got of Richard Petty on Twitter, and said if it got 43,000 retweets, he’d get it tattooed on his body. Now, he’s going to get that “champ stamp” as some are calling it (a cute play on the expression “tramp stamp”, bout the tattoos women have right above their butts).…Continue
Having the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in basically your own back yard, has a ton of advantages including meeting artists and getting some autographs.
Not only has the Hall been updated with new exhibits, but they also added an interactive exhibit called The Garage where you can actually play real instruments. They have tutorial videos for…Continue
When I think of the NFL, it’s not what autographs I will be getting. It’s what players I will be getting on my fantasy football team when our draft happens. So when a player like A.J. Green gets hurt, I want to know the extent of the ankle injury. When great running backs like Melvin Gordon or Eziekel Elliott hold out -- I want…Continue
"We all have our hobbies."
That was the response that I gave to an elderly gentleman back in 1999. My best friend and I were waiting on line outside of the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. A new Star Wars movie was about to be released for the first time in sixteen years. The elderly gentleman was with his wife, and he asked me what we were all doing on the sidewalk. After I explained our purpose, he said, "They should get a giant cage and lock you all in it." After I…Continue
There was a video I saw a few years ago where MMA fighter Conor McGregor showed up at a fans house and signed autographs. It turns out, McGregor was working out for a month at a nearby gym. This guy was Irish, and a huge fan, so he hung signs off his balcony wishing him well, and different messages daily. One day McGregor had a film crew follow him, when he decided to go knock on the guys door. It was great to see how thrilled this guy was, and also great to…Continue
I have been collecting autographs since I asked Phil Esposito to sign a scrap piece of paper in 1981 at the age of eleven, but it was never a true hobby until twenty-one years ago. It was then that I not only continued to collect in-person autographs, but also made quite a few purchases from dealers. It was not until seven years later that I discovered Autograph Collector Magazine.
I was browsing through the magazine section of my local Borders bookstore when I noticed a…Continue
The title of this blog might be a little of a bait-and-switch. Yes, I did get Bob Dylan’s autograph, but that was years ago, and that was purchasing a signed album from an auction. It was “Blood on the Tracks” -- easily his best album (that’s not even open for debate). It’s the other Dylan, his son Jakob, who I got in person recently. He did a great documentary that’s out now called “Echo in the Canyon” (you can read my review on it here:…Continue
The new Spider-Man movie -- Spider-Man Far From Home -- was rather disappointing. I’ll be doing a review of it soon, but...the fact that I loved Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, made this new film that much more disappointing (despite it having a few humorous moments).…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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.…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue