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What's the Difference Between Ozzy Osbourne and George Lucas?

On the afternoon talk show The Talk, there was a guest from Entertainment Tonight named Cameron Madison. He showed up to tell a story about Star Wars creator George Lucas. He showed clips of Lucas leaving a hotel and being asked for his autograph. Madison…

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Added by Josh Board on July 18, 2017 at 3:40pm — 3 Comments

The Todd Mueller Autographs, Nelson Deedle and Iconographs Lawsuits

I could use your help.

Since Autograph Live opened in July 2009, collectors around the world have come to rely on us to learn how to collect better, and avoid buying or selling forgeries.…

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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on July 7, 2017 at 4:00pm — 88 Comments

An Eagle and an Eagle -- The Best Golf Story Ever

A few of my friends who are autograph collectors used to get lectures from me. One of them always brought a guitar for autographs. The musicians hated it, and it created a bad vibe for everyone. I always said if you can, wear a shirt that the artist will like seeing. They’ll know you’re a fan and not just an ebay dealer. Of course, when I wore a “Help” shirt, McCartney drove his Corvette right by me, waving and winking, but never stopping to sign for me.…

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Added by Josh Board on April 11, 2017 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

All You Need Is Love-When Collecting The Beatles!

I never had the chance to see The Beatles perform in concert. I was born in 1983, sadly a few years too late to be a "first generation fan".... Okay well more than a few years too late. 
Also with there never being a chance for a true reunion with John Lennon having already passed on before I was even born, who knows what could have been had all four been here today?
I grew up mostly with new wave music in my early youth as an 80's child my memories are also of George…
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Added by Adam Halloran on February 24, 2017 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

Some In-Person and a Great TTM To Close Out Winter

It's been kinda slow in Northeastern Ohio as the concert season slows down in the winter months.  However, there were a few that came to town and a program at the Rock Hall which enabled me to add to the collection.

First, the Rock Hall hosted a movie screening of the documentary Take Me To The River and had a panel discussion with a few musicians, the director and producer after the film was shown.  It is a very good documentary about Stax records that had some young rappers…

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Added by Coachgd on April 7, 2017 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Mamie Doud Eisenhower had an Autopen

The “Eisenhower Cabin,” one of ten cabins on the Augusta National property, was built by the golf club’s membership for member Dwight D. Eisenhower after his election as President of the United States. He had joined the club in 1948 and had visited Augusta National five times before his election, 29 times while President, and 11 times after he left office. His stays there were at times lengthy. The cabin was built according to Secret Service security guidelines, and, during his presidency,…

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Added by Herman Darvick on April 8, 2017 at 4:37pm — No Comments

HISTORICAL PHOTOS (That Aren't Autographed) -- Harriet Tubman Edition

Collecting autographs has made me crazy. For example, I can’t look at a photo of somebody famous without a signature on it, and appreciate it. The picture just looks...so naked without a dark black Sharpie signature across the top!

Speaking of naked...there was a music website where a guy was bragging about a photo of Jim Morrison he purchased for thousands of dollars. It had never been published before, and the person with the negative was only…

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Added by Josh Board on April 1, 2017 at 6:05pm — 7 Comments

How To Make The Most of Autograph Live: Insight for New Members

I notice that while there are often beginner collectors looking for advice on specific autographs or tips on starting out in the hobby in general, one thing that seems to be overlooked in the "Autographs 101" department is how this website functions. By that, I mean that new users come to this website without a basic understanding of this hobby and what to expect from this website, and sometimes they walk away (for good) frustrated because their venture into the hobby is so new that they…

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Added by Rich on March 28, 2017 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Tom Brady Jersey Recovered

I did a blog about the Tom Brady Super Bowl jersey that disappeared. I thought it would only be fitting (no pun intended) to do the follow up.

A media executive working for the Mexican media named Martin Mauricio Ortega is the suspect. He’s the former director of…

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Added by Josh Board on March 22, 2017 at 11:31pm — 3 Comments

Which Mickey Mantle is Real? You Can Learn How to Tell!

No autograph is more popular than Mickey Mantle's. And no autograph is forged more.



Many Mantle forgeries are easy to identify, once you know what to…

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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on March 22, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Damn Right I Have the Blues! -- The James Cotton Edition

Everyone is talking about the death of rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry. Well, a few days before his passing, another legend died. Hardly a household name, but he certainly was in my household.

James Cotton was Muddy Waters harmonica player, who in the ‘60s, played…

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Added by Josh Board on March 20, 2017 at 11:31am — 11 Comments

My Journey

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Added by GraphingMlb on March 19, 2017 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

The Chuck Berry Blog -- RIP King of Rock n Roll

The Chuck Berry signature on the neck of a guitar I own is one of my prized possessions. He’s the original rock ‘n roller.

Now, as a movie critic, my two favorite movies featuring Chuck Berry would be “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n Roll.” I only saw it once, and seem to…

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Added by Josh Board on March 18, 2017 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

Not Wanting to Bother Famous People -- the CHIPS Edition

I was listening to KFI 640 AM, a Los Angeles radio station. I often like to listen to “talk radio” when I’m driving, but have no interest in hearing people discuss politics. They have a lot of shows with interesting hosts, and they delve into other topics.…

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Added by Josh Board on March 14, 2017 at 9:36am — No Comments

Guitar Signed by The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Other Artists in the TCM-Bonhams March 27 Auction

Last I heard, there were no genuine, intact Beatles-signed guitars known. The only one was reportedly destroyed in a Malibu, Calif. landslide about 15 years ago.



RR Auction sold one a Beatles signed guitar around 2010, but the owner had tapped the autographs down with an awl to, um, "preserve them."…



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Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on March 8, 2017 at 8:00am — 24 Comments

Yuri Gagarin, 1st in space, Autograph Study by Steve Zarelli

On April 12, 1961, Soviet Air Force pilot Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space. Launched aboard his Vostok spacecraft, Gagarin orbited the Earth and beat American Alan Shepard into space by 23 days. 

On March 27, 1968, Yuri Gagarin was killed in a training flight crash at the age of 34.

Despite not being as much of a "household name" as Alan Shepard, John Glenn or Neil Armstrong, Gagarin is a tremendous historical figure and there is strong demand for his…

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Added by Steve Zarelli on March 4, 2017 at 6:44am — 6 Comments

I saved a box of old paperwork from the dump and found some historical treasures!

I rescued a box of paperwork that was going to the dump from a Real estate clean out after bank repossession. Full of old paperwork from the mining days to find out that it had about 30 years of information from a man named W.R. Palmer who was a Arizona state senator. He was also A patented Inventor western Indian expert, A mining Engineer, and hard rock drilling expert. Also the man that patented a process he perfected turning cast iron to harder structural steel forever changing the…

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Added by COREY LYNCH on February 20, 2017 at 11:30pm — 77 Comments

I'll Complete This Autograph Project....Come Hell or High Water!

All of you autograph collectors will understand these two things. The biggest celebrity you ever got a signature from after never thinking it would happen (mine would be Paul McCartney; took me 10 years). The other thing we all love is that autograph project we’re working on. It might be…

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Added by Josh Board on February 20, 2017 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments

A slow winter so far

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Added by Coachgd on February 18, 2017 at 7:29pm — 2 Comments

Wearing Jersey Leads to Autograph -- The Odell Beckham/Drake Edition

Terrell Owens was denied entry into the NFL Hall of Fame for a second time, which shows just how ridiculous the system is. He was one of the best receivers to ever play the game. Also one of the biggest dopes, but still. It’s not like the NFL threw OJ Simpson out after he murdered two people…

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Added by Josh Board on February 17, 2017 at 8:43pm — No Comments

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