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Proper Archival Framing to Protect Your Autograph

Being an active collector of autographs and in the archival framing industry for over 25 years, I am amazed at what I see when I remove autographs from most frames.  Framers should know better when framing autographs versus cheap posters.

My purpose in writing this is to inform collectors on what they need to tell their framer when having their items framed.

Truth be told, the incremental costs of framing it correctly is very little.  Yes, my wholesale costs to purchase true…


Added by Rick Badwey on February 17, 2014 at 7:41am — 15 Comments




Added by Rick Badwey on October 24, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Removing a signed photo stuck to glass

Client wants me to frame a signed photo of Badfinger he bought a auction, but a couple parts of the photo is stuck to glass.

Any help here would be appreciated

Added by Rick Badwey on February 23, 2012 at 3:50am — 1 Comment

Another well known frame shop damages artwork using inferior materials

Last week, a property owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation called me up to repair a couple of framed antique prints that suffered some damage from the earthquake we had a few months back.

The items were donated to them from a prominent collector and were going to be displayed in their museum.

The original framing establishment was well known for framing important works of art.  It was located in Georgetown, an affluent section of Washington, DC.

When I…


Added by Rick Badwey on December 13, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Groupon is offering Ripken signed quantity!

Just this morning I noticed an outfit called Power Collectibles is offering MLB authenticated Cal Ripken baseballs for half price.....$139 each.


Although I have little interest in modern sports autographs, I find this offering interesting, especially when a quantity is offered and guaranteed.


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Added by Rick Badwey on May 25, 2011 at 6:15am — 16 Comments

Are you sure you got what you paid for in framing?

Just last week I received a call from a local individual who was referred to me by another framer. This guy, who was effected by the downturn of the economy, called me to sell his presidential document collection.

He mentioned he bought the collection, over a period of time, from a historical autograph dealer. We discussed the collection in length and its components. The seller also mentioned that the items were framed museum quality by a…


Added by Rick Badwey on November 30, 2010 at 7:49am — No Comments

Is autograph collecting going the way of the 8-track tape?

Will we see Abraham Lincoln signed commissions sell for $1000 one day?

Lately, I have noticed people selling off their collections they have enjoyed for years. I have also noticed very few people entering the field. Since my interest lies with early historical and political, I can only speak for this area. But I can bet that other fields, like modern entertainment, are suffering even more, especially with the negative publicity of… Continue

Added by Rick Badwey on October 6, 2010 at 4:15am — 12 Comments

Growing this hobby, the professional way

As one who has been active in (historical and political) autographs for many years, it amazes me that there has not been a decent influx of young collectors into our hobby. The political scene is giving us constant reminders of our country's history via references to our U.S. Constitution and Founding Fathers. With the diminishing trust in the stock market and people trying to find constructive ways to spend some of their hard earned money, what better avenue than putting just a portion of… Continue

Added by Rick Badwey on September 19, 2010 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments


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