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Handwritten Lyrics for a Million Bucks

I always crack up when something sells for way more than it should, or if someone asks for more money than something is worth. The current example of this are the lyrics for the Don McLean song “Vincent.” The company Moments in Time is asking $1.5 million for them. Here’s the problem with that asking price. McLean is a one-hit wonder, and these aren’t even the lyrics of that one hit (which would be “American Pie”). The lyrics for The Beatles “Hey Jude” sold…


Added by Josh Board on July 15, 2020 at 3:25pm — 3 Comments

Prince and Kurt Cobain Guitars Sold

I’m a big Nirvana fan and I love collectables, so I was very interested to see that the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar he played on the MTV Unplugged show, went up for auction. This Unplugged concert was about half a year before Kurt Cobain killed himself. 

There was a rather lengthy…


Added by Josh Board on June 24, 2020 at 10:17pm — 5 Comments

Autographed Card Sells For A Million Dollars!

Okay, so...maybe that headline of that was a little fib. The card actually sold for $922,500. And of course, we now know that it won’t be long until a card sells for more than the famous Honus Wagner card. It’s amazing to think a card from 2009, which isn’t that long ago, could warrant such a price.

It’s a Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph, that was graded 9.5 out of 10. The price realized for this rookie card was…


Added by Josh Board on May 21, 2020 at 10:03am — 17 Comments

The Day I Interviewed Fred Willard -- R.I.P.

I got a phone call from a friend I’ve been going to movies with for 25 years. I met him when he managed a movie theatre and I was a teenager who had a buddy working for him. We started playing racquetball together and, upon realizing I loved movies, our conversations after games usually revolved around actors and films we liked. I hadn’t heard from him in a month, but he called and said, “An actor we both love died.”…


Added by Josh Board on May 16, 2020 at 6:11pm — 4 Comments

Rod Stewart -- An Autograph and a Check

Who’s that knockin’ on my door?!!!!

I’ve always been a fan of Rod Stewart. Even when he dipped his toe into disco sounding songs in the late ‘70s. He’s also been a good autograph signer, if there aren’t a billion people around.

Here’s a classy move he pulled off recently. A nursing student named Natasha Jenkins was in a coma for 22 days from Covid-19. She did a video on…


Added by Josh Board on May 16, 2020 at 10:25am — 5 Comments


Back in the day when you could go into a diner and put a quarter in the jukebox and hear your favorite ‘50s or ‘60s song, and Autograph Magazine was in newsstands...I wrote about the day I met Little Richard. That was probably 15 years ago, so I’ll write a much shorter version of that story, since I woke up to find he has…


Added by Josh Board on May 9, 2020 at 12:05pm — 5 Comments

Val Kilmer -- Autographs Part II

I wrote the story before about how he wouldn't sign autographs for people that had to sit through his horrible "Citizen Twain" play/movie, even though they paid $100 for the "meet-and-greet" (and they couldn't talk to him, as the surgery rendered him without a voice).

He would sell you a signed picture for $75, he just wouldn't sign your items. Well,…


Added by Josh Board on May 4, 2020 at 4:12pm — 14 Comments

College Athletes -- They Can Be Paid for Autograph Signings

More than five years ago, I wrote a story here about quarterback Johnny Manziel (remember him?) being paid to do an autograph signing. We know athletes do them, but he was a collegiate athlete at the time and the NCAA got involved, and it got ugly. Well, today it was announced that college athletes can earn money from the use…


Added by Josh Board on April 29, 2020 at 5:25pm — 2 Comments

Tom Hanks Has a New Friend (not named Wilson)

We all know Tom Hanks’ body of work. He’s done a lot of great movies (and I even remember him in an episode of “Happy Days”, fighting the Fonz; and on “Taxi”, getting stoned with Christopher Lloyd and staring at a lava lamp).

I knew of his love of typewriters because he was in the…


Added by Josh Board on April 26, 2020 at 10:31am — 15 Comments

Willie Nelson Autographs Masks For Charity

I think Willie Nelson is a great songwriter, but I can’t deal with his voice. 

I met him a few times. One time before a concert in El Cajon, and there was a crowd of about 50 people. He stopped to sign autographs for all of us, even though his manager kept saying they were running…


Added by Josh Board on April 25, 2020 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

Floyd Mayweather vs John Cleese: And the Loser is...You!

I’ve done stories before about the lame “meet-and-greet” prices musicians charged to meet with fans before or after concerts. Most of that stemmed from the fact that they would be expensive, and sometimes you weren’t allowed to get an autograph or a photo with the artist.

This one takes the cake, though. With all the Covid-19 and other charities celebs have been working with lately, many of them are offering up…


Added by Josh Board on April 23, 2020 at 9:16pm — 6 Comments

Spike Lee is an Idiot

Perhaps you think it’s a bit harsh of me to state that Spike Lee is an idiot. But it’s a two-part thing. The first is that I wanted to continue in my series of idiots (Tori Spelling being the first). Sure, Lee has a bit more talent than Spelling, but he’s just as big (although shorter), if not bigger, an…


Added by Josh Board on April 11, 2020 at 3:30pm — 17 Comments

Tori Spelling is an Idiot

My wife gets on me so much for calling people "idiots." So, I'm going to make sure she doesn't see this blog post.

The first time I "met" Spelling, as at a show in Los Angeles. I was with Steve Cyrkin, who had a booth set up at an autograph show. He was trying to drum up some subscriptions to Autograph magazine, and I happened to be in town because I…


Added by Josh Board on April 9, 2020 at 10:44am — 28 Comments

The Day I Met John Prine

"Sweet songs never last long on a broken radio."

For me, Prine was in the category I have Bob Dylan in. Both are amazing songwriters, which voices that weren't my favorite. Yet they both have such strong lyrics, you can overlook the raspy vocals.

I was saddened to hear that Prine, at 73, passed away from complications due to the…


Added by Josh Board on April 7, 2020 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Blazing Saddles -- I Just Got Mel Brooks' Autograph!

I figured during this pandemic, I wouldn't be getting any autographs. But I got one I totally wasn't expecting.

A guy that I played racquetball with for 20 years, used to manage a movie theatre. He has a lot of interesting items from his days running it. One of them was an original Star Wars movie poster, when the film had a different title (I forgot…


Added by Josh Board on April 4, 2020 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Charles Barkley Selling Memorabilia

I’m not sure how auctions are going to be hurt by all this coronavirus stuff. I was thinking they might see a spike, while everyone is stuck at home, trying to find things to do. Nothing like bidding on autographed items while stuck at home, right?

Basketball legend, and controversial commentator, Charles Barkley is selling lots of memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career. Now usually when people do this, it’s…


Added by Josh Board on March 23, 2020 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Crazy Wrestling Autograph Story

One of my favorite scenes in "The Wrestler" is when Mickey Rourke is doing an autograph signing, at an event with other ex-wrestlers (fun fact: the writer/director of the movie plays a guy that asks for his autograph after one of his matches at a high school gym).

Well, in real life an an autograph signing, a wrestler flipped off a 7-year-old boy. Here's a link to the story on TMZ:…


Added by Josh Board on March 4, 2020 at 2:52pm — 12 Comments

Coronavirus and Autographs

I do movie reviews for a few different TV and radio stations. One of my favorite is easily Chip Franklin's show on KGO 810 AM in San Francisco. If you're in the area, I highly recommend you listen (even if I'm not one of his guests).

He had me on last week talking about if the coronavirus is having an affect on movie theatres. I told him I hadn't noticed it. Of course, most of the time I watch movies to review, they're screened just for the critics, or we're sent a screening link or…


Added by Josh Board on March 3, 2020 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Kobe Bryant -- His First Autograph and His First Lambo !

I was saddened by the death of Kobe Bryant, but I have to admit, I always hated the guy. I was a hardcore Lakers fan from the time I was 8 (that’s over 30 years). I remember when the Lakers drafted Magic Johnson and how fun those times were. I met Magic on one occasion,…


Added by Josh Board on February 26, 2020 at 9:25am — 3 Comments

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