Josh Board's Blog – August 2018 Archive (9)

Neil Simon -- R.I.P

On Facebook, it seemed most of my friends posted write-ups on the death of John McCain. I immediately thought I should do a write-up. Not on McCain, but someone I’m a much bigger fan of that died on the same day -- playwright/screenwriter Neil Simon.

It’s much the same way that Farrah Fawcett’s…

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Added by Josh Board on August 26, 2018 at 4:38pm — 4 Comments

Autographs for Sick Kids in the Hospital -- Pink, Drake, and Khris Davis

One of the reasons I spent 15 years volunteering for the Make-a-Wish Foundation (before being “fired” for trying to get them to stop selling forged autographs), is because I love what the charity does. Helping kids with terminal illness, and reading the stories about them meeting their celebrity idols, always warmed my heart.

There have been three stories recently that were wonderful. The most recent was singer…

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Added by Josh Board on August 23, 2018 at 10:17pm — 5 Comments

Autographs at a Festival -- The Ed King Tribute, featuring Robby Kreiger and Eric Burden

About 30 years ago, San Diego had its first “Street Scene” which were these cool festivals they had going for about 25 years. They ended up getting a lot more contemporary bands (ie hip-hop and alternative), but the first one had a lot of groups I loved. And I was determined to get some autographs. Robby Kreiger of The Doors, was playing with keyboardist Brian Auger. I had…

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Added by Josh Board on August 23, 2018 at 11:15am — 12 Comments

The Big O and D'oh!

What do Oscar Robertson and Matt Groening have in common? Well, nothing really...but I'm combining stories about them for this blog.

I’m always fascinated when a Hall of Famer sells stuff from their legendary career. I understand when they die, and their family sells it. But, I recently heard about Oscar Robertson, one of my all-time…

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Added by Josh Board on August 21, 2018 at 10:51am — No Comments

Rock Stars Cars -- the Aerosmith and John Lennon Edition

You know what bothered me about the show “American Pickers”? As entertaining as it is, watching them discover all these hidden gems among a trash heap someone has in their barn, they always end up over-paying for items. I suspected this for years, and finally a magazine did an article stating the same thing. It said they would make no money paying the prices they pay for the items they have, since they’re basically buying many of them for what they’re worth.…

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Added by Josh Board on August 16, 2018 at 10:10pm — 17 Comments

The Most Ever Paid for an Autographed Baseball

I love sports, but baseball kind of bores me. That doesn’t mean I don’t like baseball collectables. I remember being a kid and the excitement of getting Pete Rose and Johnny Bench rookie cards. I remember at a card show buying a Robin Yount rookie card for $10, after a kid had it autographed by Yount (his dad freaked out because he said it totally ruined the value of the card; it increased it for me).

I always…

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Added by Josh Board on August 13, 2018 at 11:47pm — 3 Comments

Soccer and Cars Don't Mix

Autograph collectors have had times they’ve wanted to do something drastic to a celeb that turned them down for a…

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Added by Josh Board on August 13, 2018 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Bad Decisions -- The Tom Brady Edition

Recently, a WNBA game between the Las Vegas Aces and Washington Mystics had to be canceled because the Aces couldn’t get to Washington. There was a flight delay of 8 hours. The team tried splitting the group up and flying on separate flights, but that didn’t work either. Since the game was canceled a mere hour and a half before tip-off, fans that…

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Added by Josh Board on August 7, 2018 at 11:04am — 3 Comments

An Autograph Request Leads to a Marriage



I’ve told this story before, but as a kid I was getting autographs after a San Diego Clippers game. They had played the Chicago Bulls, and we were all anxious to get their best player -- Reggie Theus (this was before they got Michael Jordan). It wasn’t that he was on the all-rookie team, or an all-star two different times, that one woman…

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Added by Josh Board on August 2, 2018 at 3:25pm — 4 Comments

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