Josh Board's Blog – October 2009 Archive (17)

An Education -- Not in signed books!

I just saw the indie film "An Education". Emma Thompson is amazing in everything, as is Alfred Molina.

But the young girl in this steals the show. You'll be hearing about her during Oscar time.

Her much older boyfriend (she's 16), wants to convince the parents it's okay to let her go to Oxford over the weekend.

He claims to know C.S. Lewis. The mom states how much the girl loved the book "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe."

I won't tell you what… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 29, 2009 at 3:05am — No Comments

TV Showing Autographs and More...

At one of the Indian casinoes in town, in late November, Bob Eubanks and Jamie Farr (Klinger on MASH) are going to be hosting some gameshow type of contest. I'm sure they'd be available for autographs, if anyone is interested. It's at Sycuan.

On TMZ yesterday, they showed baseball stud A-Rod leaving a restaurant. A few other players were leaving, and signed autographs for the 10 children waiting. A-Rod only signed three, before hopping into a car. The TMZ staff commented on how mean… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

The Most Interesting Man in the World...Likes to sign autographs!

You've all seen the commercials. The Dos Equis beer spots, where actor Jonathan Goldsmith walks around, as a narrator says he's the most interesting man in the world. I believe they give him a different name. Something that sounds Latino. But I'm not positive on that.

Goldsmith was featured in the Parade, syndicated newspaper magazine in a variety of Sunday papers. Someone named Pat Scranton in Lodi, California asked if he was really that interesting. Parade… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 27, 2009 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

Brad Pitt in Motorcycle Crash

Fight Club star Brad Pitt, had his motorcycle get into a fight with a parked car.

He was trying to manoeuvre between cars in LA traffic (gotta love that LA traffic), and his handlebars clipped a parked car. He toppled to the ground after swerving to avoid hitting another car stopped at a light.

No ambulance was needed, but a tow-truck was. His bike wouldn't start, and the tow-truck took him and the cycle home. I'm guessing the driver also got an autograph,… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 26, 2009 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

More Than a Game, More Than a Zombie

I just saw the documentary More Than a Game. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than the critically praised "Hoop Dreams" from a decade ago.

It showed LeBron James in high school, and even years before that, playing with the same group of kids. It was so interesting following their stories. One kid was only 4'10", and the crowd laughed when he entered the game. Until he made six 3-pointers in the span of about five minutes!

It was great watching the boys being asked to sign… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 25, 2009 at 2:17am — 1 Comment

Martha Stewart -- A Recipe for a Good Autograph

I'm not a fan. In fact, I don't think I've ever turned the stove on in the condo I'm currently living in.

But she came to Costo here in Carlsbad, California, a few days ago.

She signed 1,000 copies of her book, even staying 45 minutes after her alloted time. The publisher said that's a record for the amount of books she's signed at one time.

One lady caught Stewart as she left the store, and she still signed for her. I had always wondered if people did that,… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 22, 2009 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Ted Danson and Gerard Butler

This blog is gonna lack substance.'s after midnight (isn't that a song?), my back hurts from trying to play basketball with people half my age (I just turned the big 4-0), and...well...I don't always have gems, folks. So take what I give ya, and shut up already!!!

On TMZ tonight, they were showing video of Gerard Butler. They seem to get him on that show a lot, and he's always nice and playful with the parazzi -- a great sign for autograph collectors.

Today was… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 21, 2009 at 12:28am — 2 Comments

Auction items -- From the King to Babs

So, Elvis Presley's hair pulled in around $17,000, from the barber that shaved him before the Army.

I've told this story before, but my friends mother was a barber. She cut Elvis' hair in the early 70s, and she kept some of it. When she told her friend, her friend told someone, that offered her a hundred bucks for some. So, she sold some. Then others requested hair. And she saw she could make some money, so you know what she did? She waited until she cut hair from another person that… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 20, 2009 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Leonardo da Vinci Drawing -- for $19,000 !

I'm always fascinated when old paintings by the masters, are discovered in some attic or garage sale. Partly because, I realize there's a lot of fraud, and the entire thing can be bogus. But more so because of the possibility, that it could be real.

In Toronto, there's a portrait, supposedly by Leonardo da Vinci. And there's a forensic art expert involved, because there's a finger print that might prove it really is da Vinci.

The drawing is of a young woman, and a Canadian… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 17, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Autograph Signing Ends with Punching

Singer Leona Lewis, a chart-topper more well known in England, was assaulted at a book signing in London.

She was autograph copies of her new autobiography. Witnesses told the BBC that the attacker had waited in line, then walked up with a book. She signed it, and as she looked up he punched her.

I immediately thought of John Lennon, and how the guy that killed him got his autograph on the Double Fantasy album earlier in the afternoon.

Security grabbed the guy,… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 15, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Babe Ruth -- Not a Rare Autograph, but Rare Video!

On the east coast, some video footage showed up of Babe Ruth striking out, and looking mad about it. He then glanced at the umpire while leaning on his bat. He uttered something, but there's no sound. The legendary Lou Gehrig, who probably never had a nasty word to say to umps, awaited on deck, leaning on his bat as well.

Ruth walked away with his head down, and bat dragging through the dirt.

This footage, along with 8 seconds of never before seen stuff of Ruth playing in… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 12, 2009 at 2:48am — 2 Comments

$70,800 for a Glove? Not OJs. Not Mickey Mantles, but...Michaels.

The glove that the King of Pop wore during the Victory Tour in 1984, just wrangled in almost $71,000 at the Profiles in History (or, Profiles in HIStory, if you want to stick to the Jackson theme) auction.

I would've rather had the Martin D-28 guitar that Elvis played during his final Vegas performance. Apparently, a lot of other folks would, too. That sold for $106,200.

The auction made $5 million in memorabilia sales in this auction.

Added by Josh Board on October 11, 2009 at 8:57pm — 1 Comment

King Kong Auction Item

It seems in auctions, people aren't getting the prices they want for their high end items. Maybe now isn't the right time to be selling, but here's something else Christie's is whipping out today.

A tiny King Kong figurine that's a 22-inch skeleton, used in one of the climactic scenes of the 1933 movie (not the Jack Black, Brody movie, which I thought was horrible).

The monster ended up being made by adding layers of cotton, rubber, liquid latex, and rabbit fur, to a metal… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 9, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Autographed Baseball a Kid Doesn't Want

I often complain to my friends about our legal system. And it's stories like this that make me complain.

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hit his 200th career home run. And that's not all that much of a milestone. Well, I didn't think it was.

But it's the fastest player in baseball to ever reach that milestone so quickly.

A 12-year-old caught the ball, and the procedure that always happens happened.

The player wanted to keep the ball, so he… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 8, 2009 at 11:15am — 5 Comments

Jay Leno Talks Autographs with Joe Torre

Dodger manager Joe Torre was on Jay Leno, answering the 10 questions. That's a new bit Leno does, where a celebrity answers 10 questions remotely. It's usually a big name (he's had Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and Mel Gibson all do this bit). And some of the questions are goofier and more fun than the questions you hear in the studio.

He asked Torre the weirdest prank he was ever involved in. Torre said his first year in baseball, this manager used to give a brand new baseball to the… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 6, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

T-Rex -- The Dinosaur (not the band)

I love classic rock. And, I'd love nothing more than an Electric Warrior album signed by Marc Bolan of T-Rex. Of course, you'd need to use a silver or gold paint pen, as the alum is mostly black (and also raise him from the dead...yeah, typical rock star movie; died in a car crash).

I guess us autograph collectors would rather have that than a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex. Maybe that's because Bonhams & Butterfields had a starting bid in the millions!

They were hoping… Continue

Added by Josh Board on October 4, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Ingmar Bergman items net $900,000

Ingmar Bergman's writing desk and chair would've looked so nice in my office. I don't care about the wine glasses, tea set, or other belongs that sold. But, the Bukowski auction house in Stockholm made almost a million bucks with all the stuff.

Added by Josh Board on October 2, 2009 at 2:31am — No Comments

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