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The Best Autograph Story Ever (or "Warren Sapp is a Sap")

I’ve never been a fan of Warren Sapp. The guy had a 12-year career in the NFL and he’s a Hall of Famer (not sure how he fared on Dancing with the Stars). Yet he was always getting into trouble. That could be fights on the field, at a strip club...the stories were…

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Added by Josh Board on February 14, 2018 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

The Hilarious Way Somebody Obtained Super Bowl Autographs

I’ve talked before about Guillermo, the security guard on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Kimmel started going to him in a humorous way, partly making fun of his accent, but also just enjoying the fact that he didn’t know a lot about pop culture stuff. And as his on-camera presence increased, he started using him more and more. That included going to the red carpet for the Oscars, where he often tries to talk the celebrities into drinking shots of Tequila, or asks the…

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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2018 at 11:06am — No Comments

Bryan Cranston Retires -- From Signing Autographs!

Remember when Ringo Starr made that statement that he wasn’t going to sign autographs anymore? It was hysterical, because he hadn’t signed autographs (in person) for decades before that statement. What people didn’t know was, that he was great about signing through the mail (I sent him a CD a month before he decided to stop signing).

Well, actor Bryan Cranston yesterday made a similar statement. Luckily for my…

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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2018 at 10:14am — 3 Comments

Bryan Cranston Retires -- From Signing Autographs!

Remember when Ringo Starr made that statement that he wasn’t going to sign autographs anymore? It was hysterical, because he hadn’t signed autographs (in person) for decades before that statement. What people didn’t know was, that he was great about signing through the mail (I sent him a CD a month before he decided to stop signing).

Well, actor Bryan Cranston yesterday made a similar statement. Luckily for my…

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Added by Josh Board on February 2, 2018 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

What do Bono and Stormy Daniels Have in Common?

Well, I'm guessing Bono isn't as fond of President Trump as Stormy Daniels seems to be.

A few autograph related things happened in national news lately, so I thought I'd do a quick write up on them.

At the Grammy's, one of the winners was backstage. During an interview, the female rapper, was excited that she got Bono's autograph. She held it up to the camera, and it looked like he also inscribed something nice to her as well. It's always nice when you find out other famous…

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Added by Josh Board on January 31, 2018 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Album Covers and Al Stewart

All of us that have gotten in-person autographs complain about how much harder it’s gotten over the years. With all the eBay people, and folks wanting selfies, it’s really a mess. In the old days, you could bring a few of your albums, get them signed, and sometimes have a great conversation with the musicians. Now they see a stack of albums, and figure you’re going to sell them. And having albums doesn’t show you’re a fan. Anybody can go to an old record store or antique…

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Added by Josh Board on January 18, 2018 at 4:01pm — 4 Comments

Sexual Assault at Autograph Signing ?

As a movie critic, I can’t tell you how horrible it is to hear about all these actors and their sexual harassment stories. It’s not the hearing about it that I mind. I hope all women, everywhere, no matter how many years later, tell their tales. Hopefully it’ll get Hollywood royalty to change the way they think.

I had heard stories about Kevin Spacey before, so that didn’t surprise me. It was Dustin Hoffman and…

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Added by Josh Board on January 6, 2018 at 9:11pm — 7 Comments

Who Wants an Autographed Liver ?

I did a story for Autograph Magazine over a decade ago, about people that got autographs on their body and then had them tattooed. That lead to somebody sending a letter to the editor, showing their entire back tattooed by the Chicago Bears, with his shaved head having the Bears logo tattooed on it. Yes, fans can be hardcore.

Yet this story takes the tattooing of a name or initials...a bit too far. A surgeon in Birmingham, England named Simon…

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Added by Josh Board on December 17, 2017 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Best Autograph Request Ever -- A Pearl Harbor Survivor Asking President Trump on TV

There was just a ceremony where President Trump signed some Pearl Harbor proclamation. He had a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors there. Surprisingly, he didn't make any comments about the people he hated (remember that disaster with the Native Americans, and Trump bringing up Pocahontas?).

The best part was watching Trump shake hands, and the second to the last guy saying, "I met you before," to which Trump said "That's right." The guy then said, "You gave me a hat, but...you didn't…

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Added by Josh Board on December 7, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

What do Samuel Jackson and Ice Cube Have in Common?

One of my guilty pleasures is the show TMZ. Sure, the crowd of goobers talking with Harvey in the studio are annoying and not all that interesting, the voice-over guy and the things they flash on screen, often have me in stitches.

Also, when the cameras are nabbing all these celebrities coming out of restaurants or clubs, sometimes their are autograph seekers. Or...should I say...autograph dealers. If you watch the show, you wonder why any celebrity would ever sign an autograph…

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Added by Josh Board on December 3, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

An Autograph From the Pope

When I went to a party at director James Cameron’s house, I loved the Shelby Cobra he had out front. It was also cool to see the dashboard was signed by Shelby Cobra.

When I’ve seen signatures on cars, it’s usually on the dashboard. Sometimes there have been things like…

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Added by Josh Board on November 15, 2017 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

X Marks the Spot -- Patrick Stewart and Ray Davies Autograph Attempts

Sometimes film festivals are the perfect place to get autographs. If you know which actors will be there, you can bring something from one of their films. I’ll usually opt for a DVD sleeve. It’s easy to carry, and there’s something about an 8x10 that just screams “I’m selling this on eBay tomorrow.”…

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Added by Josh Board on November 14, 2017 at 10:46am — 9 Comments

Humor and Horror -- The Halloween Blog

The other day, comedian and actor Denis Leary was on Conan O’Brien. He was promoting his new book, and the subject of autographs came up. He talked about when he started out doing comedic shorts for MTV and first started getting recognized places. He said it was just people at first that would…

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Added by Josh Board on November 1, 2017 at 9:58pm — 2 Comments

Bob Dylan and Tom Petty Guitars For Sale

It ain’t cheap, babe. I said, no, no, no...it ain’t cheap babe. But this is the guitar that you’re looking for….

It’s a 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic that Bob Dylan played at many concerts in the ‘70s, including his “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour in the mid-70s.

When Heritage Auctions auctions it next month, they’re expecting $300,000 for the ax. The person making good money on it is Larry Cragg, who was Dylan’s guitar…

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Added by Josh Board on October 26, 2017 at 10:37am — 3 Comments

Ain't That a Shame -- The Passing of Fats Domino

AIN'T THAT A SHAME -- the passing of the Fat Man
I woke up to find out Fats Domino has died at 89. He was one of my favorites. As a little kid, I'd borrow my mom's 45's (remember those?). I'd listen to all his great songs: I'm Walkin', I Want to Walk You Home, Whole Lotta Lovin'.…
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Added by Josh Board on October 25, 2017 at 9:24am — 4 Comments

Golf with Phil Mickelson, or film with Larry David

Here in San Diego, I found out about an interesting charity item. Charitybuzz.com has a listing for a group of three to play golf with Phil Mickelson, at his home course in Rancho Santa Fe. A few days ago, the bid was over $100,000. Oh, in case you think that’s a bit pricey, keep this in mind -- it includes lunch.…

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Added by Josh Board on October 24, 2017 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The Joy of Sax

So, if the Dodgers and Yankees have a showdown in the World Series this year, I wonder who former second baseman Steve Sax will root for. He played for both teams.

My favorite Steve Sax story has little to do with him. I was in 9th grade, and an older guy I played…

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Added by Josh Board on October 18, 2017 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Have a Cigar -- the Winston Churchill Edition

As a cigar lover, and collector of memorabilia, I remember when a bunch of JFK items hit the auction block. There was a humidor that comedic legend Milton Berle had given to him, and it was engraved. It ended up going for half a million dollars.

I thought of…

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Added by Josh Board on October 14, 2017 at 4:36pm — 2 Comments

The Day I Met Tom Petty

I've never seen Tom Petty play live. I had a few of his albums, as well as his Greatest Hits CD (love his cover of "Something in the Air"). When I worked at a classic rock radio station in the early 90s, I was ticked when he did an interview show on another station and some of the DJs from our station went to the taping. They all got his new album, Full Moon Fever (with the terrific "Running Down a Dream") autographed. Had I know, I would've been there. Or at least given them a record to get…

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Added by Josh Board on October 3, 2017 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

Guardians of the Galaxy Item Sells for 160k

I heard on the news today that the helmet Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) wore in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie sold at auction for $160,000. It was part of the auction a UK memorabilia store and auction house called “Prop Store” had going.…

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Added by Josh Board on September 27, 2017 at 10:20pm — 1 Comment

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