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6-Year-Old Boy Gets Souvenir

Little kids are always after autographs from their favorite baseball players. Heck, even us big kids are.

But a 6-year-old at Comerica Park for the Tigers-Blue Jays game Friday, wanted something else. A baseball. And, usually the kids hang on the rails and ask the players warming up for balls. This kid had a better idea.

The 7th inning had ended, and the Tigers were coming onto the field. The boy jumped onto the field and ran to the pitcher's mount. He lost his baseball… Continue

Added by Josh Board on September 13, 2009 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

Stupid Newspapers

I rely on the local papers to give me the scoop on when an author or athlete is doing an autograph signing. And, the Union-Tribune in San Diego, is hit-and-miss.

Yesterday, I was reading the paper that evening, and it said that at Camp Pendleton (the military base 10 miles north of San Diego), that racing legend Mario Andretti would be doing an autograph signing at the opening of a new Firestone auto-care. That started at noon.

He also threw out the first pitch for a… Continue

Added by Josh Board on September 12, 2009 at 6:31pm — 3 Comments

Ingmar Bergman Auction

There's an auction happening in Stockholm...but in this day and age of computers, you can view the interest pieces of Ingmar Bergman online, and not by flying over there!

Those items include film cameras, a desk, and Golden Globe awards that belonged to the Swedish film legend.

Bukowskis is the auction house, and they have over 330 Bergman items for sale, include some chess pieces that it's speculated were used in the director's 1957 film "The Seventh Seal" and a 60s… Continue

Added by Josh Board on September 10, 2009 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

15 Minutes of Fame, 15 Weeks of Boxes -- Andy Warhol News.

Andy Warhol had a bunch of cardboard boxes that stored things he collected. I heard there were over 600.

They were opened the other day, and guess what they found? No, no...not a bunch of spoiled Campbell's soups. But, a lot of interesting little items.

One box had $17,000 cash. Another had a naked photo of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis that was autographed. Sure, there was some junk. One box had a piece of crusty wedding cake, another had taxi receipts and fan… Continue

Added by Josh Board on September 5, 2009 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

Fake Moon Rock

So, you just spent a few hundred dollars on an autograph, and wonder if it's real. Sure, there's a letter of authenticity, but so what. You spend your night Googling for other examples of the signature, and they don't seem to match up the way you'd prefer.

Well, this sort of thing happens in all collecting fields.

A perfect example is what went down in Amsterdam recently.

The Dutch national museum had a rock that was supposedly brought back from the moon by U.S.… Continue

Added by Josh Board on September 1, 2009 at 11:42pm — 2 Comments

Inglorious Basterds Autograph Scenes

I always try to let people know when I see an autograph scene in a movie or TV show. Just for fun. It's not like it's big time breaking news in any way.

Well...with Inglorious Basterds (or however that is spelled), being the top film at the box office opening weekend (and probably an equally strong second weekend, since it's getting praised reviews and good word of mouth)...which surprises me, as I was very disappointed in the movie.


I found it so… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 31, 2009 at 1:51am — No Comments

Tiny Tim, Big Price

One of my friends, knowing I'm a collector, had sent me this story a month ago. I completely forgot about it, until I saw it listed in the "News of the Weird" section of the San Diego Reader, a paper I write for in San Diego.

Tiny Tim, the crazy 60s' singer of "Tiptoe Thru the Tulips", who played the ukele and looked like a fatter Weird Al Yankovic...oh, and he also got married on the Tonight Show.

Anyway, a Texas accountant named Randy Reeves (I'm not sure how he let his… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 26, 2009 at 12:57am — No Comments

I Cannot Tell a Lie...This Lincoln Autograph is Real!

Back east in Ohio, an expert at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library said a guy in town that found a Lincoln signature at a fleamarket, may have gotten the real deal. And, to top that off, it might be the last signature Lincoln ever did. It was on a program for the theatre at the show he was at the night he was killed.

Okay, I made those last few sentences up just to see if you were paying attention.

This guy bought a bunch of papers in 2006 in South Amherst, 30 miles… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 24, 2009 at 2:18pm — 5 Comments

Tweet an Autograph, and another Upper Decker

I did a blog about Upper Deck being worked over by Major League baseball. Well, they signed a multi-year exclusive deal to produce collegiate sports cards.

The one interesting thing about this for collectors is, getting cards of players before they hit the major leagues, which will now make their card the valuable "rookie" cards that are most valuable.

And this doesn't just mean baseball. Look for Upper Deck to give ya football, basketball, as well as hockey, swimming,… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 21, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

Michael Jackson and Streisand Auction Items

Barbra Streisand used to buy a lot of stuff. I know this, because a friend of a friend that owns an antique shop in San Diego told me of the few times she came in and bought many items (and always argued about the price and tried to bargain).

Now she's selling some of the stuff she has. So, if you want a couch to lounge on, that she may is your chance.

In October, she's going to auction over 400 personal items to benefit her charity. The 67-year-old star said… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 19, 2009 at 10:45am — No Comments

Archie or Adolph?

Hitler wrote Mein Kampf' in 1924, while he was serving a prison term in Bavaria. The book was published a few years later.

Now, 80 years later (and still outlawed in Germany) a copy of it autographed by Adolf Hitler has sold for $34,900 (I don't know if he wrote an inscription like "All the best" or "See you at the movies." I'm guessing it was just his name).

A telephone bidder (anonymous, of course), bid at an auction in the town of Ludlow, in England.

One… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 18, 2009 at 10:24am — No Comments

Baseball Autograph Collectors Book

A story appeared in the New York Times about a guy named Jack Smalling, who for years and years has been collecting addresses of every living major league baseball player, umpire, manager and coach. He publishes them in a book called "The Baseball Autograph Collector's Handbook."

Smalling has been collecting autographs since the early 60s, and he compiled addresses to help fellow collectors (gotta love that). And he has more than 100,000 signatures in his personal… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 13, 2009 at 12:26am — 1 Comment

The Major Leagues decide to play hardball with a baseball card company

Maybe this story is more interesting to me because I collected sports cards as a kid, before moving on to autographs (I still have a nice collection of my basketball cards left). And because the Upper Deck card company is in Carlsbad, just 15 minutes north of my home in San Diego.

They had been considered the world's number two maker of baseball cards, but Major League Baseball said the other day, they are ending its licensing agreement with them. The league signed an exclusive deal… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 10, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Will collectors save them?

Well, for musicians, they want their faces on the cover of a Rolling Stone. Just ask Dr. Hook.

For athletes, I suppose it's Sports Illustrated. The other two things they like, is announcing they'll be going to Disneyland. And, having their face on the box of Wheaties. After all, Sports Illustrated has a different issue each week. That's a lot of athletes. Wheaties only puts the Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and athletes like that on the box.

I used to play basketball with… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 4, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

A movie with no autograph signing, and a TV star that is signing

I saw the movie Funny People. An amazing film. It was funny. It tugged at the heart strings.

The one thing that surprised me, though, was the main character (Adam Sandler) is a famous comedian who has become a famous movie star (much like the real Adam Sandler). He's done a string of horrible films, that make a lot of money (Mer-man, which is him as a mermaid...and Re-do, which is a baby with his head on it, talking like an adult).

Anyway, they Sandler walking around, and… Continue

Added by Josh Board on August 3, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Wanna buy a Stephen King Autograph?

This fall, Scribner, Stephen King's publisher, is going to make autographed first editions of his novel "Under the Dome" available on their website. For the low, low price (read that last line in your best used car salesman voice) of....$200 apiece!

They are planning to sell 1,500 copies of the signed novels. Publisher Susan Moldow released a statement saying "This is fighting back against the disappearance of the book as an object."

Uh, okay.

At least the… Continue

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

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