Eddy's Blog (9)

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I thought this might be of some interest to folks here. 

We all have seen how autograph signatures of some of our favorites have gradually changed over the years.

Here are paid services designed to speed up the process of signature transformation:


Added by Eddy on March 25, 2023 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Vintage Hollywood Signed Publicity Photographs - In-Person vs. TTM

Like many of us, I'm interested in several areas in the autograph world.  Having said that, I've come to find that my particular focus has settled on pre-1960 Hollywood...from the Silent Era on up to the early Method Actors.

 I'm interested in hearing from other collectors in this time span of Hollywood material what your thoughts are on signed photographs TTM (through the mail) vs. In-Person autographs.  This would particularly concern signed photographs.  Album pages were usually…


Added by Eddy on February 5, 2022 at 6:25pm — 4 Comments

" DOES IT HAVE AUTHENTICATION? " - How would you answer?

Like many of us, I do some selling on eBay (mostly to help finance my own collecting).  This was the question I was asked  by a member this morning who says they are interested in one of my offerings:

"Does It Have Authentication?"

This particular piece has no third party authentication but I have no doubt whatsoever that it's real after study and comparison to exemplars as well as running it past a dealer friend.

How do you (or would you) answer this…


Added by Eddy on January 13, 2022 at 7:53am — 43 Comments

LAMINATED Autographs - Acceptable Or Not?

   I'd enjoy hearing feedback on this topic.  Let's say it's a very rare signer whom you've searched far and wide for.  You find them....and the piece is laminated (could be an album page, a handwritten letter, etc.). 

   What would you do?  Buy it for it's significance and your desire to have something from them?  Pass on it because of the lamination?  Offer less than what an unlaminated piece might be worth?

    Also, I'm wondering if the laminate affects the ability to…


Added by Eddy on December 29, 2021 at 7:45pm — 26 Comments

Do you ever add something to your collection that you are not totally sure of?

I've been thinking about this a bit and I hope it makes sense.  We do a lot of sharing of images here to get opinions about pieces we have or are seeking to acquire......and that's a great gift of this forum.  

Maybe this has been covered before, but I was wondering how folks feel about adding items to their collections that they are not at least pretty well totally sure of.  For instance, you get a killer autograph from one of your heroes but you do know there are some…


Added by Eddy on October 29, 2021 at 3:45pm — 7 Comments

If selling - "Do you offer a COA ?"

       Like many, I do some autograph selling on eBay. Today I had an inquiry about a signed document I have listed.  It's not a major piece....an agreement between Paramount Pictures and Joel McCrea to reference his name in a scene of an upcoming picture of theirs...a perfectly verifiable example of his signature.

     The person interested wrote me asking a few questions about condition, if all of the pages of the legalize were included, where I had acquired it, etc..  Also: "Do…


Added by Eddy on July 21, 2021 at 3:30pm — 17 Comments

How do you ultimately decide on authenticity with your collection?


     I don't know if this has been covered explicitly as a blog topic...but  I thought I would roll it out and seek some thoughts and opinions.

    What does it ultimately take for you to be comfortable with a particular autograph if you encounter divergent opinions on it?  

     I've been thinking on this a bit for some time. Quite awhile ago, I purchased a signed item from a person who had had it in their possession for about 20…


Added by Eddy on June 5, 2021 at 3:48pm — 7 Comments

Typed Letter Signed (TLS) - Any Collectors?

I've recently become more and more attracted to letters from persons that I have an autographic interest in. I now have an Alfred Hitchcock typed letter from 1940 in which he discusses his budding American film career with an assistant director. It's simply signed "Hitch" in black fountain pen ink. 

Some may not be interested in something like a TLS since there is not much "ink" on the page but I am fascinated by the content. I also have my eye on a TLS from John Ford from the same…


Added by Eddy on April 10, 2021 at 5:17pm — 3 Comments

Alfred Hitchcock Self Profile Sketches

We were discussing on the IS THIS AUTOGRAPH REAL section an exemplar of a self caricature profile sketch and signature attributed to Alfred Hitchcock. TPAs Beckett and PSA gave a thumbs down to it on their quick opinion signature reviews while JSA had issued a full LOA for it earlier. 

As I have looked around online, it seems there have been tons of these sketches that claim to be from Hitchcock's hand that have been bought and sold over the years. Examples of past sales from various…


Added by Eddy on February 19, 2021 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments


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