Can certain historical situations regarding signees increase the value of their autographs? The reason I ask is because I recently discovered something very interesting within my 9/11 aftermath paper ephemera and autograph collection. Here my story:

I came across a program I hadn't looked at for awhile signed by then-United Nations  Representative of Egypt, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. I spotted him in the audience of talk in February 2002 by military historian and novelist Caleb Carr about his book event, Lessons Of Terror: A History Of Warfare Against Civilians: Why It Has Always Failed And Why It Will Fail Again. After the talk - at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs in New York City, I secured both individuals autographs.

After doing some research it turns out Aboul Gheit was appointed Foreign Minister of Egypt two years later... remained so until 2011... was the diplomat who in a one-on-one with Barack Obama in 2010 claims the President called himself a Muslim... which further fueled the Right-wing's quest to prove the President wasn't born in the United States.

And we know how successful that was, especially for the fundraising efforts of certain politicians and PACs.

So, would a historical moment like this increase the value of this particular acquisition? And increase the value of other signees as well? What are your thoughts?

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Comment by Chad B on January 22, 2014 at 12:08pm

I can't see that particular occasion raising the value of the signature. In some cases historical vents certainly add value such as the last signature JFK signed before his assassination. 

Comment by Tom Schwartz on January 22, 2014 at 12:33pm

Well if a person's profile or newsworthiness is raised in some way, it only makes sense that there would likely be an increase in interest, if not value, in that person's autograph.

I personally don't think that in this particular case, the increase would be significant however.

Comment by Rick Meyer on January 22, 2014 at 1:44pm

Michael, how many documents deep is your collection these days?

Comment by Michael Ragsdale on January 25, 2014 at 12:54pm
Thanks guys. And Rick, in addition to looking over my Albums on AML, to get an idea of the scope of my collection, you can go to:

Not doing event video any more, my collecting days(1998-2008, 2011-2013) have ended. I am now in Seattle.

And some of my 9/11 aftermath collection is also online at:


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