Like most of you, I am sick to my stomach of seeing so many FAKE and BOGUS autographs for sale on Ebay, in gallery malls, and on the entire Internet. Further, a few weeks back I was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix and my frustration continued as again I see (as in many of the HRC's) grease, dust, and the simple wear and tear of rotating the memorabilia starting to really take a toll on so many rare and precious signatures.
Further, take a look at how many celebrities we lost, just in 2010 alone: Tony Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, Eddie Fischer, Fess Parker, Tom Bosley, Barbara Billingsley, J.D. Salinger, and so many others. It is very sad to think how many of our very "classic" and "political" celebrities we are probably going to loose in this new decade we are begining.
Therefore, when you add it all together, especially the joy, excitement and value (and no, not just the monetary value) that all our autograph collecting brings us, the time has more than come, if not even long overdue, for an Autograph Collecting (Collection) Museum. Think about it: more than just a "Hall of Fame", a true museum devoted to the authenticity of celebrity, historical, political, and every other type of signature displayed for fans, historians, collectors and those that have interest in this very important and very real aspect of an individual's life: THIER ACTUAL SIGNATURE.
One can only image the thousands of amazing items of collectability that fans, especially us fans who collect in person, have in our collection. I don't know about you, but as equal as I want to share mine, I want to see what you have. Somewhere out there, there has got to be those of wealth, that too would like to see such a collection preserved for generations to come. In addition, a place were fans today, can obtain real and authentic signatures conducted by in person signings. A place that can counter the ill effects, of fraudulant autographs being sold today. If we don't begin to take seriously some kind of preservation of real and authentic signatures, how are we ever going to be able to tell a FAKE autograph from a REAL one, in (let's say) 50 years.
Where will our kids go to see real signatures of histories most famous figures and entertainers? Where will we find such signatures? Also, how many collectors out there like me feel that their collection should be shared with others and not simply stuck in storage boxes or hidden behind the walls of ones home?
To quote a great man: "You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one".