An AUTOGRAPH Museum: Long overdue................


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".

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Tags: 2010, collection, fame, fans, hall, historians, kids, museum, preserved

Comment by Dustin White on January 3, 2011 at 1:19pm
If such a place were to ever exist, I would make it a point to visit.  You have my support.
Comment by Robert Babb on January 3, 2011 at 2:29pm
That would be cool!
Comment by Darrel Wayne Cray on January 10, 2011 at 3:46pm
I agree, that is why i postmy successes on my personal success, it is free to become a memeber and i have a section to find successful addresses. I hope to see everyone  out there visit  my site. i have occasional giveawy to where you may be able to win a sweet autograph that i obtain.
Comment by Darrel Wayne Cray on January 10, 2011 at 3:47pm
build one in cleveland also . we have the rock hall of fame why not the autograph museum too. i would live there lol.
Comment by Rick Badwey on January 10, 2011 at 4:57pm
HRC does not care about preservation - no wonder they have to rotate their stuff.  Not intelligent.
Comment by Michael Ragsdale on January 11, 2011 at 3:09pm

Perhaps an autograph collecting museum should be built in New York City where the greatest number of tourists from across the U.S. and world visit each year... and whose numbers will reportedly grow even more when the National September 11 Memorial opens in September and the 9/11 Museum a year later. 


With both permanent and changing exhibits and monthly talks or discussions about indvidual collectors, collections, personal stories, the preservation of and the history of the industry and more... and charge a nominal entry fee, I think it would be a huge success.


Where do I sign up to exhibit pieces from my unique 9/11 aftermath autograph collection (people will come to look them over) and become an initial public program speaker?

Comment by Stephen Duncan on January 11, 2011 at 5:37pm

Hi Michael, not trying to turn this blog post into a "what city" post, but I feel though  NYC has too many drawbacks and L.A. is where this place needs to be.  The Rock and Roll HoF had an outstanding annex museum in Soho, that had all kinds of rare goodies, including and highlighting many rare John Lennon New York City era items.  They spent a fortune on it and did a GREAT job (I was there in 9/2009). It did not make a profit because of (and this is their words) "after all the NY'ers came, not enough tourists came.  The winters had poor tunouts and Soho offered no street parking.  The nearest parking structure was $40.00 to park for 3 hours, and the nearest subway station was 5 blocks away".  Perhaps at a different location may have been better, but again, "they could not afford uptown, and Brooklyn was out of the question".

If it is in L.A., we have mild - warm winters (today 1/11/2011 was 64 degrees), affordable parking, and international tourists all year. Anyways, "where" is a secondary issue.  Having someone pony up, is.

I had a long talk with the R&R HoF curator when I was there in 2009.  (Getting an appointment was a joke).  He stated they are 5-8 years behind (minimum) with items in storage waiting to be displayed, so any memorabilia from fans, should they choose, we be put together after that priority.


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