The autograph market is in many ways, reflective of the stock market. When the stock market dips lower, it is the time to purchase stocks. Unfortunately, most of us buy stocks when the market rises and sell when the market drops. This is also true of autographs. That being said, if you can think counter-intuitively, now is a good time to buy autographs. The autograph prices, from many of the autograph auction houses, are quite attractive and clearly more affordable than a few years ago. The prices of average material is down, but good attractive autograph material has maintained it's value. If there are holes in your collection, fill them now.
The trends, as I see them, are as follows for average content material:

Revolutionary War: steady to down
Civil War: down
Hollywood: steady to down
Presidential: steady to down
Americana: steady to down
Sports: steady to down
Space: steady to down

Remember: great content autographs are rare and highly sought after. The prices on great content autograph material is steady and higher.

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Comment by Steve Cyrkin Community Mgr. on June 24, 2010 at 12:03pm
Dick, thanks for this valuable info. Do you have approximate percentage ranges to how much these have changed in the last couple of years?
Comment by Dr. Richard Saffro on June 25, 2010 at 9:28am
I am estimating that the prices are down 15-30% on average material.
Comment by Jeffery Kite on October 9, 2010 at 8:37pm
Well I have been finding "holes in my collection" for less than that! Recently, I purchased a Stan Musial autographed baseball for, I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP, $25! The catch is, it was an old, Leonard S. Coleman National League ball, and most likely signed between 1994 and 1999 due to the type of ball it is. It was yellowed, old, musty looking, and kind of beat up a little on the stamping, but the signature was a nice, clean one with very little fading. According to my trusty Sander's Guide, Musial signed balls command a price tag of about $75, so getting one that was 66% percent off, I had to jump on it! I examined it for a week, and brought in exemplars I got on-line of PSA/DNA and JSA certified Musial's each day, and it looks spot on, plus the dealer, Bob Presley of BP Sports in Marietta, GA, is a highly respected and well known dealer in our area, who always offers money-back guarantees on all his items.
Comment by Dr. Richard Saffro on October 20, 2010 at 1:29pm
Dear Jeff, clean vintage Musial signed baseballs retail for $60-$100. Your signed yellowed, old musty looking beat up Coleman ball should sell for $40-$50. In other words, you made a good buy.

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