Just sitting here watching Conan O'Brien (I'll never forget the time he held up a copy of Autograph magazine to talk with Will Ferrell about a story I wrote about him). Anywhooo....he talked about the autographed Playboy magazine that sold for $4,900 (which is way over-priced and will never be worth that). Conan's joke was, "It was inscribed 'To my good friend Dr. Ben Carson...
Anyway, that's not why I'm writing this blog at 11 p.m. It's because I went to a mall I hadn't been to in years. It was for a movie screening, and as I'm walking around, I saw a store called "Famous Faces." As far as malls go, this store was huge. They dealt mostly with sports memorabilia, and I couldn't believe the amount of autographed items they had. Now, usually stores like that are overpriced. These seemed to be. But, all the sports signatures I looked at seemed to be perfect. It's always dicey buying signed sports stuff. A lot of there photos had interesting explanations. For example, this terrific picture of Walter Payton jumping over his line for a touchdown, said that from the time he retired, he only signed pictures through his company. This had a sticker from that company.
There were signed baseballs, boxing gloves, baseball bats, tires from race cars, jerseys. This place was incredible.
Here's the thing I'm wondering about. They had at least 100 signed photos on display in frames. Some of them huge -- the drawing that had Lakers legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain. Very few were just the 8x10, most of them bigger. Here's the thing I've never seen before. They had taped paper over the signature, so you couldn't see it (or probably, take pictures of it). On the paper, was written "Lift up to see signature." So, if you're standing right by it, you could easily lift the paper, taped on the top part, to see the signature.
Has anybody seen that before?