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Mike Shepherd's Discussions

Dry Mounting Autographed Photos

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Jul 24. 14 Replies

I recently noticed that one of my framed autographed photos is developing waves.  It may be from humidity, although there are other framed items in the room that are not being affected.  It may be…Continue

Marcia Lucas Cancels Private Signing

Started Aug 7, 2019 0 Replies

This is truly sad and unfortunate.  It is sad for the many Star Wars autograph collectors who were looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity.  It is also unfortunate that…Continue

Signed and Sketched Comics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Feb 29. 4 Replies

I thought that it would be interesting to create a discussion that would allow members to share their signed and sketched comics.  Members may also use this discussion to post images of signed and…Continue

Steven Spielberg Autograph (Opinions Please)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Shepherd Aug 1, 2019. 9 Replies

I have owned this Steven Spielberg autograph for many years.  It was…Continue

 

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Latest Activity

Mike Shepherd replied to Eric Keith Longo's discussion Jackie Gleason 1955 TLS
"I love it.  Do you have any idea what the history of the reference is?"
3 hours ago
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Urgent...Samuel L. Jackson...real?
"The autograph is not visible in the image."
yesterday
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Urgent....Hayden Christensen...authentic?
"The hook on the “H” is atypical, but I have no idea why anyone would forge a Hayden Christensen autograph on that particular photo.  It may simply be a rushed in-person autograph that was acquired on the street.  I hope that…"
yesterday
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Urgent...Ewan Mcgregor...real
"Both autographs are atypical."
yesterday
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Help!...Multiple of big name signers.....red flag?
"Eric F has been building his inventory for years.  He was very successful with Jennifer Lawrence.  Unfortunately, that may change, since she just sold her New York City penthouse."
yesterday
Mike Shepherd commented on Josh Board's blog post Wilfred Brimley Died -- And I Gave Away His Autographed Photo
"May the Force be with you, Noa."
Sunday
Mike Shepherd replied to Steverino's discussion Two Late '70s AL PACINO Signatures
"Both autographs look pretty typical to me."
Saturday
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Question...is an item authenticate just because it’s authenticated by a third party authenticator?
"No."
Jul 31
Mike Shepherd replied to Andreas Håkansson's discussion Please help! Jack Nicholson
"The Clint Eastwood autograph is as atypical as the Jack Nicholson autograph.  Not even close."
Jul 30
Mike Shepherd replied to Andreas Håkansson's discussion Please help! Jack Nicholson
"I absolutely agree with the other members.  Atypical.  Not even close.  Sorry, Andreas."
Jul 29
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Urgent...Ian mckellen...authentic?
"It is probably priced to sell because of the photo.  An autographed photo of Gandalf or Magneto would sell for more."
Jul 28
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Urgent...Ian mckellen...authentic?
"Looks pretty typical to me."
Jul 28
Mike Shepherd replied to Jeff's discussion MORGAN FREEMAN - opinions please
"Atypical.  The baseline is off.  The slant is off.  It also looks slowly written."
Jul 27
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Outlaw_hobbies...authentic...Rebecca Ferguson?
"ACOA is a reputable TPA.  She was great in Doctor Sleep."
Jul 26
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Quickly!Uma thurman,Kate Beckinsale,Angelin jolie,Patrick Stewart authentic?
"Yes.  Rest easy.  I have similar autographs in my collection, and I intend to take them all to the grave."
Jul 26
Mike Shepherd replied to Lawrence Romaine-Paquin's discussion Quickly!Uma thurman,Kate Beckinsale,Angelin jolie,Patrick Stewart authentic?
"My reply was not intended for you.  Read it again, as well as who it was sent to, and you will realize that we are actually in agreement.  I was referring to the autographed Playbill, not your autographed photo.  Enjoy your new…"
Jul 26

About Me

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Collector
What brings you to Autograph Live?
I would like to participate in forum discussions.
Who can we thank for telling you about Autograph Live?
A member did not invite me to join.
What do you collect, or want to collect?
Sports, History/Politics, Books/Literature, Modern Hollywood and Stage, Classic Hollywood and Stage, Music, SciFi, Horror
Tell us more about your collection, specific areas of interest, etc.:
I started collecting when I was very young and I asked Phil Esposito for an autograph. Years later I also received autographs from Tom Seaver, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. It was in 1997 that I began collecting autographs as a hobby.
What is your level of expertise?
Intermediate Collector
What is your favorite autograph in your collection?
Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite autograph in my collection.
Why do you collect?
I collect because I enjoy history.
You can ask anyone living or dead for their autograph. Who would it be?
Edgar Allan Poe

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Mike Shepherd's Blog

Unhidden Treasures

Posted on July 19, 2020 at 10:00am 2 Comments

We have all heard of hidden treasures.  Those autographs that are buried in the collection of someone who has lost interest, only to reappear years later in the hands of a very appreciative collector.  We are constantly on the lookout for them.  They are an essential part of the joy of collecting autographs.

There are also treasures that appear right before our eyes.  They have always been there, if we only took a moment to notice.  Companies routinely release autographed editions of…

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Fourth-Party Authentication

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

Reliance on third-party authentication has taken on a new meaning in recent times.  Some collectors will simply not consider purchasing an autograph without proof that it has received a passing grade from one of the respectable services available.  There is also the great debate over stickers.  Do collectors prefer them?  Do collectors not prefer them?  Should they be affixed to the front or back of a photo?  Should they be affixed to the actual item, or to a Letter…

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Who Do You Collect?

Posted on May 23, 2020 at 9:00am 19 Comments

As autograph collectors, most of us remember our first purchase.  If we do not, we remember the first purchase of our favorite person’s autograph.  At the time of that purchase, we probably did not expect to add additional autographs of that same person to our collection.  Why would we?  The purchase of a single autograph was an accomplished mission.

In most hobbies, the question of what people collect is often asked.  The question asked of autograph collectors is often more…

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Crazy Train Derailed

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 7:00am 6 Comments

I was visiting my son in Los Angeles in February.  We were driving through Burbank, when I heard a song on the radio that had a very familiar sound.  “Is this a new Ozzy song?” I thought to myself.  Then, as if he was reading my mind, my son said, “Dad, this is the new Ozzy song.”  I immediately reserved my vinyl copy of Ordinary Man at a local record store in Sherman Oaks, called Freakbeat Records.  The owner was a pleasure to deal with.  I could not wait to listen to the full…

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