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Started this discussion. Last reply by Etienne Oct 20. 10 Replies

If real, a later in life Groucho...thoughts?Continue

John Wayne - Vintage Signed RKO postcard - Opinions?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Board Oct 19. 6 Replies

I'd be obliged if members who are familiar with John Wayne would share opinions on this vintage signed German RKO postcard. It's in a green fountain pen ink.  Thanks in advance!…Continue

Ebay seller - PROBSTEIN123 - Anybody dealt with them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by WHuffman Oct 12. 8 Replies

Hs anyone has had experience with the Ebay seller PROBSTEIN123 ?  They have a small signed photo of Bela Lugosi as Dracula that I am interested in (and 55 other watchers as well):…Continue

Ebay autograph dealer av-autographs ..... autographcoa .... Reputable?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John key Oct 9. 6 Replies

I'm asking for feedback/experiences with a dealer on eBay called av-autographs run by a dealer named André Volkmann.  There is a signed record album I am interested in that he has. Music is not my…Continue

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Etienne replied to Ryan P's discussion “Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs”
"I don't really have interest in contemporary material but it always leaves me a bit uneasy when I read item descriptions on websites for autographs and the dealers mention their in-person "sources" in L.A., N.Y.C., etc..  I…"
Etienne replied to terry berry's discussion Robby Krieger signed book pre order
"I saw an interview with Robby on YouTube in which he mentions signing these books....literally thousands over several day. I guess a guy in his mid-70's sitting down and signing so many one after another definitely lends itself to having a…"
Etienne replied to nicolò fabbris's discussion Al pacino original?
"Congrats on that, Mike!"
Etienne replied to nicolò fabbris's discussion Al pacino original?
"Or locate an earlier example of his signature.  I realize those would be more expensive but, IMHO, much greater visual appeal:"
Etienne replied to Dorian Olio's discussion Did I just buy a fake Robert Redford? Yikes!!
"We all have made mistakes.  Trouble is, there are more opportunities now for mistakes than ever before!"
Etienne replied to Dennis Toll's discussion Where to sell??
"I believe you can mention that you have items to sell and have others private message you?  Maybe Steve will clarify."
Etienne replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"I agree with you , Joe.  I especially like the "Stephen"  inscriptions... English version of "Etienne"!"
Oct 20
Joe W. replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Great detective work, Etienne! The more I see the more doubtful the OP is becoming. IMHO."
Oct 20
Etienne replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Another elderly Groucho....this an inscription to his last book along with his co-author. This one is kind of sad because it's earlier in the year that Groucho would pass away (in the coming August)."
Oct 20
Joe W. replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Groucho was very consistent with his "r" in his first name.  The photo above also has the older, somewhat shakier signature of an elderly signer. That one authentic for sure. "
Oct 20
Etienne replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Here's a giveaway publicity photo for the record album AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO from 1972.  Definitely see the more pronounced "r" here (and this is older age)....."
Oct 20
Etienne replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Thanks folks!  The "r" irregularity is also what I focused upon as well when looking at this.  "
Oct 20
David Lewis replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Forgot my second image…."
Oct 20
David Lewis replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"Etienne, I think your op is real. His o's look like a's, f's look good, "m" in from looks good etc. I agree with Joe W. on the "r's", I think with age they softened. I do not own my exemplar but it is genuine.…"
Oct 20
Joe W. replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"I would like to see a more pronounced "r" in Groucho but the "To" and "from" is typical. "
Oct 20
KaiMi replied to Etienne's discussion GROUCHO MARX - real?
"I tend to yes. But let's see what others say."
Oct 20

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If selling - "Do you offer a COA ?"

Posted on July 21, 2021 at 3:30pm 17 Comments

       Like many, I do some autograph selling on eBay. Today I had an inquiry about a signed document I have listed.  It's not a major agreement between Paramount Pictures and Joel McCrea to reference his name in a scene of an upcoming picture of theirs...a perfectly verifiable example of his signature.

     The person interested wrote me asking a few questions about condition, if all of the pages of the legalize were included, where I had acquired it, etc..  Also: "Do…


How do you ultimately decide on authenticity with your collection?

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 3:48pm 7 Comments


     I don't know if this has been covered explicitly as a blog topic...but  I thought I would roll it out and seek some thoughts and opinions.

    What does it ultimately take for you to be comfortable with a particular autograph if you encounter divergent opinions on it?  

     I've been thinking on this a bit for some time. Quite awhile ago, I purchased a signed item from a person who had had it in their possession for about 20…


Typed Letter Signed (TLS) - Any Collectors?

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 5:17pm 3 Comments

I've recently become more and more attracted to letters from persons that I have an autographic interest in. I now have an Alfred Hitchcock typed letter from 1940 in which he discusses his budding American film career with an assistant director. It's simply signed "Hitch" in black fountain pen ink. 

Some may not be interested in something like a TLS since there is not much "ink" on the page but I am fascinated by the content. I also have my eye on a TLS from John Ford from the same…


Alfred Hitchcock Self Profile Sketches

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 12:30pm 5 Comments

We were discussing on the IS THIS AUTOGRAPH REAL section an exemplar of a self caricature profile sketch and signature attributed to Alfred Hitchcock. TPAs Beckett and PSA gave a thumbs down to it on their quick opinion signature reviews while JSA had issued a full LOA for it earlier. 

As I have looked around online, it seems there have been tons of these sketches that claim to be from Hitchcock's hand that have been bought and sold over the years. Examples of past sales from various…


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