Collecting Autographs From the Classic Stars

My Collection of Classic Autographs

This is the cover of the Scrapbook I keep my autograph pictures in.  Notice the cinch sack with my name on it, it fits perfectly over the scrapbook for extra protection.
This is the cover of the Scrapbook I keep my autograph pictures in. Notice the cinch sack with my name on it, it fits perfectly over the scrapbook for extra protection. | Source

Special Treasure Collections

Collecting valuable antiques, coins, stamps, sports cards, comics, costume jewelry and celebrities’ autographs are a good example of special treasure collections that start out as hobbies, but may end up as something much more. They end up as one of your favorite things to occupy your time. You find yourself more and more involved in hunting for a special item only you can appreciate. You and your fellow collector, that is.

Of all the hobbies I have pursued over the years writing is still my most held interest, but my second fun hobby has got to be collecting. I have collected many things that ended up being discarded or gave away for lack of storage space. Smaller treasures are much less demanding in taking over your house. So although I still keep plenty of bird houses here and there from a previous hobby I have given up collecting larger items.

James Drury

This is my very first autograph picture I got personally signed for me by my childhood hero James Drury. Memories are priceless.
This is my very first autograph picture I got personally signed for me by my childhood hero James Drury. Memories are priceless. | Source

Gary Clark and Clu Galugar

I got to meet Gary in person and hope someday to meet Clu.
I got to meet Gary in person and hope someday to meet Clu. | Source

Cast Picture signed by James Drury, Roberta Shore & Randy Boone and Diane Roter

They enjoy their fans as much as their fans enjoy them.
They enjoy their fans as much as their fans enjoy them. | Source

Don Quine and Sara Lane

It was so much fun meeting these classic stars.
It was so much fun meeting these classic stars. | Source

When Collecting Bug Began

While on a road trip to meet one of my favorite childhood heroes, James Drury-The Virginian, I began much more than a love for travel, I developed an overwhelming urge to meet more celebrities and collect more autograph pictures. The classic television stars are among the nicest people you’ll ever meet and as many people are unaware of, they make themselves available for social events.

The first event I was to attend was a charity driven affair. James Drury was to be honorary guest at a Charity Ride for Veteran’s Open Horse Show in Swanton, Ohio on October 1 & 2, 2011. I was so pleased to finally get to meet him. A privilege that was not likely for someone like me, who seldom travels. I was lucky my son Jason and his wife, Amy volunteered to drive me there. I not only got to meet James Drury, but he autographed two pictures for me personally. An extra special event was that my son got a snapshot of me and my childhood hero who I had just shared a much needed hug with. Better late than never is a very true statement. This one memory is embedded deep into my heart and soul.

James Drury and Doug McClure

I personally witnessed the James Drury autograph and I bought the Doug McClure from an Ebay seller which explains why it is addressed to Charlie.
I personally witnessed the James Drury autograph and I bought the Doug McClure from an Ebay seller which explains why it is addressed to Charlie. | Source

The Memphis Film Festival

Come spring we went on even a longer journey where I was to meet more classic television stars at The Memphis Film Festival- A Gathering of the Guns 4, it ran from May 30-June 2, 2012 in Olive Branch, Mississippi. More stars, more autographs and more memories which were enough to last a lifetime. It was a special affair with celebrations in place for the fiftieth anniversary of the classic western television show, The Virginian. This time James Drury was accompanied by many cast members of the show. Joining him was Roberta Shore, Randy Boone, Gary Clarke, L. Q. Jones, Sara Lane, Don Quine, and Diane Rotor. Securing an autograph from them with a friendly meeting and joining them for The Virginian 50th Anniversary Posse Roundup Social was like a dream come true.

Other guests and classic shows that were honored at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival included Cheyenne with Clint Walker, The Daniel Boone Show, with Darby Hinton, Veronica Cartwright, and Pedro Collins; The Rifleman with Bobby Crawford and Jeff Connors (son of Chuck Connors), Casey Jones with Bobby Clark, Wyatt Earp with Hugh O’Brian along with many others there to greet their fans. Western shows are still very much desired entertainment today as they were fifty years ago.

Darby Hinton, Veronica Cartwright and Pedro Collins

Daniel Boone stars who played his children and his friend Gideon
Daniel Boone stars who played his children and his friend Gideon | Source

Hugh O'Brian and Chuck Connors with son Jeff Connors

Notice the Chuck Connors signature which Jeff added his own to the picture of him and his dad. What a treasure to have a Chuck Connors original autograph given to me by his son, Jeff. Both Hugh O'Brian and Jeff Connors are now gone. RIP
Notice the Chuck Connors signature which Jeff added his own to the picture of him and his dad. What a treasure to have a Chuck Connors original autograph given to me by his son, Jeff. Both Hugh O'Brian and Jeff Connors are now gone. RIP | Source

What I Took Home

I left that festival with a fine collection of autograph pictures as well as a couple of good books. Gary Clarke released his book “How it Happened” by Gary Clarke with pictures and stories of how he got started as an actor. He left me a special thank you note inside the cover. It is a very good book reflecting much on Gary’s fine sense of humor and his well mannered behavior.

The second book I got at the festival is sort of The Virginian’s reference guide, “A History of Television’s The Virginian, 1962-1971” written by Paul Green I got from a vendor there. Paul gives us a behind the scenes look at this third longest running western and some description on each episode of the nine seasons. Both books are excellent and they surely deserve a “thumbs up”.

Good Friends

Clu Galugar (Sheriff Ryker, cast member of The Virginian) was not at the film festival, but he did attend the celebration held at the Autry Museum in California that year. I managed to get an autograph picture of him while he was there through a fan group I belong to called The Virginian Posse. I never got a chance to meet him, but he signed the picture to a beautiful lady. Compliments are always welcome even when given lightly. It was very thoughtful of him to agree to do all these extra autographs for our group and I believe each greeting was unique to the receiver. We all very much adore him and hope he now knows he is very welcome to all the upcoming events just as the rest of the cast are. It took a little coaxing to assure him he still has fans. A special thank you goes out to the whole Virginian cast for giving us your time. It is greatly appreciated.

Doug McClure and Bobby Clark

This Doug McClure photo is original.  I bought it from a Canadian online seller.  I got to meet Bobby Clark at the Memphis Film Festival.  He was the little boy star in the Casey Jones show.
This Doug McClure photo is original. I bought it from a Canadian online seller. I got to meet Bobby Clark at the Memphis Film Festival. He was the little boy star in the Casey Jones show. | Source

Tim Matheson

The young Jim Horn character in The Virginian, Season 8 was played by Tim Matheson. What a fresh young talent to add to an already talented cast. This picture is from one of his movie roles.
The young Jim Horn character in The Virginian, Season 8 was played by Tim Matheson. What a fresh young talent to add to an already talented cast. This picture is from one of his movie roles. | Source

David Hartman

David Hartman was a regular cast member in The Virginian's Season 7.  He had made an earlier appearance on the show.
David Hartman was a regular cast member in The Virginian's Season 7. He had made an earlier appearance on the show. | Source

Other Means to Add to my Collection

Since the time I actually got to meet celebrities of my favorite classic television shows I have searched for other means to add to my collection. Internet finds have helped me get autograph pictures I would not be able to get otherwise. Some of my treasures are autograph pictures of favorites who are no longer with us. Doug McClure played Trampas on The Virginian. He and James Drury were the only two to see the series through all nine seasons. We lost Doug to Cancer back in 1995. I was able to get two nice autograph pictures from online sellers.

David Hartman (Season 7) and a Tim Matheson, (Season 8) autograph pictures are special additions to my collections, too. These pictures are not from the show of The Virginian, but are still a great find.

Recently I acquired an autograph picture of Delores Hart who starred in LOVING YOU with Elvis. The picture is of both of them, but only Hart’s signature appears on the picture. Delores Hart’s last work before joining the sisterhood was as a co-star on The Virginian’s first season episode, Mountain of the Sun. Of all the glamorous ladies to appear on the series, this was the only time the Virginian was to say, “I love you.”


Delores Hart

Elvis has always been my idol.  Delores Hart sincerely captures my heart in this special pose.
Elvis has always been my idol. Delores Hart sincerely captures my heart in this special pose. | Source

Finding a Treasure

Autograph collecting is not a cheap hobby. Many autographs come with an expensive price tag. Most are affordable when meeting the celebrity in person or visiting their websites. Especially the classic stars, twenty or thirty dollars will buy you memories and a keepsake to be cherished many years to come. I can’t think of a more rewarding hobby than to mingle with the stars you grew up with or introducing them to the next generation of fans.

Autographs from deceased celebrities are extra valuable. The more famous a person becomes the more sought after for their autographs they are. If you manage to obtain such a treasure at a low price consider yourself lucky and certainly hang on to your prize and watch it increase in value. I’ve been lucky to find a couple of Doug McClure autographed pictures online and I have one of Chuck Connors I got from his son Jeff at the Memphis Film Festival in 2012. Jeff's added personal greeting to me makes it extra special. I was so heart broken to hear about Jeff's passing in February 2014. He was a great guy and is missed by many fans. These are my most prized possessions as far as autographs go. The ones of most value to me as a fan are, of course, the ones I got personally on those rare chances to meet my favorite stars.

I know my journeys’ may not take me to another event to obtain autographs from celebrities I get to meet in person. Visiting some of their official websites can be the next best thing. Having friends and family help can be another way to add to your collection. I’m only sharing one of my favorite things to collect. This is one hobby out of many I’ve had over the years and it is fairly new to me. I can see far in advance the rewards will be priceless.


James Best

I got this treasure from James Best official website in 2013. Sadly James Best passed away in April 2015. RIP
I got this treasure from James Best official website in 2013. Sadly James Best passed away in April 2015. RIP | Source

Clint Walker and My son Jason and his wife Amy and I at Graceland

I saw Clint Walker at the festival, but never got to approach him. I got the picture from the website he and his wife run.  Graceland was a special place to visit so I put our picture done at Graceland in this album among the stars.
I saw Clint Walker at the festival, but never got to approach him. I got the picture from the website he and his wife run. Graceland was a special place to visit so I put our picture done at Graceland in this album among the stars. | Source

L.Q. Jones

L. Q. Jones is another regular cast member of the show The Virginian and he is a well known character actor in both television and the movies.
L. Q. Jones is another regular cast member of the show The Virginian and he is a well known character actor in both television and the movies. | Source

James Stacy

James Stacy captured his audience as Johnny Madrid Lancer on the classic western Lancer. He is another great talent often seen as a co star in various television shows and movies.
James Stacy captured his audience as Johnny Madrid Lancer on the classic western Lancer. He is another great talent often seen as a co star in various television shows and movies. | Source

Adding to my Collection

I'm slowly adding to my autograph picture collection of the classic stars. These next treasures were found online from reputable sales people. Finding genuine autographs is challenging if you aren't there to collect them yourselves. There will not be the precious memories of meeting the famous performer in person. You can only guess as to how awesome that would be.

From the character actors/actresses to the extra famous ones, finding and collecting their autographs will be a fun hobby with enough room to spread out over a lifetime and beyond. Perhaps the next generation can expand it even further.

William Smith

This William Smith autograph picture is another Ebay find. Smith starred in the classic western Laredo as well as co starred in many of the westerns of that era. 60s 70s was the time of great westerns.
This William Smith autograph picture is another Ebay find. Smith starred in the classic western Laredo as well as co starred in many of the westerns of that era. 60s 70s was the time of great westerns. | Source

Peter Brown

Peter Brown is another Laredo cast member.  Before Laredo he was Deputy Johnny McKay on the classic western Lawman opposite John Russell.
Peter Brown is another Laredo cast member. Before Laredo he was Deputy Johnny McKay on the classic western Lawman opposite John Russell. | Source

Robert Fuller

Robert Fuller played on the classic western Laramie as well as guess starred on other shows of that era.  Later he became a cast member of the 70s hit Emergency making for a fine looking young doctor.
Robert Fuller played on the classic western Laramie as well as guess starred on other shows of that era. Later he became a cast member of the 70s hit Emergency making for a fine looking young doctor. | Source

Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton "Where Eagles Dare"

Talk about a great find, this double autograph picture is a real treasure.  Both actors are popular artist of movies and television.
Talk about a great find, this double autograph picture is a real treasure. Both actors are popular artist of movies and television. | Source

Gena Rowlands

She began her career in the 50s and today with over a hundred credits to her name is still very much active in her work.
She began her career in the 50s and today with over a hundred credits to her name is still very much active in her work. | Source

Auction Bargains can be Affordable Ways to Invest in Autograph Pictures

I keep trying to find authentic autograph pictures of the classic stars. I don’t get a chance to see them in person and some of them have been gone for years, but that doesn’t mean I must stop collecting their autographs. The internet is a great place to look into collections built by other collectors willing to part with them. Auction sites can be helpful in finding an affordable way to invest.

My newest entries were dirt cheap and I know they are worth much more than what I paid for them. This makes autograph collecting that much more exciting.

Dennis Weaver

I recently bought this picture from an Ebay seller.
I recently bought this picture from an Ebay seller. | Source

Will Hutchinson

This is another recent purchase.  It sure would have been nice to had the others' signatures added along with Will Hutchinson's.  It still is a great find.
This is another recent purchase. It sure would have been nice to had the others' signatures added along with Will Hutchinson's. It still is a great find.

James Arness

With getting great deals at auction sites I may be inspired to collect Gunsmoke autographs I thought were out of my reach. I was very happy to get this one.
With getting great deals at auction sites I may be inspired to collect Gunsmoke autographs I thought were out of my reach. I was very happy to get this one. | Source
In 2011, I got a special Christmas greeting from James Drury. I keep this one in a frame on the wall over my desk.
In 2011, I got a special Christmas greeting from James Drury. I keep this one in a frame on the wall over my desk. | Source

Charles Bronson

My newest addition to my collection I got at auction price.(Very pleased.) Charles Bronson is a legend known for tough spirited characters. We lost him in 2003 at the age of 81.
My newest addition to my collection I got at auction price.(Very pleased.) Charles Bronson is a legend known for tough spirited characters. We lost him in 2003 at the age of 81. | Source

SteveGuttenberg and Tom Selleck

My newest addition.
My newest addition. | Source

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Diana, you have an awesome collection of autographs going on there! Quite impressive indeed! Thank you for sharing your collection with us and your stories of how you obtained the autographs are fascinating. Your photos are great too.

Up and more and sharing.

Happy New Year!

Faith Reaper


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thanks, Faith. I have only been collecting a little over two years. It's really a fun hobby.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Two years! Wow, you have been busy then to collect so many as you have collected.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

These are great. Doug McClure is my favorite from up there. I should have gotten into autograph collecting, for sure takes less room! ^ sharing.


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thanks Jackie. Doug McClure has always been a favorite of mine, too. He reminds me so much of my brother Rusty who meant the same fate with lung cancer. Both curly haired outdoor type fellows.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

What a fun Hub! I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this and looking at the pictures.


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I'm glad you like it, CraftytotheCore. This is a fun hobby. Actually meeting a star in person makes it even more enjoyable.


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iconicautographs 2 years ago from nottinghamshire

very nice thank you enjoyed reading


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thank you, iconicautographs for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

I hope to keep extending this hub as my collection of great autograph pictures gets bigger.


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Greensleeves Hubs 7 months ago from Essex, UK

I agree very much with your opening paragraph Diana about collecting hobbies. For me, it's rocks and minerals, fossils, WW2 model aircraft and specialist plants such as Cacti! I can well understand the appeal of autographs however, and as a keen photographer, I would particularly like the idea of taking photographs of the stars to accompany the autographs.

Re-your collection. I was a fan of Westerns as a child. I remember well The Virginian screening here in the UK, and I have vague memories of other series you mention - Cheyenne and Lancer and Casey Jones - as well as many others. It must be nice to meet up with the actors, and reminisce about the characters and plots from such series, and to have tangible links to them through the autograph collection you have.

Hope you have managed to add to your collection since writing this hub. Alun


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Diana Lee 7 months ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Thank you Greensleeves for your interest. I haven't added much to this collection lately, but I plan to get back into it soon.


Mrs. Sinclair 6 months ago

I came to a site looking for information on The Men From Shiloh and I gave a good look at your collection! How fun and how proud you must be. I grew up with many of the stars pictured here as my parents loved TV westerns! We favored Gunsmoke over Bonanza, and at the age of nine I instantly fell in love with Stewart Granger (Colonel Mackenzie) as the last owner of Shiloh. I really liked Doug McClure, too! Please upload more autographed picts. if you have them!


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Diana Lee 6 months ago from Potter County, Pa. Author

Mrs. Sinclair, I'm so glad you like my collection. I'm a nut for the classic westerns and had the privilege to meet some of these admired stars. You would not think the love for Elvis would go hand in hand with the TV western stars, but many of them worked with him in the movies. I love them all and am so glad many of these films have been remastered for today's viewing.

I haven't had any new autographs lately, but I may have in the near future. I tend to get sidetracked and move from hobby to hobby and back again as I find time to do them.

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