A Passion For Autographs
California Here We Come!
Each summer we traveled by car from our home in Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles where we would vacation. Packed in my suitcase, I was excited about the possibility of filling the book with signatures of movie and television stars. We always enjoyed strolling Hollywood Boulevard and the handprints and autographs at Graumann's Chinese Theatre, visiting the sets at both Burbank and Universal Studios and driving through Beverly Hills as admiring the homes of celebrities and stars. I was sure that pages between the covers of my autograph book would be full before the end of our two-week holiday!
The task was not quite as easy as I imagined it would be, although over the years I did manage to fill quite a few pages with the likes of Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Burns, and even Liberace's mother! Forty years have since passed and when I recollect it was that little autograph book and the quest to fill it that led to many of my fondest memories.
Across the globe hundreds of thousands of philographists enjoy adding signatures and autographs to their ever-expanding collections. While some may have a passion for famous people in general, there are many categories and subcategories that others prefer to specialize in.
While Hollywood celebrities are a popular subject for hobbyists, many hobbyists, further specialities include athletes, authors, musicians, scientists, historical figures, politicians, and even criminals!
The first step that you will take in beginning your collection is to decide which signature categories best suit your interests. Once decided you can move forward with a plan of action towards building your collection.
Follow Your Heroes!
Building Your Autograph Collection
While it is exciting to spend a minute or two with the celebrity in person, this is not the only method of growing your collection. You can obtain autographs by mail, you can purchase them, or you can acquire them through someone else. Surely it is more fun to obtain them yourself because each signature will come with your personal backstory of the moment.
Why do you collect autographs?
Video - Matt Raymond
Matt Raymond, of Autograph University shares his personal story and tips about collecting autographs.
Autograph Friendly Methods
Quite often, celebrities will provide autographs at concerts, sporting events, book signings, conventions and other special events. Others may respond to written requests via snail mail, providing you include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your request. Mailing addresses may be discovered through agents, agencies, fan clubs, recording labels, and publishers.
Collecting At Sporting Events
Collecting - Your Style
Which method do you prefer for obtaining autographs?
Purchasing autographs from a dealer is another method for building your collection. Specialized dealers can be located online, at traditional or online auction sites such as eBay, at flea markets, collectible or fan events, or by mail-order. Each item can range in value from $10 to $1000 or more. When you are spending this much of your budget purchasing autographs it is worthwhile to do your research and are sure that you are buying from a respected dealer and that what you purchase is genuiine.
The values of autographs varies depending on who the celebrity is, the condition of the signature, and its age. Historical signed photographs are usually considered to me more valuable that modern versions.
What's It Worth?
Signed Act of Congress
Signed Emancipation Proclamation
Mark Chapman - John Lennon Murderer
Signed Double Fantasy LP
Get in the Game!
Autographs and signatures on pieces of paper and in autograph books and publications are not the only way to collect. Clothing, collectible cards, sports balls and other objects are just a few possibilities for your collection as well!
As your collection grows you will acquire your own style of acquiring autographs. You will most likely enjoy the hobby more fully by building an eclectic collection of all sorts!
The World's Greatest!
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- Using authentication and grading services
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- Autograph World - Autographs for sale
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- The Celebrity Addresses Database
Celebrity Addresses to get you started.
101 Collectibles for Kids
by Diane Oswald
Antique Trader Books
Dubuque, Iowa, 1997