Collecting contemporary entertainers is an incredibly popular hobby.  Movie stars, TV personalities, comedians, stage actors and actresses are just some of the categories collectors love.  Although I do not collect contemporary personalities, we see thousands of signed photos each year.  I am concerned with the illusion that most of these items are authentic.  It is […]

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There has been a great deal of ‘chatter’ lately about unqualified appraisals of autograph material.  Improper and unprofessional appraisals are being provided to many unsuspecting collectors and donors. The potential financial damage to you and your collection can be devastating.  Proper appraisal procedures are not being followed.  Important valuation techniques are being overlooked.   Untrained, incompetent […]

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Will a piece of soccer memorabilia soon reach the million-dollar mark? Will the US sports collectibles market embrace soccer? Must one have big bucks to play this game? The love of any game eventually leads to collecting famous objects and articles that secure precious memories of a special team, a favorite player, or a unique […]

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So — What’s It worth? Perhaps the most commonly asked question I hear is; “So, what’s it worth?” The question may pertain to a four language ship’s paper signed by James Madison and James Monroe, a signed photograph of movie star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, or a hand-written letter by Union General (posthumously promoted) […]

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I just came back from the store.  My habit is to empty my pocket of change and place it in a container on my dresser.  This I did, without thinking, adding it to the mixture of coins already piling up from a couple of weeks worth of unloading pockets.  Soon I’ll have to empty it […]

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