If you ask Leon Castner “What’s a holograph?” and he’ll say, “It’s all Greek to me.”  He’s right! Holograph come from the Greek words “graph” (writing) and “holo”  (with the hand). Ask Daniel Webster, and the old dictionary writer would probably reply, “It’s a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature […]

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Terminator III?  No….   R2D2 turned crook? No… Robocop gone bad?   No…   This mechanical forger goes by the name of “Autopen.”  It has become a modern technological wonder for busy VIP’s, celebrities, and politicians, but has become a headache for autograph collectors. Knowing that autopens exist is not enough.  An autograph collector must be able to […]

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Tea Time Anyone?

Tea has been a very important drink to the people of our country, although perhaps not quite as popular as in other places of the world. Ever since the infamous tea party in Boston Harbor, we’ve found ingenious ways to store and serve the hot beverage, most of which are highly collectible. Since tea was […]

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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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