Collecting Contemporary Entertainer Autographs
By: Brian G. Kathenes, ISA CAPP
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. It is my opinion, based on over forty years of experience as a dealer, collector, and a certified appraiser, that the vast majority of contemporary entertainment autographs in the marketplace are not authentic. Collectors must understand the volume of requests that overwhelm an entertainers’ mail. Celebrities combat this onslaught with secretarial signatures, printed signatures, pre-printed postcards, and pre-signed photographic reproductions.