Collecting contemporary entertainers is an incredibly popular hobby.  Movie stars, TV personalities, comedians, stage actors and actresses are just some of the categories autograph collectors love. As professional appraisers, we see thousands of signed celebrity photos each year.  Not surprisingly, most of them are not authentically signed.   Autograph collectors must understand that the volume of […]

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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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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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