The Quest for Neil Armstrong’s Autograph

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Apollo 11 crew photo signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin Originally published in the July 2009 print edition of Autograph magazine. My quest started in 1979. While browsing in a bookstore, I picked-up a copy of The Book of Autographs by Charles Hamilton. The large and impressive Neil Armstrong autograph on page […]

PSA and PSA/DNA Opening New Jersey Office

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(Woodbridge, New Jersey) — To meet the increasing needs of collectors and dealers in the eastern U.S., especially in autographs, Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA Authentication Services are opening an office in Woodbridge, N.J., this summer. Only in-person submissions will be accepted at the new office, by appointment. All mailed and shipped submissions should still be […]

Q&A on Forgeries, Fakes and Corruption vs. Love

BY KEVIN NELSON  Recently I received an email from Stephen Andon, a PhD candidate in Communication at Florida State University, who is writing a dissertation on sports memorabilia. After having read Operation Bullpen and the blogging  I’m doing for Autograph Magazine and at my Bullpen website, he wanted to ask me a few questions about […]

Taking a bite out of New York’s Big Apple Comic-Con

By David Stone Where can you see Batman, The Incredible Hulk, Captain Kirk, and baseball legend Yogi Berra all in one room? New York City’s Big Apple Comic-Con! I attended the show at Pier 94 on October 16-18, 2009 . The convention featured over 150 stars in attendance—an autograph lover’s dream come true—including Burt Ward […]

P.W. Costello: A Master Penman and the Golden Age of Theater

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By Kimberly Cole IMAGES COURTESY OF TOM COSTELLO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED Like the train tracks that threaded Pennsylvania in the late 1800s, two stories run parallel. One is the story of what has come to be known as the Golden Age of Theater in the United States (1880-1920) and one is the story of a […]

Classic Rock Autographs Holding Strong

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By ROGER EPPERSON March 5, 2010 People ask me all the time what autographs would be good investments. That is really hard to say as I’m not a fortune teller but I do see what is going on in the market day to day. What really seems to be holding value are classic rock bands […]

Literary Forger Forrest Smith Sentenced

The painful cost of forgery—to its victims as well as its perpetrators—became evident again last week when a Pennsylvania judge sentenced forger Forrest Smith to 33 months in prison and ordered him to pay $120,000 to the people he ripped off in his scam. Smith, 48, of Reading, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, had been free on […]

Florida Supercon Launches Web Site

Miami, FL – As the 5th annual Florida Supercon grows closer, dozens of exciting new guests have been added from the worlds of Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi, Video Games, Horror, Comedy and more! In addition to the exciting new guests that have been added, a new website has been launched to support the event. […]

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

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By JAY R. NEILL —Autograph December 2009

Who Is Lee Correy?

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By PATRICK DOUGLAS — Autograph February 2009 In his memoir the formative years of Model Rocketry 1957-1962, G. Harry Stine wrote the self observation, “It is not often that an aerospace historian has the opportunity to participate in the making of history,” that became quite prophetic to me after receiving a gift. My interest in Stine’s […]