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71buc 03-29-2017 02:32 PM

A Good Day?
 
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I just visited a local antique store and found these three autographs in a rolladex card holder full of autographs. The signatures ranged from Elizabeth Taylor to Arnold Palmer. I pulled out these three and paid a VERY nominal asking price. I'm almost embarrassed to say what I purchased them for. They looked real enough to me to roll the dice as they were very cheap and worth the gamble. I know when a deal seems to good to be true it's likely not real. Nonetheless I'm looking for more informed opimions than my own. So what do you think?

packs 03-29-2017 02:53 PM

No opinion on authenticity but the bleeding on the Paige and Maris would concern me. From what I understand old paper signed at a later date tends to bleed whereas contemporary paper signed in the moment does not.

71buc 03-29-2017 03:22 PM

Thanks for the input. I had not heard that before. I think a majority of them were signed in the late 70s to early 80s based on the dates a few of them had. They looked right to me but I'm no expert. The fact that these were mixed in with minor celebrities and players like Luis Tiant, Bobby Grich, Ken Singleton, and Mark Bellanger, eased my mind for some reason.

packs 03-29-2017 03:28 PM

They look authentic I just know its a common tactic by forgers to use old paper to try to age a signature, but you can usually spot that deception when you notice how much the ink bled. Not saying that's the case here, just that its something I look for.

Scott Garner 03-29-2017 04:02 PM

Hi Mike,
Great pickup!
All 3 of these are the real deal. Ol' Satch is particularly cool!
Congrats on your terrific find.

71buc 03-29-2017 04:27 PM

Thanks Scott!

joed25 03-29-2017 05:31 PM

Authentic

joed25 03-29-2017 05:35 PM

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Authentic

johnmh71 03-29-2017 05:35 PM

Not an expert myself, but I think you struck gold.

71buc 03-29-2017 09:34 PM

Thanks everyone. Based on the feedback I returned and purchased a few more. The three above were obviously the best. Nonetheless I picked up a Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sugar Ray Robinson, Howard Cosell, Rickey Henderson,,and Hank Greenberg. They were only $10 each so what the heck. Thanks again.

Mike

GrayGhost 03-30-2017 11:27 AM

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Thanks everyone. Based on the feedback I returned and purchased a few more. The three above were obviously the best. Nonetheless I picked up a Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sugar Ray Robinson, Howard Cosell, Rickey Henderson,,and Hank Greenberg. They were only $10 each so what the heck. Thanks again.

Mike

wow. home run for a great person. congrats!!

71buc 03-30-2017 09:21 PM

Thanks Scott it does appear I got lucky. Who knew that a hole in the wall antique store in Seattle could have such a largely intact 35 year-old collection. The collection was obviously a work of love by the original collector. I wish I could just buy them all as it seems a shame to break them up. However, that could start me down another collecting rabbit hole. I don't have the knowledge to take that chance. There is still a plethora of autographs sitting there. A few off the top of my head are Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Connie Hawkins, Jerry West, George Mikan, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Maurice Richard, Peggy Fleming, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Fran Tarkington, Bart Starr, Gayle Sayers, Lloyd Waner, Robin Young, Pee Wee Reese and many more. I will likely study a bit and buy more of them for trade material down the road.

71buc 04-02-2017 05:22 PM

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I purchased most of the collection and sold the Football, Boxing, and Golf autographs on the BST forum. Although they aren't baseball autographs I have decided to keep these actors as although not very valuable they are fun. :DI thought I would share them with you.

JollyElm 04-02-2017 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by 71buc (Post 1645827)
Thanks everyone. Based on the feedback I returned and purchased a few more. The three above were obviously the best. Nonetheless I picked up a Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sugar Ray Robinson, Howard Cosell, Rickey Henderson,,and Hank Greenberg. They were only $10 each so what the heck. Thanks again.

Mike

Can you post pics of those guys, too?

71buc 04-02-2017 11:22 PM

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Can you post pics of those guys, too?

Here are the ones mentioned previously and all of the rest of the baseball autographs I picked up. The Cosell and the Robinsons have been sold. As you can see there is nothing terribly exciting but at $10 each I was happy to add them to my collection.

JollyElm 04-03-2017 12:28 AM

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Thanks. The reason i wanted to see them was to determine if the Mays looked similar to the ones I got TTM in the late 70's/early 80's (below), because the signatures you acquired seem to be pretty old, and some possibly originating from that same time period. Did the person you bought them from give you any sort of provenance? Or were you told where they came from? In other words, is there any reason to believe they are not valid?

You so often hear around these parts that Willie Mays never signed his autograph with such flair (even though the one on his 1967 card has similarities to it) and/or it's "his wife's" handiwork. Perhaps it's wishful thinking on my part, because he's my hero, but I never bought any of that and no one ever offers any sort of proof to that being the case. Plus, in my mind it's pretty simple to see how his modern signature (with the 'W' in Willie looking like a '4') evolved from his old signature style.

Very interesting.

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71buc 04-03-2017 01:15 AM

The seller reported that he purchased them a number of years ago. They were all inside an old rolladex. They remained there until I purchased them. I was the first buyer to go through them. The autos ran the gamut baseball, basketball, hockey, racing, and entertainment. There were no astronauts or musicians. The only track athlete was marathoner Bill Rogers. A few were dated and personalized to Mike and Todd Dupey. The earliest date was 1978 the latest was 1983. There were many Sonics from the championship year. They all looked good when I compared them to other examples on-line. How they were obtained is beyond me. The only clue to their origin was on a Charles Starret I purchased for my father. He collects B western memorabilia. On that card Starret wrote a note that seemed to indicate he knew the collector. He mentioned their travels on the Hollywood trail. Perhaps the original collectors were in a business that gave them access to celebrities? Of course that is pure speculation based on the format of the autographs. They could have been received through the mail as well.

MooseDog 04-03-2017 08:57 AM

The collection very likely was all obtained through mailing to the various celebrities and sports figures. The baseball signatures at least all look like mid to late 1970s era ones you'd get back from them.

While I did try a few non-sports TTMs back in those days, I think that a lot of the movie stars, especially, were secretarial but I am by no means an expert on movie autographs and not passing any judgement on those the OP obtained.

Congratulations though, on a great find!

71buc 08-26-2017 01:12 PM

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I kept all of the baseball autographs and sold the remainder. I considered selling the baseball signatures a couple of times because of the medium they were signed on is odd. I have since reconsidered and have decided to play around with Corel Draw and Photo Shop and see what I could do to improve the aesthetics by creating custom photo mattes. Here is my second effort at Roger Maris. As David pointed out I resurrected Roger by putting him in the new stadium with my initial effort. This is what the corrected version will look like after I print and cut it. Thankfully these cost me less than $2 to make.

David Atkatz 08-26-2017 01:36 PM

Why would you have Roger in the new stadium?

71buc 08-26-2017 01:51 PM

Good catch I guess I better fix that:o

71buc 08-26-2017 08:31 PM

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Satchel Paige

almostdone 08-26-2017 08:39 PM

I REALLY like that Paige. Very nicely done a great way to display an otherwise odd medium signature. Looking forward to seeing what else you might come up with.

Drew

71buc 08-27-2017 01:38 PM

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Koufax

Scott Garner 08-28-2017 05:21 AM

Terrific stuff, Mike!

71buc 08-28-2017 11:48 PM

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Rizzuto

71buc 08-31-2017 12:44 AM

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Greenberg, Henderson, Dickey

71buc 09-16-2017 01:14 PM

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Thought I would share my recent efforts.

mr2686 09-16-2017 01:46 PM

Man those look great. Mike, sent you a PM.

71buc 04-08-2018 12:27 AM

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I haven't messed with these for almost six months. I recently completed these and thought I might share them.

mr2686 04-08-2018 07:04 AM

Great job Mike, those are awesome.

71buc 05-07-2018 10:01 PM

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I picked up a Mantle cut so I reconfigured the Maris to match.

71buc 05-07-2018 10:55 PM

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Koufax and Drysdale

scmavl 05-08-2018 09:10 AM

These are great!

71buc 05-09-2018 12:58 AM

Thanks Jarrod

Sophiedog 05-09-2018 06:07 AM

Beautiful work!

71buc 08-10-2018 12:39 AM

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Its been a while since I worked on these. I completed these two tonight.

71buc 09-19-2018 01:04 AM

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Johnny Mize


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