Wow... I can't believe it's 2004. It just seemed like yesterday that the Year 2000 was far off and futuristic. That must be a sign that you're getting older when it seems like the years have passed so quickly.
I was very busy over the Christmas season.... in addition to the usual hustle and bustle, I got engaged... so my online time has been ** somewhat** reduced. ;-)
Because it has been so long since I've last updated, I thought I would feature some extra special signed items on the gallery.
The Gunsmoke photo is signed by James Arness and Amanda Blake. I rolled the dice and got this on eBay for a ridiculously low price.... it was about $20. The seller had a poor scan, but from what I could see and read, it seemed legit. Once I got it and examined it, I was convinced it is authentic. I compared it to dozens of real and fake signatures and it holds up. Amanda Blake has been dead for almost 15 years now and Arness was never a great signer. This signed photo should be worth at least $100.
I purchased the Reagans photo from R&R Auction about 2 years ago. Reagan photos are often forged, that's why I prefer personalized and inscribed. This is certainly the real deal signed by both.
As with the Reagans, Joe Dimaggio is often forged, and the fakes are so good you simply cannot tell the difference between real and fake, so a reputable source is key. I bought this from Richard Simon early in 2003.
The Don Drysdale photo is a favorite. It's not too often you see the hand-written HOF inscription. I got this on eBay in 2003.
Bob Champine was a test pilot, patriot and a gentleman. He died last month on the 100th Anniversary of Flight. He signed this photo for me several years ago.
The Gemini 6 photo I had signed in person in Washington DC at the UACC show in May 2003.
I obtained the Linda Blair photo in person a few years ago at a horror show in NJ.
Michael Chiklis and Vincent D'Onofrio are favorites of mine... I obtained D'Onofrio through the mail and Chiklis from Autograph World.
Hopefully this will be enough for now. My two typing fingers are getting tired!
Until next time, happy collecting!