If you haven't attempted to collect autographs you may not understand all that is involved in the undertaking. In addition to how hard it is to get the autographs in the first place some celebrities even keep track of the people that they send the autographs to in order to try to reduce or eliminate people making money off of them, at least on a repetitive basis. Of course in some cases the collectors are actually paying for the autographs in the 1st place. I have heard stories of celebrities and even sports stars such as Emitt Smith charging for their autograph.
There are many different forms of collecting autographs from just signatures to finding letters written by a famous person that can really be valuable depending upon the subject matter. For example a letter written to a previously unknown or undocumented love interest would be very valuable. For example, can you imagine how much a love letter between JFK and Marilyn Monroe that was documented as authentic would be worth? That is of course assuming it made it pas the government.
One of the reasons why Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is so valuable is because it is so rare due to her short life. There are only so many autographs from her. Contrast that to someone like Ronald Reagan who in addition to being President was a movie star for many years. The fact of the matter is that the long life a person had the easier it is to get their autograph and this can also make the autographs less valuable. As with anything it is all about supply and demand and those in short supply will be worth more. In our time now, a star like Kurt Cobain or Anna Nicole could have very valuable autographs again due to the short lives they lived.
If you are a true autograph hound you will need to have a modicum of discretionary funds to use for travel expenses and the like to be able to rub shoulders with those whom you look to collect signatures from. You need to be able to attend events such as political conventions to collect signatures and take pictures with upcoming and famous political figures and go to sporting events to have a chance of getting them from famous sports figures. An autograph from Governor Schwarzenegger now serves double duty as a celebrity and political collector's item.
You have to be willing to travel and get to the locations that the celebs congregate around to get the autographs you want and be willing to take some chances. Your hard work and planning will be well rewarded in the future by the appreciation of the autographs in the future. It also helps to have a little bit of prognostication skill to know who may become a big thing before they become famous.
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