Written by Michael Kasmar of www.AutographPros.com When compiling this list we took into consideration of course the willingness to sign but also star power and reliability. Some stars are known to sign stacks of items sometimes without limits while others may be only reliable for one but when you’re an A-lister and reliable for even just one that’s something worth noting. This list comes from the culmination of input from Auto…Read more...
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This is an excerpt from Michael Kasmar's upcoming book on Autographs... Customer Service I don’t think I can emphasize enough the importance of customer interactions and would like to point out some key features that go into exceptional customer service. There is so much to gain by attempting to master this vital part of your business. It simply doesn’t matter if you are the top in-person grapher in the world and have the ho…Read more...
I have been fortunate enough to meet a ton of celebrities however Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards certainly is top of the list when it comes to an all time favorite to meet. Always a character, so many "Keef-isms" he's thrown out there. One of my favorite was a fan yelling "We Love You Keith" and his response...."I can't marry ya all!". I've more than once mentioned I'm from Connecticut and he inevitably will bellow back …Read more...
Taken from a segment of Michael Kasmar's new book on autographs coming out soon...... You should really try to treat autographs as a job and be as professional as possible. This means you need to know what tools are out there and which work best for each project. The most important tool you’re ever going to find is a Sanford Sharpie Fine Point. Back in the day there were only 3 choices, black, blue, or Vis A Vis (not the erasa…Read more...
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Taken from Michael Kasmar's upcoming Book On Autographs: 2 years, 6 months ago
Blue has always been the preference on photos because even in dark areas it tends to POP a little more but over the years celebrities have been shying away from using blue markers. Part of it was from a rumor that I think dates back to Beyonce who said there were people using blue signatures to reproduce them on other items but more recently says people are “bootleggin” when they use blue and it’s just become a symbol of what all eBay sellers used so several celebrities treat it like a virus. Some celebrities who are definitely anti-blue include Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea, Aerosmith Steven Tyler, Slash’s security calls your items eBay if he sees blue, Joan Baez, Jake Gyllenhall, and the list really goes on so always have black as a backup and don’t even try these names with blue.
Michael Jackson actually owned one of our custom airbrushed guitars. While Justin Steffman, Michael Betlinski, and Ryan Turgeon were in Gary, IN to obtain autographs from him while he was receiving a Key To The City, he saw the airbrushed guitars and asked how to get one. He ended up with one of our custom airbrushed guitars as a gift and we ended up with a carload of autographs. It's always in everyone's best interest to offer gifts/compliments. 2 years, 6 months ago
I had Alice Cooper add Vincent Fournier which is his real name many years ago. He had no problem doing it.2 years, 6 months ago
Read my upcoming book, absorbe EVERYTHING you can from RACC and Autograph Magazine Live, and always try to be innovative and constantly changing. Even if it's not, treat this like a job and be professional and educate yourself to be an expert. 2 years, 6 months ago
It's funny, I often times have items that I'll bring home to hang on my walls. I'll put an "I don't wanna sell it" price on the item and more times than not, the item sells before I hang it up.2 years, 6 months ago
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