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Who are the weirdest celebrities you've met?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Kanye West, Grace Jones, Josh Homme, and Viggo Mortensen. All weird in a good/eccentric way.
Do you think eBay does a good job of policing fake autographs for sale on their marketplace?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
What is your opinion of Third-Party Authentication (such as PSA, JSA, BAS) overall?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
A helpful tool, especially for unexperienced buyers, but certainly not full proof, nor more valuable than the actual shared experiences from a group of thousands of fellow collectors (RACC).
Who is the one famous person you wish you could have met but never did?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Which celebs would you say are most UNLIKE their famous persona?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
David Lee Roth.
How long have you been an in person autograph seeker?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Roughly 20 years.
Do you ever butter up celebs with gifts and compliments?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
All the time. I am not entitled to an autograph. If someone is kind enough to stop and sign, I like showing them my appreciation with a gift and/or compliment of their work.
What tips would you offer for someone who wants to get started collecting in person autographs?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
Respect goes a long way.
Do you keep any of the autographs you obtain for yourself?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
Yes, the large majority of them.
How do you respond when a celebrity assumes you're an eBay dealer?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I have yet to encounter this, but if I ever did, I would politely and briefly explain to them that I am a fan of their work, perhaps citing references to which work has meant the most to me and why. I would also explain that if I ever sold anything, it would be to further my ability to collect signed pieces of history, conveying the fun and passion that goes along with it.
What is the biggest changes in the autograph scene since you first started?Submitted by: David Durocher
More autograph seekers and celebrities signing less. There is probably a parallel there.
What is the most autographs you've ever obtained from one person during a single occasion?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Off the top of my head, some names that come to mind: Lars Ulrich, Roger Waters, Dave Grohl, Andy Serkis, James Taylor, and Rob Halford.
Who was your first autograph?Submitted by: Nick Maas
To my recollection, outside of local athletes, the first in-person autographs that I obtained were Krist Novoselic and Woody Harrelson. They were in town for a spoken word event that day, and as Nirvana was my favorite band growing up, I was more than thrilled.
What was your greatest autograph success?Submitted by: Adam Halloran
That would be a three-way tie between Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney and Radiohead.
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