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If someone asking you help him/her personalised private collection what do u think about it ? Because these days hard to find good and trusted seller out there so many fake graphers out thereSubmitted by: umut mustafa onur
I don't understand the question friend.
Who are the weirdest celebrities you've met?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Rob Halford, he is like a zombie when I get him.
Do you think eBay does a good job of policing fake autographs for sale on their marketplace?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
hahaha, NO they don't at all. But this site basically filters out people you don't want to see on there into one list that you can bet is 99.9% good items thankfully for the collector.
What's the rudest thing a celebrity has ever said to you when you asked them to sign?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
nothing major, the occasional F off. It's the security or managers that get really cheeky and aggressive. I am not overly aggressive either and words don't phase me but I freak out when people put their hands on me for no good reason.
What is your opinion of Third-Party Authentication (such as PSA, JSA, BAS) overall?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
they hire the wrong people and that is why they make so many mistakes. And the system the way they operate is flawed.
How do you know the time/location of where to catch the celebrities? If there are reliable websites that share such info can you please point to a few, thanks!Submitted by: Mohamad
with sports they are on a universal schedule. It's similar with music. But with music each band or person is a little different but with experience and key friends you can narrow down a bands schedule to give you the best chances of success without spending all day at it. It helps having friends at various spots in the country so you can trade info.
I want David Bowie stories and I want them now!Submitted by:
signed for me once. Was a good signer if you could find him. Hard to do in the later years.
Who is the one famous person you wish you could have met but never did?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
within my lifetime of graphing there are a couple.
George Harrison obviously. Then 2 and 3 would be Frank Zappa and Ronnie Lane probably. Both died in the mid 90's.
Which celebs would you say are most UNLIKE their famous persona?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
without question Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, on TV he is like a choir boy but IP he is almost impossible to get an autograph from and he can be mean and was like this from day 1. Better hope the cameras are on him if you meet him. I am sure there are others too. Comedians can be nasty people too which seems strange.
How long have you been an in person autograph seeker?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
early 90's with baseball and football.
Which actresses are the nicest?Submitted by: Michael Betlinski
I tent not to ask females for graphs often anymore. I am not a hollywood grapher anyway so when they come to down here in Seattle the places you have to get them usually are what I call "creeper zones". Imagine being a 24 year old starlet getting off a plane and have a dozen middle aged men waiting for you with provocative photos? I can't be apart of that anymore lol. If I do get girls it would be on fan items like official posters or movie slip covers. LA and NY as I've said many times are much different the my home town. Endless premiers and TV appearances give graphers ample ops to get things signed where the celebs feel safe regardless of the items. These are just my personal views, I just hate making anyone uncomfortable while signing for me.
I heard some celebs ask trivia questions before they will sign. Have you experienced this and, if so, what happened?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
Yes. Jack White was always doing this in the White Stripes years, better bone up.
Why do some celebs refuse to sign autographs with blue markers?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I have been told that blue is ebay, and blue can be "lifted" off items and placed onto other items dozens of times. I was stunned to hear how a celeb could be that.... well... you get the drift. I went with Black vis-a-vis or industrial black sharpies a while ago so it's not a thing for me much anymore. Pearl Jam have published lyrics about "the Blue Pen Club" lol
Do you ever butter up celebs with gifts and compliments?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
not really, maybe with the Seahawks I would make extra photos for them of new shots. But with celebs not really, I only go after people I like so I tent to have something positive to say or ask them. I'm a good person to have around you for autographs rather then a guy with 20 pick guards lol.
Have you ever asked a celebrity to sign their full name? What happened?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
No, but I used to ask guys to dedicate 8x10's and I used to get much nicer graphs. Then wipe it off.
What is the biggest misconceptions when it comes to people that sell autographs?Submitted by: David Durocher
That we are not fans. I was getting Billy Joel maybe last year or something and he was happy to sign. I had like 4 or 5 albums. His tour guy goes I recognize you, you were out here last summer for ACDC for a week straight! I said yes I was, it was good meeting them. He responds with the classic tour manager riff "you aren't a real fan". I said give me a break man, even if I was a dealer who the F*&% doesn't love Billy Joel?!? and Billy snickered and said "True"....
What tips would you offer for someone who wants to get started collecting in person autographs?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
Don't do what we do, it is too stressful. Go to shows, have fun, if the venue is right hang around after and maybe meet the bands.
Do you keep any of the autographs you obtain for yourself?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
yes. I would not be graphing just for money. If I had not started 25 years back or so I would not be able to make a living at this in the pacific northwest. Maybe in LA or NY where you can do this all day everyday you can but a human can only stand on street corners for so many hours a day for so many years before your body is broken.
How do you avoid having a celebrity personalize the autographs?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I usually know who does that before I go for them and bring items that are suited accordingly for removal. I do not tell them my name is "lou", celebs must think Lou is the most common name on earth or has hundreds of chasers working for them. Let's retire Lou please?
How do you respond when a celebrity assumes you're an eBay dealer?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I tell them the truth, why lie? that just makes them more angry. There is more the response depending on how they react.
How do you keep organized with 100s of photos when you're out graphing?Submitted by: Chris Michaels
I don't roll like that. That's for LA and NY graphers.
What is the biggest changes in the autograph scene since you first started?Submitted by: David Durocher
For me the "proof" photos have really opened the eyes of celebs. We've basically shown them where dealers operate and shot ourselves in the foot. I never do it. Now they don't feel safe signing anywhere. Safe as in signing for fans only. Even at venues they see those cameras and that usually stops ink from flowing. When they are in LA or NY it doesn't bother them as much as other random cities though. Plus the purposeful aggression, people get ruined so easy now and often the notion of hobby/job self preservation is overtake with pure greed and big names on tour are often fed up 2 weeks into a tour. I can't tell you how many times tour managers tell me that their people aren't signing cause someone in the last town ruined it. All these things didn't exist really in the 90's and even early 2000's really to an extent. I rarely even bother with anyone that has traveled through the midwest already, they are usually done signing after that gauntlet lol.
What is the most autographs you've ever obtained from one person during a single occasion?Submitted by: Justin Steffman
Tony Clark from the Tigers in maybe 97 or 98. He was known to have signed everything and I decided to see how far I could go and as he walked out of the stadium one night he literally walked down the street as signed over 350 cards for me with 20 people following him and smiled the whole time. The were worthless but it was funny. I got 50 out Jay Buhner one night (tough IP signer as a player) being pinned in the right spot, I was young and they love the kids. I got 15 or so off Reggie Jackson once the same way. idk, been a lot of times I "went to the well" as they say but I am not super aggressive. People don't tend to rack out crazy numbers in Seattle. Watching youtube videos of Dave Grohl signing boards with 20 pick guards is unheard of in my area lol.
Who was your first autograph?Submitted by: Nick Maas
Bill Swift I think, Seattle Mariners. I don't think the fake Mr T at the fair counts.
What was your greatest autograph success?Submitted by: Adam Halloran
That's a really personal question. Getting McCartney for the 1st time was epic. I am actually on one of his concert DVD's getting my Sgt. Pepper signed at the airfield with just my X. While all the regular chasers were at the Clouds book signing getting nothing I was waiting all alone at the airfield and he gladly stopped and we got one each. His camera man popped out 1st and we knew it was happening. I can be heard again in a later scene getting him again in Portland the next night. But what I enjoy most is the hunt, whether it be in person, finding a great contact to help me complete some rare stuff over seas or finding the holy grail items at good prices. Searching my store you'll some rare band items from ELO, The Move, Kinks, Tull etc... some of these semi retired English musicians were hard to track down.
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