Author: Steve Cyrkin, Editor

Jackie Robinson’s Original Baseball Contracts Coming to Auction Nov. 16

Historic Civil Rights documents to be sold during a Goldin Auctions live auction November 16, 2017 at The Jackie Robinson Museum in NYC 10% of the sale price will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation Jackie Robinson’s original professional baseball contracts with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Montreal Royals were hidden away in a Brooklyn historian’s safe-deposit box until a few years ago. They’re not hidden anymore. The contracts will be offered for sale by Goldin Auctions at a live auction on November 16, 2017 at the Jackie Robinson Museum. Goldin will donate 10-percent of the purchase price...

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Welcome to the Launch of AutographCollector.com!

AutographCollector.com is back! Autograph Collector (later known simply as Autograph), was a print magazine from 1986 to 2010. You may know us best by Autograph Live, our autograph collecting community. AC is back with new articles, and updated articles from our print edition that have stood the test of time. Authenticity is everything in autographs. Like on Autograph Live, AutographCollector.com will give you knowledge you need to help you collect better and safer.  What I’m especially excited about is our brand new autograph calendar. Covering auctions, shows, signings, conventions and more, it will soon be the only place you’ll need to go to find out what’s going on in autographs. I think you’ll love it. There’s nothing like it! There’s lots more to add…but I have to finish setting the site and get more posts up! Until next time, Steve Cyrkin Editor &...

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Michael Jackson – Remembered in Autographs

By KIMBERLY COLE Originally published in the August 2009 print edition of Autograph      On June 25, AOL’s instant messaging system crashed for 40 minutes from spikes in usage. Google News dispatched error messages to users searching for stories on Michael Jackson because so many people were searching, the system mistook it for an automated attack. Yahoo’s front page story, “Michael Jackson Rushed to the Hospital” generated 800,000 clicks in 10 minutes. On June 25, at the age of only 50, Michael Jackson died. The Internet crackled and almost cracked from the worldwide response to Jackson’s death, and...

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Beatles Autograph Authentication: Part I

  By Frank Caiazzo   “Autographs of The Beatles,” by leading Beatles autograph expert, Frank Caiazzo, was originally published in the October and November 1995 issues of Autograph Collector Magazine [now Autograph]. One of the most important works on Beatles autographs, this two-part authentication series has stood the test of time. We’re publishing it unedited, with the original B&W images from the magazine. Among the many areas of Beatles collectibles, autographs of the Fab Four are certainly increasing in interest and value. Autographs are uniquely special in that they represent an occurrence of undivided attention by these legends, a frozen moment...

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Beatles Autograph Authentication, Part II

By Frank Caiazzo  “Beatles Autograph Authentication,” by Beatles autograph expert Frank Caiazzo, was originally published as “Autographs of The Beatles,” in the October and November 1995 issues of Autograph Collector [now Autograph]. Read Part I here. One of the most important works on Beatles autographs, this two-part article’s authentication and historical information have stood the test of time. We’re publishing it unedited, with the original B&W images from the magazine. In Part I, we finished with values of various Beatles signed material, showing that a signed photo starts at $3,500 (1995 prices) and goes up from there. Next in...

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Who Is Lee Correy?

By PATRICK DOUGLAS In his memoir the formative years of Model Rocketry 1957-1962, G. Harry Stine wrote the self observation, “It is not often that an aerospace historian has the opportunity to participate in the making of history,” that became quite prophetic to me after receiving a gift. My interest in Stine’s life took shape about a year ago when my father-in-law gave me an old novel called Starship through Space, written by one Lee Correy. Because it was printed in the early 1950s, the only thing I initially knew of the book was that it was old and...

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GOLDIN AUCTIONS SPRING 2017 CATALOG AUCTION CLOSES JUNE 3

Goldin Auction News May 31, 2017: This Saturday night, 2,000 lots of sports, entertainment, history and pop-culture memorabilia, including Paul Hornung’s Heisman Trophy, Don Larson’s World Series MVP Award, Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl Trophy and much more will be up for bids in the 2017 Goldin Auctions Spring Online Auction at www.GoldinAuctions.com. Here’s a look at some of the key lots and their current bids as of May 31. For a look at the entire auction catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com. Lot 33: Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy — This is one of several Heisman’s made for Hornung before the DAC changed...

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Gehrig Photo in 1933 Goudy Baseball Cards Brings $60K at Heritage

The most famous Lou Gehrig image of all time, the original photo used for two 1933 Goudy Lou Gehrig baseball cards, brought the top price in Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Sports Photography Catalog Auction on May 20, $60,000. The PSA/DNA Type 1 photo captured the “The Iron Horse” in 1927, the year the Yankees first baseman won the Most Valuable Player award and the Yankees won the World Series. Used for 1933 Goudey cards No. 92 and No. 160, the 7 x 9-inch photo of Gehrig was shot by baseball photographer Charles Conlon for Underwood & Underwood, an early producer and distributor of stereoscopic and other photographic images, and...

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JFK Post-WWII Diary Sells for $718,000 at RR Auction

A diary kept by a young John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II in which he reflected on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations sold for more than $700,000 on Wednesday. Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $718,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $200,000. Joseph Alsop, a JFK collector from Beverly, Mass., outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary. Alsop, 71, plans to add it to his personal collection, auction officials said. Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said...

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Donate Memorabilia to Goldin Auctions Hurricane Relief Fund Auction

September 1 @ 12:00 am - September 26 @ 10:30 pm EDT
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Christie’s Audrey Hepburn Auction: The Personal Collection, Part I

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - October 27 @ 6:00 pm BST
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