Hello everyone – I’m BACK!!
Just returned from my holiday vacation. I’ve spent the last two days getting my eBay back up to speed. CHECK OUT MY NEW eBAY STORE!!
I figured it was about time I finally opened up an eBay store. The fees on the site were beginning to get out of control. Beyond that, I just think it will be easier for my readers and buyers to follow my latest auction postings. The store is broken into categories, so you can quickly locate the specific kinds of signed items you’re interested in.
Here’s an interesting autograph I picked up over the holiday: BRYAN ADAMS. This guy is somewhat notoriously bad about signing autographs. I’ve heard stories about him mocking collectors and being outright nasty when people request a signature. He supposedly almost always personalizes items – and will often purposely sign his autograph in the worst possible place.
CHECK OUT THIS SIGNED VINYL LP I was able to obtain. As you can see, Bryan had an HUGE open area above his image to write his name. Where does he decide to do the autograph? He signed in the darkest area possible on the item. The autograph still looks decent - but come on! There’s an entire open clear open sky area above his head. Why not just sign the autograph there? I was the ONLY person asking for a signed record. I had ONE item to get autographed.
BTW: If you’re interesting in this Vinyl LP you can check it out in my eBay store. Just follow the link posted at the beginning of this article. It’s a rare non-personalized Bryan Adams signed vinyl record. Of course, Adams insisted on personalizing this item too - but a strange thing happened – the personalization mysteriously disappeared. Now, how do you think that might have happened? Odd.
Bryan was at an art gallery in Los Angeles to promote the release of his new photograph book. He’s actually a very good photographer. He’s got real talent. The book was solid and looked nice but was fairly expensive at $100 a pop. What’s interesting is that Bryan STILL insisted on personalizing each and every copy of the book! Even after people are paying $100 for the book – he STILL wanted to personalize it. I simply walked up to the singer and said, “Listen – I don’t want this book personalized. I know you don’t like signing memorabilia unless you personalize it. I’m willing to pay $100 for this book but I just want a signature, otherwise I’m not interesting in buying it.”
Bryan responded: “Okay, if you BUY the book I’ll just sign it for you. What do I care?” That was what I was hoping he’s say. I was still slightly worried that he’d screw up the autograph on purpose – but as you can see he gave me a really nice autograph and even did a ‘smiley face’ under his name. I felt it still sort of bothered him that he was signing something that some ‘evil reseller’ might resell on eBay. He sarcastically asked, “Would you also like me to give you the book for free?”
Like I said, this guy really isn’t all that nice. It was obvious I was a reseller. Bryan was there to sell books – so he’d sign one for me but HE DIDN’T HAVE TO LIKE IT. God forbid someone might actually makes some money on something they BOUGHT from the guy.
Bryan double-checked with me before he signed the book, “You SURE you just want a name?” I assure him that’s all wanted. I was really worried I’d pay $100 form the book and then he’d just screw me over with a sloppy autograph. As you can see though, he actually signed a decent autograph in the book. It’s a rare UNPERSONALIZED Bryan Adams autograph. Check it out. Anyway – I’m not trying to bust this guy’s chops but come on: if Paul McCartney and Chuck Berry can sign records and books without personalizing them – so can Bryan Adams.
Anyway, I’m already beginning to stress out about the upcoming autograph ‘season’ – which begins this week and will last through the next couple of months. Los Angeles will go crazy with celebrity events over the next few months. Besides the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammys – there will also be numerous other smaller award shows: The Producers Guild, The Writers Guild, The Screen Actors Guild, and other organizations will all have their own separate presentations. Many of these organizations will also host screenings and Q & As -all of which could draw top celebrity names. There’s also the concerts, musuem and gallery openings, book signings, public events such as the Walk of Fame cermonies, and much more. In other words – there will likely be HUNDREDS of opportunities over the next few months to pick up autographs.
I suppose this is a GOOD thing to be bitching about – but to be honest it’s somewhat stressful and tiring. There’s a lot of running around, missed opportunities, and your private life simply just goes into the shitter. How can you meet up with friends when Paul McCartney is in town?!! Last year, I decided to go out ONE night with a friend for dinner and guess what happened? McCartney walks out of a restaurant and RACKS autographs. Of course, I had the telephone call. I knew he was there – but what could I do? I wasn’t about to get up in the middle of dinner and rush over to that restaurant. Bottom line: you can’t do everything. This is where the stress comes in because as we all know – its not the autographs you GET that you remember for years. It’s the ones you MISS!
Anyway, let the madness begin. Keep checking back on my website. I’ll try to be better about posting new articles in 2013. Thanks for reading.