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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 12:35 AM

I am also a sucker for autographs. When I lived in the metro NY area, I would go to card shows where ball players would be signing... often I could walk from my office to the Rockefeller Center Barnes and Noble where they always had book signings. Plus you'd always have Star Trek and other celebs signing at comic cons. It was a target rich environment and allowed me to build a nice collection.

I also buy from dealers, but I am very selective. I either must know the autograph like the back of my hand so I can authenticate it myself, or use very reputable dealers. Like comic dealers, reputation and ethics is everything with autograph dealers.

I have thousands of autographs... mostly historical, presidents, astronauts, baseball and some entertainment. One of the movie stars I like to collect is James Stewart. When I recently saw this in an auction, I knew I had to have it. A wonderful pose with a wry smile, and perfect signature placement. With Stewart, you have to be careful because there are a ton of forgeries out there. But this signature is as good as gold from my own analysis, plus I bought it from a dealer who is the best in the business.

I am so happy to add this to my collection.

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 12:36 AM

I picked this up last year...

Great book, by the way. King's best in a decade.

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 12:37 AM

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 12:38 AM

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 12:41 AM

It's always fun to mix both hobbies. :winkgrin:

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 12:41 AM

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Postby Mike Greenwood » Mar 20, 2010 2:43 AM

Most of my other collectibles are comic-related. I tried to collect precious metals but, found myself selling it to purchase comics or comic-related items. :lol:

Here's a few items I have!

Superman #14 statue!
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1988 50th birthday of Superman 2 ounce .999% pure silver coin!
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1942 Superman book with the dust jacket!
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1940's Superman bread card with the coupon!
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This contains Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Kirk Alyn's autograph.The autographs were authenticated by James Spence Authentications. There's also a reprint of Action and Superman #1. The frame has high quality light reflective glass, and acid free matting.
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A couple of vintage spinner racks!
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A 1940 Action #1 puzzle!
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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:06 AM

Sigh, it would be easier for me to list what I don't collect! :doh:

But some of the key subjects include:

Titanic related items
Charles Lindbergh kidnapping items
John F. Kennedy assassination items
Abraham Lincoln assassination items
Historic legal documents
Animation Art (particularly of courtroom scenes, go figure!)
US stamps

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:08 AM

Two JFK assassination items. The first is Oswald's Marine discharge form signed by him and the second is one of several Warren Commission sets I have owned. Still very difficult to come by even today.

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:09 AM

Nice piece of political history from two different centuries.

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I also own all the hearing volumes from both impeachments

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:09 AM

Just a small sampling of the CDVs (Carte de Vistes) I own of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln.

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I have a large Lincoln assassination collection including CDVs, books, pamphlets, letters, postcards, etc. It was my interest in this period of history that led me to represent the Booth family in the 1990s (and still now actually) in an unsuccessful four day trial effort to exhume the alleged remains of JWB from Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, MD. The issue was whether or not the remains are actually that of JWB. Although we had the support of the Smithsonian, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the MD State Medical Examiner, the Cemetery opposed the effort. A fascinating experience nonetheless.
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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:13 AM

Another JFK assassination related item. The last letter Lee Harvey Oswald sent to his mother as he was defecting to the Soviet Union in 1959.

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:14 AM

Here are some Titanic postcards, several of which are pre-sinking:

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:15 AM

Here is something one rarely sees. These are medals given to the Carpathia crew for having rescued the Titanic's survivors. The Captain and his primary officers received gold medals. I believe there were less than six made. The lower ranking officers received silver, and about 12 were issued. And then the remaining crew members received bronze medals. That number was about 300 as I recall, but it might have been around 200 or in between.

In any event, these almost never come up for auction. Most still remain in the original families or have probably been lost over the years. I have two bronze and one silver medal. These are obviously the back side. I need to scan in the front. The medal on the bottom is a modern reproduction. I used this image to counter an ebay fraudster who tried to sell me a repro as an original. Very scary business as some of the reproductions really look original.

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:15 AM

Here is an interesting grouping of items related to Charles Guiteau, the assassin of President James Garfield in 1881. Mr. Guiteau was a lawyer!

Included is a letter on his law firm stationary, a CDV created after the assassination and a pass to the trial. Really rare items.

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 5:17 AM

I also really enjoy collecting postcards as well. Besides early 20th historic ocean liners such as the Titanic (Lusitania, Olympic, etc), I collect PCs related to the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, and disasters. Yes, very uplifting subjects!!! lol

I also have a very large collection of PCs related to my University. I have identified over 250, which is an amazing number of cards. So many that, in fact, I co-published a book on the topic last year.

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 8:55 PM

This is a nifty little piece of history.

This is a bolt from Gus Grissom's Mercury Space Capsule, Liberty Bell 7. This is what is know as a "lucite." Often museums or other historical associations will produce lucites containing flown materials... they then sell these lucites in limited numbers to raise cash. (Typically they only use parts or pieces from components that are unsalvageable.)

As you may know, Grissom's capsule sank on splashdown in 1961, and sat on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean until it was found and recovered in 1999. So this little bolt was launched into space, and then sat on the ocean floor for 38 years.

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 8:59 PM

Mark S. Zaid wrote:Two JFK assassination items. The first is Oswald's Marine discharge form signed by him and the second is one of several Warren Commission sets I have owned. Still very difficult to come by even today.

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Cool stuff, Mark. Where did you get the Oswald signed document? I'd have to think Oswald's signature in any form must be very scarce and I presume they come up for auction once in a blue moon.
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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 9:04 PM

Mark S. Zaid wrote:I have a large Lincoln assassination collection including CDVs, books, pamphlets, letters, postcards, etc.


Have you ever tried to obtain a Lincoln or Booth signature?
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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 9:05 PM

Bought the Oswald pieces at auction. I presume the Marine document was retained (or possibly even stolen) by someone in the military once Oswald assassinated the President. As the years passed Oswald's mother sold off all LHO items she had and the letters to her have passed around over the years. There definitely are not many Oswald documents out there.

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 9:06 PM

Mr. Zipper wrote:
Mark S. Zaid wrote:I have a large Lincoln assassination collection including CDVs, books, pamphlets, letters, postcards, etc.


Have you ever tried to obtain a Lincoln or Booth signature?


I have a couple of Lincoln. I have a legal brief he wrote in 1852 and a document he signed as President for a military commission. Booth documents come up for auction every once and awhile but they are very pricey and I haven't picked one up yet. Letters are sometimes in the $30k range. I do have a number of letters that his brother Edwin Booth wrote, as well as from Robert Lincoln, the President's son, who was a significant historical figure in his own right.

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Postby Mark S. Zaid » Mar 20, 2010 9:07 PM

I haven't really shown this to anyone until now.

What is ironic about this is that it is an American Jazz album from the 1930s. The performers are very likely either Jewish or Black or perhaps even both, and it was illegal in Nazi Germany.

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 9:09 PM

Very interesting. Amazing the stuff they are recovering from the ocean now. Must be the technology is so much better for mapping the ocean floor and identifying old wrecks.
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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 20, 2010 9:30 PM

Here are my Superman figurines.

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On the shelf below you can catch a glimpse of my Presidential / political signed books. I also have a number of other comic figurines, and a lot of Danbury Mint NY Yankee figurines. So much stuff that I have to rotate the displays... no way I could have even a quarter of it out at once. Man, I have way too much stuff. :doh:
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Postby Boozad » Mar 21, 2010 8:58 PM

A handful of the DC heroes collsection. I have tons more than this now, I'll have to get some updated photos.

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Postby Mr. Zipper » Mar 21, 2010 10:49 PM

Boozad wrote:A handful of the DC heroes collection. I have tons more than this now, I'll have to get some updated photos.


Wow... those are really cool. Great detail. :righton:

From what I've read they are lead. How tall are they?

Wonder why they don't sell them in the US? :???
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Postby C-mack » Mar 22, 2010 2:03 AM

i can barely afford my comics lol....no room right now for anything else other than my PS3 :silly:
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Re: What else do you collect?

Postby Monkeyman » Mar 22, 2010 3:26 AM

I collect comics art and have some pulps. I also dabble a little in children's books and OA. I have put together a full run of the Burgess Bedtime Stories which I remember from when I was a kid and have also picked up some OA. Here is a Harrison Cady illo from The Adventures of Billy Mink and a Cady Peter Rabbit newspaper piece.

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Postby Monkeyman » Mar 22, 2010 3:32 AM

I also have 5 or 6 Oz books. Four of them are beat, but my 1940 Wizard of Oz is pretty nice.

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Here is an example of one of the earlier Burgess books in my collection.

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