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9 Websites Every Autograph Collector Should Bookmark

Any veteran grapher knows their most valuable tool of the trade is not a Sharpie or a stack of 8x10s. It’s information. Whether it’s a tip from a fellow collector or a celebrity tweeting where the after party is, good intel is critical to maximizing your autograph opportunities.

Over the years I have relied on numerous sources to keep me informed, and I’d like to share the nine websites that I find indispensable. Bookmark these resources and I have no doubt your collection of autographs and experiences will grow exponentially.

SportsGraphing.com – I find the in-person board on this site especially impressive. Hoards of active contributors post on a daily basis (or more) and I often find myself clicking through the threads in awe of their latest graphing successes.

SportsCollectors.net – The site’s huge database of through the mail (TTM) returns and private signings stand out. The message board topics tend to skew toward baseball, but there is something here for everyone.

On The Road With Pat Neshek Message Board – Started by Minnesota Twins pitcher and autograph collector Pat Neshek, this board has a baseball slant. Neshek is an active moderator on the site and it’s worth a visit just to check out his latest giveaways and trades—in which he puts an item (usually game-used) from his or a teammate’s collection up against the best offer from other collectors. I also encourage you to read Pat’s excellent blog.

[There is no better way to learn about autograph collecting than from other collectors. Whether it’s info on upcoming events or in-person accounts that offer insight into signing habits, message boards are gushing with information. For years I lurked in these communities, reading the posts but not sharing anything of my own. Only recently have I become an active participant and, not coincidentally, I’m learning more than ever before.]

Twitter – A site where celebrities share where they are and what they’re doing in real time? Yeah, that would be very helpful.

FindBookSignings.com – One of my nine best places to get a celebrity autograph is at a book signing and this site keeps me well-versed on author events across the country.

SigningsHotline.com – More than a few items in my collection started as tips on this comprehensive listing of public and private signings in the U.S. and Canada. Without opening your wallet you can peruse the free listings, but I suggest ponying up $12.99 for the DeLuxe Bronze membership to get a year’s access to all the signings.

Your local gossip column’s Web page – Every weekday morning I read the Boston Herald’s Inside Track for visibility into Beantown’s celebrity scene. Find your local equivalent and sift through the muck to find the pearls. It’s well worth the investment.

Adorama – Need to print your digital photos? There’s Adorama and then there’s everyone else. Low prices. Numerous size and finish options. Professional results. Bookmark it!

On Location Vacations – Looking to find out where the cameras are rolling in your town? OLV publishes detailed information about filming locations and celebrity sightings in near real-time. I follow them on Twitter for the latest updates: @olv

Help me grow this list. Which websites do you find indispensable to your autograph collecting?

About the author: is the founder of Autograph University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and 1-year-old son. Follow him on Twitter at @mattraymond or on Google+.

15 comments… add one

  • Jason January 20, 2011, 2:17 pm

    sportscardforum.com (SCF)…….scroll down to the TTM manager- it’s FREE with great addy’s in there.

    that and sportscollectors.net are my two favorite.

    I also check sportscollectorsdaily.com

    and

    http://www.celebritybooksigningsandevents.com/ for book signings around the US

    • Matt Raymond January 20, 2011, 6:04 pm

      Thanks for the additions Jason. A couple of those are new to me–looking forward to checking them out.

  • armando January 24, 2011, 6:42 pm

    I reccomend to stay away from sweetspotgraphs it is a site with a bunch of kids who can’t complete any deals. Not to mention the former owner got arrested and had to sell the site.

  • Brian February 13, 2011, 11:34 am

    If you’e into autographed baseball cards this website is a MUST see and use adventure.

  • Laura February 23, 2011, 3:55 pm

    This is very true! Pat’s site has helped me increase my collection tremendously. It’s the best I have found so far. Scf is one I go to as well. I would also suggest looking for a site specific to your major city’s teams. I belong to motown sports collectors. I also belong to a site called sports gatherings http://www.sportsgatherings.com/forum/
    Not that many people post there yet, so please check it out, and help make it a better community. There are quite a few members, but no one posts. I have learned a lot from message boards like Pat’s, so I would like it if people helped others as well too! I Asking questions is also very important because most people would love to help you out. If you join a message board and find one valuable piece of info on collecting, I figure it’s worth it to spend a little time to improve your collection, and it might save you lots of trouble, time, and money in the future.

  • Catherine Sparks January 12, 2012, 9:51 pm

    From stamps to autographs, they all have it here! Visit this link – The Collector’s MarketPlace and Club

  • Sports autographs January 15, 2012, 10:12 am

    Diamond Autographs has some interesting articles under their ‘featured’ section as well as Authentic Autographed Sports.com

  • Dana June 11, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I would also recommend http://www.MarkedOut.com . It is a site with members all around the world that share their in person experiences with celebrities, athletes, wrestlers, etc. The forum is really active and they list tons of signings and conventions.

  • Grant September 14, 2012, 8:36 am

    Wicked cool site Matt. You have some great sites listed but I’d recommend adding another resource – Cardboard Connections. They have a great autograph section: http://www.cardboardconnection.com/topic/how-to/autographs/ . They also have an active forum that includes a TTM discussion subforum and a TTM address database: http://community.cardboardconnection.com/forums/ttm-address-directory/ . Keep up the great blogging brother!

    • Matt Raymond September 21, 2012, 11:21 am

      Thanks for the heads up Grant, I’ll check it out.

  • Andrew December 31, 2012, 11:37 pm

    I have been trying to put together a collection of every player from the 2010 Blackhawks Stanley Cup team. I am hoping you can help me. I need Brent Sopel and Nick Boynton. The toughest part is that I want them to have them in a Hawks uniform and logo. Could you please help or send me in the direction of someone that can?

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • Matt Raymond January 1, 2013, 3:26 pm

      Hi Andrew, I’d suggest checking out the Sportsgraphing.com and Sportscollectors.net forums. They each have message boards where you can post your wants and very active communities of hockey collectors who may be able to help you out.

  • Lauren April 7, 2013, 5:21 pm

    quick question.. if you did not have time to send your photos to be printed from Adorama and had to get them printed overnight at CVS do you think a glossy or matte finish would hold a sharpie better?

    • Matt Raymond April 8, 2013, 11:23 pm

      Hi Lauren, a matte finish would likely hold the Sharpie slightly better but a glossy is going to be a better-looking item. I don’t think you should worry about what holds the ink better between the two – they’ll both be fine. Make your decision based on what looks best to you.

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