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Autograph University’s 10 Most Popular Posts of 2012

The New Year is upon us and I hope you’re already off to a successful start (I lifted Louis C.K.’s water bottle at Symphony Hall on Friday, does that count?). I’m incredibly optimistic about the opportunities ahead and I have several exciting projects I can’t wait to reveal. In my 2013 reflections and resolutions I discussed the importance of looking back on the previous year so you can build upon your achievements and learn from challenges. With that in mind, here are the 10 most popular posts of the last 12 months as decided by you, the readers.

Bill Murray autographed 8x10

My encounter with Bill Murray was one of the year’s highlights (and best stories).

1. How to Choose the Best Silver Markers for Your Autographs
Everyone needs silver in their autograph bag but choosing the right brand and type of marker requires rounds of trial and error. This in-depth guide will give you the confidence to select the best option—the first time—for your item.

2. Police Threaten Autograph Collectors with Arrest at Hoop Hall Classic
My friend and I were given notices of trespass by Springfield College Police at last year’s Hoop Hall Classic. The action was unjust and I support my position in this post.

3. Mat Latos’s Wife Stirs Emotions with Comments on Autograph Collectors
The major leaguer’s better half went public with her opinion of graphers and I responded.

4. Anatomy of an Autograph Signing: Josh Hamilton
Wonder what goes on at a private signing? Here’s a rare look behind the curtain.

5. Autograph University Interview: Dirk Hayhurst
Author of two New York Times bestselling books on his adventures in the minors and majors, Hayhurst participated in a candid interview about collecting and fame.

6. The Ultimate List of Autograph Resource on the Web
If you’re serious about collecting you need to bookmark this page (and all the sites listed on it!).

7. Autograph Adventures – Bill Murray
Even if my graphing year had not been shortened by the birth of my son, there is little doubt this would have remained the crown jewel of 2012.

8. Download the 2012 Autograph University Yearbook (Free eBook)
My proudest autograph-related moment of 2012 was curating this collection of stories from Autograph University readers. It’s a must-read. The 2013 edition will be even bigger and better (I want your story, email me!).

9. Autograph University Interview – Brandon Steiner
The polarizing CEO and founder of Steiner Sports opened up about his first in person autograph success as a boy in Brooklyn, favorite items in his own personal collection, and the future of the autographed memorabilia industry.

10. Autograph Adventures – Tyler Seguin
My story about meeting the Bruins young star and possibly the most awkward “picture with” in my collection.

What was your biggest success of 2012?

About the author: is the founder of Autograph University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and 2-year-old son. Follow him on Twitter at @mattraymond or on Google+.

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