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No matter you’re partly politics or whom you decide to vote for in the November election for President of the United States, history will be made. If we elect the Obama and Biden ticket to be President of the United States, we will have elected the first black to be President. If we elect the McCain and Palin ticket, then we will have elected the first woman as Vice President of the United States. No other election has had this opportunity. What does this have to do with antiques and collectibles you ask? Memorabilia of course!
Mikey was working on his computer the other day in his office, nobody knows exactly what he does but the computer IT department took notice that he was trying to download things off the Internet. So they log him off the computer and give him a long lecture about downloading things off of the Internet and the dangers to the integrity of the system in doing so.
In keeping with the memorabilia theme, this past week England’s Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of pop music’s most recognized symbols . . . the Rolling Stones infamous tongue and lips. The museum paid close to $100,000 for the original drawings, by British designer John Pasche, who first created the logo in 1970. The logo then appeared on the inside sleeve of the album Sticky Fingers in 1971. The Rolling Stones bought the rights to the logo from Pasche and the logo has become the bands symbol and familiar to people around the world. In news reports Pasche was quoted as saying that he sold the artwork this past week to finance his son’s education. John Pasche also worked with Paul McCartney and The Who.
Autograph Collecting A Fun Hobby For Everyone
By T.C. Morris. (Expert autograph consultant and authentication)
come in as many shapes and sizes as do the autographs that are collected. Teens tend to want autographs of the musicians, band
members or latest pop idols. It is far more often the adults that want things such as the historical autographs as well as autographed
photos of most of the Hollywood stars. Some collectors specialize in one genre but others collect each and every autograph that
they can. The collector may try to get an autograph at an event where the star is or they may even buy an autograph at one of
the many stores that specialize in collectibles.
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Collectors love collecting for the excitement of the acquisition and none may be as passionate as an autograph hound. They take
care of these fragile bits of paper and treat them well. We owe our thanks in fact to the collectors of years past, for it was
they who saved so many bits of paper and other documents that otherwise, we may never have seen.
Autographs are judged on several criteria, rareness, whose signature it is, condition and how the autograph is presented. An autograph may be on a paper, book, card or photo. Photos and books are generally deemed more valuable.
You should be stocking up on the memorabilia from this campaign, much of it is free for the taking from the politicians and their campaign headquarters themselves. Some you may have to buy, but the bottom line is that memorabilia from this election shouldappreciate in value because of its historical significance. Search on eBay for the candidates and look at the completed transactions. Many of the items have already appreciated and the election is not over. A lot of other memorabilia has gone for a lot of money and it doesn’t even have the significance of what this election brings.
Mikey looks sheepish but agrees not to download anything else and the IT guy proceeds to try to log him back into his computer. He asks Mikey for his password and Mikey tells him his password is “genius.” After several attempts at trying to log into the computer and getting a little frustrated because the computer is not allowing him back on the server, the IT guys asks Mikey, “how do you spell it?” Mikey says, “duh . . . genius . . . j – e – n – i – o – u – s”
John Clark a political memorabilia collector from Tallahassee, Florida once purchased a 1924 political button for $11,000. Mr. Clark owns one of the largest political memorabilia collections in the United States and in a recent article in FloridaTrend.com, he stated, “collectors will go to about any great length to get an item.” So which button drew Mr. Clark’s interest so much that he was willing to pay $11,000? A 1924 John W. Davis button. Who you ask? Exactly my point, there is no greater significance than the memorabilia of this election. So get out there and stock up, if not for you, then save it for your grandchildren.
If art is more your style, then the 5th Annual Alexandria Festival of the Arts may be the place you want to be. Artists participating in the festival come from as far as California and exhibit works of art ranging in price from $20 to $20,000. The Alexandria Festival of the Arts will transform the streets of Old Town Alexandria into an outdoor gallery on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14, 2008. It is held on King Street between Washington and Union Streets. The festival was voted one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.
When I was a kid I used to run home after school to watch an episode of Lost in Space. By the time I got to watch the show it was in reruns, not because it was before my time, but because it was before my poor family owned a television. In any case, the show starred Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kirsten, Angela Cartwright, Billy Mumy, Jonathan Harris and of course The Robot. Lost in Space was a science fiction show that depicted a family that was what else but lost in space. After leaving an overpopulated earth, a family along with a pilot, a robot and a stowaway evil doctor, Zachary Smith, played by Harris, gets lost after the ships guidance system is damaged.
The television series ran for about three seasons, 88 episodes and had television ratings in the mid-30’s during its run. I can still hear in my head the warnings that The Robot would give young Will Robinson played by Mumy, “Danger Will Robinson, Danger.” Although not as popular as Star Trek, Lost in Space had many followers and to this day, many baby boomer collectors are avidly seeking collectibles. In fact for a mere $24,500 (which includes shipping within the USA) you can buy a full sized replica of The Robot, B9. The Robot comes complete with an internal 240 watt stereo sound system and over 500 voice tracks by Richard Tufeld, the voice of the original robot. A key chain remote allows you to control The Robot.