|Hold the presses|
|I need another copy of the book Autograph Hell.
One for me and one to lend selectively to family and friends. The book has done 3 things for me. It has explained 1) why I need to change my way of thinking about collecting autograph.
"Although the autograph you have obtained in person may be real in your eyes, an authenticator does not use your vision when determining if it's real or not."
-- Charles G. Irion
Don't try to get an autograph from a celebrity that is with their family. More than likely, they won't be as accomodating because they won't appreciate the intrusion on their family time.
Don't bad mouth a celebrity for not signing an autograph. Be professional.
Although the autograph you have obtained in person may be real in your eyes, an authenticator does not use your vision when determining if it's real or not.
Strive for quality not quantity.
Don't buy mass-produced pieces. Usually the fewer numbers that exist of an item, the more potential there is to increase in value.
Don't react to the market; let the market react to you.
Don't try to graph a celebrity who is with their family.
Don't request multiple autographs at the expense of others getting none.
Interrupting a celbrity for an autograph is rude.
Don't lie to other collectors. Information is a form of currency in the autograph trade. Knowledge about where someone is and when they will be somewhere is precious. This rule should not be interpreted as a suggestion that you should give up your intel when someone asks for it—just don’t intentionally mislead them. That's bad form.
Say "please" and "thank you"
Give people - celebs and other collectors- their space. It’s a natural instinct to descend upon a celebrity once they get into range. But I wonder how many more autographs we would get if we lined up in an orderly fashion and politely asked someone to sign. It only takes one person to start a bum rush and, in most cases, it usually ends poorly.
Don't trespass to gain access to a celebrity.
Share with others. If you see a child waiting for the same autograph from a celebrity - slip him a sharpie and a few index cards if you have them. It is the right thing to do.