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5 Interesting Celebrity Memorabilia for Sale at Piece of the Past

For more than 30 years, we have been the go-to dealer of signed memorabilia for sale. We are, in fact, the largest entertainment memorabilia seller in the world! We sell in weekly, no-reserve auctions on our website, as well as through portals like Invaluable, iCollector, and Live Auctioneers. Below are five interesting celebrity memorabilia for sale that might awaken the collector in you: 1. Al Capone’s Telephone – What would you say if a famous American mobster was on the other line of the telephone? Al Capone, also known by the nickname “Scarface,” was a notorious crime boss, gangster, and businessman in the early 1920s. He is known for being the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit, a mafia that smuggled and distributed illegal alcohol during the Prohibition Era. 2. Pirates of the Caribbean Doubloon – There are numerous scenes in the Pirates of the Caribbean where doubloons are prominently featured. In one scene, Blackbeard offers a gold doubloon to the man who spots a mermaid. Historically, doubloons were used by pirates and Spanish conquistadors as currency to buy rare commodities like silk and spices. The Pirates of the Caribbean film series holds the record for the most expensive film ever made. The distinction goes to the fourth film “On Stranger Tides.” 3. Back to the Future II Biff Bill – Back to the Future Part II is the much-anticipated sequel to the 1985 hit Back to the Future. Biff Tannen is the main antagonist of the first two films who has his own form of currency called the Biff Bill or Biff Buck. The Biff Bill shows...

3 Tips to Win Autograph Auctions

There’s nothing like the thrill of winning at an auction, where participants can feel excitement and adrenaline rush of trying to outmaneuver other bidders. It’s part of what draws people to auctions. Autograph auctions are no different, as the psychology of buyers and sellers are the same. Whether it’s your first time at autograph auctions, or you’re a collector on the lookout for a rare item, here are three tips to help you win your next bidding war: 1. Do your research first – Emotions run high at autograph auctions. Even if you aren’t really keen on owning the autograph in the first place, you may still find yourself bidding for it because it simply feels good to win. Before you participate in an auction, make sure you do your research first, including the seller’s background. If the autograph being auctioned is said to be a high-value item, don’t bid right away. Gather as much information as you can to help you determine the highest amount you’re willing to pay. This will help prevent buyer’s remorse from possibly occurring later on. 2. Bid until the last few minutes – Normally, autograph auctions last anywhere from an hour to a week. If you’re interested in the autograph, bid only in the last few minutes. Industry insiders say that about a third of bids are placed in the last few moments of the auction period. What’s the rationale for this? One way to look at it is to hide yourself and your behavior from the competition. If someone else is interested in the item, your early bid might tip them off...

How Much is My Autograph Worth? 3 Critical Details for Collectors

Collectors of signed memorabilia and other autographed items generally have a string of personal conditions or rules to follow when it comes to buying autographed items. To say that they nit-pick would be an understatement. If you’re looking to sell your autographed item/s and you’ve asked yourself, “How much is my autograph worth?” one too many times, below are some of the details that collectors look at, which could help you get your autograph value. These details may increase or decrease the value of your autograph. “How much is my autograph worth?” Consider these factors: 1. Personalized autograph – Anything signed for the person or owner of the item, be it a piece of paper, photo, poster, movie memorabilia or prop or some other item generally fetches a lower price compared to an item with a “generalized” autograph. In other words, if you’re wondering “how much is my autograph worth?” and the item you’re looking at was signed with a reference to you (i.e. To Sam, For Sam or simply, Sam) you could expect a lower appraised value compared to one with no “dedication.” 2. Inscription – A signed item inscribed with words or references such as a specific winning game, short quote, a TV show episode and such may have a higher value compared to one signed with just the name or signature of the celebrity or personality. It would be worth mentioning here that to get your autograph value, check the condition of the signature and inscription and whether or not these were written in ink or pencil. Autographs and inscriptions written in pencil may fade over...

Who Buys Autographs and What You Should Know About Them

Are you in possession of a prized autograph? If you’re looking to get rid of it for cash, the first question you may have in mind is who buys autographs in the first place. While you may have to do a bit of research to find these buyers, the good news is they exist, and if you negotiate well, you may be able to get a fair amount of money for your autograph. Who Buys Autographs In general, there are three groups of buyers you should target: Hobbyists – The first group of buyers is the hobbyists. This may include the casual fan or someone who has a low to moderate level of commitment to buy your autograph. This group usually has a limited budget to work with. It’s unlikely they’ll commit all the way until the end unless they absolutely need your item, and even then, you can expect them to haggle with you. Since hobbyists are in it just for fun, they’re not the best group of buyers to approach especially if your item has already been appraised. If your autograph is worth a lot of money, you can almost be sure that this group will be unaware of it, which is why your time and efforts are better spent on targeting the other groups of buyers. Serious collectors – Who else buys autographs? Serious collectors, or specialists, are your next group of buyers. Unlike hobbyists, they have a moderate to high level of commitment when it comes to buying. Depending on how long they have been building up their collection, however, there’s a chance they may...

How to Sell Autographed Items: 3 Key Steps to Take

Do you have a collection of autographed items or at least a few items? They could fetch you anywhere from 100 dollars to Thousands of dollars! If you’ve decided to sell your autographed memorabilia, one of the things you need to familiarize yourself with is how to sell autographed items. There are several steps to take to make sure that you get a fair price for your collection or pieces. Below are the three key things you should do: How to sell autographed items 1. Have your items authenticated – Third-party, nationally recognized autograph authenticators are a good place to start. A Certificate of Authenticity from a recognized and reputable autograph authenticator may raise the value of your signed memorabilia by a considerable percentage. You can check out third-party authenticators like PSA/DNA. strong>2. Have your items appraised – Another key step to how to sell autographed items is to have your collection or pieces appraised by a trusted dealer. You should know that you’re not obligated to sell your autographed items to the dealer/s simply because you asked them toappraise your collection. It’s good to have several points of comparison so you can get the best deal for your prized collection. Piece of the Past owner Kevin Martin has written four editions of The Official Price Guide to Autographs, which means we set the prices that dealers, buyers, and sellers use to determine the value of autographs. 3. Choose your dealer – The last key step to selling autographed items is choosing your dealer. Comparing the appraised value of your items from several dealers, choose one that not only...

Sell Signed Memorabilia: 5 Things That Always Sell

Are you into philography? That, by the way, is what you call the hobby of collecting autographs. But you don’t need to be into philography to know that some autographs are more valuable than others. If you happen to have any autographs or signed memorabilia lying around the house, sell your signed memorabilia to us here at Piece of the Past. Why sell? Signed memorabilia can surprise you with its value! In our more than 30 years in the industry, we’ve found that the following always sells: 1. Letters – The older and the richer the history behind the letter, the higher the price it can fetch at the auction house. Examples of letters that will commonly bear signatures include US Presidents and other government officials, royalty, the Pope, writers, and other artists. According to the Guinness World Records, the most expensive letter was sold at Christie’s in New York for a whopping $6,098,500 last 2013. It was a letter written by Francis Crick in 1953 to his son Michael Crick, which outlined the revolutionary discovery of the structure and function of DNA. 2. Props – Whether small or large, props sell, especially to diehard fans. In the movie industry, one of the most expensive props ever sold was James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, which fetched $4.6 million in 2010. The car was featured in the films Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). While it didn’t exactly bear the signature of Sean Connery, who played James Bond at the time, it’s nonetheless a cool piece of movie history to own. 3. Musical Instruments – If you think $6 million is...