Memorabilia And Other Stuff

Here are some items from my collection.

Cover of Al Hirschfeld's book On Line.

A few years ago my wife and I took a short road trip from Pittsburgh to the Butler Institute Of American Art. There were two exhibits we were interested in seeing. One was Graham Nash's high resolution digital prints. The other was an Al Hirschfeld retrospective. Hirschfeld is known as a caricaturist with a distinct stylized form. He is best known for his portraits of broadway, cinema, and popular cultural performers.

The Grateful Dead by Al Hirschfeld

While we are there we notice that there is one other patron in the whole museum. The place is dead. As we are leaving the little old lady at the gift shop is very nice and we buy a museum catalogue and a copy of Hirschfeld's book On Line. We are getting in the car and this woman came out of the museum and was wondering if we would like an autographed copy of Hirschfeld's book? Sure, thanks. He was at the opening and signed a bunch of copies to be sold later. Sweet!

TIME Magazine Week of April 12, 1987

I was goonin' on the net one day and found this article:

Rock's Hottest Ticket: U2 on TIME magazine

by Matt McGee

I can't help but think of the millions of copies of the April 27, 1987 issues of TIME magazine which were tossed into the garbage shortly after those copies were read ... and how I wish I owned one of them today! It's actually hard to think of something so mass produced as a copy of TIME as a "collectors' item," but it certainly is -- thanks to all those people who trashed their copies way back when.

The background is no secret: in 1987, U2 was on top of the music world thanks to the success of The Joshua Tree album, the singles released from it, and the sold-out tour that saw U2 play its first-ever headlining show in a U.S. stadium.

The magazine included a glowing, six-page profile of U2 (read it in @U2 News) and several photographs.

Time-Warner, Inc., produced millions of copies of this issue for subscribers, newsstands and stores, and the leftovers of any issue are made available via back order, usually at a minimal, extra cost.

But you can't get this issue via back order today -- it's been unavailable for years. You can get a reprint, but it will cost you about $5 per reprint and the minimum order, according to a TIME customer service rep, is 1,000 reprints. Even then, you don't get a reprint of the actual issue - you get a replica of the cover and a reprint of just the article you're interested in.

So you add all of that together, and you're left with ... a collectors item. So it helps to know what to look for if you're thinking about adding this 12-year-old magazine to your collection.

* Much like the grading of vinyl, mint condition copies of this issue are the most valuable. But be realistic -- magazines are made to be folded, bent, twisted, turned, etc. Truly mint condition copies of this will be rare. It's only reasonable to expect some creasing and/or bent corners. But don't spend a lot of money if the magazine is missing a staple and pages are falling out, or if there's a big imprint from a coffee mug on the cover thanks to someone's decision to use it as a coaster.
* The magazine is more valuable if there is no mailing label.
* The magazine is more valuable if the colors are still true, and not fading. This goes back to the first item about mint condition.
* Any rips or tears, aside from very small ones you might expect from a magazine of its age, will lessen the value of the magazine.

What it comes down to is this: make your own determination on what quality you're willing to accept, and how much you're willing to spend on it.

One last suggestion: if you do acquire or already own a copy of this issue and you want to preserve its quality, stop by your local sports card/comic book store and buy a protective magazine display cover. Very inexpensive, and very good at keeping your copy of "Rock's Hottest Ticket" in good condition. 

I remembered that I bought that issue when it came out and lo and behold I still had it. I am not a professional collector so I don't know the true grade of this but it's in pretty decent shape.

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John Doe autographed one dollar bill

John Doe of the seminal L.A. punk band X was co-headlining with Grant Lee Phillips and asked if he could borrow my sharpie. I said sure and he gave me a buck for it. I asked him to sign it. He obliged.

The "Neighborhood Of Make-Believe" set

In 1989 I worked as a scenic artist on Mister Roger's Neighborhood. It was a thrill for me as I watched the show as a little kid. Mr. Rogers was such a kind, cool, very funny guy. We were hanging out in between takes one day talking and I asked him if I could bring in a camera the next day to get a picture of us together. It so happens a photographer from The Associated Press was there taking shots for a story and Mr. Rogers called him over and asked him if he would mind taking a picture of us together. The guy was like "Yeah, sure whatever you want." A few months later I get this 8x10 glossy in the mail courtesy of the show's producer, David "Mr. McFeely" Newell. Too sweet.

This is a picture of me and Joel Coen. The guy made 'Raising Arizona' and 'Fargo' for crying out loud. This picture was taken in January 1998 while he was readying the release of 'The Big Lebowski'. O.K. so I'm name dropping a little.

I worked as a production assistant on this movie. Can anyone say Veronica Hart?

I'm sorry, this is just too fucking funny.



Don't ask.


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