fake autographed rock memorabilia sold at charity fundraisers

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FAKE AUTOGRAPHS on rock & roll mem­o­ra­bilia being sold at charity fundraisers sounds like the act of a mis­an­thrope or even a so­ciopath more. Cheating folk who are spending money knowing that it will go to help others is rather das­tardly. And yet, huge sums of money are being spent on forg­eries every day!

“Hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars worth of fakes and frauds and forg­eries are sold every year through char­i­ties,” says Steve Cyrkin, ed­itor and pub­lisher of Au­to­graph Mag­a­zine. READ MORE

the great mispriced record sale

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I MOVED FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO CALIFORNIA in 1978, ending up in Napa. It was a nice little city that more or less served as the north­bound gateway to the wine country. I im­me­di­ately made friends with the owner of the city’s only used-record store, who I will call Haitch. I had re­cently dis­cov­ered Gold­mine mag­a­zine, then more or less at its peak of cir­cu­la­tion and im­por­tance in the col­lecting com­mu­nity. READ MORE

some commonly misused terms in record collecting

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THERE IS SOME CONFUSION re­garding the use of cer­tain terms for buying and selling records that is ram­pant on the In­ternet! It is also true at record stores, record col­lec­tors con­ven­tions, and through the mail using self-published sale lists, ads in mag­a­zines such as Goldmine—but not to the de­gree that ones en­coun­ters it on the ‘Net. Here I will ad­dress sev­eral terms that are often con­fused with one an­other and thereby mis­used. READ MORE

on determining collectability value rather rare records

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BUYERS AND SELLERS of col­lec­tables, whether records or record re­lated mem­o­ra­bilia or bloody Beanie Ba­bies, often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of a collectable—any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. READ MORE