WE LEAD BY EXAMPLE

The Autograph Source is the Source for investment-quality Historic Documents, Rock’n’Roll, Sports, and Hollywood Memorabilia… everything backed by a lifetime guarantee. Please call or email us if you don’t see what you are looking for.

The Autograph Source is located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. Our location gives us exposure to many of the modern celebrities and their agents. The simple fact that many of the autographs that we sell are from people who pass through our retail location gives our customers absolute confidence that our pieces are real. What you see on the website is only a snapshot of what we sell. Due to the unique nature of our business, sometimes it can take us months to authenticate and negotiate for a piece. By the time we receive the piece, there can be several parties interested in purchasing it. As a result, a high percentage of our pieces sell in the first 48 hours. The best way to obtain quality pieces is to contact us with a “wish list”.

Founder Rick Schultz has been involved at the highest level of the industry for decades. He has been collecting for most of his life, and has found a way to live and breathe his passion for Rock’n’Roll, Sports, Hollywood, and History each and every day. Feel free to contact Rick, or any of our staff, at any time. Thank you for your interest in The Autograph Source.

COLLECTING TIPS

The most important tip that we can give you is to buy from an expert. There is no substitute for years of experience and daily contact with the major players in the industry. The Autograph Source is not the only reputable dealer in the business. Make sure that you find one that you are comfortable with. The old adage “buy what you know” certainly applies to collectibles as well. You are much more likely to spot upward trends if you know the field that you are collecting. Become your own expert.

Don’t buy it unless it makes you smile. There are many pieces out there that will appreciate in value. The best part about collecting is that, unlike a stock that sits in an account, you can enjoy owning the piece. Build a theme to your collection. Collections are easier to sell if there is a relationship between the pieces. Quite frequently once a collection is complete the whole can be worth more than the sum of the parts.

Buy the best that you can afford. High end pieces tend to appreciate more. Generally speaking, you should 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. Typically, the pieces that appreciate the most are one-of-a-kind items.

Content, condition, and aesthetics matter. Especially with documents, content is very important. If the text has a reference to something pertaining to why the person who wrote it is famous, it can be worth much more than a “Hello, how are you?” letter. The inverse is also true, if the content is out of character or shocking. The condition of the piece or document is also important. What a piece looks like is very significant to the value as well. The better it looks the more likely someone is to pay a lot of money for it.

Be very careful buying from online auction sites. Sites where anyone can sell attract many dishonest people. There are deals to be had, but once again, only buy from reputable dealers. Don’t buy from people who hide behind P.O. Boxes and don’t provide phone numbers. Positive feedback on EBay has NOTHING to do with whether a seller’s product is real. It only tells you that they ship promptly.

If it is too good to be true, it probably isn’t. If someone is knowledgeable enough to know if a piece is real, they know what it is worth. There are certain basic costs to obtaining signatures and authenticating pieces. If someone is selling items for significantly less than market value, there is a reason. Be especially careful with Rock and Hollywood Memorabilia… there are many websites set up as online dealers where every piece they have is fake. If their prices don’t make sense, and other dealers won’t buy their items from you… stay away!

Don’t react to the market; let the market react to you. Be patient. Identify what you want to collect, and let your dealer find it for you. The dealer is more likely to give you a great price if you wait until the piece comes around. A good dealer can find almost any piece for you quickly, but they will usually overpay for it this way, and therefore so will you.

Have fun collecting! Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any help.

AUTHENTICITY

The Autograph Source works with the certified experts in each field that we sell in order to make insure that every piece we sell is authentic. Rather than relying solely on an authentication service, we rely on the opinion of the specific expert; the most knowledgeable authority on each particular piece. Through our years in the industry, we know who the specific experts are, and have had ongoing relationships with most of them for close to 20 years.

We do not take risks on the pieces that we sell. The provenance of each piece is the most important thing. If the provenance is impeccable, then we move on to authentication of the piece or signature. If any part of the equation does not add up, we simply do not deal with the piece.

Every piece we sell comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity from The Autograph Source. A Certificate Of Authenticity is only as good as the company that issues it. Our reputation is impeccable, and our letter means something. Buying from us is a no-risk proposition. Whenever possible, our pieces are also sold with an independent third-party Certificate of Authenticity. We make sure that your piece has the proper paperwork to protect your long-term investment.

Please feel free to email us or call us for more information about the authenticity of our items. Different items are sourced in different ways, and we are always happy to discuss this topic. It is the most important facet of our business.

HOURS

MONDAY – FRIDAY

11:00 ~ 6:00

SATURDAY

12:00 ~ 5:00