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Some random news this week. Entertainment Tonight did a quick spotlight on autograph dealers, and then they did another recap saying the autograph is dead… Wha? Interesting. There’s also a fun autograph story with Jennifer Coolidge, and an odd adult free autograph zone for kids.
Check out everything below!
7 Selfies With Celebs That Prove the Autograph Is Dead
The celebrity selfie is ushering in an end of times for the long-coveted autographed photos, as many true fans are ditching the sharpies in favor of something REAL.
Adult-free autograph zone may weed out the eBay hucksters
There’s a certain spot near the TPC Sawgrass practice range that is off-limits this week at The Players Championship to so-called adults who want the autograph of a PGA Tour player for the sole purpose of cashing in.
Jennifer Coolidge recalls awkward autograph
‘American Pie’ star Jennifer Coolidge was once asked to sign a box of pantyliners by a fan.
The 53-year-old actress – famous for playing Stifler’s Mom in the comedy series – regularly gets approached by fans when she’s out in public and among the more odd requests she has received was for her to put her moniker on the packaging of the feminine hygiene product.
Ortiz not happy Red Sox offered his autographs for A-Rod’s 660th HR ball
Last Friday, Alex Rodriguez hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list. He hit the homer at Fenway Park and the fan who caught the ball, a local man named Mike Shuster, said he wouldn’t give it to A-Rod.
The Yankees tried and failed to get the ball for Rodriguez, and the Red Sox tried to help as well. Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News reports the Red Sox offered Shuster some David Ortiz autographs in exchange for the ball. Shuster apparently declined.
Bruce Jenner, Justin Bieber, Harrison Ford and the Economics of the Celeb Autograph Market
Bruce Jenner is trending (but not always selling). Justin Bieber is huge (if the cause is right). Harrison Ford is just plain hard to get.
If ever there was a volatile market, it’s celebrity memorabilia. Some days you’re hot — as Jenner Wheaties boxes reportedly were in the wake of the Diane Sawyer interview about his gender transition. Some days you’re cold—as a signed football by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was at a Chicago auction this spring.
Georgia gov. signs anti-autograph ‘Todd Gurley Bill’ into law
The “Todd Gurley Bill” is now the “Todd Gurley Law.”
The Associated Press reported Friday that Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 3 — the same number worn by Gurley for the Bulldogs, not coincidentally — on Thursday, making the enticement of student-athletes to break NCAA rules for cash an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.
Autograph Hounds Make How Much? Inside the Big Business of Celebrity Signatures
“I’ve made several million dollars in this industry,” Autograph Pros. founder Michael Kasmar told ET.
The profitability of the business has led some celebrities to be more hesitant to sign autographs. Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson sent a clear message to those looking to capitalize on her signature through a tweet, asking professional autograph hunters to “stop stalking [her].”