God Bless Ace! For this weeks TTM Tuesday, he’s giving us all the scoop on what to look for when writing that hard penned fan letter. I know a lot of time and work goes into being a fan and I used to collect autographs via the mail when I was a kid.
Check out the origin story for some examples.
But, the thing is, you have to be careful because a lot of people do sign legit via the mail there are a lot of people who just use various methods to deal with, what I can only assume is a swamping amount of mail.
Check out Ace’s tips below!
What’s up autograph fanatics! Ace here with TTM Tuesday!
Last week, I wrote an article about famous celebs that use secretaries to handle their fanmail… Of course, I got a few messages and comments, as I knew I would! We appreciate all of them at Mike the Fanboy, but let us dive deeper in the issue. It was my mistake that I did not highlight the different ways a celeb can avoid signing their fanmail… A secretarial is only one way. For all our readers, here is the breakdown. We have the Autopen, the Pre-Print, the Stamp, and the Secretarial.
An Autopen is a machine that memorizes the signature of such celebrity and mechanically replicates that signature onto an item. It is basically a machine that holds any type of pen, and signs the “celebrity signature” on your item.
You can find or spot an autopen, with the dots that begin and end usually within each signature. For Example: There is a Hard Start dot with the B in Barack Obama as well as a hard stop.
Once again, another Hard Start and Stop dots in Muhammad Ali.
A Pre-Print is basically a printed photo and signature… Usually a celebrity signs one photo, and their assistants make thousands of copies to send to fans, hence being called a Pre-Print. You cannot call your photos a Pre-Print, if you sent the photos and the photos you sent were signed…
You can find these Prints usually when the signature looks like it is part of the photo… It has a certain thickness, darkness, and gloss (depending on photo type) usually to it as well.
A Stamp is basically just that…A Stamp. A celebrity has a custom made stamp of their signature and uses a ink pad of permanent ink, and transfers the “signature” time and time again. The Stamp may also smear or sway over time… It has ultimately a superimposed effect due to the edges of a stamp.
Lastly, the dreaded Secretarial! We highlight several last week and we will continue to do so, but for those who don’t know, a secretarial is an autograph signed by a celebrity’s secretary… Ultimately, it is a forgery…
A notable secretarial is Debbie Reynolds… Now, she swears up and down they are her signatures…. Well… If you look, the IP signatures on the right have a CLOSED D and an ending S line. The TTMs (left) are ALWAYS open D and curved S down… I don’t want to break your hearts guys, but that is secretarial work… She is amazing at it, but she still hasn’t gotten it down yet. It is ALWAYS like this, and has been shown through thousands of her autographs…
I hope you guys learned something on this TTM Tuesday! Please let us know your thoughts! We would love to hear them! Remember, do your research!
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Until Next time,
Ace, the Autograph Addict