Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Autograph Collector Profile - Stone Cold Rick

One of the great things about the Autograph Collector Community is that it is very small. Yeah, there's probably thousands of collectors in North America alone, but the ones who engage in social media is a very small group. When I started my blog (six years ago), my goal was to not only share tips and tricks of the autograph collecting hobby, but to also network with fellow collectors around the world. This is how I met Stone Cold Rick. If you follow me on Twitter @autographblog, you would probably have already noticed the many conversations and retweets from Stone Cold Rick. Stone Cold Rick, or Erik, is a true to the word 'collector'. He is very opinionated and very knowledgeable when it comes to the Autograph hobby. Here is my interview with Stone Cold Rick:

Q. How long have you been collecting autographs?

A. I've been collecting since 1989 but started really into in in 1997

Q. What genres of autographs do you collect?

A. Started with Sports, moved more into entertainment, now I'm trying to add more music and my latest, getting comic book creators signed on key first appearance issues

Q. Who was your first autograph?
A. I would say Orel Hershier in 89 signed a ball and still have it. Or it was current Laker Coach Byron Scott. I had his 86 Fleer Rookie card, so you might say that foreshadowed my liking to get rookie cards signed by about 2 decades!

Q. Do you collect exclusively TTM or do you autograph in-person as well?

A. IDK, i like to say it's 50/50 TTM and in person.

Q. How many TTM’s do you send out per week?

A. Actually, I have gotten lazy, and usually don't send out unless it a proven address
Q. How do you find information on addresses, signing habits, etc.?

A.  although recently there has been lots of spammers and trolls who have posted, so its kind of made me stay away until I saw your site (no kissing up here LOL!)

Q. Do you handwrite or type your letters?

A.  I used to handwritten, then it kind of tiring so now I type it, although I hand sign my sig.

Q. Have you received any letters back from the person you sent the autograph request to? Did they include anything extra?

A. gotten few extras. As for letters, usually I get answers signed on letter I wrote. One letter of note I did get even though I wrote questions to answer was Selena Gomez in 2007 before her Disney Show aired. She hand written the letter although she didn't sign it. That's the beginning of why I love her now( note, the next year, she started using a sec photo service, which people/haters on IMDB started posting then)

Q. What’s the best autographed item in your collection?

A. Paul McCarntey signed book "High IN the Clouds" which is a childrens book in 2004. Even though I didn't met him, the book store promised to have presigned books given to us after he left if we stayed in line! And it later PSA/DNA when the service for his auto was $50 (now it's $100 plus) Love it now since I'm a Beatles / McCarntey fan now.

Q. How can other collectors reach you?

A. Twitter @RiceCube70

Q. Do you have any tips for anyone looking to get into the autograph hobby?

A. enjoy what you love to collect. The best thing about this hobby is there's no wrong or right way to collect. Don't try to get into this hobby trying to make money cause you burn out. That's kind of why I left sports card hobby for a while. Also IP. please when you're in a signing and the store or promoter states only said item they promote sign, please don't be a "spoon" and try to get an outside item sign. This happened at a Book signing Mike Tyson was. The person in front me notice he was signing something else for a person, so after the book, he took out a glove to sign, which the handler stop him and escorted out. I wanted to briefly said kudos to his career and he was the best boxer ever IMHO. Also please don't yell insults. At a Katy Perry signing (after she done her promo for her perfume) someone yelled, "Hey Katy can you sign over here? I bought your ..::Spoon">>> " Katy just calmly talked him down now to say that. She still signed but these incidents can obviously turn people off of signing. Finally, if you at a premiere (I don't like to go cause there's LOTS of ppl) please don't try and move forward like mobe to try and get a selfie or auto.. You may crush a kid or someone and make it a dangerous situation. Common sense and safety is the key here.

If you would like to be interviewed for the Autograph Collector Profile, hit me up on Twitter @autographblog

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