Saturday, April 15, 2017

Behind The Autograph Blog - About Me

My name is Curtis, and I've been an autograph collector for over 25 years. I live with my wife and two children in Manitoba, Canada. When I'm not collecting autographs, I work in social services helping children and families in Winnipeg and surrounding area. I am a full-time hockey dad, part-time writer, entrepreneur, collector, movie and television watcher, book reader, sports card enthusiast, and comic book nerd. Autographs, along with cards, have always been my source of escapism!

I received my first autograph at the age of 9. My step-dad and I, arrived a few hours early to a Winnipeg Jets game at the old Winnipeg Arena back in 1991. This is something we would normally only do when the WWF was in town. We would arrive early and rush to the back ramp, which was their entrance to the arena. My step-dad was a huge wrestling fan, much like I am today. Attending WWF events and arriving early to the venue to watch the wrestlers arrive was something only us and a handful of other knew about. As a child, I watched the likes of Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts walk passed me within arms distance. If only I had a Sharpie and some items for them to sign back then!

On the day that I received my first autograph, my step-dad and I were waiting for the doors to open so we could watch "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky, and the visiting Los Angeles Kings take on our beloved Winnipeg Jets. I noticed a small group of fans gathered near the ramp entrance where the wrestlers arrived before WWF shows. I watched a bus pull up near the ramp. I had no doubts that this was the L.A. Kings. I sprinted towards the ramp, equipped with a Bic pen and a piece of paper, which my step-dad had in his pocket. On this day, I obtained my first ever autograph, from the Great One himself! From that point on I was hooked!

These days, I still go out for in-person autographs from time-to-time, but my primary source of obtaining autographs is through-the-mail (TTM).

Whether you're a seasoned vet, or new to the autograph hobby, I hope the Autograph Blog helps improve your collection. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me here, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or my online store, First Row Collectibles.

Thank you for visiting the blog!

Happy Collecting,


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