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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Irion Books LLC; First edition (October 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615237673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615237671
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(Autograph collectors) are the mosquitoes of literature" --Washington Irving, author of the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow<br /><br />"...those who ride the hobby of collecting autographs generally do so with higher purpose than mere curiosity." --Charles Dana and George Ripley in American Cyclopedia

"...those who ride the hobby of collecting autographs generally do so with higher purpose than mere curiosity." --Charles Dana and George Ripley in American Cyclopedia

About the Author

Charles G. Irion is the publisher of Irion Books LLC and author of the Hell Series of books, including Remodeling Hell, Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell, and Divorce Hell, and three murder mystery novels Murder on Everest, Abandoned on Everest, and Murder on Elbrus. As an explorer, Irion has visited more than 60 countries and is an accomplished SCUBA diver. He participated in a 1987 expedition to Mount Everest from the China side. Irion holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing and Finance from The American Graduate School of International Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Biology and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A successful investor and businessman, Irion is founder of U.S. Park Investments, a company that owns and brokers manufactured home and RV communities. He is also the founder of a children's dictionary charity, a founding member of Phoenix Social Venture Partners, and past president of a local Lions Club.

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Charles G. Irion is a publisher, author, adventurer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

In the 1970s, Irion began his career in commercial real estate development and brokerage. In 1983, he founded U.S. Park Investments, a company that owns and brokers manufactured home and RV communities. Over the years, Irion has garnered a large collection of recipes from resident RV campers. More than 350 of these can be found in his book, Roadkill Cooking for Campers: The Best Dang Wild Game Cookbook in the World.

In 2007, Irion founded Irion Books LLC and began writing and publishing books. His first volume was Remodeling Hell--one of four books he authored as part of the Hell Series. This was followed by Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell, and Divorce Hell. Inspired by real-life events, these books are true stories created by actual (hellish) events that infuriated Irion to the point of wanting to expose the demons through his writings and to guide others on how to avoid the same 'Hell' he experienced. He is donating all of the net proceeds of his Hell Series to victims of fraud.

While writing the Hell Series, Irion began work on the Summit Murder Mystery series. The impetus behind the murder mystery series was his participation in a 1987 expedition to Mount Everest from the China side. Irion couldn't resist creating plot-twisting, adventure-filled stories against the backdrop of the Seven Summits, the highest and deadest mountains on the world's seven continents. In June of 2011, Irion joined a climbing expedition to Kilimanjaro. The trip included a medical mission with the K2 Adventures Foundation, a non-profit organization and one of Irion's philanthropic endeavors.

He also supports other humanitarian-relief organizations, such as Project C.U.R.E. and Healing the Children. Recently he traveled to Belize and Cuba with Project C.U.R.E. on Philanthro Travel missions.

Charles Irion holds a Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing and Finance from the American Graduate School of International Management, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Biology and Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

As an explorer, Irion has visited more than 60 countries and is an accomplished SCUBA diver. He is also the founder of a children's dictionary charity, a founding member of Phoenix Social Venture Partners, is involved in Lions Club International, and is a past treasurer of the Lions Club Sight & Hearing Foundation. Irion lives in Arizona.

To learn more about Charles Irion please visit www.charlesirion.com

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kira Hoover on December 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought Autograph Hell for my brother, as he is an avid collector. I couldn't help but flip through the pages and I soon found myself engrossed in the world of autograph collecting and the difficulties collectors encounter. I highly reccommend it for collectors of all kinds. My brother loved it and it may have saved him from being scammed out of a lot of money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christopher brandon on April 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
You will not become an authenticator from reading this book, which is not the intention anyway. However, it has made me very aware of the dangers of the hobby. Irion encourages those interested in the hobby to be mindful of ANY signature regardless of who signs off as to the authenticity. He shares his own, personal woes which helps him to level with his readers. If you love autograph, then this book is a MUST for you. Unfortunately, though, you may discover things you didn't want to. Excellent Read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lichtenstein on February 8, 2013
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A quick read through the history of autograph collecting and its dark side autograph fakery and fraud.
When the "professional" authenticators either lack proper traing or are committing outright fraud how is the everyday collector able to determine what is authentic and what is fake?
There is only one way to know for sure the autograph you cherish is authentic and that is to get the autograph yourself in person. Even then, the "professional" authenticators might still declare it to be a fake!
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