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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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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 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles G. Irion is a publisher, award-winning author, executive producer, actor, successful entrepreneur, adventurer, and philanthropist. For several decades, he has served as the sole proprietor and broker for U.S. Park Investments, a leading operator of Manufactured Home and RV communities in the United States. Before that, he was a pharmaceutical representative for Johnson and Johnson, McNeil Laboratories after completing two undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara then completing his Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing and Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

One of his life-long passions is for the written word. Determined to make his dreams a reality, he wrote and published thirteen books comprised of the Summit Murder Mystery series, and the Hell series. Inspired by his 1987 attempt to climb Mt. Everest, and a 2011 summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, each book in the Summit Murder Mystery series is set atop the highest point of the world's seven continents. Deaths from falls, avalanches, illness, heart attacks, and high altitude sickness are a matter of course, and when you add in murder, action and adventure, the combination makes for unforgettable reads. The climb begins with the first book in the series, Murder on Everest, and is followed with Murder on Elbrus, Murder on Mt. McKinley, Murder on Puncak Jaya, Murder on Aconcagua, Murder on Vinson Massif, and ends with Murder on Kilimanjaro. There is also a prequel novella, Abandoned on Everest. The Hell Series includes, Remodeling Hell, Autograph Hell, Car Dealer Hell and Divorce Hell. He also published a fun novelty cookbook for outdoorsmen called, Roadkill Cooking for Campers - The Best Dang Wild Game Cookbook in the World.

Many years ago, his first medical mission was to Benjamin Hill Senora, Mexico with the Phil Am Lion's Club. Even then, he knew that medical missions were experiences he wanted to continue. Charles is currently a Director of the Phil-Am Lions Club in Phoenix, Arizona and participated in a medical mission at Zambales, Philippines in February 2015, to provide approximately 300 free cataract surgeries to needy patients. Irion is also a Director of The 3000 Club.org and he has participated in another medical mission in San Pablo, Philippines doing cervical cancer screenings. In June 2011, he went on an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with the K2 Adventures Foundation. They took Project C.U.R.E. supplies and used them to treat and examine more than 200 patients. The following year, he visited Lima, Peru to help translate for the doctors and nurses at a C.U.R.E. clinic. Since then, he has visited and conducted needs assessments in clinics to a number of other countries in Africa, South America and Asia. He loves being involved in such amazing organizations and helping those that really need it.

Irion's passion for adventure has encompassed the full gamut. He has traveled to over 60 countries throughout the world. SCUBA diving is a favorite hobby of Irion's and he has seen the underwater world from California to Mexico, Costa Rica, the South China sea, Belize, Colombia, Rio De Janeiro, Bali, and in Subic Bay of the Philippines. Irion has also skydived throughout Arizona, loved the thrill of white water rafting on Pacuare River in Costa Rica, and in 1988, Irion completed a week long course in High Wall Mountain Repelling conducted in the Bavarian Alps.

For more information about Charles Irion, please visit www.charlesirion.com You can also visit www.irionbooks.com for more information about Charles Irion's Hell Series, and Summit Murder Mystery Series.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kira Hoover on December 30, 2010
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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 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grant Stoaks on January 22, 2010
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Autograph hell--------"I wish I would have read this before I bought that autographed baseball on ebay---This book exposes dealers, authenticators and the business of autograph collecting in general--filled with facts you must arm yourself with before you invest your hard earned money in that supposedly real signed baseball!
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This is the tale of an autograph collector who got burnt with some purchases of fakes. His frustrations, though valid, don't form the core of a particularly informative book. If you were hoping to learn about how to tell real from fake or learn any great lessons then this isn't the book for you. I
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I picked up this book on eBay, since I have always been interested in cards, memorabilia, autographs, etc. The book was kind of a disappointment. For one thing, the book is just 158 pages, not the 208 pages listed in the overview of the book on here. Many of the pages are just a few paragraphs. The book can easily be read in a couple hours.

I am surprised the book received nothing but five-star reviews prior to this. Sure, the information on the history of forgers and famous forgeries was somewhat interesting. The information on how various 18th and 19th century authors viewed autograph collectors was interesting as well. But there just isn't a lot of material in the book. Of the 158 pages in the book, over 20 of the pages are a review of the 1990s "Operation Bullpen" scam that spread nationwide.

The book is a decent addendum to the "Operation Bullpen" book. But if you only want to read one book on the fraud and scammers associated with autograph collecting, go with "Operation Bullpen" instead. That book is much more of a detailed look at how fakes have destroyed the autograph industry.
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