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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: 0.4 x 9.8 x 6.9 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: #1,556,047 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, award-winning author, 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 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 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 will be participating in a medical mission in a village near Subic Bay, Philippines in February 2015, to provide approximately 300 free cataract surgeries to needy patients. In June 2011, he went on a trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro with the K2 Adventures Foundation. They took Project C.U.R.E. supplies and used them to 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 for a day. In addition to philanthropy trips and translating services, Charles participated in the training session at the Denver headquarters to become a certified Needs Assessment Representative. He went to Burkina Faso for the field training requirement and his first assessment alone was in Cuenca, Ecuador to conduct assessments on a hospital and a mobile surgical unit. His next assessment trip to Nicaragua included assessments of Project C.U.R.E. Clinics, where he translated for the doctors and passed out medicines and vitamins to children and adults. Since then, he has also conducted needs assessments to Ouanaminthe, Haiti, El Banco, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Boma. He loves being involved in such an amazing organization 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
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
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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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