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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

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Sims on February 20, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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