WHAT DO YOU WANT TO VIEW?

 

Auctions/Dealers     Autograph Supplies     

Insurance and Info For Collections     Inventory Software     Currency Conversion     Postal Information   Autograph Collecting Groups  WebRings/Newsgroups    

 Newsletters/E-Lists/Message Boards     Official Sites/Fan Clubs/Chats

 

POSTAL INFORMATION

 

For through the mail autograph requests, you always need to send proper postage both on the outgoing request (in your own country's postage) and on the Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE).  For example, if you are sending to France, you should have French stamps on your SASE.  Why?  Because US stamps are not good in France or other countries!  I've included postal links (left).  Each postal site will help you calculate how much postage you will need for that country.  For example... if I am sending to the London in the UK, and I am sending a one ounce letter... I would find that it costs 69 pence in UK British stamps and order the amount of stamps I needed at the 69 pence rate.  Please note:  Some post offices around the world will only sell to overseas customers if they purchase certain quantities, whether it is in price or amount of stamps.  You won't be able to order one stamp.  You might have to order a certain dollar amount  Most countries take credit cards.  Some have 800 numbers and you can order by phone if you aren't comfortable ordering on the internet.

     So, what if you only need one or two stamps and don't want to buy 20?  There is ONE other option.  It's called an IRC, or International response coupon. Here's what one US one looks like: 

You can buy IRC's at your local post office for 1.75 each.  One IRC = 1st class Air Mail stamp for items that are 1 ounce or 28 grams.  If you are going over that (like sending an 8x10 photo), you might want to enclose one per ounce or per gram to make sure you have enough.  Just put in with your letter and the person on the other end takes it to the post office, hands it to the clerk and they postmark the envelope.

     Why even bother sending an IRC or foreign stamps with your letter?  Because it's good manners.  Not all celebrities can afford to foot your postal bill.  Plus, you are already asking for a favor by asking for a signature!   Do the polite thing.  If you don't know what the conversion is from grams to ounces and vice versa, you may want to you a weight converter.

     Postal rates, weights and specifications can be found on the respective postal sites and even for your outgoing mail, you can find how much it will cost you to send overseas.  It's different for each "zone".  For example, one ounce to the UK costs me 80 cents US to send to them, but it costs me more to send to Australia.  Check the sites for the appropriate rates. 

     If you have questions or can't find the postal site you are looking for, email me.  For questions about particular sites or services of other countries, e-mail the webmaster of the postal site.  Here are some official country postal sites:

 

USA

 

United Kingdom

 

Canada

 

Australia

 

New Zealand

 

Algeria

Argentina

Armenia

Austria

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bermuda

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Chile

China

Columbia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Finland

France

Germany

Greenland

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

 

Iceland

India

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kosovo

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Mali

Malta

Mexico

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia & Montenegro

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Tanzania

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uruguay

Venezuela

      If you are sending a heavy or large package overseas, you will need to fill out a customs form.  Here is what that looks like:

 

(top for large packages and bottom for smaller ones).  Put a small dollar amount and check "gift" or the person on the other end will have to pay a fee.

 

TOP

 

WEBRINGS & NEWSGROUPS

 

Definitions: 

A Webring is a group of sites linked together with a common interest.  In this case Autographs.  Here's a just a few examples to get you started.

A Newsgroup is a place a forum where you can post messages (like a board or forum but more vast).  For a newsgroup, you'll need to download a Newsgroup Reader.  Here's a free one for you to get started:  www.forteinc.com just look at the download area.  Then, you can pick the groups you want and download all the messages. You can join a group and meet collectors of the same things...from all around the world.  This is more vast and a message board and used more frequently. These are samples, plenty more exist out there....you'll have to look yourself if you don't find what you want here!

 

Autograph collecting Groups

OurDealer.co.uk

Through the mail collecting

Chip's site

Autograph Pros

 

Autograph WebRings

Autograph Collectors Webring

A-1 Autograph Collector Webring Hub

Autograph Collectors Webring Hub

Celebrity Autograph Collectors Webring Hub

Webring Hub for the Star Wars Collectors

 

Newsgroups/Message Boards

alt.collecting.autographs

alt.binaries.autographs (Binaries are where to post photos)

alt.autographs.transactions

alt.fan.starwars

http://ukautographs.proboards59.com/

 

TOP

 

NEWSLETTERS/E-LISTS/MESSAGE BOARDS

 

Definitions:

 A Newsletter is an email form of a newspaper type format that you sign up for.  It contains information about the film or celebrity or play or whatever it is you signed up for.  To sign up for these, you go to various sites and fill in your email and usually, it's not more than that.  Beware of any site that asks for too much information.  Such sites that have Newsletters are (and here is just three examples):

 

www.theonering.net

  (you sign up for the Ringers  or The One Ring newsletters)

www.starwars.com

you sign up for The Homing Beacon

http://www.angelfire.com/scifi2/dwacc/

You sign up for a Doctor Who Newsletter. 

 

Whatever your area of interest, newsletters are a great way of getting inside autograph information!

 

An E-List is a group of people who get together and email each other.  You submit your message to a server, and it's emailed to everyone on the list either daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly depending on how you sign up.  You'll have to find your own group!  I am signed up for only one now.  It's an exclusive group that is by invitation only.  Many groups are like this.  To find out where these lists are, type "Autograph E-List" in a browser such as Google, or ask on message boards or Newsgroups (see above).  Here is an example of an E-list for Astronaut fans: Astronaut Collector E-List

 

A Message Board is a place where people post messages.  This is more intimate than a newsgroup.  Usually, it's a group of people with the same interests posting requests for trading, convention information, news or  other things relating to autograph collecting.  To respond, you have to go to the board and then post manually and later recheck to see if someone responded to your post.  There are many Message boards, one such board is ours which is starwarsautographcollecting on yahoo. This is by invitation only as well.  But a lot are not.  If you want to be part of this group, you'll have to email me at dahoov2@cox.net

To find message boards, go to Google or another browser and type in what you want (Lord of the Rings, Elvis Presley, or whatever and the words 'Message Board.'  Here is an example of a nice forum for "Buffy the Vampire" fans: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

TOP

 

CELEBRITY SITES, FAN CLUBS and CHAT

 

You can get a lot of information from an official site or official  celebrity site  about there whereabouts including sometimes a fan mail or email address.  To find a celebrity site,  you should go to a browser and type in the celebrity's name and the word "official".  If you go to areas on this site, if there's an official site, I've listed it for those autograph areas.  Another way to find a celebrity is trying blindly to type in their name.com. http://www.warwickdavis.com for example.  Also try .net.  Official sites provide an abundance of information about actors, release dates, filming locations etc. An example of an official site is:  www.starwars.com

 

Fan Clubs are a fans version of a celebrity site.  Sometimes, they have contact information or  even offer photos on the site for purchase.  Be careful and look for official fan clubs though.  These are authorized by the celebrity and are more legit.  An example of a couple of  official celebrity fan clubs is:

http://www.fansource.com/fan_clubs.htm  There are hundreds over the net.  You'll have to do some searching as I can't possibly list them all here!

 

Chats are a great way to get instant connections with people.  You can instant message people whether it be a celebrity or a collector at a whim.  This enables you to talk free (for the price of a log on but if you're running on say cable modem, it's cheaper than a phone call).  This can be useful if one finds out a celebrity is somewhere in the area, but needs to get that information FAST to a friend.  Here are some places where you can sign up for free instant messaging:  www.aol.com  www.msn.com  www.icq.com

 

CURRENCY CONVERSION

 

Currency  Conversion info for those buying/selling  Autographs overseas

       Since I started collecting, I had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world and I've developed friendships who through collecting, have offered to help me obtain signatures at conventions and the like. Likewise, I have reciprocated when I could.  But along with that opportunity, came a problem for me.  All money is not the same!

     My first encounters with friends helping me was that I ended up shorting some accidentally. Wracked with guilt, I quickly found a Currency Converter which is easy to use.  It converts from your country to almost any other country's currency or another country's currency to yours.  These converters can be found anywhere on the net or you can call your bank and ask them for the current exchange rate.

      

A US Dollar does NOT equal a British pound or another currency!

      One British pound (also called Quid or British Pounds Sterling)  is equal to (as of May 2003) 1.60 in US dollars & cents (noted as USD on a currency converter). 

      If an autograph at a show costs 15 pounds, that's $24.00 US. To get that amount, you multiply the amount in pounds by the exchange rate to get  your total (15 x 1.60 = 24.00).  Conversely, ONE US dollar, is equal to 62 pence, which is like US cents. Pence is like our cents and there are 100 pence to a pound, just like there is 100 cents to a dollar). So sending someone 15 dollars does not cover an autograph that cost 15 pounds!

   

Wow, The Dollar and Pound is Better in Australia!

     Though called dollars and cents in Australia just like it is in the US, the conversion rate is not the same.  The opposite is true for people in the US than it is in the British exchange rate.  One US dollar is 62 cents Australian (as of May 2003).  Contrary to that, One Australian dollar is worth 1.58 US. So when you send money to Australia from the US, you get a better deal (much like the British do when ordering from the US).  Imagine how the British love this rate!  One British pound is worth 2.54 Australian! 

  

In Conclusion

     Please note that rates fluxuate on a daily basis, and remember when dealing with someone in another country, ask them if they are quoting you prices in their currency or dollars.    

     I bring up this subject because some do not realize the hardships they've placed on people who live in other countries who help you out by obtaining the autographs you want.  Do the math so that when converting the funds, you send enough to cover it all!

 

Here's a link to which will enable you to convert to any country's exchange rate: Currency Converter  If you need assistance more about this, email me

 

Autograph Supplies (top loaders, framing, displays, sharpies, plastic sheets etc)

In the Zone Autographs

Custom Plaques

Autograph Plaques etc.

Unique Displays

Sports Display Cases

Framing for Anything

Office Max

Staples

Office Depot

Sharpie

Michaels

Avery

Bags Unlimited

Yazoo Mills

For order form in which to order plastic Avery Sheets that are custom (3x5, trading card size, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, Film Strip etc), email me at dahoov2@cox.net.  I'll send you an email attachment of the form.

 

INSURANCE INFO FOR YOUR COLLECTIONS

 

Collectibles Insurance Agency

Collector's Information Bureau

ACDA Antiques and Collectibles

American Collector's Insurance (mostly Antique Cars)

Article about Insuring and Protecting your Collectibles

 

Inventory Software for Collectibles

 

Collectible Organizer Deluxe (Free download)

Hobby Soft (for Coin Collectors)

Visual Rat Pack Plus

CollectorPro Appraisal Edition

 

TOP

 

AUCTIONS AND DEALERS

 

Auctions

 

 

 

Arnold Hill Autographs

 

AutographAuction.com

 

Autographs Plus

 

Autograph World   

 

Ed Bedrick

 

Everything Collectible

 

Hamilton-Turner

 

Iconigraphics

 

Linda Payne's

 

Non Stop Auction

 

rr.auctions

 

Specialist Auctions

 

Starr Autographs

 

UACC Auctions

  

 

 DEALERS

UK Amarellis Autographs *

UK

Andy's Autographs

UK

Autographica

US

Autographmania

US

Autographabilia  *

US Autographs Plus* (Ed Stefanik)
US Autograph Pros
US Autograph World *
US

Autographed to You

US

Ed Stefanik's *

US

Iconographs

US

JD Bardwell *

US JG Autographs Inc
US Pierce and Shelly

US

Sci-Fi Stuff

UK

Special Signings

UK Sue and Mark  *

US

Star Collectibles

US

Time Machine Collectibles

 

 

 

* I've had experiences with these dealers.  All positive.  The others I will not comment on and do not guarantee any of your experiences.  Be careful and research before buying from ANY dealer. 

                                                               

TOP