These days on ebay and in auction autographs are hot items.
But the prices I see run the gamut from freaking absurd to are you kidding me?!
Rarely in the past year have I seen a early set of signatures from the Stones fairly or very reasonably priced.
I have to assume the people selling these are hoping for collectors who don’t know better, and are capitalizing on the continued popularity of The Stones.
Here are a few examples that have shown up recently on ebay.
The first one the price is priced at 1000 pounds
A fancard in great condition. I think a super price.
Here’s another signed fancard priced at 699 pounds but missing Brian Jones signature. Also a great piece.
This item sold a few weeks back. the seller was Rockaway Records in LA. A signed 12×5 album by all except Brian Jones.
This didn’t sell unfortunately. A great piece at great price, $999.00
Here are a couple of items from my collection.
A great set of signatures on stationary from a hotel the Stones stayed at in 1965. You can tell they spent their time signing their names. They also all signed at the same time giving the piece a sense of evenness and overall design to it.
Another amazing signed program I wrote about a few posts back. From a concert in Winnipeg, Canada, 1965 tour.
I think with some work a nice set of early signatures can still be bought at a fair price ranging from $1000-1500 plus, depending on condition and what it’s signed on. A signed piece of paper brings down the cost, say torn from an autograph book.
Be willing to pay more if the signatures are super clean and readable.
If it’s on a unique item, expect to pay more as well. Like a program, album or photo.
Also items that tend to frame up better than others, often bring more money.
Records/albums are always on the higher end and are the rarest of all signed items from the 60′s.
Depending on where they are signed also makes a difference.
Front vs. back.
Usually they are signed on the back over all the text.
Sometimes it makes the signatures hard to read.
Concert programs are very desirable as well. Usually signed on the photo page of the artist.
Photos show up often and are fairly common.
The are usually photo pages, posters, pulled from magazines.
They don’t hold up well because of the cheap quality of the paper they were printed on, and were often taped or tacked to the walls of fans.
Again most of these items being signed for teens back in the mid 60′s.
They would pull apart their magazines, rip the posters out and bring them to the shows where the band was playing.
These were items at the time they cherished, but did not plan on preserving over the years.
They would bring these signed posters home, maybe paste them into scrapbook with glue or tape with their ticket stub and toss them under their beds.
A letter from Keith to a fan. Tape from a scrapbook and all……and a picture of Angela came with this.
This kind of provenance makes the piece worth even more.