Buying and Selling Collectibles: Autographs

About the hobby of collecting, buying, and selling old and used items for fun and profit, in this case autographs.

Autographs. Batches of old papers sometimes contain celebrity autographs. Look closely at any early legal document. It might be signed by a State governor, Cabinet member, even a President. Before their White House days, most of our Presidents served in posts that required them to sign documents. These aren't worth as much as documents signed as President, but definitely have value. Any Washington document commands a minimum of $500, and with any luck will bring $1,000 or more. Many documents signed by Washington as President were also signed by Jefferson as Secretary of State, a double treat for the autophile.

The sort of Washington document that gets pulled from boxes of family records is unimposing at 1st glance--so unimposing that generations of the family will have failed to notice the signature. Washington was not only President of the U.S. but president of the "Society of the Cincinnati," and inked numerous documents in that capacity.

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