my autograh collection became a collection before i knew what was happening. Its just cool to have them. What was the hardest autograh to get?
i just bought Scotty's book off amazon, - it came autographed - the book was $4 + SH. not bad, i just wish i coulda talked to him in person - would've asked about Tarnelle, that's for sure!
All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse
Ride me off into the sunset Baby, I'm forever yours
Does anyone have contact info for Ronnie Tutt, Glenn Hardin, James Burton, Jerry Scheff or John Wilkerson?? I would like to contact them for an autograph.
Well, they don't make as much as people think by doing appearances. And there are costs of doing them involved. Hotels, plane fare, ect. So by paying for an autography you are really paying for their time and expenses. I rather doubt that they make all that much off of them.
Who are we to say that they have enough money. That I don't know don't think is relevant. You wouldn't pay for your time with them so you have to pay for something. If you do a job, you get paid for doing it. This is one way they do. I don't know what the person having them pays them to be there. From my understanding, it's not a fortune.
Then I'd have to ask, what would you pay for an autography pix of your fav. sports star? Would you pay. They make a whole lot more than these folks.
Please read Getlo's reply below. There's a major difference to just walking up to someone and getting their autograph rather than getting their autographs on a poster - the reason they charge (if the autograph is on a poster) is because it takes money to make that poster/card/whatever the autograph is on. It's got absolutely nothing at all to do with them whether they give you or not give you an autograph as an individual person.
I'm actually hoping to meet James for the very first time in June of this year and get my guitar autographed. The band I'm in is playing at the same venue the day before he appears there with Jim Lauderdale.
Bingo, Getlo. That's it in a nutshell - plus the fact that it costs money to make the posters that the autographs are printed on and getting their autographs on a poster is a much different situation than just walking up to them and saying, "Can I please have your autograph?"
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Not only do I not pay for autographs, I don't even ask for them.
If somebody tells me it's really-real...... I would pay a big amount of money. Just if the autograph says "to Wendy" and it's from Elvis.
Let the stars fade and fall, and I won't care at all, as long as I have you.
"You've got it all together like a lovin' machine
You're lookin' like glory and walkin' like a dream...
Mother nature's sure been good to Y-O-U"
Only yesterday it so happened that I got autographs of the TCB Band (except Ronnie who is still on tour with Neil Diamond), The Sweet Inspirations and Jerry Schilling once again for free. You could buy fotos which would cost 10 €, but you didn't have to. They signed everything you gave them.
The lady who was in front of me took a foto of Jerry Scheff and Elvis from the pile that lay in front of Jerry and got it signed by him.
When she wanted to move along Jerry said to her: 'I hate to ask, but do you have 10 €?' The lady looked at him and didn't know what to do, I told her that she had to pay for the foto.
She was very puzzled and said that she didn't know that. When Jerry noticed her embarrassment he smiled and said: 'It's ok, E., it's ok, that's my gift for you today.'
Obviously obtaining an autograph in person is clearly the only way to guarantee the authenticity of the autograph...
HOWEVER....that being said, I don't really have a problem with the people associated with Elvis charging for their autograph IF they are sending the autograph through the mail to the fans that are buying it. Most of the people associated with Elvis have websites where you can buy a picture, souvenier or whatever and have it autographed by that person. In my opinion you're buying the item and having it autographed....much the same way as if you met the person in line at an autograph signing and asked them to sign something you brought, which you had bought at some point.
Now if you bring an item to an autograph signing and have to pay for the person to sign it, then I think THAT is a little much!
But as I said, if you are buying an item through the mail and having the person sign it, then I don't see a problem with them charging for it.
Sorry if this sounds confusing....it sounds much better in my mind than it seems to have come out in this post...
We will miss you dearest friend
i would only pay big bucks for elvis autograph..assuming its the real ..others associated with elvis(worked 4 him) im not interested in
I've got Scotty's signed book and that's it.
It is not uncommon for `stars' to ask cfor payment for autographs at events so i wouldn't be too upset
Seven months later and I still have the same opinion. They do what they gotta do but I'm still not paying anyone for an autograph.
Like I keep saying - Elvis gave out autographs untiringly, constantly and never once asked for anything in return.
Just pretend, I'm holding you, and whispering things soft and low.
And think of me, how it's gonna be and just pretend I didn't go
I agree with that , ...
sometimes the Elvis friends or people who used to know him did not actually wanna sell their autograph , its the event organizer , but i can't deny it that some of those people are probably agree to it for profits.
I remember trying to get this autograph of that belly dancer in Elvis ' Little Egypt' song from his Comeback Special,...she told everyone very clear that she will not signed anything unless we bought her picture which was $20 ( duh ) .. so we had to pass on that....I was like who do you think she is ? she was just having her 2 minutes of fame in that scene, and this is her attitude. Sorry i am not a mean person but thats how i felt about her at that time .
I can go on and on about this,... but like Forrest Gump said : " Thats all i can say about that ."
Elvis could afford to do that. So people think that what he did, they all should do? People have to make a living post Elvis. Unless one of us is privy to their tax return, we don't know what their financial situation is. I don't really understand what the big deal is. I'm going to a hockey player signing tonight. One pix with autograph for grandson is costing me $34.00. I don't mind one bit. It will be worth more than that in 10 years. The hockey player is doing this between games and talks to everyone. The hockey player is my granson's inspiration, and role model. His words/time are worth something to me and him. It's real simple, if you think it's wrong, don't pay for one.
As I and others have said, there is a major difference in just walking up to someone and asking for their autograph and going to a performance venue to get one in an autograph line. When Elvis signed autographs, there weren't people standing in line at a venue to get the autograph - people just walked up to him and asked for it. If there had been an official autograph line or a meet and greet at a venue, you can almost bet that you would've probably been charged for getting the autograph.
If they're at a venue and having an autograph session and the autograph is on a poster (or something of the sort), I don't see a problem with them asking for $$$.
As others have also said, we don't know the financial situation of these guys and girls. Is it wrong for them to make money all of a sudden? It's their job! It'd be like you going into work and your boss telling you: "Hey, we're not going to pay you for the work you do and the time you spend doing your work".