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JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

I know we have the Ruth Bader Ginsburg thread but thought it would be nice to have a thread for all autographs related to the Supreme Court Justices, past and present.

Post pictures of autographs you have from the Supreme Court. They can ones you purchased or got through the mail. We can also use this thread for any stories we may have about visiting the Supreme Court or meeting Supreme Court Justices or other related experiences.

I have only been to the Supreme Court Building once and that was back in 1998 when I took a trip with my family to Washington D.C. Unfortunately I did not go inside and only saw the building from the outside. Very impressive building. I would love to visit again and go inside once everything is back to normal and fully open.

Back in 2005 I heard Sandra Day O’Connor was retiring and since I just starting collecting autographs through the mail I discovered a new area of autographs I could collect. I wrote to all the Supreme Court Justices except for O’Connor (she was only sending autopen then), and William Rehnquist, the Chief Justice (not responding at all ttm or autopen). I wrote to and received:

John Paul Stevens - signed my index card and sent me a signed Chambers Card (neither were personalized)

Anthony Kennedy - I think he just sent me my index card back signed (pretty sure I did not get a Chambers Card from him for some reason) - I can’t remember if he personalized it or not. I wish I could remember it better.

David Souter - He sent me a signed Chambers Card. I believe it was not personalized.

Clarence Thomas - I remember he sent me a typed signed letter on his letterhead and a signed Chambers Card. The Chambers Card was not personalized. He was the only one that sent me a letter. It was very basic thanking me for writing him.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - She sent me a signed Chambers Card. It was not personalized.

Stephen Breyer - I believe he never responded even though I think some people got his autograph ttm back then. I never did.

Then a few months later after John Roberts and Samuel Alito were confirmed I wrote them in early 2006. Roberts sent back a Chambers Card which was not personalized and might had been autopen but I can’t remember if I was certain it was or just suspected it to be. Alito sent a signed and personalized Chambers Card. It was personalized to my full name and had written on it like “with my very best wishes.” It was totally authentic.

Then in 2011 I did not have a job and needed some money. I also had slowed down on collecting autographs by then so my collection was more or less not getting added to. I decided to sell off a vast majority of my collection thinking I would probably not get back into it and also because I knew I had like $10,000 worth of autographs all together (including some high end purchased ones). I made the huge mistake of not getting my ttm stuff authenticated and the second mistake of selling it all on eBay starting at just 99 cents each (my thinking was at the time that it would attract more bidders).

Some of the autographs were sold in small groups (like signatures all from one TV show) and some individually. I believe I either sold my Supreme Court autographs as a group lot on eBay for around $10 or it ended up with the big group lot of miscellaneous autographs I sold to a man for $200 at an Antquies Show (who I sort of still have contact with and he claimed he never bought Supreme Court autographs from me but was unwilling to look through the group lot I sold him to see if they were in there - which he surprisingly still had among all his collections). I cannot exactly remember if I sold it to him or on eBay. My old eBay listings indicate I did NOT have a Supreme Court lot listing.

Sadly I do not have any pictures of the Supreme Court autographs I used to own.


After I got back into collecting again in 2020, this time with a lot more select and specific areas to collect, I decided I wanted Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s autograph. I had been looking for one starting in October 2020. They were over $1,000! I was shocked. I then learned they were actually almost that high since 2013 when she became “the Notorious R.B.G.” I couldn’t believe it. I thought they would be around $100-$200 since she just died and autographs tend up jump up in value but never thought about the new found fame making them that expensive. The other Supreme Court Justices whose autographs I had were all still about $10 each on eBay. I decided to just wait and keep looking in case I find something for RBG. I noticed prices going down a bit around March. I also noticed fewer RBG pieces being up for auction right around that time as well. Not sure if market dried up or people holding since price was starting to decline. Anyway, one morning a few jumped up for Buy It Now/Best Offer. I knew the price was within my range but unfortunately they were personalized. I figured if I was going to get one I could afford I would have to settle for a personalized one. They had good provenance so I knew they were legit. It was half the price of what a non-personalized one would cost so I decided to buy it. I sent in my Best Offer and it was accepted. The seller was very professional and quick in shipping it out. I got it just two days later. I was thrilled.

I still want to someday buy a signed Chambers Card if prices go down and one becomes available.

I have also been looking to buy Thurgood Marshall’s autograph but only want to spend $200 (if it’s a signed Chambers Card) or $100 (for just a signature).

Sonia Sotomayor is my favorite current Supreme Court Justice so I have been trying to get her autograph ttm this past year. I sent her letters and gifts over the last several months — so far no response. Keeping my fingers crossed she responds. I don’t want to have to resort to buying her autograph but I might have to if I am unsuccessful in getting her ttm…I will give it plenty more time before I worry about purchasing one.

Anyway, those are my stories. Let’s hear yours. I would love to see pictures of any Supreme Court autographs you have!

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  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll dig up pictures another time, but the earliest ones I got TTM were from William Brennan, Harry Blackmun. and William Rehnquist.

    Then later I got a few of the usual suspects, but not the somewhat more recent ones like Alito.

    I am confident that Sotomayor is obtainable if you are patient. Same for Thomas. As far as I know the rest are pretty tough or nearly impossible to get.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    As far as I know the rest are pretty tough or nearly impossible to get.

    Wow! That’s very sad. I guess the Supreme Court Justices just got too flooded with mail since 2006 when most signed.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 5, 2021 1:21PM

    I should add that I've also gotten letters from Elena Kagan. and retired justice David Souter.

    I got a letter from Gorsuch recently but it was an autopen. :/

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    I should add that I've also gotten letters from Elena Kagan. and retired justice David Souter.

    I got a letter from Gorsuch recently but it was an autopen. :/

    When you have a chance I would love to see those as well as the RBG autograph(s) you mentioned (in the RBG thread) you got ttm years ago.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    I hope you are okay with me quoting from the RBG thread:

    @JBK said:
    Here is one I come across today.

    I sent Neil Gorsuch an engraving of the Supreme Court after he was nominated but before he was confirmed. He sent this, along with a letter on Appeals Court letterhead, a week or two before he was sworn in.

    I did also get a thank you letter after I sent a letter congratulating him on being sworn in, but I think early on he joined most of the rest and stopped sending autographs.

    Love that engraving. What a great item to get signed. I hope you come across more Supreme Court autographs in your collection and post them here. I love seeing them.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, that Gorsuch was a great reply, since I think he got much tougher to get once he settled in. I think I got a couple replies to letters congratulating him when he first took his seat on the court, but after that I have gotten nothing.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    Yes, that Gorsuch was a great reply, since I think he got much tougher to get once he settled in. I think I got a couple replies to letters congratulating him when he first took his seat on the court, but after that I have gotten nothing.

    I was browsing eBay and saw one of his letters from right before he took his seat on the Supreme Court. Looks like he was good at signing ttm between his nomination and for the very beginning of his term on the Supreme Court. He must have got flooded with mail after that which caused the abrupt stop to his signing authentically ttm. As you mentioned you got an autopen letter from him recently. Very interesting.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    This is NOT mine but it’s the first time I have ever seen ANY example of something from the newest Supreme Court Justice, Amy Coney Barrett. Interestingly this was written and signed on the very day Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. It sold for $1750! That just goes to show how extremely rare her signature is.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 5, 2021 11:35PM

    Wow! A rarity for sure, and great content. Someone thought to pose a question that would elicit a response. For it to bring that much for a pre-SC note shows how rare her signature is.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    I just purchased this Thurgood Marshall autograph.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations!

    A nice one.

    Did you get it on ebay?

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    Congratulations!

    A nice one.

    Did you get it on ebay?

    Yes, but I researched everything to make sure it was good. The seller happened to meet Thurgood Marshall about 40 years ago and he signed this for him in person in Chambers. The seller was not an autograph collector going by the fact he was selling various other items and this being the only autograph. I think the starting bid made people not “watch” the item as it was starting at almost the same price the index card signatures sold for, so most probably were like “that’s all the money it’s worth, no bargain here.”

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It was certainly worth it for a solid SC card with no doubts about provenance!

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    Has ANYONE received ANY sort of response from Sonia Sotomayor since 2020? If yes, please share and post a picture of response if possible.

    All the signed letters I have seen for sale on eBay date no later than 2015/2016. But perhaps she sent autopen or preprint after that then stopped completely or did she just slow down then seem to stop?

    I am NOT including book signings. I heard she has a book upcoming so I plan to buy that and hope they are authentically signed (they have been in the past) — yes, I have seen and heard of autographed books sold through bookstores be autopen or ghost signed.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am pretty sure my latest reply from SS was before 2020. But I did get one later than 2016.

    I never heard of her using an autopen but I am not certain that she never did.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    I am pretty sure my latest reply from SS was before 2020. But I did get one later than 2016.

    I never heard of her using an autopen but I am not certain that she never did.

    So I can assume the one you received after 2016 was probably authentic?

    If that is the case perhaps she just slowed down or quit signing ttm rather than providing fakes in between.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes. Real for sure. I've never doubted anything of hers I got from the SC.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 11, 2021 3:33AM

    Something occurred to me today.

    These days many celebrities and notable people either limit their responses or don't sign at all due to ebay, etc.

    This means that many people, including SC justices, are scarcer than they used to be, and more attention is paid to the content of their letters, for example.

    In previous times it was people like presidents who were hard to obtain and whose letter content was closely scrutinized. Now, I feel that SC justices (at least modern ones) are approaching that same status.

    The result of all this is that what material does come to market can sell for solid money. Older SC justices sometimes sell for less than ones still on the court.

    The great irony is that policies against sending out autographs only drive up the value of the few autographs and letters that inevitably still get signed/written.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    Something occurred to me today.

    The result of all this is that what material does come to market can sell for solid money. Older SC justices sometimes sell for less than ones still on the court.

    The great irony is that policies against sending out autographs only drive up the value of the few autographs and letters that inevitably still get signed/written.

    Very true. One recent one I noticed was a very rare Amy Coney Barrett handwritten signed letter sell for nearly $2000 on eBay. It was pre-Supreme Court but because she doesn’t sign at all ttm is likely why this brought as much as it did. If she signed as ttm as a Supreme Court Justice, the value would had been a lot less, but still some value due to content and nature of the letter, but probably closer to $100.

    I have seen older Supreme Court Justice autographs on eBay sell for under $20 routinely so that is VERY TRUE that current ones not signing creates a bigger demand/value for them.

    Also RBG quit signing ttm around 2011 or so, right after my big sell off (thus why my lot of 5 SCJ autographs including RBG only sold for $10) she started bringing more and more. When she got more famous due to the Notorious RBG in 2013 her autograph was going for around $1000. It has been there ever since.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 12, 2021 7:21AM

    Was just browsing eBay and noticed Sonia Sotomayor autographs bringing $100 for signed photos and $200 for signed letters.

    The signed books are much cheaper for some reason - under $25 in some cases. Strange. I like how the children’s books tend to be signed on a nice clean white page with bold black signature. Also children’s books take much a lot less space. The autobiography on the other hand is signed in regular pen on the title page so doesn’t stand out as much. I can see the desirability reflected in the prices - the autobiography goes for under $25 in most cases while the children’s books bring over $30 or more routinely. Hmm

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 12, 2021 12:35PM

    That is actually good news to me.

    A few decades ago when sports memorabilia became popular there were a lot of new collectors and most preferred generic, uninscribed items. Things like letters were often less favorable than photos with just a signature.

    I am glad that historic letters and things like good content are back in style.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    And this is also a good reminder that tomorrows "rarities" are often easy to get today. So, careful thought and preparation (and sometimes dumb luck) can sometimes pay off in the future.

    In regard to the SC, it might be necessary to write to potential nominees before they are even nominated.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    This Sandra Day O’Connor signed letter sold for $256 on eBay yesterday. Seems kind of steep to me considering her autograph usually brings about $60. I understand the letter is interesting so perhaps that is why it went for over $250. In comparison Eleanor Roosevelt letters sold for $76 (dated 1957) and $138 (dated 1956) - a LOT less and she was a very famous First Lady. O’Connor is still alive and a former Supreme Court Justice, BUT she was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court so not sure who is considered more historical.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I saw that auction. I almost thought about bidding (when the price was much lower) but it looks like someone "ink tested" the end of the signature. I hate when people do that. :/

    I have my share of SDO'C, on SC cards, letters, and photos. But that letter predated the SC so I thought it was interesting.

    She isn't necessarily rare, and that letter seems very high, but I am a little surprised her value isn't slightly higher generally, given her historical status. She hasn't signed in years due to ill health so the pool of material is already determined.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:

    I am a little surprised her value isn't slightly higher generally, given her historical status. She hasn't signed in years due to ill health so the pool of material is already determined.

    I wonder if her widespread use of autopen could be part of why her autograph isn’t generally higher? I know when someone has a lot of fakes people are more worried about bidding/buying a person’s signature so that sometimes impacts the value of the authentic ones.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    A 6x9 Supreme Court signed photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (not personalized) brought $1411 on RR Auction today. The previous one sold for less ($1259). Looking through sold prices of RBG, most hover between $1200-$1400 (sold from 2020 - 2022). Interestingly RR Auction has mostly only sold the 6x9 photos. The only noticeable difference was in 2014 when she was only bringing $270.

    I wonder if RBG autographs will settle down to that price point again or at least get much cheaper than they are now. Still after an RBG signed Chambers Card.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 17, 2022 2:16PM

    Today I came across my RBG signed SC engraving

    I had sent it to her when she was first nominated and it was subsequently misplaced on her end. Three years later (2/1/96) they sent it back. :)

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 17, 2022 3:01PM

    @JBK said:
    Today I came across my RBG signed SC engraving

    Too bad there is no “Love” button because I LOVE this!

    Hope you don’t mind but I changed my profile picture to the engraving part of your RBG autograph.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 26, 2022 12:25PM

    With today's announcement by Justice Stephen Breyer that he will retire at the end of this term, there is an uncommon opportunity to try to get the signature of the next SC justice before they are confirmed.

    Since the past few new justices have not signed through the mail from the very beginning of their tenure on the Court, the best chance will be to figure out who the likely nominee might be and write to them sooner rather than later.

    (Once they get to the nominee stage, they may already be off limits. I've had no luck with at least the past two justices.)

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    I was browsing Ruth Bader Ginsburg autographs last night and stumbled upon these two letters sent by RBG in 2020. Interesting late examples of her autograph.

    Full signature but you can tell it probably took a long time to write out.

    First name signature. Interesting she was still responding to some mail at this point.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Those late RBG letters are amazing. The strain is visible especially in the full signature.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 25, 2022 11:07AM

    The rumor today is that Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the next SC nominee.

    It's off to the races to try to get her signature before she gets confirmed and stops responding, if she is like most other justices.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    The rumor tidat is that Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the next SC nominee.

    It's off to the races to try to get her signature before she gets confirmed and stops responding, if she is like most other justices.

    Fingers crossed me and you can get her to sign for us.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    Found this amazing Chambers Card signed by the first three female Supreme Court Justices. Only problem it is $7,000. I think I would willing to pay up to $2,000 for it. Good news the JSA sticker is on LOA.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 15, 2022 5:20PM

    You're killing me here. :D

    I had a SDO'C chambers card set aside for that very combination, but for some reason I never proceeded. I'm thinking I probably had other requests already in the pipeline.

    The card pictured is very curious to me for two reasons.

    First, it is a generic card without any specific justice's name printed on it.

    Second, the placement of SDO'C's autograph is such that I almost think she wasn't the first to sign, but she probably was since hers is the largest.

    BTW, there's room in the bottom right for Elena Kagin's signature. ;)

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    You're killing me here. :D

    I had a SDO'C chambers card set aside for that very combination, but for some reason I never proceeded. I'm thinking I probably had other requests already in the pipeline.

    The card pictured is very curious to me for two reasons.

    First, it is a generic card without any specific justice's name printed on it.

    Second, the placement of SDO'C's autograph is such that I almost think she wasn't the first to sign, but she probably was since hers is the largest.

    BTW, there's room in the bottom right for Elena Kagin's signature. ;)

    I noticed that too about Sandra Day O’Connor’s signature placement. I would had expected it to be first and close to the top right under the words which is how they usually signs.

    I also noticed that the Chambers Card was not from a specific Justice. But I have seen older Supreme Court Chambers Cards and they used to look like this until they started adding names on them in like the 70s or 80s.

    Would be cool to add Kagan but very risky since it would likely have to be sent ttm since I don’t know how one would meet her these days (Supreme Court Building STILL closed to public due to Covid).

    So yeah, not 100% sure on authenticity thinking about the placement of O’Connor’s signature so maybe I wouldn’t be a buyer at all. Also odd they would use an old Chambers Card. Could be a VERY good forgery.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 15, 2022 7:10PM

    I wonder if they have generic cards for new justices to use while their custom ones are being prepared.

    I recall once when I wrote to a new congressman and he wrote back a handwritten note on an engraved but generic House of Representatives notecard. I looked closely and he handsigned the free frank on the envelope, which is never done in the modern era unless a collector persues one.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    I wonder if they have generic cards for new justices to use while their custom ones are being prepared.

    I recall once when I wrote to a new congressman and he wrote back a handwritten note on engraved but generic House of Representatives notecard. I looked closely and he handsigned the free frank on the envelope, which is never done in the modern era unless a collector persues one.

    That’s a very interesting thought. If Ketanji Brown Jackson decides to respond to my letter perhaps we can test this theory and see if she send a letter/card on generic Supreme Court letterhead.

    If Congress does that I definitely shouldn’t be surprised if the Supreme Court does the same.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    I can confirm this item is authentic. I contacted the seller and they provided the 2010 letter from Sotomayor that stated the original cards the ttm requester sent were damaged so Sotomayor provided two of their own from the Supreme Court. She had O’Connor and Ginsburg signed them first then she signed them. Totally authentic because O’Connor isn’t autopen. I am guessing Ginsburg signed them first (perhaps she was around and then they tracked down O’Connor after) then O’Connor signed so that could explain the odd order. Kagan wasn’t yet on the court so that explains why it’s just the first three women Justices. The seller sold the other card a while ago for over $7,500 (they said it sold for much more than the current listing). It was a two of a kind situation as far as Supreme Court cards go. Very rare indeed. I know there are other items with the three (one I had seen with Kagan added) signed but they were photos or other type items and over $10K. I actually like the Supreme Court cards best for some reason but signed photos are nice too…especially that photo of the first four women Justices of the Supreme Court. LOVE that photo…and I saw one on eBay for over $10K signed by the four women. Awesome historic stuff.

    Guess I will never own anything this amazing, but still cool to see.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 26, 2022 12:44PM

    Here is an FDC that I got back from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer yesterday.

    He turned down most TTM requests for years, but a window has opened in his last few months on the Court before he retires.

    There is a slight yellowing of the FDC from the irradiation process that mail sent to government offices in Washington DC is subjected to. I don't usually send items to DC anymore for this reason, but the FDC was inexpensive enough that I thought I'd give it a try.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    I found this amazing photo signed by the first four woman Supreme Court Justices. The seller actually got it signed in person (so it didn’t go through the “zapper” or get ruined by the screening process at all) and also no third party authentication sticker on photo. It is probably the only one in existence as I had never seen another anywhere else - just that Chambers Card and that was only signed by THREE not FOUR. If someone really wanted to they could send the Chambers Card to Kagan, risk it by having it zapped on the way to her and hoping she signed it or at least returned it which is way too risky in my opinion.

    The only down side is the price for this one is - $9000! The seller did offer my a $1000 discount so I could have it for $8000. Nope, too much for me. I could MAYBE do $2500.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 26, 2022 3:48PM

    That's funny - I looked at the signatures before I read your text, and I thought they looked like probable IP signatures.

    Very historic to be sure, but you might be able to find a four or even five presidents photo for that kind of money or less.

    Also, it might be possible to get a full SC photo or engraving with all nine members which could include three of these four.

    This photo is rare indeed, but it still has a value, and the one set by the seller seems high to me. ;)

    Plus, on the chambers card there would be room for other signatures. If someone has SDO'C and RBG on a SC engraving, for example, that would have room to add any number of additional signatures.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    That's funny - I looked at the signatures before I read your text, and I thought they looked like probable IP signatures.

    Very historic to be sure, but you might be able to find a four or even five presidents photo for that kind of money or less.

    Also, it might be possible to get a full SC photo or engraving with all nine members which could include three of these four.

    This photo is rare indeed, but it still has a value, and the one set by the seller seems high to me. ;)

    Plus, on the chambers card there would be room for other signatures. If someone has SDO'C and RBG on a SC engraving, for example, that would have room to add any number of additional signatures.

    Agree with what you said but I absolutely love this photo. Too bad it’s so expensive. I noticed a lot of autographs that seem of less importance being MORE expensive than very historic and more important figures in history. For example I noticed an Martin Luther King, Jr. signature is MORE expensive than an Abraham Lincoln signature. :o Also RBG is more expensive than probably any other Supreme Court Justice’s signature (didn’t look up John Jay or John Marshall’s prices but I wouldn’t be surprised if they are less than RBG’s prices).

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 26, 2022 4:23PM

    Yes, it is a great photo. I'm just mad I didn't think of getting one done. Of course, I don't think a photo would survive multiple trips in the mail to the SC.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    Just looked up sold prices for John Jay ($400) and John Marshall ($800) signatures and I was right, both are less expensive than RBG ($1200 the least expensive one I have seen). I know RBG’s prices could very well go down in a few years or decades and adjust to more appropriate prices, but for now there are lots of other examples where someone more current outprices a historic and more important figure in same field. I recently learned Elton John’s autograph on a photo is $1000. Elvis Presley for comparison is also just about $1000 for a signed photo.

  • JDM70JDM70 Posts: 1

    I know Justice Sonya Sotomayor wrote a children’s book. There are some signed copies out there. I have one myself.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    @JDM70 said:
    I know Justice Sonya Sotomayor wrote a children’s book. There are some signed copies out there. I have one myself.

    I bought two of them in January. Very pleased with the signatures in them.

  • JMS1223JMS1223 Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭

    I was/am looking for a Harry A. Blackmun signed Chambers Card and noticed how he tends to sign them. He always signs at an angle and sometimes he will sign very close to the edge and other times more towards the middle. I am picky and prefer nice signature placement more towards the middle and not over the printed text on the card.

    Here are two examples, one I find a little less than perfect and another that I find “perfect.”

    Do you have a preference for signature placement or does not bother you at all?

  • bronzematbronzemat Posts: 2,389 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer my sigs in an empty area and preferably not in a dark area with dark ink in the same spot. I also dislike it when they sign right all over their face. I tend to avoid those kinds of autographs.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 11,866 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 13, 2022 8:11PM

    @JMS1223 said:
    I was/am looking for a Harry A. Blackmun signed Chambers Card and noticed how he tends to sign them. He always signs at an angle and sometimes he will sign very close to the edge and other times more towards the middle. I am picky and prefer nice signature placement more towards the middle and not over the printed text on the card.

    Here are two examples, one I find a little less than perfect and another that I find “perfect.”

    Do you have a preference for signature placement or does not bother you at all?

    I can guess which one you like better. :)

    Placement is key. Visuals are important.

    That first card by Blackmun is "interesting" to put it nicely.

    I've seen people who only signed near the top edge of a card or paper so no one could write anything above it. Some people have specific or even eccentric preferences or practices.

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