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Old 07-30-2014, 12:17 AM
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I'll be stopping by with this photo. It's been in the family forever but the back is blank. Hoping you can possibly date it.

So at least you've got lunch on Friday paid for!

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Old 08-05-2014, 06:06 AM
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David & Scott F.

I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to meet you both in person last week.
I hope you had a great National.

All the best,
Scott
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:07 PM
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David, nice chatting with you at the National. How did you think your experiment went? What were your general impressions and did you see any interesting items? Your expertise is certainly well worth the $10 charge. I'm wondering how many people took you up on it and what kinds of things came your way.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:32 PM
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I'm glad I went and will go to Chicago. Even found a 1200x microscope at an antique store.

If Scott F. ever posts the video he made of me examining a postcard in my 'laboratory' I will be a living legend. Everything was so bright in the building that to use my back light I had to go on my hands and table under the booth table.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:17 AM
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David, how did it go at the show? I wouldn't expect it to have been packed as you probably only advertised to people on this board, but I think there is plenty of room in the market for another authenticator of photographs, and can think of no one better than yourself.

Would you consider doing this through the mail as well, and adding an image of the photo on the certificate (or were you already doing that)?

Mark
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:41 AM
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I'm thinking about it. I just had a few of my books in a pile in a small corner of Scott's booth. My books sold well to passers by, which pleased me, but the only people who knew i was there to authenticate were Net54ers who were there to authenticate. The good thing is that meant I got to mill around a lot and meet all those folks, including the so-called 'big wigs.' I was surprised how many knew who I was and making the contacts and having the conversations was very useful. And enjoyable. I enjoyed talking to all (well, 95%) of the people there, including auction house presidents, local collectors and Net54ers. The social aspect of the trip was worth it and I thought people were friendly.

I've always preferred to do large collections all at once, such as though auction houses and museums, and that's what I plan on doing. But I will have it so I can do things through the mail for collectors. The problem with the mail is the packaging can cost more than the authentication fee.

One thing is I'm familiar with all forms of photography, including non-sport and modern, and other areas as well. I also specialize in ink and printing press items, such as antique posters, postcards, art prints as well. I can even tell you if your Andy Warhol screen print is original. Some people, including a couple of auction house executives, would say "You do just photos, right?" and I'd have to correct them.

I can say that the photos people had me look at were an interesting assortment-- the whole range. One intentional forgery. And my booth mate, Scott, would have me assess the value of photos before he bought them. A free service as it was his booth. Some guy, who I guess was leaving to go home and wanted to unload his bulk, sold Scott a fantastic 1919 Milwaukee Brewers team photo that was possible unique-- after asking me if the guy's price was good. Scott's knowledgeable about photos, and a good second opinion for me, but he wanted my valuation opinions ("Is that a good deal?")

But I'm thinking about the whole thing. I will have it that collectors can have me examine photos if they wish. Before, I never really did that and when a collector would ask if they could send me a photo to examine, I'd think "Hmm, what's the logistics behind doing that?" and often say I don't often examine things through the mail. I'd do it, but on rare occasion-- if I knew the person or if it was an auction house. This time I'll be ready and likely even promote the service.

I won't bore you with anymore details

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I emailed you about my purchase today.

Best,
Danny
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One thing is I'm familiar with all forms of photography, including non-sport and modern, and other areas as well. I also specialize in ink and printing press items, such as antique posters, postcards, art prints as well. I can even tell you if your Andy Warhol screen print is original. Some people, including a couple of auction house executives, would say "You do just photo, right?" and I'd have to correct them.
David knows all aspects of vintage photography, so he is an excellent resource for oddball photos. He also knows rarity of photos based on the combination of age, size, subject, etc. I acquired two photos that weren't in the range of what I would call 'normal', and it was great to have David there to discuss. But for the record, I did manage to make six other photo purchases unassisted

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Old 08-09-2014, 01:36 PM
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Few know that Scott owns a unique baseball photo 'type' collection, including the only baseball opalotype I know of (opalotype was an early photo process with the image on white glass), late 1800s Kodak snapshots including a salesman sample and the only cyanotype (blue image) cabinet card I've seen. The first Kodak snapshots were round image albumen prints mounted like cabinet cards.

So, even within the esoteric genre of baseball photography, Scott has some proverbial hen's teeth. A few of them are so rare and unusual that, if he wanted to sell, he'd have to write an article for potential bidders explaining what they were.

I don't know if Scott's collection needs an authenticator or an exorcist. Luckily, I can perform both services.

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