Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS


Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    1948 High School Yearbook with James Dean Signature

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $3,500

    Appraised on: July 11, 1998

    Appraised in: Louisville, Kentucky

    Appraised by: Caroline Ashleigh

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Fame & Fortune (#1016)

    Originally Aired: May 29, 2006

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 4 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Book, Autograph
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $3,500

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (1:35)


    Appraised By:

    Caroline Ashleigh
    Collectibles, Rugs & Textiles

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's James Dean's junior yearbook from 1948.

    APPRAISER: Well, let's take a look inside, Michelle. Let's see, we've got a few little places that show us some pages that has his picture in it.

    GUEST: Right here.

    APPRAISER: Right here. It's his regular school picture. Okay, that's his junior picture, correct? This was his junior yearbook.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And then we have in here... I think we have another interesting picture... The junior class play of James Dean, and what was his nickname?

    GUEST: Rack.

    APPRAISER: Rack. And then finally we have...

    GUEST: The basketball picture.

    APPRAISER: The basketball picture, okay. And then the coup de grace--

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: --is this item right back here, which is his signature and his nickname, Rack. So we have James Dean's signature with his nickname in his junior yearbook. Now, we know a signature alone is valuable. Do you have any idea what it goes for these days? Well, we know that a signature alone is usually worth about $1,500 to $2,000.

    GUEST: Whoa.

    APPRAISER: Now, the only thing is, if this were his senior yearbook and we had a picture of him in his Frankenstein outfit in the drama, it would probably fetch around... I would say around $4,000. But this piece as it is, is easily worth about $3,000 to $3,500.

    GUEST: Wow!

    APPRAISER: Thanks a lot, Michelle, for bringing it.

    GUEST: That's great.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube