Autographed "Time" Cover Collection
Appraised Value: $12,000
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Appraisal Video: (7:15)
GUEST: When I was about ten years old, I wanted a hobby, and my mother had heard about people collecting the autographs on the cover of "TIME" magazine and suggested that I try doing it. I started by writing a short, handwritten letter addressed to whoever was on the cover of Time magazine and then my mom would help me. She'd usually read the article, get a good idea of where that person was right and we'd always give return postage and an envelope and started sending them off, and amazing, we got several of them back.
APPRAISER: What you have here is about, what? 170 or so?
GUEST: Yeah, well, I think about 163.
APPRAISER: 163 "TIME" magazine covers, um, signed, all from 1964 to about 1970.
APPRAISER: What I really love about your collection is the variety. It's... it's incredible. I mean, here we have Marc Chagall, the artist, and Apollo 13, the three astronauts. Here we have Neil Armstrong right after the moon landing. And then entertainers. You know, Rowan and Martin. It's a tapestry of history-- a very significant time in history, the mid to late '60s.
GUEST: I've always kept this as a collection. I've never taken anything out and framed it or had it appraised separately. And I just was wondering if it's really important to keep this together as a collection and make sure it's passed down to another generation, or does there come a time when each one should be on its own merit and just is worth only what that person's autograph is worth?
APPRAISER: I would keep it as a collection. Now, as far as value goes, certain ones are going to be worth more than others.
APPRAISER: I mean, the Apollo 13, the Neil Armstrong, these have true value. But as part of a giant collection, it really raises the value of everything, and that's what we like to see. If I were to insure the collection, and I would, because it's a very important, it's ephemera, it's paper...
APPRAISER: You got to take care of it. I would insure it for no less than $12,000.
GUEST: Really? Wow!
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