"March of Dimes" Autographs, ca. 1955
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $5,000 (2012)
IMAGE: 1 of 6
Appraisal Video: (2:29)
Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia
GUEST: In 1955, I was the National March of Dimes poster child and got to travel throughout the United States, meet a lot of celebrities and sport stars and politicians.
APPRAISER: How old were you at that time?
GUEST: Part of the time I was six and part of the time I was five.
APPRAISER: I see we've got some photos of you here meeting some of the celebrities. We've got Grace Kelly. And then over here, it's President Eisenhower.
GUEST: That's absolutely right.
APPRAISER: What's it like meeting the president?
GUEST: Well, I walked in, and there was a crowd full of men in coats. And I said, "Okay, which one's the president?"
APPRAISER: Can you tell me what it meant to you at the time?
GUEST: It was a wonderful opportunity for me and my mother to do all of the traveling. But most important, that was the year that the Salk vaccine came out. And I was able to accept, on behalf of Dr. Salk, an international award.
APPRAISER: And were you aware of most of this at the time even though you're six years old?
GUEST: I was aware that I was right in the middle of public, and my mother always said, "Don't ever say, 'I don't know.'" So I knew I had to make up something anyway. But I would stand in front of hundreds of people and say, "Give your dimes to the March of Dimes."
APPRAISER: Oh, how nice. This first book that you have here, I open it up, and you not only have Elvis Presley, but you have President Dwight Eisenhower. Can you tell me about some of the other autographs that you have in here?
GUEST: I have Yogi Berra, Arlene Francis, all the senators at that time.
APPRAISER: The thing that impresses me the most was that you have all these photos. It documents that you met these people and how you got these signatures. It's a lovely collection.
GUEST: It's a lovely group of memories.
APPRAISER: For sure. By assessing all the autographs that you have in these books, I would say that you have probably a retail value of about $4,000 to $5,000 in signatures.
APPRAISER: And I would say that probably the Elvis Presley signature has the most value of all of them.
GUEST: Interesting. Thank you.
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