February 9, 2010
As I said before I’m going to point out some good dealers and collectors and I would like to start by introducing you to TRACKS.
Tracks was established in 1989 and has grown to become the world's leading dealer in Beatles autographs and memorabilia. We also stock all Beatles merchandise on the day of release. In addition we carry a huge range of rare pop memorabilia and autographs relating to all of the major artists from the last four decades, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Buddy Holly to name but a few!
Please enjoy browsing through our catalogue of Beatles and pop related products. Please type in NEW ITEM in our search engine to view all our latest stock of Beatles autographs etc. Our website is updated every Friday with all the latest arrivals in Beatles and pop memorabilia and merchandise. Can't see the item you want? Please let us know as we may have it. If you have any questions you can, of course, contact us:
Address : Tracks Ltd, PO Box 117, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 0QR, ENGLAND
Telephone : +44 (0)1257 269726
Fax : +44 (0)1257 231340
I have known Paul Wane the owner for about 20 years. We started out at about the same time. We have met on many occasions and pick each others brains from time to time to learn even more about autographs and history. He started being a Beatles only dealer selling records, toys, posters, promo items and autographs of The Beatles. He and Jason (who also works there now) are experts in the field of Beatles and various 60’s and early 70’s bands. Tracks has sold everything from hand written lyrics to “Getting better all the time” by Paul McCartney to Rolling Stones signed vintage photos and everything in between. Below are some of the items they have sold in the past.
As you can see these guys do come up with some great authentic items. They offer a LIFETIME guarantee of authenticity with 100% refund if ever found to be not authentic. These guys are true professionals and treat you right.
I give Tracks a double thumbs up in the autograph community and consider them one of the best in the business.
February 4, 2010
Stephen Koschal calls and talks to a dead icon in the industry!
I said I would only talk about positive things but this story is beyond belief.
Michael Minor of Lone Star Autographs made his transition in December of 2008. I considered him a good friend and because we were both fellow Texans he helped me more with learning about ink then anyone else ever did. In return I would get him signed photos of Bill Clinton when he would stay here in Houston and get him to date them. Mike always loved presidential autographs signed while in office. I would also get him George Bush Sr. stuff from time to time as he lived here too. It was a very sad day in the autograph world when we heard of his passing. I loved visiting with him from time to time as he had some great stories.
I was sent an article about a Lyndon B Johnson signed card that he never owned that Steve Koschal wrote about. He calls himself an autograph expert which court documents beg to differ. See the court document below. Also many dealers and collectors agree with the courts. He says he called Mike about this LBJ card and went over it letter by letter as to it not being authentic. He says Mike agreed and would change it in the next upcoming publication of the book “From the Presidents Pen”. Mike never mentioned to anyone that he was going to do a second version of this book. He also never mentioned anything about this conversation to his partner Larry Vrzalik.
Now how could he have talked to him about this when he has passed? He never mentions that Mike died thus not giving Mike the chance to defend himself in anyway or to agree or disagree with what Koschal is saying. He writes this like he talked to him last week. How dare you talk about a great man like that? Show him the respect he earned and deserves!
The other person he mentions in his babbling blog is Charles Hamilton. Charles died many years back and was one of the greatest known experts in the autograph field. I even own one of his books. He too is unable to defend himself as he has passed away many years ago. Steve you are not even close to being in their league.
I don’t know anything about what an LBJ autograph looks like but I know Michael Minor and Charles Hamilton did. I would put both of them first ballot in the Autograph Hall of Fame if there was one.
Rest in peace my dear friends.