A Crossroads for an Autograph Addict

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About Matt Raymond

Matt Raymond shares tips to improve your autograph collection and meet celebrities at Autograph University. He and his wife recently welcomed their first child and live in the Boston area.


  1. J P McMahon says:

    Very interesting essay. I used to think that the autograph hunters in “The King of Comedy” were really exaggerated, but now I am not so sure. I have to say that the article on your blog about dealing with security at that high school basketball camp was a little creepy. You and the other autograph hunters weren’t getting autographs from people that were really famous, at least outside of their communities and the small number of folks that are really into high school basketball. You were getting them on speculation of future fame. That you are not doing it to make money makes it even a little weirder. Could I suggest that if you have any worries about this as a healthy hobby, that you take down your blog, and throw your passion into another hobby? One that you could share with your boy without any guilt?

    • Matt Raymond says:

      Hi J P, thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate your perspective and suggestions. Since the birth of my son I have refocused time and energy toward my family and other passions – finding the optimal balance will be an ongoing project. Writing has and always will be an outlet for me and Autograph University will live on even as my participation in the hobby evolves from active grapher to educator and analyst. Connecting with my readers has been incredibly fulfilling and I have many more stories and lessons to publish. Years from now I look forward to sharing the autograph adventures of my past with my son if he’s interested. I have no regrets, but the time was right to make a change.

      Thanks for the heads up on The King of Comedy, I’ll check it out.



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