Experts reveal tips for getting the hottest autographs

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by Ron Trevino / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

HOUSTON -- Autographs from famous athletes are big business.

It’s something we all do: wait in line to get that special someone to simply sign their name.

Larry Dluhy owns Sports Collectibles of Houston. He knows a thing or two about turning that simple autograph into an investment.

Dluhy says framed jerseys are always popular.

"If you get the jersey, the jersey's gonna cost you around a $100 at the gift stores or somewhere,” said Dluhy. “And then immediately it’s like a $200 or $300 dollar item -- if he signs it of course."

If you’re trying to track down a celebrity for an autograph, make sure you use the right kind of writing tool.

"Sharpies are generally what’s used for nearly everything, including baseball bats,” Dluhy said.

The exception is for baseballs. You want to have those signed with a ballpoint pen.

Collectors recommend getting autographs from the rookies. While they may not be well-known now, they could be a superstar of tomorrow. Plus, rookies are often friendlier than the veterans, so it might be easier to get an autograph.

We asked sports fans who they think the hottest autograph in Houston is right now.

“I’d say at this point, J.J. Watt,” said fan James Jones.

He’s right. Watt’s signature could fetch around $100 bucks. Triple that for an autographed jersey.

The “holy grail” of autographs is not from the sports world. It’s from Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

Anthony Pizzitola, with the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, says Armstrong’s autograph can go for $3,000-$4,000.

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