Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cpt. Caveman's TTM Autographs #95


Welcome back for another weekly TTM success post. This week I thought id go over a few autograph collecting abbreviations that are commonly used. I don't know how many times I've been asked what TTM stands for so here's a few of the abbreviations you might run across in the autograph collecting hobby.
TTM - Through The Mail ( meaning the autographs are acquired by sending autograph requests the old fashioned way with a fan mail letter thru snail mail.)
IP - In Person (an In Person autograph success or experience, you obtained the autographs In person face to face with the celeb)
SASE - Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (the envelope you send with your request for the celebs to return your items after they sign)
VV - Via Venue (obtaining autographs by sending to the film / show set or to the theatre or music venue)
RTS - Return To Sender (the last thing you want to see stamped on your TTM autograph requests lol)
AP - AutoPen (a machine that produces facsimile autographs for celebs that are to busy or don't really care about their fans)
SS or SEC - Secretarial Signature (signed by the celebs secretary, personal assistant or family member for celebs who care slightly more than the ones who use AP's lol)
DS - Document Signed (this could be a endorsed check or a signed contract, ect.)
TLS - Typed Letter Signed (exactly what it sounds like an all typed letter that's signed)
LS - Letter Signed (a handwritten letter but written by someone else like a secretary and then signed by the celeb)
ALS - All Letter Signed (this is the holy grail to some. Its a handwritten letter by the celeb and also signed by them)
ANS - Autographed Note Signed (similar to the ALS only in note form and not a full letter. We get alot of ANS's back with our TTM returns)
HOF - Hall Of Fame (lol do I really need to explain HOF)
PSP or PS - Pre Signed Photo (a photo already Pre Signed by the celebs that are sent to fans who request autographs TTM)
PP - Pre Print (a photo with a facsimile printed autograph)
TPA- Third Party Authenticator ( a company that has "Experts" that compare autographs that are presented or sent to them for comparison with known authentic examples to determine if the autographs are actually authentic or fake for a fee. PSA, JSA and Beckett are the three big trusted companies just remember anyone can make a mistake)
PSA or PSA/DNA - Professional Sports Authenticator (a third party authentication company that is supposed to insure authenticity. Also see TPA)
JSA - James Spence Authentication ( another third party authentication company. Also see TPA)
I hope this helps now on to this weeks TTM successes. Monday ended our weeklong dry spell with two amazing returns. First after only six day's we received our picture from "The Last Star Fighter" that was previously signed by Catherine Mary Stewart back signed by Lance Guest. I love that movie so this is a very cool success and I always worry about sending items already signed by someone else. To finish off the day and after only two weeks we received both pictures back signed by the legendary Adam West. He's been hit and miss since he started selling autographs on his website but it looks like he's still great to the real fans. That's it for this week remember sometimes it's about quality not quantity. Everyone have a great graphing weekend and I'll be back next week with more TTM autographs and addresses.

Lance Guest
Adam West
Adam West Enterprises
400 East Avenue
P.o. Box 3477
Ketchum, ID 83340


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