Autograph Hounds Make How Much? Inside the Big Business of Celebrity Signatures

by Raphael Chestang 6:41 PM PDT, May 07, 2015
Playing Autograph Hounds Make How Much? Inside the Big Business of Celebrity Signatures

People often ask celebrities for autographs, but not all of those people are fans. ET went inside the world of autograph hounds who turn memorabilia for profit.

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"I've made several million dollars in this industry," Autograph Pros. founder Michael Kasmar told ET.

The profitability of the business has led some celebrities to be more hesitant to sign autographs. Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson sent a clear message to those looking to capitalize on her signature through a tweet, asking professional autograph hunters to "stop stalking [her]."

"I'm not signing your pics that you sell online," she wrote.

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Rebel later explained the move to ET, saying, "We're here for the real fans not the ones that are trying to make money by selling our stuff."

A signature from Rebel can go for as much as $70, which is a solid payday for a scribble on a piece of paper, but pales in comparison to other celebs. An autograph from Mick Jagger could net up to $2,500!

"Getting Mick Jagger to sign anything is nearly impossible unless you're a female and have good looks," Michael explained.

As it's unlikely to bag a whale like Jagger, making a career out of the autograph business takes strategy. For Tyler Manninen in New York, it's all about patience.

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Tyler waited outside for hours to get an autograph from Sarah Jessica Parker after her appearance on Late Show With David Letterman.

For Giovanni Arnold, the key is to always be prepared.

"I've got my microphone, my baseballs, my photos and glossy paper," Giovanni told ET, going through his bag of swag.

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Watch the video to see what Giovanni went home with after a pre-Met Gala event.