International Autograph Collector’s Club
Headquartered in Germany
by Stephen Koschal
Have you noticed more and more collectors have been joining the International Autograph Collectors Club (www.ada1986.de)? Not to mention professional autograph dealers from around the world are displaying the club logo. The club quarterly magazine has become a collectors item, 80 pages in length with articles written in English. The support from collectors is outstanding. The club has more articles lined up to fill the magazine for two years.
Not surprisingly, according to the treasurer, this club seems to be unique as they have money in the bank.
Membership comes from around the world with collectors from all over Europe, Russia, United Arab Emirates and an increasing number of collectors and dealers from around the United States and more.
One goal of the club’s Board is to build an Autograph Museum in Switzerland. The building has been chosen and the club needs approximately 150,000 Euros to get it going. This, if it happens, will benefit the entire International Autograph Community.
The club just had their yearly meeting in beautiful Konstanz, Germany. The Board of Directors, club members and autograph dealers and special autograph guests met in the Hotel Graf Zeppelin.
Hotel Graf Zeppelin
The meeting opened with the members of the Board and some close friends to discuss the direction of the club, finances and were open to suggestions .
Members of the Board during the club meeting
Markus Brandes had an unbelievable display of items pertaining to the Zeppelins with many documents signed by Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin and other notables. The large, impressive collection filled an entire wall of the main room.
Dealer tables were set up and selling was very brisk. Prices were very reasonable and it wouldn’t take long to purchase enough quality items to pay for your trip.
Very popular were the celebrity guests. Each guest signed whatever was put in front of them. Two of my favorites were Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka who holds the worlds record for time in space, 879 days.
Steve Koschal with Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka
We can thank Florian Noller for the Cosmonauts appearance. As many known, Florian is the leading world’s expert on signatures relating to the space program. He is the final word on authenticating these types of autographs.
Another favorite and extremely popular celebrity guest was Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst (Chemistry in 1991). A very good friend to autograph collectors Mr. Ernst even brought to the show his original Certificate for his Nobel Prize.
Pat Claren with Richard Ernst
Both the Cosmonaut and Nobel Prize winner spoke and took many questions from the room.
German hippie writer and filmmaker Rainer Langhans was also on hand speaking and signing autographs.
The lines were long while collectors and dealers waited for autographs from the celebrities.
Ralf Hahn, former President of the club looks on as Richard Ernst signs for collectors
Introduced at this show is the new club brochure and membership application.
Also attending the show it was a privilege to meet Sabine In gold who wrote the recently published 32 page booklet on John F. Kennedy and those associated with his assassination.
Amazingly, in this day and age, there was no charge for autographs.
After the show we all went to dinner at a wonderful restaurant right on Lake Constance named Brigantinus. The food, drinks and service was outstanding.
Our hats are off to Markus Brandes who did an outstanding job running the show from beginning to end.