Collection of autographs is world heritage

on Monday, 02 February 2015. Posted in World Leaders

Published in a dutch newspaper: "Nieuwsblad"

“The pope doesn’t give one. Neither does the king. But all other famous people do sign their pictures.’ And that’s exactly what Jan Costermans (60) collects. 
“I have about 7,500 of them. Yesterday another gem arrived in the mail: a beautiful signature by Natassja Kinski. Do you know her? She’s an actrice from the seventies. Through my connections I managed to obtain her autograph too.”

But Jan Costermans is most proud of the signatures he asked for in person. “That makes it so much more special. In 2003 Bill Clinton visited Antwerp. Hours before he arrived at his hotel, I stood there waiting. But his security wouldn’t let me through. Later that evening I returned, and when Clinton got back he remembered me from that morning, and he signed the photo on the spot. He even asked me to spell my name.”

Clinton was for free, but for many other autographs Costermans paid a lot of money. “For a signature of Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, I paid 120 euro. Celebrities like him are often invited to signature sessions. They sit behind a table, and we pay for a picture. 120 euro for a signature, 133 if ‘Apollo 11’ is required and 145 euro if you want your name on the photo too.”

“It’s a hobby that gives me a kick. In a way, once you have an autograph of a celebrity, that person is with you. I’m already thinking about what will happen with my collection after I pass away, because I have no children. But that’s for the far future. Meanwhile everybody is invited to the World Heritage Day on April 26th.”

We thank Jan Costermans for the article!

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    FC Barcelona is one of the biggest football clubs in the whole world. The club sells souvenirs for thousands of Euro year after year and hits next sales records. It seems to me that original, received in-person autograph could be better and more valuable item than next scarf or t-shirt. This is why so much fans decide to go to FC Barcelona training ground Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. I was there several times and I did not regret at all even if I did not collect lots of signed photos.
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    Ferrari:

    It was quite unusual to see Sebastian Vettel in red colors. But good news: he is still the most friendly driver in the F1 paddock. He had really fun to sign Ferrari pictures, although he does not sign as much as in the past. But still very satisfying.

    Kimi was like always. He signed one photograph per meeting, but it was really tough to meet and get him.
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    Michael Schumacher:
    He was very relaxed. Wrote comparatively much, but still hard to collect. One has to know where he is staying at which time. One evening he was playing poker with Kubica, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Rosberg, Briatore and Ecclestone. He finished the game at 1 o’clock in the morning. Then we got the nicest signatures ever.

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