Author Archives: Peter Cowgill

The Thrill of an Autograph

There’s a certain thrill in a famous signature. It’s an excitement that can come from the experience of actually meeting the signer, from what the signature means in the memory, or in considering the financial worth of the investment.

Hero Worship

Hero worship has been around since The Garden, and will always be a part of everyone’s psyche. As children we define our heroes, and as adults we codify those definitions maybe not as openly, but certainly unconsciously in our fantasies.

In The Garden it may have God or the other divine creature that was stirring up trouble. Over the years kings and warriors were heroes that generated worship. As literature began shaping culture fictional giant slayers and legendary world travelers were the recipients of beatification. In today’s world there are more honorary gods than there are people to worship at their feet.  They are created by games, by performances, by tall tail tellers and producers, and by personal admiration.

People want any kind of attachment to the heroes they find in their cultures; be they from sports, entertainment, fantasy, or the political worlds. Autographs seem to be a significant way to make that attachment, particularly if one meets the beatified hero and gets at least a moment with them to remember. Autographs are our proof of that glorious moment. Continue reading

Certificate of Authenticity (COA) – The Truth

Up North Memorabili Certificate of Authenticity

What is a Certificate of Authenticity?

A COA or Certificate of Authenticity is a document that is accompanied with a piece of memorabilia to show the item is Authentic and Genuine. In reality anyone can issue a Certificate of Authenticity and for this reason we say that a COA is only as good as the person/company issuing it.

Why do you need a COA?

In today’s world anyone with an internet connection or online auction site account can sell an autograph, and anyone can print off a COA on their home computer. The world we live in is rife with bogus sellers auctioning fake autographs and signatures with fake homemade COAs attached to them. Memorabilia collectors beware – only very few COAs are worth the paper they are printed on. Getting a Certificate from a well known company like us (Up North Memorabilia) will help you if you ever decide to resell your item in the future. Having a COA from an unknown company will not bode well with other collectors. If you are spending money on autographs buy from the right people so you get a COA that means something, and to ensure your investment is safe, store the Certificate with your item at all times. Continue reading

When TV Memorabilia is more than Just a Piece of History


While health experts claim too much television isn’t good for you, many of us have had a few good laughs in watching good programming such as TV sitcoms or even a movie matinee at the theater.  Something people often don’t realize is the variety of TV memorabilia for sale.  These items range from stage props to autographed items from actors and directors.  It can be a fulfilling thought to have a piece of television history from your favorite program or film.  But, many people find such items to hold more than just entertainment history for a few reasons.

Memories of What Times Were Like in the Past

TV memorabilia such as photographs, written scripts, and film posters help paint a picture of how times were when the project was introduced to the public.  This may be the case for older items of interest, especially when VCRs were popular before LCD screens and HD (high definition) features became must-haves for modern day households.  Many people feel that a variety of television and movies created today just seem to miss the mark as far as quality and entertainment is concerned.  Having items from a previous era really puts things into new perspectives. Continue reading

When Memorabilia is More than Just a Piece of Collection


Thousands of people throughout the UK have turned to autographed memorabilia collecting to occupy their time. It is exciting to gain the signature of someone that you’ve idolised for quite some time, whether it is a sports figure, a musician, an actor or an actress or even someone who writes books or produces or directs films. Even if it is not an individual that you’ve followed, having the autograph of a famous name that you’ve heard through the years is just as exciting.

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When a Hobby Becomes Your Passion: Getting Started Collecting Music Memorabilia

Amy Winehouse Autograph

Purchasing a music CD by your favorite singer or band may not be enough to feed into your passion for music. In recent years, various pieces of music memorabilia have sold for thousands, if not millions, of dollars to top paying collectors. Such content is more than just music history, with many items inspiring people to create their own music or start their own collection of valuable items with historic meaning. Continue reading